Skibbereen has the honor of being the closing act for the second annual Celtic Fest Springfield. More acts than are listed above, please note that! We take the stage at 10:00 PM but be sure to come early and enjoy all the cultural activities, small musical performances, dancing, piping and drumming. Something for everyone, even the kids will have their very own area for fun and games. See you there!
Skibbereen is proud to once again have the privilege of playing at the Farmer's Market, a wonderful gathering of local and regional food (and craft) merchants who sell locally grown produce, mostly organic. We will be at the corner of 4th and Adams (SW corner) and will be playing from 10:00 to 12:00 in the hot, hot sun! Please come on down and bring some cash so you can take home some great tasting foods as well as experiences and the satisfaction that you've supported "the little guys." Thanks to Downtown Springfield, Inc for this ongoing tradition that is free to the public.
Skibbereen takes the stage for a one hour, concert set of their original, Celtic-inspired rock and roll (with perhaps a cover or two thrown in for good measure!) and world music. The music runs until late but Skibbereen will surely please those who arrive right after work!!
Sounds Like: Young Dubliners, Enter The Haggis, Solas, Flogging Molly, The Pogues
Bio: Rachel Gamble: violin and vocals. Rachel has played violin since age 4 and attended SIU Edwardsville studying in education with a music minor. She also plays with her sisters in a local string quartet. Rachel is active in her church, sings in the choir and also plays with the bell choir there....See Full Bio
Skibbereen's upcoming EP titled "Aithbhreith" (pron. Ahch Bray) is in mastering at the present time. Should be ready before Christmas!
“A whistle and fiddle over a lilting, rapid-fire “one-two-three, one-two-three” rhythm may be how many people identify Celtic music. But Hank Helton of the Springfield band Skibbereen says the music has borrowed from all over the world — from the sounds the Celts picked up as they made their way west across Europe, to the music indigenous in the Caribbean and the Americas as the Irish immigrated across the Atlantic Ocean, and later the more urban sounds of jazz, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. So if Skibbereen sounds a little like a rock band on one song and a reggae band on another, it’s likely because the group is keeping alive the tradition of borrowing and adapting and finding new ways to arrange traditional tunes. Skibbereen performs at an album release party for its debut “Tus” on Saturday at the Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. (See full article at URL below.)”