Musical Entertainment 2015
Timlin & Kane
Well known in the Philadelphia area, the duo of Timlin and Kane has been playing to great acclaim for audiences throughout the East Coast and beyond for over thirty eight years. Gerry was born in Ireland where he developed an early interest in traditional Irish music and Tom Kane, born in Philadelphia of Irish/Welsh stock, heard the music from his earliest remembrances. Over the years, Gerry's love of music expanded to include Scottish, American, Canadian, and Australian folk music as well. He moved to the USA in the early seventies where he teamed up with Tom. While playing the clubs and pubs of that time, Gerry and Tom played popular folk music and began to incorporate more Irish traditional and folk music that their audiences continue to enjoy.
Since 1972, Gerry and Tom have played at nearly every major musical festival in the region, including the annual Musicfest and Celtic Classic, both in Bethlehem, Pa., the Buffalo (NY) Irish Fest, The Philadelphia Midwinter Festival, the Fredricksburg VA Festival, the Bonnie Brae Festival (NJ) among others. They’ve shared the stage with The Clancy Brothers, Tommy Makem, Paddy Reilly, Brendan Grace, Ronnie Brown (The Corries), Alistair McDonald, Alisdair Fraser, Mick Maloney, John Cunningham, Eugene O'Donnell, Skip Healy, Siobhan Egan, Kips Bay Ceili Band, DeDanaan, The Battlefield Band, The Alexander Brothers, The Dubliners, Johnny McAvoy, Robbie O'Connell, James Keane (Dublin), and Tommy Sands. They performed for the Gov. Robert Casey Inauguration upon special request, as well as fundraisers for two Primate Cardinals from Ireland. They have also made numerous television appearances, and taken part in many radio interviews and music programs
"Fronted by County Mayo, Ireland native Brendan, Kilmaine Saints have been firing up Central PA with the kind of whiskey-swilling, hard-dancing, red-cheeked Celtic sets that hangovers were made for. Armed with accordions, tin whistles, bodhrans, fiddles and pipes the Harrisburg collective pummel their way through Irish, Scottish and folk traditionals (and a handful of originals) with fiery punk abandon. Fans of Dropkick Murphys, Flogging Molly and The Pogues, strap on yer boots and heave a pint in the air-- it's time to delight in the juice of the barely."
- Lancaster Fly Magazine
“Kilmaine Saints is a band formed on good whiskey and bad intentions. The brainchild of two members of a Harrisburg Pipe & Drum band, this side project was originally created with the sole intent of getting them free beer at St Patrick's Day shows in the Central PA area (and might I add - mission accomplished). After incorporating the help of fellow members from the pipe band and other notable musicians from the area, they soon realized they were in for one hell of a ride. Since 2009 they have continued to pound through blistering, high-energy live sets that keep people singing along, stomping their feet, lifting their pints and shouting for more. With several hundred shows at pubs and festivals up and down the East Coast, 2 critically-acclaimed releases under their belts, national and international airplay, and an ever-expanding and extremely loyal fan base, it's no wonder the world is starting to stand up and take notice. In short, the Kilmaine Saints are equal parts Irish swagger, Scottish pride, and whiskey. This explosive Celtic rock band from central PA will steal your heart, your spirit, and your pint when you're not looking.”
The versatile repertoire of Irishtown Road consists of traditional Irish songs and some traditionally arranged original work featuring intricate vocal harmonies and instrumental variety. With two albums to their credit and another in the works, the Adams-York area’s longest-tenured Irish musical group is in their 18th year of performing together. In that time, the band has firmly established themselves as a fixture in the regional Celtic music scene. Irishtown Road enjoys playing year-round to enthusiastic crowds at concerts, festivals, pubs, weddings, wakes, special events and other venues in Pennsylvania and Maryland following the tradition that for each band member can be traced back to their Irish ancestry.
Across the Pond is a multi-instrumental trio performing their own high-octane arrangements of Irish and Scottish tunes and songs. This trio is very passionate about their traditional roots but also have modern influences. And their music is traditional, but also has a quite modern edge. Finding that special balance is what separates Across the Pond from many other Irish bands. They grab the audience from the very first beat right to the end.
With repertoire ranging from hauntingly slow airs to high-energy jigs and reels, love ballads, and high energy traditional and contemporary songs, Across the Pond can provide music for a wide range of special occasions. Their music is fresh and entertaining.
They produced their first CD "Kid on the Mountain" in October 2014, and the floodgates opened. They were named as one of the Top 20 Celtic bands in the world for 2014 by Celtic Music Podcaster Marc Gunn and ranked number 6 nationally and 10th globally by music host Reverbnation as of January 14, 2015. They've recently booked gigs in DC, Virginia Beach, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and Montreal, Quebec.
69th Pennsylvania Volunteers
Over the years the 69th has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to various Civil War Battlefields for their preservation. Most of these funds are used to reduce the debt incurred by the purchase of historic land. WE also contributed to the Irish Famine Monument in Philadelphia.
Dearer to our hearts is the grave program. Several volunteers search out the graves of the original members of the regiment. This is a major problem as the men disbursed all over after the war and records for the Irish were not all that well maintained. When an original grave is located, we determine what may need to be done to restore the site - replacing an old marker, possibly re-planting grass or anything else. We cover all of these costs from our music fund. When the grave is ready, we get a group together and go to the site and ion appropriate uniform conduct a period memorial service.
The "watch phrase of the 69th" is "For them, not us". The Regiment is devoted to the memory of the over 1,000 Irishmen who served in the war and the sacrifices they and their families made that slaves might be freed and this might be a united country.
The 69th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Reenacting Organization has several activities within its structure. In addition to reenactments, school programs and civic functions, it also has a singing group that plays in various places. All funds raised from these are earmarked to two very important functions:
10:00 Opening Welcome & Stage Announcements
10:15 - 11:15 Rodney Owens, Piper; 69th PA Irish Volunteers, and other music
11:30 - 12:30 Across the Pond
1:00 - 2:00 Irishtown Road
2:30 - 3:30 The Kilmaine Saints
4:00 - 5:00 Timlin & Kane
10am - 5pm 69th PA Irish Volunteers
Civil War Living History Encampment
Civil War & Irish Period Music
2:00 - 2:30 Coyle School Dancers
3:30 - 4:00 Coyle School Dancers
Entertainers may apply to perform at future festivals by using the form on the "Apply Entertainment" page.