Portpatrick Folk Festival 2004
Friday 10, Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September 2004

Portpatrick Folk Festival 2004 :: The Performers


Calasaig photographCalasaig are one of the Scottish traditional music scene’s hardest-working young groups, with acclaimed appearances at home and abroad.

Although three of the band members have only two first names (Keith Easdale, Kirsten Easdale and Keith Johnston) and two surnames, and three initials to share among them, they also play a score of instruments, including guitar, piano, cittern, fiddle, flute, whistle, highland pipes, Scottish small pipes, uilleann pipes, mandolin, mandocello, bodhran, talking drums, accordion and Hammond organ.

Their principal points of reference seem to be the Tannahill Weavers, Jock Tamson's Bairns, Ossian, and other Scottish bands. And, given their youth, they stand such comparisons remarkably well.

Extract from review by Steve Winick, Dirty Linen, September 1999

The Corra Ceilidh Band

The Corra Ceilidh Band features The Cameron Brothers in a line up who have become hugely popular after recent performances and a two-week sell out tour of Moscow. The Band features Sean O'Rourke (flute, whistle, guitar, bazouki) and James McVey (accordion) Johnny and Wallace Cameron, highly respected and talented duo, instrumentation includes guitar, banjo and mandolin along with vocal harmonies producing an exciting, powerful and passionate sound.

Ulster Scots Folk Orchestra (USFO)

Ulster Scots  Folk OrchestraUSFO was formed in October 2000 for the purpose of presenting Ulster-Scots cultural traditions at a professional level.

Prior to the popularisation and commercialisation of Irish culture in the 1970's, there existed a rich cultural tradition in parts of Ulster that were distinct and clearly of strong Scottish influence.

The fiddle is the dominant instrument, but many other instruments are incorporated in their performances. There are also many songs and recitations in the broad Ulster-Scots tongue - which is still commonly spoken in rural parts of Counties Antrim, Down, Donegal and Londonderry. The Low-Country Boys often accompany the folk orchestra with their unique blend of Appalachian/Ulster-Scots Gospel music.

The Orchestra's performances give an informative insight into the Ulster-Scots cultural heritage, but more importantly, their high energy and humour, provide great entertainment. They passionately represent the Ulster-Scots musical genre in their performance while rejuvenating the old styles with a fresh energetic approach.

Since their formation, USFO have been performing regularly in many festivals and events throughout Northern Ireland and have had successful visits to England, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and the USA.

Smaller ensembles of USFO also perform under the names of 'Wheen O Fowk' and 'Clatter O Fowk'. A new off shoot is also being developed entitled 'Rhythms of Ulster' featuring Lambegs and other traditional wood or brass-shelled goat skin drums.

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