Across the Pond was absolutely amazing. We hired them for our wedding, and everyone at the wedding remarked how wonderful they were -- including Irish relatives of mine who are also musicians. I honestly had very high expectations as I love trad music, and lived in Galway, Ireland for a time -- and they blew me away. They learned several special songs for us for the wedding, and their communication was amazing. If you're looking for real trad music, beautifully done, I would highly recommend Across the Pond.
Named in the Top 20 Celtic Folk bands in the World for 2014 by the Celtic Music Podcast, Across the Pond's high energy performances are sure to get everyone's attention early and hold it until the last note. They have lovey hauntingly beautiful slow airs sure to make you wedding ceremony or reception memorable. In March 2015, they were announced co-winners of the Texas Scots Talent Competition. Their music has been topping the N1M music charts. Their song I Know My Love was named Top Celtic Song for 2015 in the Contemporary category by Celtic Music Radio, and another track was nominates Best Roots Traditional set.
They have been booking many weddings, both with GigMasters and directly, and are playing weddings in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Lancaster, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, State College, Virginia Beach, Montreal, Niagara-on-the-Lake and many, many more places. The band can perform music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Their repertoire includes both Irish & Scottish tunes and songs. And they can add some Appalachian Mountain music if requested. They are easy to work with and do their best to help make your wedding an especially memorable experience.
Mike grew up playing bluegrass, old-time and blues guitar, eventually branching out into rock and country. He began performing full time in 1995 with country rockers Latigo Smith before moving on to help form regional powerhouse Hired Guns. Nowadays Mike carries a full schedule of guitar students, as well as being a first-call, freelance artist for a variety of genres. Across the Pond is his first Celtic band.
Chuck started out as a bluegrass banjo player back in the 70s, and even made a living at it for a few years. He eventually shifted over to Scottish style fiddling, learning the basics at John Turners Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Chuck has twice won first place in the Scottish fiddle contests at the Ligonier Highland Games in western Pennsylvania. Chuck loves history as well, and is a serious student of popular music of the 18th and 19th centuries. He has performed solo for many historical societies, presented on historical music at several universities, and was the music director for the award-winning French and Indian War documentary film, Washington's First War: The Battles for Fort Duquesne (Paladin Communications, 2003). Chuck was also the driving force behind the creation of a circa-1830 period orchestra at Old Economy Village, a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission site in Ambridge, PA. Chuck is a busy guy these days, currently performing with four Civil War bands and two Celtic/Irish bands. Chuck completed a two year luthiers apprenticeship at Bluett Brothers Violins in York, PA, and often performs on a fiddle of his own making.
Dan has been playing whistles and bodhran at Irish sessions since 1999. He was self-taught on both instruments and can't read a lick of music. He plays a Seamus O'Kane bodhrán (rack & pinion model) and Burke & Copeland whistles. He has played in numerous sessions throughout the US and Ireland. Dan hosts two traditional Irish seisiuns at the Garryowen Irish Pub in Gettysburg each month. He previously formed two other Irish bands, and has recently began performing solo.
Our listed pricing range includes from 1-hour, local gigs, to much longer weddings and corporate events, both nationally and internationally.