Cormorant’s Fancy has just made the prestigious Top 20 Celtic Bands of 2017 on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast! Venues and reviewers call Cormorant's Fancy "spellbinding," "with a knack for gorgeous arrangements." We play Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Lancaster, Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh and more, to 425 miles, festivals to fairs, weddings to workshops, parlors to pubs, schools to retirement villages, eateries to estates, museums to jams, corporate events to keynotes, worship to wakes.
I thought the music was excellent and the interaction with the audience was great! Our group here is sometimes reluctant to engage in the entertainment for some reason. Heard positive responses from the residents!
Response from Cormorant's Fancy:
Thank you for your positive review. We always want to earn five stars. How can we improve our services at Luther Ridge? Many thanks!
For the fourth year in a row, Music, Gettysburg! arranged for a Burns Night celebration in January 2018 -- 90 minutes of Burns poetry and Scottish music, for which Cormorant's Fancy provided the latter. Once more, it was a great concert and a great experience. The band worked with our Burns re-enactor to make sure they didn't sing any texts he read (and vice versa), and they did a magnificent combination of Scottish dances and songs with texts by Burns. The group are really excellent musicians, who obviously enjoy themselves, but Margaret Folkemer, the vocalist and penny-whistle player, is a stand out -- a voice that can make your heart break or your toes tap! I've already booked them for next January.
Response from Cormorant's Fancy:
We appreciate your taking the time write a review for Cormorant's Fancy. Music, Gettysburg is outstanding concert series and we are honored to be part of it.
Price Range: $500 - $2400
Gig Length: 15 - 320 minutes
What to Expect
What will you find at a Cormorant's Fancy show?
You'll enjoy lots of clapping, toe-tapping and singing along.
You'll laugh out loud, and perhaps feel a tear in your eye.
You won't be surprised at spontaneous dancing in open spaces.
You'll feel the audience hang on every word of an unaccompanied ballad and hear them cheer for a rousing anthem.
You'll smile at children and the young-at-heart join the band as guest percussionists
You'll see Meg transformed from a lovelorn lass, to an Irish patriot in high fervor, to a grief-stricken sweetheart, and back.
You'll simply have a fantastic time!
Venues and reviewers characterize Cormorant's Fancy as "spellbinding," "with a knack for gorgeous arrangements.” The award-winning Celtic and Irish Music Podcast named them to 2017’s top 20 Celtic bands! From tenderly passionate love songs to growling soul-rousers, and from captivating a cappella to swirling instrumentals blending concertina, fiddle, penny whistles, guitar, keyboards and bodhrán, Cormorant’s Fancy propels audiences into the living Celtic tradi-
tion. Their compelling cross-generational lineup unites the past, present and future, so that whether they are stirring the crowd from the festival or concert stage, gracing the parlor, leading the pub in song, or accompanying step dancers, their music rings true. They’ve been called “the area’s most energetic” Celtic band, yet they do it all with finesse! Lead singer and whistle player Margaret Folkemer is joined by parents Beth and Stephen Folkemer (guitar, concertina keyboards), fiddler Chuck Krepley and young percus- sionist Ricky Czar. Celtic music is in their blood, their heritage in Ireland’s County Down, Clan Donald of the Scottish Isles, Wales and Cornwall. They visit their ancestral homes every chance they get!
Cormorant’s Fancy versatile programming includes high-energy St. Paddy’s parties/all-Irish Celebrations, authen- tic all-Scottish programs including Burns Suppers, fun sing- along events, romantic wedding sets, lively tunes for dancers and cèilidhean, laid-back restaurant sets, pumped-up pub shows, lovely Celtic Christmas programs, happy New Year’s events (Hogmanay), engaging school presentations, and Celtic worship services too! Add to these endless combina- tions of the band’s styles. Engaging and supportive teachers, they present an array of workshops as well.
Shortly after forming in September 2003, Cormorant’s Fancy began playing as the Fairfield Inn’s house band. Along with frequent appearances for Music, Gettysburg’s Burns Nights and concerts, they’ve been featured as performers and workshop leaders at Scottish Society of Central Pennsylvania, Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Adams County Irish Festival, Adams County Heritage Festival, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, McLain Celtic Festival, Penn-Mar Irish Festival, Heart of the Arts Festival, and Celebrate the Arts. Recently band members performed at folk festivals in Great Britain. Cormorant’s Fancy has entertained for numerous concert series, college campuses, retirement villages, schools, churches, weddings and other events in PA, MD, VA, and NY. They play for eateries and pubs such as the. Shamrock Restaurant (Thurmont, MD), and Hickory Bridge Farm (Orrtanna). Cormorant’s Fancy’s released A Different Bird in July 2017. The band has recorded two other albums, An Evening at the Fair- field Inn (2006), and Here and There (2009). The Great Cormorant is a black fishing bird native to Ireland and Great Britain. The band name reflects how this bird’s name might entitle one of Chuck Krepley's fiddle tunes.
Additional Booking Notes
If the band is playing with sound amplification we require a grounded electrical outlet.
Influences & Inspiration
Danú, Teada, Patrick Street, Andy Irvine, Ken Burke, Jim Malcolm, John Doyle, Karan Casey, Karine Polwart, Emily Smith, Cara Dillon, Cathie Ryan, Battlefield Band, Boys of the Lough, Malinky, Planxty, Solas, Old Blind Dogs, Paul McKenna Band, Jean Redpath, Paddy Tunney, Frank Harte, Jimmy MacBeath, Lizzie Higgins, Jeannie Robertson
Cormorant’s Fancy can provide and run our own sound amplification system, or we will give your sound engineer a detailed list of our needs. We are skilled also at interfacing with house speakers.
If the band is playing with sound amplification we require a grounded electricity outlet.
Cormorant’s Fancy is comfortable playing with sound amplification and playing acoustically.
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