Come Outside for a Burst of Celtic Verve with Cormorant’s Fancy at Gettysburg Seminary

Music, Gettysburg! presents its annual outdoor summer concert with Cormorant’s Fancy: Music of Ireland, Scotland and the Celtic Nations Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 5:00pm on the lawn (“Schmucker Grove”). Bring blankets or lawn chairs and prepare for pieces ranging from tenderly passionate love songs to growling soul-stirrers, and from pitch-perfect a cappella to accompanied complexity propels audiences into the living Celtic tradition. The band’s name is based on the original Irish Gaelic meaning of band member Dan Diviney’s surname as it might entitle one of Chuck Krepley's fiddle tunes. Lead singer Margaret “Meg” Folkemer is joined by parents Beth and Stephen Folkemer. They trace their roots to Counties Galway and Down, as well as Clans Donald and Wallace. Arrangements blend vocals, concertina, fiddle, penny whistle, low whistle, guitar, keyboards and bodhrán.

Shortly after forming in September 2003, Cormorant’s Fancy began performing at The Fairfield Inn where they appear on the third Friday evening each month plus special occasions and holiday seasons. They play in eateries and pubs such as O’Reilly’s (Harrisburg), The Orchards (Chambersburg), Market Cross (Carlisle) and Hickory Bridge Farm (Orrtanna). They’ve been featured at Adams County Irish Festival, Adams County Heritage Festival, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (State College), Fort Hunter Day (Harrisburg), History Meets the Arts Weekend (Gettysburg), Huntingdon Arts Festival, McLain Celtic Festival (Carlisle), Penn-Mar Irish Festival, Summer’s End Festival (Ridgway) and Celebrate the Arts (Chambersburg), as well as numerous concert series, college campuses, retirement villages, schools, churches, weddings and other events. Several members present workshops at events such as the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering and HOTAfest. They’ve recorded two CDs, An Evening at the Fairfield Inn, and Here and There.

Chuck Krepley’s two great passions are music and history. Once a professional Bluegrass banjo player, he took up the fiddle in the 1980s. Chuck spent many years studying Scottish fiddle music, winning a couple of fiddle contests along the way. He has studied and performed historical music covering every period from the French & Indian War of the 1750s through the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Chuck was the music director for French and Indian War documentary film, Washington’s First War: The Battles for Fort Duquesne, by Paladin Communications. Chuck performs and records with his own Civil War band, Home Front, and enjoys guest appearances with several other Civil War bands. He also performs with Across the Pond. Mr. Krepley, a former research chemist, recently completed an apprenticeship as a violinmaker in York, PA. He loves the vibrant exuberance and “soul” of Irish music!

Dan Diviney has played bodhrán and whistles since 1999, and he began performing in 2003 with other local and regional bands. He has sat in with Derek Warfield and The Sons of Erin, as well as John Whelan. He plays O’Kane and RWE bodhráns and Copeland, Silkstone, Chieftain and Susato whistles. His whistle has brought tears to the audience on occasion with his version of “Waves of Kilkee.” Dan hosts two monthly Irish sessions at The Garryowen Irish Pub in Gettysburg. He performs Celtic music individually and with the bands Poor Paddy and Across the Pond, and sits in with a number of other bands and musicians. He plays Civil War music with Guillermo Bosch. His Irish and Scottish roots can be traced back to the mid-1700’s when the Diviney’s and the Heyward’s emigrated to the U.S. When not playing music Dan is usually found at home with his lovely wife Janice.

Beth Folkemer, guitarist and vocalist, also plays mountain dulcimer and helps to arrange band material. Her love of Celtic music is the gift of her family with roots in Scotland, England, Ireland and Canada. Along with her husband Stephen, she has written Of the Land and Seasons: A Folk-Song Paraphrase Setting of Holy Communion. Beth, Stephen, Margaret, Mike Paul, Chris Barnabei and Andy Rosenfeld, performing as Dearest Home, research and present traditional music of PA and WV, Civil War Era, and traditional Appalachian, Celtic and English music. Beth is the music coordinator for the Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital series at Christ Lutheran Church, where she serves on the staff. She sings in the Schola Cantorum. Former member Curtis Rockwell of Oriskany Stringed Instruments built her beau-tiful guitar.

Margaret Folkemer’s lilting soprano adds grace to her ballads, but she is capable of belting out driving tunes as well. Along with her accomplishments as a vocalist, pennywhistle player and pianist, she has studied oboe, and she helps to arrange music for the band. She is a soloist for the Music, Gettysburg! series, sings in the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg, and performs with Dearest Home. Recently Meg graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Quebec, where she performed in the medieval music ensemble, was featured in Gilbert and Sullivan productions and sang with Cappella Antiqua and other choirs. She performed and was a stage manager for Opera McGill. She just returned from serving as an assistant stage manager for the Green Mountain Opera Festival in Vermont. She is a youth choir director and private voice instructor.

Stephen Folkemer, who admits his all-time favorite birthday present is his Hayden Duet Concertina, also plays keyboard and lends vocal and music-arranging support to the band. Since 1979, Stephen has served as the music director at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where he is Professor of Church Music and Cantor. He is the organist and choir director at Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg. He is founder and director of the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg. He has composed and published numerous choral and organ works, along with writing many commissioned works for national as well as local and regional organizations. With his wife Beth he has written Of the Land and Seasons: A Folk Song Setting for Holy Communion. He also performs with Dearest Home.

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Music, Gettyburg! is a premier free concert series featuring the finest regional, national and international musicians hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The Seminary chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge on the west edge of Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-334-6286 ext 2197 or email or visit the web site at .

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