Fellswater was formed in 2008 after band members met during the recording for the "Stormin' the Castle" album by the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums (MCV). The experience of playing music with fellow musicians outside the world of fife & drum corps or pipe bands was so much fun that it was decided to create a new Celtic music ensemble. We derived the name of the group from the Middlesex Fells reservation, which is very near our rehearsal location.
Fellswater consists for four musicians: Sarah MacConduibh on flute and whistle, Jim MacConduibh on guitar, bouzouki and mandolin, Betsy Ketudat on violin and Matt Phelps on smallpipes and border pipes.
Fellswater is comfortable in an acoustic or fully "plugged-in" setting and the ensemble can bring our own sound system to your event for no extra charge.
Besides the basic ensemble, individual Fellswater musicians can be hired as part of a special gig package. Solo instruments available are violin, Irish flute or Great Highland Bagpipe. Solo services must be booked at same time as you hire the full ensemble.
Sarah MacConduibh: flute, whistle
Jim MacConduibh: guitar, mandolin
Betsy Ketudat: violin
George March: Manager
Matthew Phelps: smallpipes, border pipes, Highland bagpipe
Bothy Band, Tannahill Weavers, Capercaille, Lunasa.
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 15 - 240 minutes
Celtic music (either acoustic or fully plugged-in), ranging from traditional airs and tunes to modern compositions. Fellswater has four musicians but can present a wide range of instrumentation - we have 2 guitars, one mandolin, violin, flute, whistle, smallpipes and border pipes at every performance. Highland bagpipe can also be added, at client's request.
Fellswater can bring a full sound system to your event if requested.
Set #1: Suo Gan, Within a Mile of Edinburgh, Juniper Hill , Brenda Stubbert's Reel (slow air, strathspey, jig, reel)
Set #2: Canongate Twitch, The Panda, Thunderhead (reel, jig, jig)
Set #3: Horsbrugh Castle, Sporting Jamie, The Wig, Jack Daniel's (march, strathspey, reel, reel)
Set #4: Lament for Jef Ar Penven, Finbarr Saunders, Sunday Post Highlander, Gander in the Pratie Hole (slow air, waltz/reel, 2 jigs)
Set #5: Andy's Lullaby, Price of a Pig, Bottle the Boat (fast air, 2 jigs)
Set #6: Reel Eugene, Castle Rock Ceilidh, Sgt. Malkie Bow's Consternation (reel, reel, hornpipe)
Set #7:Tom Wilson, Sandy MacIntyre's Trip to Boston, Mrs. MacPherson of Inveran (march, reel, reel)
Set #8: Donegal Lass, Old Grey Cat, Glasgow Reel (jig, reel, reel)
Set #9: Drummond Castle, Scarce O' Tatties, Kelsey's Wee Reel (jig, jig, reel)
Set #10: Summerside, PEI, Merrily Danced the Quaker's Wife, Drew James MacIntosh, (hornpipe, jig, jig)
Set #11: Ye Banks and Braes (slow air)
Set #12: Aires de Pontevedra, Muineira de Casa (Galician dance, Asturian jig)
Set #13: The Butterfly, Coppermill Studio, Superfly (jig, jig, reel)
Set #14: East Parkside (slow air)
Set #15: The Stronsay Waltz, Barrowburn Reel, Crossing the Minch (waltz, reel, hornpipe)
Set #16: Farewell to Nigg, Devil in the Kitchen, Heat in the Furnace, Pumpkin's Fancy (retreat, strathspey, reel, hornpipe)
Set #17: Stella's Welcolme to Kamloops, Paddy Be Easy, Inspector Donald Campbell (Ness) (march,2 jigs)
Set #18: The Little Cascade
Solo (smallpipes): P/M Hugh Goldie, Iain Grant, Donald MacLean (hornpipe, jig, jig)
Duet (whistle/guitar): Calliope House (jig)
Past Booked Dates:
01-28-2012 — Blackstone River Theatre, Cumberland, RI
01-07-2012 — BCMFest at Club Passim, Cambridge, MA
12-18-2011 — Fellswater at Waxy O'Connor's, Lexington, MA
12-11-2011 — Fellswater at Waxy O'Connor's, Lexington, MA
12-02-2011 — Fellswater at Nourish Grill, Lexington, MA
11-27-2011 — SRSNH Gala Concert, Concord, NH
10-17-2011 — The Cantab, Cambridge, MA
07-12-2011 — Wayside Inn Summer Strawberry Concert
06-24-2011 — Private Wedding gig - Topsfield, MA
06-18-2011 — Blackstone River Theatre Summer Solstice Festival
10-10-2010 — Wedding, Worcester, MA
10-08-2010 — Concert at Westford Museum, Westford, MA
09-18-2010 — NH Highland Games, Lincoln, NH
09-17-2010 — NH Highland Games, Lincoln, NH
09-11-2010 — Wedding, Harvard, MA
07-20-2010 — Concert at Wayside Inn, Sudbury, MA
06-08-2010 — Corporate Function/ Boston, MA
05-18-2010 — Corporate Function/ Boston, MA
04-12-2010 — Fellswater at the Cantab/Cambridge, MA
12-08-2009 — Concert at Johnny D's Uptown Music Club, Somerville, MA
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