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Cormorant's Fancy, music of Ireland and the Celtic Nations, wings across generations and oceans with traditional and contemporary music of Ireland, along with Scotland, Wales, and North America. Delivering driving reels, sprightly jigs, haunting airs, beautiful ballads, spirited songs and good-humored sing-alongs, they feature fancy-full harmonies and soaring instrumentals that blend vocals, concertina, fiddle, penny whistle, low whistle, guitar, keyboards and bodhrán.
Cormorant’s Fancy is available for festivals, concerts, pubs, restaurants, weddings, receptions, parties, schools and workshops as well as heritage and holiday events.
Venues and reviewers have characterized Cormorant's Fancy as "spellbinding," "with a knack for gorgeous arrangements." Their range 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. Cormorant's Fancy's compelling cross-genrational lineup unites the past, present and future, so that whether they are stirring the crowd from the festival stage, gracing the parlor, or accompanying step dancers, their music rings true.
The band's name is based on the original Irish Gaelic meaning of founding 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.
What will you find at a Cormorant's Fancy show? You'll experience lots of clapping, toe-tapping, and singing along. You'll laugh out loud, and feel a tear in your eye. You'll notice the audience hanging on every word of an unaccompanied ballad and cheering for a rousing anthem. You'll see Meg transformed from a love-lorn lass, to an Irish patriot in high fervor, to a grief-stricken young mother, and back to that innocent lass. You won't be surprised to see dancers in the empty spaces. You'll smile at children invited to join the band as guest percussionists on a set of jigs and reels. You'll simply have a fantastic time!
Hearing great bands and going back to source singers means that Cormorant's Fancy influences are diverse. We love to listen many great musicians, including Cara Dillon, The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Karan Casey, Caitlin Nic Gabhann, Planxty, Joannie Madden, Jimmy McBeath, Kevin Burke, Liz Carroll, John Doyle, Back of the Moon, Jim Malcolm, The Bothy Band, Battlefield Band, Mary Black, Christy Moore, Heather Heywood, Gordeanna McCulloch, Andy Irvine, Craobh Rua, The Paul McKenna Band, Paddy Tunney, and John Whelan.