Traditional Irish fiddle soloist specializing in Steampunk, Renaissance, and Fairy festivals! Celtic-themed weddings, and catered event entertainment. See profile for audio and video performance samples.
Our family and friends truly enjoyed having the Sasanach play for our 'Irish Pub' themed birthday party. In addition to his lively entertainment, he helped us understand some pub traditions and shared some Irish pub stories. Although he claimed to not be much of a singer, he lead us in some songs, and probably was the best vocalist in the room :)
Perfect combo for our event. He arrived early and since this was a surprise for my husband he managed to coordinate with my friends for our wedding. He was professional and lovely. We'd recommend him to anyone looking for his special talents.
Response from The Sasanach:
Thank you so much! It was an honor to play for you!
This fine fiddlin' fellow has been at many of the festivals I've been at over the past few years and I've always made it a point to seek him out and listen to his music for a spell. Not only is the music fantastic, but the performance is more than just that!
I've had the pleasure of listening to this man's after-dinner music at two different holiday meals. His repertoire is lively and upbeat, the perfect end to a perfect evening.
Sasanach is pleasant to deal: easy to book, affordable, reliable. Have used him multiple times. Our festival is geared toward children and he is recieved well by both children and adults. Was really pleased with the variety of music and how well it carried in the crowd without additional amplification.
What to Expect
I play Irish dance tunes on the fiddle; jigs, reels, hornpipes, slides, polkas, and waltzes. I can play solo, or I can bring along an accompanist playing bodhran (Irish drum). On stage, I play high energy music, and; if the venue wishes, provide educational historical context for the role of Irish music and culture in European and American history in between tunes, or tell fantasy stories from the Irish tradition. In a dinner party type environment, I can provide background music for up to four hours.
I can play in Renaissance/Fantasy or Steampunk costume, or modern clothing with a kilt.
I am available for group and private workshops on Irish fiddle for beginner/intermediate players.
Keith Engle, aka The Sasanach, has been playing traditional Irish fiddle music for over a decade. He has played at festivals, weddings, catered dinners, themed feasts, and pub gigs throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England regions. He is available to travel virtually anywhere.
Keith recorded his first CD, Tip the Fiddler, in 2010.
His 2015 CD, The Fiddle of Mischief, reflects his decision to focus on the Sliabh Luachra style of Irish fiddle.
Additional Booking Notes
Unamplified, my fiddle carries for quite a distance. Sound amplification is also available using my equipment or yours.
Past Booked Events
|April 29, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|January 07, 2017 • 6:00pm - 7:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|October 18, 2014||Wedding Reception|
I have an extensive repertoire of Irish tunes, which can be augmented with medieval and Christmas tunes, as well as just about anything for which a recording exists. I even know tunes from The Legend of Zelda!
Influences & Inspiration
Matt Cranitch, Jackie Daly, Padraig O'Keefe, Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford, Donna Long, Liz Kane, Emma O'Leary, Martin Mulvihill, Eoin O'Sullivan, Dan Curtin, Patrick Orceau