Celticity

Celticity

 Norwich, Connecticut, USA
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With a unique blend of instrumental sizzle, vocal beauty, and captivating arrangements, Celticity puts forth an immensely exciting and highly musical performance that stirs the blood and lifts the heart. Fans of Celtic, Acoustic, and Classical music will love Celticity!

Biography

Celticity is an all female Celtic trio consisting of three conservatory trained musicians: Sylvie Harris plays classical, finger-style guitar and the Celtic banjo; Megan Sweeney plays flute, wooden flute, piccolo, fife, and penny whistle. Phred Mileski is Celticity's vocalist; Phred also plays the Bodhran - an Irish drum, the psaltery, and the accordion! With a unique blend of instrumental sizzle, vocal beauty, and captivating, professional arrangements, Celticity puts forth an immensely exciting and highly musical performance.

Celticity offers a wide range of programs from Renaissance to traditional Celtic, today's most popular Celtic music, and a "delightful" Holiday program that has brought joy to audiences throughout New England. Perfect for any audience, and family friendly, fans of Celtic, Folk, Classical and Acoustic music will enjoy Celticity's pan-Celtic repertoire which encompasses music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany (France), Galitia (Spain), Canada and the United States, from the Renaissance period to traditional favorites.

Celticity is at home on both big and small stages from grand concert halls to quaint chamber settings and a variety of venues in-between including festivals, colleges, vineyards, coffee houses, country clubs, private functions and corporate events. Celticity has shared the stage with Celtic Women's Orla and was asked to perform for MTV's Saint Patrick's Day Show.

Celticity has an extensive fan-base and a strong marketing arm to promote concerts and typically draws anywhere between 100-250 people per show, but has also played for very large audiences in halls that seat up to 1,000 guests. The trio has been described by the press as "delightful," "passionate," and "very entertaining."

Celticity is putting the finishing touches on their first CD which highlights their current instrumentation and dazzling musicality and technique. The CD will be ready for distribution in December, 2011.

Meet Celticity'sall-star trio:

Sylvie Harris, Classical,Acoustic Guitars, Celtic Banjo

Born in Quebec, Canada and classically trained on guitar at the Hartt School of Music (Hartford) and a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston), Sylvie Harris has studied in master-class with some of the world's leading guitarists. She performs regularly throughout New England in chamber music settings as a guitarist with the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, one of America's leading Mandolin and Guitar Ensembles and with Celticity. Sylvie is currently on the faculty of the Norwich Guitar Academy. Her students have received scholarships at the New England Conservatory of Music, The Manhattan School of Music, and the Hartt School of Music amongst others. She is a member of the Guitar Foundation of America and the Connecticut Classical Guitar Society. Sylvie has a B.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music in Classical Guitar Performance.

Phred Mileski, Soprano, Bodhran Drum, Psaltery, Acordion

Phred Mileski is a graduate of Connecticut College and has sung throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Europe. As she is equally at home with both traditional and classical musical genres, her extensive performance experience includes Celtic, folk, classical, sacred, opera, jazz, cabaret, oratorio, and musical theater. She has premiered several works by still-living composers and has recorded several CDs to date with Archangel Voices, an internationally acclaimed small choir that specializes in Orthodox liturgical music. Phred also teaches voice, both privately and at Christ Church School of The Arts. She has served several churches as a soloist and is currently the principal soloist at St. John's Church in Essex, CT as well as a cantor at St. Patrick's Church in Mystic, CT.

Megan Sweeney, Flute

Megan Sweeney is a graduate of the Hartt School of Music where she studied classical flute performance with John Wion and music education. She is currrently employed by the Plainfield Public Schools as Director of instrumental music. Megan has taken part in master classes around the country, and has been a participant in the "International Flute Festival" in Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom for two summers. While regularly freelancing throughout New England, Megan has also soloed with the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Miami String Quartet. In addition to public school teaching, Megan teaches flute privately. While currently teaching independently, Megan was previously a faculty member at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts in Torrington, CT. Her students have gone on to perform with the National Youth Orchestra and many other notable youth ensembles. Megan is a member of Music Educators National Conference, and the National Flute Association.

Discography

About the Music Samples:

"Wild Mountain Thyme", also known as "Purple Heather" and "Will You Go Lassie, Go", is a folk song, written by William McPeake, a native of Belfast, Northern Ireland and first recorded by McPeake in 1957. Celticity's arrangement is based on a solo guitar piece by world-famous guitarist Scott Tenant of the L.A. Guitar Quartet.

"Scarborough Fair" - The song tells the tale of a young man who tells the listener to ask his former lover to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that if she completes these tasks he will take her back. "Scarborough Fair" appears to derive from an older (and now obscure) Scottish ballad, The Elfin Knight, which has been traced at least as far back as 1670.

"Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms" - Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms" is a popular folk song of early nineteenth century Ireland and America. Irish poet Thomas Moore wrote the words to a traditional Irish air in 1808. The tune to which Moore set his words is a traditional Irish air, first printed in a London songbook in 1775.

Set List

Sample Repertoire:
Rosemary Faire
Heather on the Moore
Wild Mountain Thyme
My Love is like a Red, Red Rose
Scarborough Fair
Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
The Last Rose of the Summer
Swinging on a Gate! -Two Celtic Reels
Fanny Power
The Parting Glass
South Shore
Farewell
The Star of the County Down
Whiskey in the Jar

Holiday Celtic:
What Child is This?
Oh Holy Night
There was a pig went out to dig (on Christmas Day)
Sans Day Carol
I Saw Three Ships