With sadness we announce that Dan Diviney, founding member of Cormorant's Fancy, played his last show with the band in April. Dan is pursuing opportunities with his band "Across the Pond," and spending time on family matters. His musicianship and creativity will be missed. We are deeply grateful for Dan's many contributions to Cormorant's Fancy!
At the same time, we are happy to welcome a new percussionist to Cormorant's Fancy, Ricky Czar. Ricky reinforces our cross-genrational lineup--traditional music has always united folks of all ages! A junior at Gettysburg Area High School, Ricky has been a fan of the band for just about as long as he can remember. He brings enthusiasm and good humor to every gig!
Venues and reviewers have characterize Cormorant's Fancy as "spellbinding," "with a knack for gorgeous arrangements." From tender love songs to growling soul-stirrers, and from pitch-perfect a cappella to ac-companied complexity, they propel audiences into the living Celtic tradition. Cormorant's Fancy's compel-ling cross-generational lineup unites the past, present and future, so that whether they are stirring the crowd from the festival or concert stage, leading the pub or hall in song, gracing the parlor, or accompanying step dancers, their music rings true. Please visit their websites: http://www.cormorantsfancy.com, http://www.reverbnation.com/cormorantsfancy, and http://www.facebook.com/CormorantsFancy to see their full performance schedule. Cormorant’s Fancy tailors their shows to each venue, including high-energy St. Paddy’s parties/All-Irish Celebrations, All-Scottish programs including Burns Nights, fun sing-along events, gorgeous wedding sets, accompaniment for dancers, laid-back restaurant sets, Christmas and New Year’s events, and combinations of their varied styles. What will you find at a Cormorant's Fancy show? You'll experience lots of clapping, toe tapping, and sing-ing 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 or Scottish 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 in-vited to join the band as guest percussionists on sets of jigs and reels. You'll simply have a fantastic time! Cormorant’s Fancy’s name is based on the original Irish 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 bodhrán. Shortly after forming in September 2003, Cormorant’s Fancy became the house band at The Fairfield Inn, where they now play throughout the holiday season and other special occasions. They’ve been featured on WITF FM’s Center Stage, and at the Scottish Society of Central Pennsylvania, Adams County Irish Festi-val, Adams County Heritage Festival, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Fort Hunter Day, Hun-tingdon Arts Festival, McLain Celtic Festival, Penn-Mar Irish Festival, and Celebrate the Arts (Chambers-burg). They are Music, Gettysburg! series favorites as well as performing in concert series including Wall-ingford Community Arts Center, Han’s Herr House (Lancaster area), Fine Arts at First (Carlisle), St. Mark Presents (Hanover), England Acres Farm (Frederick, MD), and Summer Mini-Concerts (Mt. Gretna). They’ve performed and presented workshops at the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering and Heart of the Arts Festival (HOTAfest). They’ve entertained in additional eateries and pubs such as The Orchards (Chambersburg), Market Cross (Carlisle) and Hickory Bridge Farm (Orrtanna). In addition, Cormorant’s Fancy has played at numerous college campuses, retirement villages, schools, churches, weddings and other events. They’ve recorded two CDs, An Evening at the Fairfield Inn, and Here and There.
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