Keltricity is a Celtic World music band based in Louisville, Kentucky. We bring the mix: Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian, Cape Breton and a blend of contemporay and traditional.
The four-member group is comprised of 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), fiddle (Anna Blanton), mandolin (Joe Burch), and guitar (Henry Austin). Vocals characteristic of the genre are presented by Henry. 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 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.
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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.
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.
Growing up Anna was surrounded by music. At the age of 9 she picked up the violin in her grade school orchestra program and has been going nonstop ever since. Up through high school she studied violin/fiddle with Catherine Moeller-Cunanan and world renowned bluegrass musician Jeff Guernsey. Anna then attended the University of Louisville where she studied with J. Patrick Rafferty and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a minor in marketing. Anna enjoys exploring and performing a broad spectrum of genres including celtic, folk, bluegrass, pop/rock, and classical music. This has shaped her sound into something uniquely her own heavily influenced by the sounds of Jeremy Kittel, Darol Anger, Mik Kaminski, Robby Steinhardt, Daniel Carwile, and many classical icons. Along with performing with Keltricity, Anna is known for playing with the Paducah Symphony , The Porch Possums , and the Southern Sirens .