Jayne Pomplas grew up playing music. She started taking classical violin lessons when she was three years old, but quickly started learning Irish music off of records her parents had around the house. She studied the fiddle from Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco, and has been greatly influenced by the New York fiddle playing tradition. Jayne recently recorded a highly acclaimed solo album with... more
Jayne Pomplas grew up playing music. She started taking classical violin lessons when she was three years old, but quickly started learning Irish music off of records her parents had around the house. She studied the fiddle from Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco, and has been greatly influenced by the New York fiddle playing tradition. Jayne recently recorded a highly acclaimed solo album with Alan Murray on guitar and bouzouki which was released in February 2015. Other notable guests on the album include Tony DeMarco, Cillian Vallely, Isaac Alderson, Anna Colliton and Bram Pomplas.
Acoustic guitarist & bouzouki player Sean Earnest’s sensitive yet eclectic accompaniment style has taken him far from his native central Pennsylvania. He is among the most in-demand Celtic traditional music accompanists today and can be heard on stages up and down both coasts of the United States and all points in between. Sean spends most of his time in New York and the greater Northeast, where he can be heard playing and recording with some of the top talents of the genre. Having cut his musical teeth in the vibrant session scenes of Baltimore and New York, Sean honed his guitar and bouzouki craft whilst studying abroad at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music & Dance. Friendships forged across the length & breadth of Ireland lead to Sean’s highly successful 2009 tour with Irish supergroup Téada. For the last three years Sean has worked with the legendary McPeake family of Belfast in bringing their signature sound to American audiences. In the summer of 2011 he rejoined ‘McPeake’ for their third critically-acclaimed American summer tour. Also that year, Sean joined forces with one of the most exciting bands to come out of Scotland, the Paul McKenna Band, for two highly successful tours of the U.S. and Canada. Most recently Sean has collaborated with Boston singer/songwriter Kyle Carey and violin player Andrew Finn Magill in ‘The Kyle Carey Trio’, a project drawing as much upon Kyle’s fluency in Scots Gaelic song as well as her interest in Appalachian poetry and American roots music.
Siobhan Butler is one of the leading dancers of sean-nós, the old style of Irish dance. She has performed internationally with many of the top traditional artists and groups including The Yanks, Kevin Burke, Cherish the Ladies, Nic Gareiss, Tony Demarco, Kieran Jordan, Sandy Silva, Rhythm of the Dance and many more in addition to being featured on such prestigious platforms as The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN along with TG4 and RTE in Ireland. Siobhan’s expertise in Irish dancing traditions has led her to teach all over the United States at venues such as Villanova University, Boston College, Milwaukee Irish Fest, and Sean-Nós Northwest to name only a few.