Keltricity is a “Celtic World” band and features traditional, contemporary and eclectic Celtic-influenced music from Ireland, Cape Breton, Scotland, England, Brittany, New England and French Canada. The five-member group is comprised of accomplished musicians with backgrounds in various musical genres from traditional Irish bands, to Scottish and New England contra dance bands, to classical, rock and jazz. The variety of these experiences now converge to provide some of the most innovative and unique music around.
Instrumentation consists of accordion (Laurel Fuson), mandolin (Joe Burch), fiddle (Jannell Canerday), keyboards and Celtic harp (Valerie Young), and guitar (Henry Austin). Clear, crisp vocals characteristic of the genre are presented by Valerie, Henry and Jannell as soloists and through two- and three-part harmonies. Together the audience is presented with fresh musical perspectives to a respected tradition.
Keltricity has performed within a broad range of venues including some of the area’s most prominent annual outdoor festivals, heritage day celebrations, holiday shows, state park programs, radio broadcasts, benefit concerts, casino entertainment, wedding receptions and regional pubs. A Keltricity performance is always full of new and exciting musical surprises both in arrangements and selection of songs and tunes that have become favorites of both the avid Celtic traditionalist as well as the eclectic music-lover.
Keltricity also takes into consideration needs of the venue and can provide a complete state-of-the-art Bose® sound system that is compact enough to suit small spaces while projecting a sound big enough to fill large halls.
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GUITAR and VOCALS
Henry has played guitar since age 13. He first played in rock bands, but after a move to Kentucky, he was drawn to traditional music and dance of America and the British Isles. In the years that followed, he has become a veteran of traditional dance bands in Louisville. He was a founding member of one of Louisville’s first Irish bands, Tight Squeeze, a regional favorite. He is most known in recent years for his guitar and vocal work in the former traditional Celtic band My Darling Asleep.
ACCORDION and PIANO
Laurel has played music since she was a kid, first piano and then alto sax. She picked up the accordion after hearing it played at Scottish country and New England contra dances. She formed Scots Measure in the 1980's which played for traditional Scottish country dancing and balls in Louisville and all over the midwest. She is most known in recent years for her accordion playing in the former traditional Celtic band My Darling Asleep.
PIANO, VOCALS and HARP
Valerie started piano at age 6, later meandering through clarinet, guitar, flute, celtic harp, voice, crystal singing bowls, and the occasional rattle and drum. She was a founding member of Scots Measure, a Scottish country dance and contra dance band. For over a decade she has provided music for meditation, healing and Hosparus inpatient care.
MANDOLIN and OCTAVE MANDOLIN
Joe began his pursuit of string music with the banjo in the mid-70's. Mandolin became his passion when the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra formed in the mid-80's, The LMO, along with his affiliation with the Classical Mandolin Society of America, exposed him to highly disciplined studies with mandolin virtuosos and afforded him international performances opportunities. In the late 90's he began pursuing jazz on the mandolin which lead to the formation of the jazz quartet JazzCrafters. All the while, being a sailor at heart, also laid a hidden yearning for songs of the sea and beyond, which was finally fullfilled by joining Keltricity.
Thanks to steady and strong musical currents running throughout her childhood, Jannell has been playing violin since before she can remember. She has been steeping in the overlapping worlds of folk music, bluegrass, and traditional Irish music for at least a decade, and is now more likely to call her instrument a "fiddle". She is inspired by the many ways people use music to communicate and connect with each other and is grateful for every note she gets to share.