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

Edwin Huizunga

Edwin Huizinga has established himself as one of North America’s most versatile violinists, from baroque to rock n’ roll to Celtic. We’re delighted that he’s going to bring his unique style to this year’s A Celtic Christmas.

In addition to his tour with A Celtic Christmas this season, Edwin will be performing and touring with his band The Wooden Sky, as well as A Far Cry, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Brandywine Baroque ensemble, and more. He is a founding member of Classical Revolution. http://www.edwinhuizinga.com/

Samantha Harvey

Accordion and Irish dance

Samantha Harvey is an award winning pianist, accordionist, step dancer and Open Champion Irish dancer. Since a young age, Celtic music and dance have been her passion. She is current eastern regional Fleadh champion in both piano and accordion, performs with various bands, and is pianist for Ireland-The Show. Samantha is a graduate of the University of Dallas in Economics and Music, and holds a T.C.R.G. with the world- renowned Claddagh School of Irish Dance.

samharveymusic.wix.com/samharvey

Kara Matthias

Kara’s passion for Celtic music and the Irish language brought her to Ireland to study with the masters of Irish song and culture at the renowned University of Limerick. She recently graduated with a Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance through the Academy of Irish Music and Dance. Uniquely, her haunting vocals blend the contrasting styles of classical and traditional Irish music.

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

Katie Grennan - (Mid-West)

Irish fiddle and dance

Katie is a multi-talented Irish fiddle player and dancer – though she trained as a classical violinist, and toured Europe with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony. As an Irish dancer she competed with distinction in Ireland and Scotland at the World Championships. She is now a lead instructor at the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance and has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia – most recently with “Flames of the Dance” in China.

www.katiegrennan.com

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.  When he is not touring he works with his own dance company, Furious Feet, in Galway, Ireland.

Alyssa Reichert

Irish dance

Alyssa has been dancing since the age of five. She has competed with great distinction at North American Irish Dance Championships, in the Mid-America Oireachtas, and in the World Irish Dance Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in 2015.

Downloadable photos & bios are available for promotional purposes on the Presenters page