Why hire Peat & Barley?
Like a fine Scotch whisky,
Peat & Barley's music is complex, inviting and always goes down smooth. Their special Celtic blend of hammered dulcimer and fiddle - trading melody, rhythm and harmony - draws the listener into the ebb and flow of the music in a centering and refreshing way.
From concert performances to background music, from festivals and fundraisers to private parties and weddings, we can add a special flair to your event.
Peat & Barley have performed for enthusiastic audiences throughout Maryland, Virginia and D.C. including Celtic and Scottish music festivals, weddings, corporate events and private parties.
Bill has played the hammered dulcimer since 1992 and was inspired to play from his first experience of hearing a hammered dulcimer. He is a self-taught player and is particularly noted for his strong accompaniment skills. Bill's playing incorporates the full range of his hammered dulcimer from the shimmering sparkle of the highest treble notes to the depth and power of the lowest bass notes.
Becky was classically trained on violin during her schooldays but was drawn to begin playing again in 1991 after discovering Celtic fiddle music. Her playing is known for her rich tone and sensitive emotional connection to the music, whether that is a sorrowful Scottish lament, a majestic march or a driving reel. Becky also plays regularly for Scottish and English Country Dances in the D.C. area.
2006: 22 gigs
2007: 23 gigs
2008: 12 gigs
2009: 12 gigs
2010: 1 gigs