Beth Folkemer, guitarist and vocalist, also plays mountain dulcimer and helps to arrange band material. Her love of Celtic music is the gift of her family with roots in Scotland, England, Ireland and Canada. Along with her husband Stephen, she has written Of the Land and Seasons: A Folk-Song Paraphrase Set-ting of Holy Communion. Beth, Stephen, Margaret, Chuck and Charles Thompson, performing as Dearest Home, research and present traditional music of PA and WV, the Civil War Era, and Appalachia. Beth is the music coordinator for the Songs and Stories of a Civil War Hospital series at Christ Lutheran Church, where she serves on the staff. She sings in the Schola Cantorum. Former member Curtis Rockwell of Oriskany Stringed Instruments built her beautiful guitar. Stephen Folkemer, who admits his all-time favorite birthday present is his Hayden Duet Concertina, also plays keyboard and lends vocal and music-arranging support to the band. Since 1979, Stephen has served as the music director at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, where he is Professor of Church Music and Cantor. He is the organist and choir director at Christ Lutheran Church, Gettysburg. He is founder and director of the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg. He has composed and published numerous choral and organ works, along with writing many commissioned works for national as well as local and regional organizations. With his wife Beth he has written “Of the Land and Seasons: A Folk Song Setting for Holy Communion.” He also performs with Dearest Home.
Margaret Folkemer’s lilting soprano adds grace to her ballads, but she is capable of belting out driving tunes as well. Along with her accomplishments as a vocalist, pennywhistle player and pianist, she has studied oboe, and she helps to arrange music for the band. She is a soloist for the Music, Gettysburg! se-ries, sings in the Schola Cantorum of Gettysburg and Bel Voce, and performs with Dearest Home. Re-cently Meg graduated from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music in Montreal, Quebec, where she performed in the medieval music ensemble, was featured in Gilbert and Sullivan productions and sang with Cappella Antiqua and other choirs. She performed and was a stage manager for Opera McGill. She has been a production manager and an assistant stage manager for the Green Mountain Opera Festival and a stage manager for Amherst Early Music Festival. She is a youth choir director and private voice in-structor. Chuck Krepley’s two great passions are music and history. Once a professional Bluegrass banjo player, he took up the fiddle in the 1980s. Chuck spent many years studying Scottish fiddle music, win-ning a couple of fiddle contests along the way. He has studied and performed historical music covering every period from the French & Indian War of the 1750s through the end of the American Civil War in 1865. Chuck was the music director for French and Indian War documentary film, Washington’s First War: The Battles for Fort Duquesne, by Paladin Communications. Chuck performs and records with his own Civil War band, Home Front, and enjoys guest appearances with several other Civil War bands. He also performs with Across the Pond. Mr. Krepley, a former research chemist, recently completed an ap-prenticeship as a violinmaker in York, PA. He loves the vibrant exuberance and “soul” of Irish music! Dan Diviney has played bodhrán and whistles since 1999, and he began performing in 2003 with other local and regional bands. He has sat in with Derek Warfield and The Sons of Erin, as well as John Whe-lan. He plays O’Kane and RWE bodhráns and Copeland, Silkstone, Chieftain and Susato whistles. His whistle has brought tears to the audience on occasion with his version of “Waves of Kilkee.” Dan hosts two monthly Irish sessions at The Garryowen Irish Pub in Gettysburg. He performs Celtic music indi-vidually and with the bands Poor Paddy and Across the Pond, and sits in with a number of other bands and musicians. He plays Civil War music with Guillermo Bosch. His Irish and Scottish roots can be traced back to the mid-1700’s when the Diviney’s and the Heyward’s emigrated to the U.S. When not playing music Dan is usually found at home with his lovely wife Janice.
Margaret "Meg" Folkemer, vocals, whistles Beth Folkemer, vocals, guitar Dan Diviney, vocals, bodhrán and whistles Chuck Krepley, fiddle, vocals Stephen Folkemer, concertina, keyboard, vocals
We released An Evening at The Fairfield Inn on St. Patrick's Day, 2006, and our second CD, Here & There, in 2009. You can purchase both CDs at CDBaby by going to http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CormorantsFancy