Are you looking for traditional Irish/Celtic music?
We're two professional Irish musicians and multi-instrumentalists who have played all across the US, Canada and Europe over the last decade. Whether you need up-beat instrumental music, solemn and heartfelt traditional music for a memorial or popular Irish sing-along songs, we'll tailor our set to your needs and delight your guests.
We're comfortable providing background music for any style of event, and can learn specific songs if asked. We can play acoustically or provide a small PA.
We're willing to travel anywhere, but require travel expenses outside a 120 mile radius of Philadelphia to be covered. We fly coach. :)
Price Range: $250 and up
Gig Length: 30 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
We're two young, professional Irish/traditional musicians with a wide array of influences. We play beautiful traditional airs on two fiddles, high-energy trad sets on fiddle and guitar, and sing traditional Irish songs in harmony. Whether you're looking for foot-tapping traditional jigs or a respectful tribute at a more solemn occasion, we can adjust our set to meet your needs.
Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.
Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate.
Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs.
Additional Booking Notes
We perform primarily as an acoustic duo without amplification, but we can provide a small PA (suitable for small to mid-size rooms, or background music in larger rooms or outdoors). If necessary we have access to a wide variety of traditional musicians in Philadelphia and NYC and we can add members if the event calls for it (ex. banjo, whistle, bodhran, pipes etc). We also have limited lighting we can provide to light ourselves.
Past Booked Events
|March 16, 2018–March 18, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:00am||On Tour|
|March 07, 2018–March 11, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:00am||On Tour|
|February 23, 2018–March 05, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||On Tour|
|October 21, 2017 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Steel City Coffeehouse|
|October 08, 2017–October 16, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Ireland Tour|
|September 30, 2017 • 12:00pm - 11:00pm||Get Shamrocked, CA|
|September 22, 2017–September 24, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Celtic Classic Bethlehem|
|September 04, 2017–September 21, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Unavailable|
|September 01, 2017–September 03, 2017 • 12:00pm - 11:00pm||Tour in NY|
|August 31, 2017 • 12:00pm - 7:00pm||Brownfield ME|
|August 25, 2017–August 27, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Buffalo Irish Festival|
|July 27, 2017–July 28, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Utica|
|July 21, 2017–July 23, 2017 • 12:00pm - 8:00pm||Tour|
|July 14, 2017–July 16, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Vancouver Island|
|July 08, 2017 • 12:00pm - 11:00pm||Mauch Chunk Opera House|
|June 23, 2017–June 25, 2017 • 12:00pm - 8:00pm||PA Celtic Fling|
|June 10, 2017–June 11, 2017 • 12:00pm - 11:00pm||Celtic Festival|
|June 04, 2017 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding|
|June 03, 2017 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding|
|May 20, 2017 • 12:00am - 11:00pm||Unavailable|
Traditional reels, jigs, strathspeys, airs and more, including:
Fields of Athenry
Whiskey in the Jar
The Leaving of Liverpool
Wild Mountain Thyme
Flower of Scotland
Farewell to Nova Scotia
A Day and an Age
We can also play seasonal/holiday music when appropriate, and we'll do our best to accommodate special requests.
Influences & Inspiration
Liz Carroll and John Doyle
Burning Bridget Cleary
Enter The Haggis
The Bothy Band
The Battlefield Band
Access to a power outlet (when we're providing PA) with a couple of extension cords to be safe.
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