Ancient Sounds Celtic & Appalachian Outdoor Music Festival
Join us on Sunday, September 1, 2019, for the fourth annual Ancient Sounds Celtic & Appalachian Outdoor Music Festival! Celebrate the “unofficial end of summer” (and hopefully the Vols first win of the 2019 season!) on the beautiful grounds of Historic Ramsey House.
Celtic and Appalachian music, performed by a lineup of regional talent, starts at 2:00 p.m. and continues into the evening. Plan now to bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the following:
2019 Festival Lineup
The Missing Goats
The Missing Goats, a four-piece pub band, entertains with Irish, Scottish, and Appalachian songs and tunes. The band’s musicians, playing guitar, banjo, mandolin and fiddle, come together from a variety of musical styles and bands, including Irish, folk and Americana.
Members are Steve Reddick on guitar, harmonica, and vocals; Mary Tuskan on mandolin and vocals; Tom Beehan on banjo and vocals; and Chip Bailey on fiddle and bodhran. Reddick is a retired eighth grade history teacher in Oak Ridge, and Mary is a Clinton High School counselor. Tom is a former Oak Ridge mayor. Chip, from Norris, teaches popular music-themed classes for the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning.
The Missing Goats have performed at The Lavender Festival, Crafters Brew, and Razzleberry’s in Oak Ridge, Tennessee; the Norris Little Theater in Norris, Tennessee; Historic Ramsey House in Knoxville, Tennessee; and various St. Patrick’s Day pubs and events.
Founded in November of 2012, Thistle Dew is a vocal collaboration dedicated to not only preserving and perpetuating two forms of “roots” music —Celtic and Appalachian—but also creating something NEW by melding them into “Celtalachian” music (a term the group trademarked).
Rhodyjane Meadows is a community outreach coordinator in Roan Mountain, Tennessee, who builds on her rich Southwest Virginia musical heritage (“somewhat” kin to Mother Maybelle Carter) as a song-writing/arranging, harp-plucking, banjer-frailing “Dew-Drop.” Fellow “Dew-Drop” Laura Laughridge, bread and buttered in Linville Falls, North Carolina, blesses Thistle Dew with a strong family background in folk and ballad singing. She is the “Magnolious Mistress of Harmonies!” “Thistle Dude” Lonny Finley fills in all the gaps, both instrumentally and vocally. They reckon “this’ll DEW”!
Wild Blue Yonder
Preserving the musical traditions of their Appalachian region while giving fresh voice to ancient themes of love and loss, time and trials, is the hallmark of the rootsy ensemble from East Tennessee known as Wild Blue Yonder. All three members of the group are veteran entertainers who deliver their music with passion and sincerity. Each member also boasts a bit of Irish or Scottish ancestry, which lends an authenticity and richness to their Celtic numbers. Whether playing a lively reel or a haunting Scottish Folk song, their love of Celtic music shines through every note.
Wild Blue Yonder has endeared audiences with warm harmonies and old-time banjo and fiddle across East Tennessee and Western North Carolina since their inception almost 20 years ago. The group has produced three CDs, two of which have received airplay on various Folk and Bluegrass radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. Band founders Melissa Wade (guitar and vocals) and Philip Coward (banjo, mandolin, vocals) write the group’s original material. Fiddler Cindy Wallace, formerly of the band Wild Mountain Honey, performed for many years at Dollywood, Music Mansion and other Sevier County theaters.
Elza Gate plays traditional acoustic southern mountain music and bluegrass, while drawing on tunes from the British Isles as well as the blues, folk, and country genres. Pat Parr and Bob Cushman are both retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where Pat was a natural resources manager and Bob a freshwater biologist. They named their duo after the primary gate used by the Army to control access to the Secret City during the Manhattan Project days of WWII.
Good Thymes Ceilidh Band
The Good Thymes Ceilidh (kay-lee) Band formed in 2008 from members of the Knoxville Scottish Music Club. They play a wide variety of Scottish tune styles in the form of jigs, reels, strathspeys, hornpipes, marches, waltzes, and lovely slow airs. The band is comprised of four musicians: fiddles and guitar often changing up the sounds with penny whistle, bodhràn, mandolin, vocals, and occasional step dancing. This group shares their love of Scottish music and performs repertoire that illustrates the shared influences from the old time traditional music often enjoyed in Appalachia and beyond.
Four Leaf Peat
Born out of Irish traditional music in pub sessions, Four Leaf Peat brings together musicians from various backgrounds.They also explore the kinship of Appalachian musical heritage and the Irish traditional music from whence it grew.
Four Leaf Peat is Chad Beauchaine on fiddle; Gil Draper on guitar, bouzouki and mandolin; Rick Hall on hammer dulcimer, vocals and bodhrán; and Jason Herrera on vocals, bodhrán, flute and whistle. Whether it’s lively jigs and reels, slow airs, or songs, the spirit that gave birth to Irish traditional music can be felt in every set.