WILLIAMSPORT — Discovering a four leaf clover and leprechauns perched upon pots of gold might be a challenge this weekend but discovering authentic Celtic music, jigs and reels — that’s easy.
Tonight and Saturday night, the Bullfrog Brewery will celebrate all things Irish with two rollicking and reeling bands that capture the lively essence and mystic beauty of Celtic music and folklore from the British Isles.
Tonight, a quintet of musical lassies, Callanish, will get the St. Patty’s weekend off to a rousing start as they weave together Irish and Scottish music and merriment. On Saturday evening, the Lewisburg area trio Celtica will continue its tradition of welcoming St. Patrick’s Day to the Bullfrog Brewery.
“It will be an evening filled with a mix of rousing jigs and reels played in a very authentic way. We’re very excited to make our debut performance at the Bullfrog during St. Patrick’s Day weekend,” said Callanish band member Holly Foy. “We’ll be playing a lot of old tunes and music that captures the history and beauty of the British Isles.”
A Celtic group with a lively sound, Callanish is the weaving together of five distinct musical styles and personalities to create a sound that pays homage to the tunes and folklore in the traditional style.
“I love the synergy of this type of music and how it can capture both the rich culture and difficult history of this land,” Foy said. “I also love how all of us in the band will get together and each one of us will bring something unexpected to a song. A way of playing it we never thought about ... or adding a different instrument.... making music is a very rewarding process.”
Although the group, founded nearly 13 years ago in the State College area, has undergone several changes over the years, including new members, the group has always held a strong passion for the music and culture of the Emerald Isles.