Introducing...Steph Geremia


14 May 19
by Nathon Jones

Steph Geremia

Headlining the Festival Marquee, Creebridge House Hotel, on Friday 12th July we are delighted to be welcoming Irish American multi-instrumentalist and singer Steph Geremia to the festival for what promises to be an outstanding opening night concert.

Steph Geremia is highly regarded as one of the finest musicians of her generation. Perhaps best known as a traditional Irish flute player and as a mainstay of the critically acclaimed Irish group, Alan Kelly Gang, she has also impressed as a singer, presenting her own identity of a breathy Celtic vocal style mixed with a hint of her American roots.

After nearly a decade since the release of her debut solo album, The Open Road, which was described by Irish Music Magazine as “an unexpected treasure” June 2018 welcomed the release of Steph’s sparkling second solo release, Up She Flew, which features music from Irelands own rich Sligo, Leitrim & North Connaught tradition. Up She Flew has been described as “a masterclass in Irish flute”, “as good an album of top-drawer Irish tradition as is imaginable” and “a vivid blending of New World energy with Old World vibrancy”, demonstrating once again Steph’s vibrant and versatile spirit, her technical prowess, breath control and her ability to bring an innovative approach without losing the heart of the tradition to which she is intrinsically connected.

Steph says “for me, everything is in the small details… This album has not only been inspired by the rich North Connaught repertoire and particular tune settings from the players from this region, but also from a time when these great musicians breathed life into the tunes with their slight variations and subtle re-phrasing of every bar; when variations mimicked the landscape and one could get lost in the modal discrepancies, shifting from c’s to c#’s at will… Up she flew and the cock flattened her!”

Steph will be performing as a trio at this year's festival with Scottish powerhouse, Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs) on bouzouki/guitar/vocals and fiddle maestro Ben Gunnery (Riverdance / Barrage).  Steph will also be facilitating a flute workshop on Saturday 13th July which is highly recommended.

"as good an album of top-drawer Irish tradition as is imaginable" - RnR
"fabulous flute playing...a masterclass in Irish flute" - FolkWorld
"effortless... a peach of a record that demands your attention" - Living Tradition
"flawless... a must have for your collection" - Irish Music Magazine

Tickets for the opening night concert, which also features the outstanding Kitty Macfarlane and BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year, fiddle player Benedict Morris, are still available online by clicking the button below, or click the "Tickets" option, top right, where you can also purchase a Weekend Pass which gives you access to all ticketed concerts over the weekend.

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