DJ: Joe Foley
Lansdowne Symphony Quartet
Founded in 1946 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lansdowne, the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the oldest community orchestras in the Greater Philadelphia area. The LSO performs five concerts a year during its annual season from October through April.
Reel to Reel
Reel to Reel is an Irish Traditional Music Trio that will be celebrating their one year anniversary together this upcoming October. Paraic Keane, founder and leader of the group, is the real-deal fiddler straight from Dublin. His father Sean Keane was the fiddle player with the Chieftains for over 30 years and certainly passed the torch on to his son. Paraic has been fiddling since he was a wee lad and has a unique in depth perception of traditional Irish music.
Matthew Ward, originally from Philadelphia but residing in Lancaster for the past 40 years, is well known on the Philadelphia Irish scene. His voice is one of a kind. Truly something special, he can belt out a ballad like no one else. He is also an exceptional tin whistler! That is not all, he also plays banjo and harmonica!
Erin McGuire, an East Lansdowne native and Penn Wood graduate, is the backer in the band. She lays down the beat on the piano, comping chords and playing bass lines. Erin has always had an interest in everything Irish and Irish music, but has just been playing on the Irish scene since meeting Paraic three years ago.
Together these three play traditional songs that will surely put a smile on your face and a stomp in your feet.
Reel to Reel YouTube page
Hinton, Bower, Jones
Hinton, Bower, Jones is a Philadelphia-based trio comprised of Brad Hinton, Daniel S. Bower & Hezekiah Jones. Individially, the three have been involved in a number of roots/folk/acoustic endeavors, including Hezekiah Jones, Brad Hinton Band, Manatawny Creek Ramblers and Frog Holler. Together, they perform original and cover songs with their acoustic guitars, three-part harmonies, and one microphone.
Inspired by tight harmonies, loose tea and well-strung guitars and ukuleles, Me3 interprets a wide variety of mostly 20th century American music, adapting three-part harmonies to traditional folk, classic jazz, pop of all decades and unsung gems. Me3 has eclectic musical backgrounds and tastes: Monica Moran forged her musical chops in the theater, Shannon Davidson is strongly influenced by her dad’s love of early jazz and the ukulele, and Holly Hoffmann had a long tenure in the Anna Crusis Women’s Choir.
Bob Beach remembers DC Fitzgerald
Bob Beach met DC Fitzgerald in 1967 at Indiana University of PA. Bob was just learning to play harmonica and DC was a well established folk musician. Over the next few years they developed a musical and personal friendship that spanned 5 decades. This partnership included Contraband, Madison Blue Shoes, the DC Band, Dixie Dogs and American Music culminating with the Fitzgerald and Beach duo. Between the years of 1996 and 2006 Fitzgerald & Beach produced 4 critically acclaimed albums and toured regularly. In late 2006 DC passed away. On the 10th anniversary of DC’s death and the 20th anniversary of Fitzgerald & Beach’s first album (Blues New and Used) Bob has put together a show remembering DC Fitzgerald. This show will include many of the songs DC was known for and lots of memories of a great and influential musician. Bob’s good friend and DC admirer Jim Klingler will help out on guitar.
Orlando Haddad and Patricia King formed Minas in 1978 at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Today, the Lansdowne-based couple possess a reputation as one of the most sought-after Brazilian groups of its kind. Multi-talented as composers, vocalists and instrumentalists, and equally comfortable in Brazilian festive music and jazz, folk and classical genres, Minas has performed in
front of every kind of audience and venue.