Celtic Heart performs a hybrid of traditional and contemporary Irish with American folk music, combining and moving skillfully between ancient melodies and cutting edge original songs, fiery instrumentals and pristine four part vocals, serious composition and engaging humor, all presented with a warm, approachable and friendly stage presence. The combination of guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, tin whistle, and bodhran (Irish drum) has long been recognized as the essence of the Irish sound, but Celtic Heart have managed to bring new meaning to the old music, pleasing the ear and stirring the heart.
The group is equally at home on the concert stage, (where they have performed with the likes of Hal Roach and in a “command” performance for the President of Ireland, Mary Robinson), to being the keynote performance at an intimate party or backyard soiree. The songs range from award winning originals, to contemporary songwriters as Jimmy McCarthy, Eric Bogle, and Thom Moore, to the hand clapping songs of Ireland’s Tommy Makem, and even a dash of tin pan alley from Irving Berlin thrown in for good measure.
Besides the extraordinary musicianship of the group, and the variety of the vocals and instrumentals, Paddy’s jokes keeps the audience roaring. Celtic Heart is great entertainment.