Birch Creek Band
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Birch Creek Band

North Granby, Connecticut, United States | SELF

North Granby, Connecticut, United States | SELF
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"Review of new cd "Celtic Enchantment" by Birch Creek Band"

Embark on a journey in sound toward the essence of unsung beauty. Led by “The Chanter”, an ancient Celtic otherworld is conjured in a rhapsody of melded musicianship deliberate as the “Broken Mist”, eloquent as “Star of the County Down” and heart-wrenching as ”Marble Halls”.

In addition to original works by acoustic guitarist/keyboardist Brian Horton’s mentor Al Petteway, instrumental Celtic aires, jigs and reels are rendered works of art with a contemporary twist. Multi-talented Horton is a driving force where Sandra Lynn perfects the Appalachian dulcimer, Alex Miglowiec shines on flute & piccolo, Kevin Gallagher showcases bass & mandolin, Linda Umstead graces the Celtic harp and Arlene DeMaris’ fiddle skills are in a word – haunting.

This CD is an open book of storytelling without words. Sean Fox’s Uilleann pipes forge “The Dragon’s Breath” and “Song of the Water Kelpie” evokes imagery of chivalric Medieval pageantry. The time tendered “Mary Young & Fair” is an example of the patient mastery prevalent throughout this eclectic collection. “Haste to the Wedding” quickens the pace while sacrificing not one note of quality. With 16 song selections, there is quantity as well, and it’s all good. ”Celtic Enchantment” is only the beginning of great things for Birch Creek. It should only be a matter of time before there are blockbuster fantasy soundtracks in this band’s future.

Dionne Charlet is a freelance writer based in Greater New Orleans. She is a contributing writer for Where Y’at Magazine and reviews music for Marc Gunn’s Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. Dionne runs the Cast Aways Open Theatre Troupe and performs with her fellow Cast Aways volunteers at Ren faires, sci-fi cons, charity venues and festivals throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. Mrs. Charlet also works as an Outreach Coordinator for the Humane Society of Louisiana. You can contact Dionne at

- Celtic Music Magazine - 2010


In 2010 Birch Creek released their debut release “Celtic Enchantment” is a gentle blend of 16 hauntingly beautiful instrumental Celtic Aires, Jigs & Reels consisting of Brian Horton on acoustic guitar & keyboards, Sandra Lynn on Appalachian dulcimer, Alex Miglowiec on flute & piccolo Kevin Gallagher on bass & mandolin, Linda Umstead on Celtic harp & Arlene DeMaris on fiddle.

Currently, Birch Creek are in the studio working on their 2nd cd release to include a few Turlough O'Carolan tunes along with some contemporary Irish & Scottish pieces. The band has scheduled many outdoor gigs for the summer of 2010 throughout New England and look forward to adding more & more tunes to their répertoire by researching Celtic pipe and fiddle tunes and the older styles that inspires them and seeking out the roots of where it originated.

Influences: Al & Amy Petteway, Kevin Crawford, The Duhks, William Coulter, Tony McManus, Neal Hellman, The Coors, Dervish



Band Members:
Brian Horton - Guitars & Bouzouki
Sandra Dufour - Appalachian Dulcimer
Aleks Miglowiec - Flute & Piccolo
Kevin Gallagher - Mandolin & Bass
Cece Borjeson - Bodhran & Vocals

The band “Birch Creek” was formed in the summer or 2009 and is based out of the hills of Connecticut. They met at an outdoor Farm Festival concert held at local farm and their music styles have meshed nicely ever since and has produced an eclectic repertoire of instrumental pieces. The delicate blend of the sweet sound of Sandra Dufour on the mountain dulcimer, Brian Horton on the guitar & bouzouki, Kevin Gallagher on mandolin & bass guitar and of coarse the signature sound of Alexs Migloweic, their incredible flutist takes center stage as she packs the most punch in our music along with our most recent wonderful addition of Cece Borjeson on the Bodhran. Performing everything from age old Celtic instrumentals from the Isles to a handful of smoky backwoods tunes and loving what they do.

Influences: Al & Amy Petteway, Kevin Crawford, The Duhks, William Coulter, Tony McManus, Neal Hellman, The Coors, Dervish