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Burning Bridget Cleary / Bio

“One of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last couple of years!” –Jack Baker, The Irish American News

“ . . . a rockin’ Celtic sound”! -irishphiladelphia.org

“. . . a highlight of this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival”. - Michael Kornfeld, acousticmusicscene.com

Called “the Allman Brothers of Celtic fiddle bands, only prettier” (Mike Weekly, Pottstown Mercury), Burning Bridget Cleary now features the considerable musical talents of Rose Baldino and Deirdre Lockman, who lead the band with high-energy and tightly woven harmonies in both fiddle and vocals. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Philadelphia native, Lou Baldino on guitar, and percussionist, Peter Trezzi, on djembe drum.

BBC has played hundreds of performances along the East Coast, and produced four CDs. Their second production, Everything is Alright, was named “2009 Album of the Year” by Boston-based CelticRadio.net. Their newest CD, "Pressed for Time" was released June 1 2013. It hit #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots Country Charts on 8-30-13 and spent the entire summer in the Folk-DJ charts top ten!

"From the first track here, a fine, innovative, setting of Gordon Duncan's 'Pressed For Time' to the last track, 'Stor Mo Chroi', we have here a band who have decided that Celtic and traditional-based music deserves depth, light and shade, and above all, thought. Nothing here is either inappropriate or forced, and it's all beautifully presented by a band that's learned the first rule of instrumental expertise - clever and effective are not the same thing, and the latter will always hold enough of the former to impress any audience.

The result is a confident, mature band that wears its flair lightly, knows how and when to drive the tunes and songs hard, and when to let the quieter mood prevail. The tradition is beautifully respected here - just listen to the gorgeous version of 'Sitting In The Stern Of A Boat' - but it's not treated like any sacred cow; whatever treatment's appropriate is used. The whole recording is pervaded by an overwhelming air of musicians who know how to let serious music speak, and when to let rip a bit and just have great fun.
The result is a beautiful, eclectic album - and I'm already looking forward to the next one."
- Brian McNeill, Founding Member of The Battlefield Band

Burning Bridget Cleary completed a weeklong tour of Ireland (May 21-29, 2011) where they performed at seven different venues from Dublin to Galway. Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits.

Recent /Upcoming Venues:

• The Philadelphia Folk Festival (2009, 2011, 2013)
• The Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA (2012)
• NBC Philadelphia, “The Ten Show” (March, 2012)
• The Celtic Classic (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
• Bethlehem Musikfest (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
• The Celtic Fling, Manheim, PA (2012, 2013)
• The Fair Hill Scottish Games, Fair Hill, MD (2012)
• Shawnee Mountain Celtic Festival (2012, 2010, 2008, 2013)
• The Green Lane Scottish-Irish Fest (2006, 2007, 2010)
• The Philadelphia Folksong Society “Influences” Workshop Series (2010)
• Godfrey Daniels Folk Listening Room, Bethlehem, PA (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013)
• The Tin Angel, Philadelphia ( 2009)
• WXPN Live Interview/performances on Gene Shay’s Folk Show (6 appearances)
• Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN (2013)
• Kansas City Irish Festival (2013)
• The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival, Black Mountain, NC (2010, 2014)
• The International Celtic Festival, Hunter Mountain, NY (2011)
• The Great American Irish Festival (2011)
• The Blackstone River Theater Summer Solstice Festival (2011)
• Spring Gulch Folk Festival (2008, 2013)
• NERFA Tri-centric Showcase Artists (2010)
• The Buffalo Irish Festival, Buffalo, NY (2011, 2012, 2013)
• World Café Live in Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE (2010, 2011, 2013)
• Ireland Musical Tour (2011)
• Michigan Irish Festival (2013)
• Mountain Folk (VT) & CT Folk Society Music Series (2014)

Radio: Fiona Ritchie’s “Thistle and Shamrock” on NPR, Sing Out! Radio Magazine, Folkscene syndicated (CA), WFMT Midnight Special syndicated, WXPN, WAMU (Wash DC), WNCW (NC) WFUV (NY), WDCB, (Chicago), WVIA, KBOO. Highlander Radio (Boston), WWUH (CT), WNHU (CT), WHUS (CT), WSHU (CT), WUNH (NH), Celtic Roots Radio (Belfast) and hundreds more across the U.S., Canada, & worldwide.

General Info

Band Members
Rose Baldino-Fiddle/Vocals, Deirdre Lockman-Fiddle/Vocals, Lou Baldino-Guitar/Vocals, Pete Trezzi-Djembe
Artist Name
Burning Bridget Cleary
Home Page
Active Since
Celtic / Irish Traditional / Folk

Contact Info

Harleysville, PA
Cheryl Baldino

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