Band to Perform Irish Music at Bullfrog Brewery

Callanish will be playing a free St. Patrick's Day-themed show from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday, March 15, at the Bullfrog Brewery in downtown Williamsport.

Callanish is a five-member traditional Celtic band featuring vocals and a variety of instruments including flutes, whistles, concertina, fiddle, guitar, bodhran (an Irish hand drum), and bouzouki. The band performs traditional music from Ireland and Scotland, as well as a few contemporary and original Celtic songs.

They play a variety of lively dance tunes like jigs and reels, love songs, ballads and spirited Irish drinking songs. When the band presented their exciting new sound to an enthusiastic audience at First Night State College, Rick Bryant, Executive Director of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and First Night said: “We’re always delighted to have Callanish at First Night® State College. They’re one of our most popular performers---they fill a 500 seat church as if it’s Easter morning. Our audience has come to expect a great show from Callanish and the band always delivers.”

The band’s vocalist, Louisa Smith, comes from a musical family. She is classically trained, a native of State College, a graduate of the Penn State School of Theatre, and she developed her love of Celtic music singing for several years at the PA Renaissance Faire.

Holly Foy is the band’s guitarist. She teaches art at State College Area High School and the Delta Program. Holly also plays guitar with the Celtic trio, Lilting Banshee and plays guitar and hammered dulcimer with the Renaissance group, Ancient Echoes. She has traveled to Ireland three times, twice with band mate, Patty Lambert.

Patty Lambert, founding member of Callanish, leads the band. She plays wooden flute, silver flute, whistles and concertina. She also plays with Smash the Windows contra-dance band, and Lilting Banshee (with Holly and Bruce Young). She studied flute with Mike Rafferty, winner of the NEA 2010 National Heritage Fellowship Award.

Percussionist, Carol Lindsay, is also a founding member. She has drives the rhythm on the bodhran, bones and spoons. She regularly performs with the Nittany Valley Symphony and in the duo From the Heart (with Cathy Herrera).

Gretchen Lee plays the fiddle that propels the lilting, signature sound of Callanish. She is a graduate of the Penn State School of Music and currently teaches violin and viola for the Suzuki Program of State College. Gretchen also plays with the Pennsylvania Chamber Orchestra.

For more information, sample clips from our soon to be released new CD, The Hare's Paw, and to see our performance calendar, visit

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