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Cormorant's Fancy / Press

“Are you guys sure you're from the US? Sounds totally authentic!”

The Skunnerd, Glasgow, Scotland - ReverbNation

“Had the opportunity to hear (and sing along with) Cormorant's Fancy at the Fairfield Inn. We had so much fun and they are so talented! We also appreciated the chance to chat between sets. Come play for us in the frozen north (Erie, PA)!!! PS Enjoyed the first CD so we just ordered the 2nd one.”

“We loved the concert at St. Mark's tonight! You are awesome. We look forward to seeing you again soon.”

“Music in the Orchard: Cormorant's Fancy with Widad Saturday, Aug 10 6:00p to 8:00p Hans Herr House Willow Street, PA Picnic at the 1719 Herr House with: WIDAD: "Weaving folk, rock, rhythm and mysticism with a touch of Americana to create her unique sound.” (H. Langone, Los Angeles) CORMORANT'S FANCY: "Tunes played with skill and emotion that will do for your ears what a sunset over a rolling Irish hillside will do for your eyes." CelticPA.) Extended tour hours at the Herr House: tickets sold separately (www.hansherr.org). A Wood Stove House production.”

“Of course, I knew I was going to like this place from the first glimpse of its old-timey fieldstone and white-porch facade. And from the sounds of the Irish band playing in the restaurant when we step off the sidewalk into the front hall to check in on a recent Friday night....I think the food’s great, too, but mostly I like sitting in the homey tavern space, listening to the familiar old Irish tunes....”

“Our reviewers are saying about our album "Here and There": '…they have produced a CD chock full of great Irish battle and love songs. There is a great deal of variety in the arrangements and tune selections…Without a doubt, a band of very talented players and singers.'”

“On behalf of the Fine Arts Committee, I would like to thank Cormorant's Fancy for its excellent performance of Celtic music at First Lutheran Church this past Sunday. It was great to see how willing the audience was to interact with your band in the sing-a-longs. It was also fun to see the children enjoying their participation in playing along with the jigs and reels. And having a Irish step dancer in the audience willing to join you in a song was a real treat. Also, we were quite appreciative to get to hear Joel sing with you. What a memorable concert for Fine Arts at First and all those in attendance! How wonderful it is to have a Celtic band of such excellent musicianship in our own Central Pennsylvania area. Please share our thanks and appreciation with the rest of the band. We wish you continued success. Have a wonderful Celtic March celebration, Donna”

“Here & There is Cormorant’s Fancy’s second release and with it they show they have made great progress on all fronts: from a great debut (An Evening at the Fairfield Inn) by the south-central PA-based band, to an excellent follow up. As with their first effort, they’ve made an interesting selection in terms of content. There are some old favorites nestling in with other songs not so often heard nowadays. Arrangements are simple and effective—or rather, they are simply effective. Rhythm is provided by percussion, bass and guitar, melodies by fiddle, whistles and concertina. At a little over an hour for the 13 tracks, it might appear long... but with the strong performances, the variety in the track selection, the well-written liner notes and the overall excellent quality of recording, the album flies by. I’m left with the lingering enjoyment of Beth’s unaccompanied singing on “The Sad Courting” and Diviney’s haunting low whistle on “Kilkelly, Ireland”

“Join the party on New Year's Eve when Gettysburg rings in 2013! The Arts Council, in partnership with Gettysburg Borough, ACNB Bank, Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania, and the Majestic Theater, offers a variety of programs, all free of charge, for the 14th annual year-end festivities. We've planned plenty of options for kids, so take your pick! From 7 - 9 p.m., our Arts Education Center at 125 S. Washington St. will host children's arts activities, led by Ann Walsh. Create a musical instrument, enjoy craft projects, and make a funny hat, for children ages 4 through 12. Christ Lutheran Church at 30 Chambersburg St. will play host at 7:30 p.m. to Gettysburg Community Theatre's "America The Beautiful." ...performed by students under the direction of Executive/Artistic Director, Chad-Alan Carr. Gettysburg magician Joe Kerrigan's feats of magic follow at 8:30 p.m., with a community sing-along at 9:45 p.m., and Cormorant's Fancy performing Celtic and and seasonal tunes at 10:30 p.m.”

“Some people came to buy books or DVDs. Others came to buy art supplies, gift cards, and food. No matter what they bought, they did not take their purchases home. Rather, attendees at the second annual Holiday Shopping Spree took home the feeling of knowing they provided help to local nonprofit organizations in time for the holidays. The Holiday Shopping Spree, held Thursday at the Gettysburg Hotel in Gettysburg's Lincoln Square, brought together 26 community organizations for an evening of giving and sharing. The event was hosted by the Adams County Community Foundation, and welcomed dozens of local residents.... [It} allowed potential donors the chance to visit the nonprofit organizations at display tables. There, organization representatives shared their mission and purpose, and spoke about their future needs, both financial and otherwise, with the hopes of connecting with new and returning donors. While shopping, visitors enjoyed music provided by Cormorant's Fancy.”

“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. Arrangements blend vocals, concertina, fiddle, whistles, guitar, keyboards and bodhrán. Music, Gettyburg! is a premier free concert series featuring the finest regional, national and international musicians.”

“Cormorant’s Fancy to perform Benefit Concert: CORMORANT’S FANCY, a South-Central PA Celtic folk band playing traditional Irish and Scottish music, will perform a benefit concert for Susan G. Komen for the Cure at First Lutheran Church, 21 South Bedford Street, Carlisle, on Sunday, March 11 at 3 P.M. sponsored by the Fine Arts at First Artist Series. Featuring concertina, fiddle, penny whistles, low whistles, guitar, bodhran, and vocals, the band will perform a variety of jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and slow airs as well as sing favorite Irish songs including Arthur McBride, P Stands for Paddy, and The Minstrel Boy. The audience will be invited to join in some sing-alongs, and children will be asked to play shakers with the band on selected tunes. The concert is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m. All monies raised will be designated for breast cancer research and will receive supplemental funding from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, a Fortune 500 co”

“It's a personal treat for me to have witnessed the evolution of fellow musicians getting together at sessions to form one of the best sounding and tightly honed Celtic bands in the south-central Pennsylvania area known today as Cormorant's Fancy. Without doubt it is always a pleasure to welcome them back to the McLain Celtic Festival in Carlisle. All fine musicians and just down right nice people, whose music and stage presence keep the audience coming back for more!”

Rodney Owens - Founding Member and Entertainment Chairman, McLain Celtic Festival, Carlisle, PA

“The musicianship of Cormorant's Fancy was absolutely outstanding. Whether you were doing a tender vocal or hard driving instrumental, the music was first rate. Plus it was filled with emotion and spirit, far beyond technical proficiency. This became obvious with the audience appreciation.... simply stated; the audience loved it. Great Concert, Great Music, Great Evening. You filled our cups.”

Tom Jolin - email

“Our reviewers are saying about our album "Here and There," released July 4, 2009: 'Cormorant's Fancy has put together an outstanding collection of Celtic music. They have a tremendous collection of singers and play a wide variety of instruments. This is an excellent album for anyone who enjoys acoustic Celtic music.'”

OL Coach

“Two women plus ten instruments equals one good time, and the Music, Gettysburg! audience will not want to miss the return of Simple Gifts’ dazzling performance this Friday, January 25, 2013 at 7:30pm. Karen Hirshon and Linda Littleton play a wide variety of ethnic folk music, and concert goers will hear selections that range from lively Irish jigs and down-home American reels to hard-driving Klezmer freilachs , haunting Gypsy melodies, and exotic Balkan dance tunes. Throughout their performance, Simple Gifts puts their own distinctive stamp on traditional tunes, creating some of the finest arrangement in folk music today. ...Their newest [album], "Crossing Borders: Music of Many Lands," was recognized by Indie Acoustic as including "one of the best songs of 2005." Their previous album, "Time and Again," won a bronze star in the Crossroads Music Awards. Simple Gifts will lead an open jam session... [after] the concert. Also participating in the jam session will be Cormorant's Fancy.”

“I would recommend Cormorant’s Fancy to any festival because the band is fun, professional, easy to work with, and plays really cool stuff! Their sound is great!”

Robert Ranalli - Noteworthy Music, Studios and Sound

“Hi guys--Bill and I thought you were terrific tonight! It was a charming mix of Scottish and Irish songs and tunes. The singing was good and the harmonies impressive--really enjoyable. The bass added rhythm, depth, and interest. We were intrigued by the whistle duets. The room was perfect and really balanced out the different players and singers. Looking forward to the next one!”

“You were just wonderful at the Wedding and afterward at the Fairfield Inn! The music was so special. Although we are five or six hours away, a group from my church is coming to visit friends later this Spring - and we will be coming on a Friday night to have dinner and hear you play! That was a highlight for me this past weekend. Please let me know when your new cd is ready for purchase. Blessings, as you share your joyful sounds,”

“The best rehearsal dinner ever @ Fairfield Inn! Thanks to all! Blessings in 2012!”

“Arts Council plans New Year's Eve celebration: Looking to spend New Year's Eve in Gettysburg? Lincoln Square looks to be packed with free events to help bring in 2012. The Adams County Arts Council's new Arts Education Center at 125 S. Washington St. will be hosting children's art and crafts activities from 7-9 p.m. Christ Lutheran Church at 44 Chambersburg St. will be hosting various entertainment events, including jazz by pianist Herb Sell from 7:30-8:30, magic with Joe Kerrigan from 8:45-9:30, a community sing-along from 9:45-10:15 and Cormorant's Fancy playing folk, Celtic and seasonal tunes from 10:30-11:30. Christ Lutheran Church will provide hot cider and refreshments throughout the evening. On Lincoln Square,...The countdown to midnight will begin at 11:30 on the Gettysburg Hotel porch with a funny hat contest. ettysburg Mayor William Troxell, Gettysburg's Abraham Lincoln James Getty and vocalist Meg Folkemer will help bring in the new year prior to a fireworks display....”

“Perry Hall Folk Music Night, featuring Cormorant's Fancy Saturday, March 17, 2012, 7:00 pm Perry Hall United Methodist Church, 9515 Belair Rd, Nottingham, MD FREE Monthly "open mic" folk music night. Featuring traditional folk music, not so traditional folk music, and original compositions by local artists. Featured performers this month: Cormorant's Fancy - http://www.cormorantsfancy.com/”

“Cormorant's Fancy Takes Music, Gettysburg! Outdoors: Music, Gettysburg! presents its annual outdoor summer concert with Cormorant's Fancy: Music of Ireland, Scotland and the Celtic Nations Sunday, at 5 p.m., on the lawn - "Schmucker Grove." Bring blankets or lawn chairs. 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 bodhran... Visit the Cormorant's Fancy web-site: www.cormorantsfancy.com. Music, Gettyburg! is a premier free concert series featuring the finest regional, national and international musicians hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg....Visit the web site at www.musicgettysburg.org .”

“Thank you all for a wonderful ceilidh last evening at the Seminary! Everyone is always so impressed by the quality of your performances and your easygoing spirit.”

“Our reviewers are saying about “An Evening at The Fairfield Inn released March 17, 2006: '…Cormorant's Fancy is a gifted band with a knack for gorgeous arrangements. This first taste of their music has whetted my appetite for more. Let's hope they're not strangers to the studio for long.'”

“Cormorant’s Fancy performs music of Ireland, Scotland and other Celtic Nations, and wings across generations and oceans with traditional and contemporary music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, North America and more. Cormorant’s Fancy performs for Music, Gettysburg! annually at the July 4th weekend outdoor platform as well as at other occasions. Delivering driving reels, sprightly jigs, haunting airs, beautiful ballads, spirited songs and good-humored sing-alongs, the band features 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.””

“The ladies of (the once glorious) St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg, MD, class of 1965, were greatly appreciative of your super music during our class dinner. Since I have only been known to raise my voice in song once among my classmates (Four Green Fields), the ghosts of my Sligo and Leitrim ancestors... singers all... smile on your efforts. Slainte, ”

Maureen from Georgia - correspondance

“Gettysburg to ring in New Year’s in style: New Year’s Eve will be rocking in Gettysburg this year, as the event celebrates its 10th anniversary with music, magic, fire eating, fireworks and free entertainment for the whole family.... Christ Lutheran Church on Chambersburg Street will play host to the Herb Sell Jazz Trio at 7:30 p.m., Gettysburg attorney John Wolfe’s feats of magic at 8:45 p.m., a community sing-along at 9:45 p.m., and Cormorant’s Fancy performing Celtic and seasonal tunes at 10:30 p.m. Program support comes from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The church will provide hot mulled cider, refreshments, and a community worship service at 11:45 p.m.... WGET morning personality Fred Snyder will be master of ceremonies at 11:30 p.m. for the countdown to midnight with vocalist Meg Folkemer who’ll usher in 2009 from the porch of the Gettysburg Hotel. The celebration culminates at midnight with a Lincoln Square fireworks display, sponsored by Adams County Nationa”

“Our reviewers are saying about our album "Here & There:" 'I was impressed with all the singers as they all did a fine job carrying a tune and emphasizing the lyrics where they should be emphasized.'”

Mark Jordan - Celtic Pennsylvania

“Cormorant's Fancy, with baritone Wayne Hill, will perform Sunday: Cormorant's Fancy, a Celtic and American folk music band featuring Stephen and Beth Folkemer, members of their family and musician friends will offer a free outdoor concert...This special Music, Gettysburg! outdoor concert will also feature baritone Wayne Hill singing favorite traditional American and folk songs. Music, Gettysburg! brings Cormorant's Fancy back for a fourth midsummer outdoor concert format, welcoming guests to the Seminary lawn in a picnic style concert.”

“Join the party on Lincoln Square New Year's Eve when Gettysburg rings in 2012. Gettysburg Borough and the Arts Council offer a variety of programs, all free of charge, for the 13th annual year-end festivities. ACNB Bank has planned another spectacular fireworks display at midnight. Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania is the corporate sponsor. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., our Arts Education Center at 125 S. Washington St. will host children's arts activities, led by Ann Walsh. Create a musical instrument, enjoy craft projects, and make a funny hat, for children ages 4 through 12. Christ Lutheran Church at 30 Chambersburg St. will play host to pianist Herb Sell at 7:30 p.m., Gettysburg magician Joe Kerrigan's feats of magic at 8:45 p.m., a community sing-along at 9:45 p.m., and Cormorant's Fancy performing Celtic and seasonal tunes at 10:30 p.m. The church will provide hot mulled cider, refreshments, and a community worship service at 11:45 p.m.”

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