About

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Tomaseen Foley

Director/Native Irish Storyteller

Storyteller/Director Tomáseen Foley was born on a small farm in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the West of Ireland. Each year from Thanksgiving until Christmas, his show Tomáseen Foleys A Celtic Christmas plays to critical acclaim and packed concert halls around the US.Tomáseen Foley’s Irish Times tours throughout the remainder of the year. The Oregon Cabaret has developed a hit musical from his story Parcel From America. He has released two CDs: A Celtic ChristmasParcel From America, and a live recording, The Priest and the Acrobat. Rego Irish Records says “he is a master of the Irish narrative and a keeper of the flame for a priceless piece of Irish culture”.

www.tomaseenfoley.com

William Coulter

Music Director/Guitar

Music Director William Coulter is an internationally acclaimed master of the steel-string guitar. In 2005, he won a Grammy for a track he contributed a solo guitar compilation of Henry Mancini tunes, called Pink Guitar. He has been performing and recording traditional Celtic and American folk music for 25 years.  The most recent of his seven CDs on the Gourd Music label is the acclaimed solo album, The Road Home.

www.williamcoulter.com

Eimear Arkins

Fiddle

Eimear Arkins is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from County Clare, in the west of Ireland. She holds eleven solo All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil titles and has competed in all Ireland, European and World Dance Championships. She has toured with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann throughout Ireland, Britain, and North America, and represented Ireland in France at Rennes Expo; in Spain in La Noche Negra, in Shanghai, China at World Expo 2010, and in Milan, Italy at World Expo 2015. Her new solo album is entitled What’s Next?

www.eimeararkins.com

Brian Bigley

Uilleann Pipes, Irish flute, Whistles & Traditional Irish Dance

Brian Bigley comes from a musical family on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. Studying with Achill Island piper Michael Kilbane from the age of eight, Brian’s sensitivity to the art of uilleann piping has developed into a high level of understanding and virtuosity. He is currently making pipes in the style of the late Dave Williams and is an accomplished reed maker. Brian is also a world-class Irish step dancer, having competed at the World Championships in Glasgow and Killarney. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe as a pipe, flute, and whistle player, and dancer.

www.brianbigleymusic.com

Bríd O’Donnell

Accordion & Irish Dance

Bríd O’Donnell, from County Mayo in the west of Ireland, began playing tin whistle and button accordion at the age of five and later took up singing. She graduated with honors in Irish Music and Dance from the University of Limerick, and has competed with great distinction at All-Ireland level fleadh competitions. She is a member of the Irish band Billow Wood and has spent the past four years performing in Ireland, Europe, Northern American and Africa.

Marcus Donnelly - featuring in A Celtic Christmas (West Coast)

Irish Dance

From Ireland to Luxemburg and from Moscow to Paris, France and Paris, Texas, his leading performances with shows such as Ragús, Rhythm of the Dance, Celtic Legends, and most recently in the U.S. with Celtic Crossroads have created one of the most exhilarating, truly creative Irish dancers performing today.Marcus first started dancing at the age of ten, in second-hand dance shoes his father bought for fifteen shillings in Dublin, and went on to compete with distinction in the All-Ireland and World Dance Championships before becoming a full-time professional dancer at the age of sixteen.

Alyssa Reichert - featuring in A Celtic Christmas (West Coast & Ohio)

Irish Dance

Alyssa Reichert has been dancing since the age of five. She competed with much distinction in North American Irish Dance Championships and in the World Irish Dance Championships in Scotland in 2015

In addition to touring with A Celtic Christmas and Women of Ireland, last year she toured China with Riverdance

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