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Amy Basse:
Amy Basse’s versatility is what sets her apart from other fiddlers. She has a sincere love for the music she plays, whether it be traditional Celtic, Bluegrass, Old Tyme, or contemporary and original tunes. Having been classically trained and then finding her own way in the fiddling world, she has the tools to couple her passion for music.

Amy recorded with Colm O’Brien for his debut solo album, “It Is What It Is”,voted among the top 10 albums of 2005 by The Irish Voice, and with the group, Rud Eile on their self titled album in 2007. You can hear Amy playing Old Time and children’s songs on Wayne Potash’s latest children’s CD, “Don’t Forget the Donut.” Amy recorded with singer/songwriter, Sean Kane, for his album, “A Nation of One”, and for the trio group, “Tesseract”, on their latest CD, to be released this summer.

As well as founding and fronting her own band, The Grasshoppers, Amy has performed with Liz Carroll and John Doyle, Aoife Clancy, Robbie O’Connell, Lori McKenna, Tom Rush, Uncle Earl, sean nos singer Bridget Fitzgerald, Colm O’Brien, Rud Eile, and with members of Gaelic Storm.

Amy often plays as a duo with singer/songwriter Tim Fitzpatrick. They performed together at the Boston Folk Festival, the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, and the Irish Connections Festival, and at various coffee houses and arts centers in and around Boston.

Dan Emery:
Dan Emery has been a mainstay on the music scene for over twenty years. His passion for the Bass Fiddle is evident in every performance. Dan has appeared at the South Shore Music Circus, the Cape Cod Melody Tent, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the legendary NYC club CBGB’s. He has performed onstage with The Drifters, The Belmonts, The Cadillacs, The Jive Five, The Silhouettes, and guitar great, Billy Davis. He also studied under world-renown bassist, Brian Torff (bassist for violinist Stephan Grappelli and pianist George Shearing).

Sean Kane:
By the time he was 18, Sean Kane had already crossed the Atlantic Ocean 40 times. Every summer his family welcomed him ‘home’ to Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. He’d spend weeks playing soccer, chasing girls at the disco, and strumming old come-all-ya’s on his uncle’s acoustic guitar. In his ‘first’ home in Massachusetts he played jazz and classical trumpet through high school. Love of music is an essential reality of Sean’s life. But perhaps the most fundamental reality is that perennial return to Ireland . . . and America . . . and Ireland. That indeterminate space, between two shores, is perhaps Sean’s truest home. Sean’s music explores identity, place, belonging, and being in the world . . . themes familiar to many 1st and 2nd generation folks, but also familiar to most of us living in the modern world.

In the early 90s began playing out for Tommy McGann, of McGann’s Pub of Doolin, County Clare fame, at Tommy’s Irish Embassy Pubs around Boston. In 1996 Sean moved to Dublin, but after a year returned to the Boston area to escape financial difficulties(!) It was this event that made Sean first acutely aware of the emotional conflicts inherent in being of two places. Sean promptly established a seisiun at the notable folk venue, the Blackthorne Tavern in S. Easton, MA, which continues successfully today. He now hosts the Saturday seisiun at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England.

Sean has released the debut EP, A Nation of One, for his record label, Arise! Records. The songs are narratives, modern ballads, of travel, discovery, and loss. The title track was selected for play on National Public Radio's Open Mic feature in 2007.

Sean has performed with or opened for: Liam Clancy, Robbie O'Connell, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Teada, Gaelic Storm, Liz Carroll and John Doyle, among others.