Yachats Celtic Music Festival

Performers - 2016

CHESSBOXER
The Fire Trio Rebecca, Adam and David
The Fire trio is Scottish music with world-class fiddling combined with bagpipe, guitar, bodhran, and penny-whistle accompaniment, featuring International Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, and multi-instrumentalists David Brewer and Adam Hendey. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, four instrument combinations and vast repertoire of tunes, they offer a wildly diverse duo concert.
Jennifer Sordyl Beth Brown and Don Berg
Jennifer Sordyl  on fiddle,  Beth Brown on cello, and  Don Berg  on guitar, will be bringing their musical magic to this year’s festival. They will  play for the Ceili  Dance, and lead  some of the jams.  They perform  as  “Celtic Swings”  and "Contra Swings" playing  Celtic, swing &  contra-dance music, with a rhythmic,  swinging, toe tapping  sound.
Hammer and Whistle
Hammer and Whistle perform an eclectic selection of Celtic music on Hammered Dulcimer and Low D and Pennywhistle. Hammers and Whistle are Margot and Rich Fetrow. Margot and Rich cast a blissful joy to any room they perform in, and we are pleased they will  perform at the 2016 YCMF.
Biddy on the Bench
Playing and singing traditional tunes on traditional instruments, "Biddy on the Bench" brings fresh energy to the vibrant genre of old-world folk. The versatile combination of banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle and four part vocal harmony  lends itself equally to high-energy Irish rebel songs and shanties, lively session tunes, and mournful  Gaelic ballads
Sassafras
 Oregon based  Sassafras is a new musical project of Kimmy Smith, and we are honored to be introducing them  at  this year’s  festival.  With years of experience  in  many Celtic bands,   Sassafras  members  show their love for the music and brings a “spicy Irish sound” to their   performances. Sassafras   consists of Kimmy Smith, fiddle, guitar, vocals; Kevin Rothar, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo; Kate Huber flute.
Mary Grace
Mary Grace performs music from the Celtic nations and their diaspora on the harp, sometimes mixed with songs, stories, and original works. She is an Oregon-born harper who has studied at the University of Oregon as well as abroad in Ireland. A current resident of the Willamette Valley, she plays for weddings, festivals, parties, and unique occasions. She is honored by the opportunity to provide sacred music upon request for people on service with Signature Hospice.
Ric Morrisonn
Ric Morrisonn has been playing the bodran and singing for 25 years. He was very active in the SF Bay area Celtic and maritime music scene for 13 years and continues the same in the Coos Bay area. He is founder of the Doodad Shanty Boys. Ric will be leading a bodhran workshop and performing at the 2016 YCMF.
Tim Birr
Tim Birr will give a lecture on the life of Francis O’Neill, a man who single handedly saved a multitude of traditional Irish tunes from oblivion. He is joined by Jennifer Sordyl   who will  play some tunes from O’Neill’s collections on the fiddle.
Two Rivers Morris
Morris Dancing  is a vigorous ensemble dance done with clashing sticks,  ringing bells, and live music. It's long been performed in the villages of the English countryside. We are thrilled to have Eugene based 2 Rivers Morris leading a workshop at the YCMF this year.
How to find us P: 541-961-2915 Polly Plumb Productions PO Box 128 Yachats, Oregon 97498 MOST EVENTS ARE HELD AT THE YACHATS COMMONS BLDG. 411 HWY 101 N. YACHATS, OREGON 97498
Wait until you hear their Celtic Music! ChessBoxer is the boundary pushing, collaborative  project by these three widely recognized musicians. With  an interest in symphonic music, Matt, Ross, and Royal  have taken their orchestrated musical ideas and  condensed them down to three instruments. Their  technical form and knowledge of melodic structure has  resulted in the creation of beautiful instrumental  compositions, stories that evolve with each performance  and listen.
Doodad Shanty Boys
The Doodad Shanty Boys  are  Ric Morrisonn,  and bandmates Tom Leahy, Joe Aguirre, Mike Vaughn, and Valerie Caskieture  They perform songs and stories of the sea (circa 1700-1900) with an emphasis on percussion.  In addition to shanties — rhythmic songs designed to coordinate the heaving or hauling of a group of workers — the group sings "forecastle songs" or "forebitters," which are ballads of maritime life that sailors might sing in their leisure hours.
Terry Trenholm
One of the most unique acts at this years festival, we are delighted   to have Terry Trenholm on the roster.  Terry Trenholm is a one man Celtic Punk band.   Terry plays five instruments at once.   Guitar, harmonica, keyboard, drum and tambourine. Terry is kicking off our Saturday night show. 
Piper at the Point
Our Piper at the Point this year is David Brewer. A Scottish descendant and native of Oregon,   David is a founding member of the popular   Celtic band,   Molly's Revenge.   
Karen Olsen
Karen Olsen our Ceili Dance caller and workshop leader  Karen has been playing Celtic music and dancing on the Oregon Coast for 40 years.   She is one of the founders of the South Coast Folk Society.   She loves to share her enthusiasm for traditional dance and music with dancers of all skill levels and abilities including beginners just starting out.     Karen believes that the combination of great music, fun physical activity, and social engagement is what makes community Ceili dancing a lasting tradition that enriches the lives of any who participate.
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Board Members

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Linda Hetzler

I was raised in the forest by wood nymphs and fairies. Before my father died while learning to fly with the Eagles, he taught me to be brave, to embrace risk, to run with the wolves and to dance with wild abandon. My mother died in my arms at a young age, she fell pray to a nerve toxin that creeps In the soil of dead earth, hospitals and the tongue of a moth. I am indebted in her for teaching me the value of hard work, dedication, determination and for her undying commitment to us, her children of the wood.  I love to play with my magic wand, granting fairy wishes, I hope you will join us in our play, spreading love and joy for the creative endeavors of all.

Jo Crooks

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Meredith Howell

Meredith is the Secretary of Polly Plumb Productions.  That seems to be a good fit because she enjoys writing and organizing information.  When Meredith isn't helping out with local community activities, she works as a Program Developer for Rural Development Initiatives.  She is still looking to discover her sense of humor.

Sandy Dunn

  

Robert Rubin

Robert Rubin has lived in Lincoln County since 1971. A musician and songwriter, he plays accordion and piano.  He is shocked Polly Plumb Productions would allow him on the board.  He enjoys playing music, intergalactic travel and having fun.

Stephen Farish

Born and abandoned under the Golden Gate Bridge in the mid1900's, Stephen was raised by a pod of semi-nomadic mermaids, during tumultuous times, along the shores of the San Francisco Bay. After years of wandering the world's coastlines, seeking clues to his true destiny, he happened upon a Druid Priestess who revealed the story of his ancestry as being directly traced to   a descendant of one of the seven sons of the Pict King  Cruithne,    ...and a whiskey distiller's daughter   from   Dublin. His life since that day has been dedicated to capturing the spirit of his Celtic heritage, learning to adapt to dry land,   and trying to hide his pointy ears.    He currently lives near the high tide line on the Oregon Coast with an exceptional cat and a small flock of crows.
Ruth Bass Ruth Bass is a multimedia artist living in retirement in Yachats, Oregon.  She has participated in gallery shows in the USA, Japan, and France. She is currently honing her watercolor skills at her studio in Yachats. She enjoys being a member of the Yachats Parks and Commons Commission. As a Polly Plumb Productions board member Ruth brings her artist’s skill set to the group.
Sandy Dunn bought her first property in Yachats in 1989 she built a new home and retired here in 2005. She is the President of the Yachats Ladies Club and the Friends of Yachats Library. Sandy has been on the Yachats City Council since 2009. She does bookkeeping and payroll for several businesses in Yachats.  As a Polly Plumb Production board member she is in charge of tracking all the money, paying the bills and doing the required accounting.
Toad in the Hole
We are so happy to present  the reunion and return  of Toad in the Hole to the festival this year. Toad in the Hole brings their signature mix of traditional Celtic arrangements and poetic  punk, to every performance.  Matthew Hayward-MacDonald on lead vocals and  guitar, Jason Kelly on guitar and  vocals, Chris Leland on fiddle, mandolin, and vocals, and  Graeme Pletscher on whistle, are Toad in the Hole.
Mystery GAME
This year the Yachats Celtic Music Festival offers sleuths a chance to join in on the fun and   play in our Celtic themed Mystery Game.  This game has been written especially for the YCMF by Ram Papish. The year is 1887. The legends of the Bloody Water Well seem to have become reality when the body of Ben Wandren is found at the bottom of that spooky old hole in the ground. The Bloody Water Well has a troubling history and is associated with many unsubstantiated local legends, disappearances and ghost stories.   Some claim that the strange sounds emanating from deep in the well are the voice of a Banshee, luring passers-by to a watery grave.    Compete to solve this mystery by collecting clues around Yachats and questioning the six suspects that have been brought in by Inspector I. M. Tryin. 
Connla’s Well
Connla's Well plays the emotions and mystery of Celtic music and legends. Our debut CD, Deep Waters, strives for contrasts of nuance and passion to carry the listener to otherworldly places or simply ease the heart and mind. The bands love of Irish and Scottish lore and language helps us select tunes that showcase the richness of the wild island heritage. Our repertoire includes traditional, contemporary, and original works..
Corned Beef and Cabbage Smoked Salmon Platter Shepardís Pie Buffalo Cauliflower Pasties - Vegetarian Pasties - with meat Scotch Eggs Irish Brown Bread w/cream cheese Irish Soda Bread Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes Butterscotch pudding Cookies AVAILABLE IN THE COMMONíS KITCHEN   Festival MENU Corned Beef and Cabbage Smoked Salmon Platter Shepardís Pie Buffalo Cauliflower Pasties - Vegetarian Pasties - with meat Scotch Eggs Irish Brown Bread w/cream cheese Irish Soda Bread Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes Butterscotch pudding Cookies AVAILABLE IN THE COMMONíS KITCHEN   Festival MENU

Performers

2016

How to find us P: 541-961-2915 Polly Plumb Productions PO Box 128 Yachats, Oregon 97498 MOST EVENTS ARE HELD AT THE YACHATS COMMONS BLDG. 411 HWY 101 N. YACHATS, OREGON 97498
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Yachats Celtic Music Festival
Hammer and Whistle
Hammer and Whistle perform an eclectic selection of Celtic music on Hammered Dulcimer and Low D and Pennywhistle. Hammers and Whistle are Margot and Rich Fetrow. Margot and Rich cast a blissful joy to any room they perform in, and we are pleased they will  perform at the 2016 YCMF.
Mary Grace
Mary Grace performs music from the Celtic nations and their diaspora on the harp, sometimes mixed with songs, stories, and original works. She is an Oregon-born harper who has studied at the University of Oregon as well as abroad in Ireland. A current resident of the Willamette Valley, she plays for weddings, festivals, parties, and unique occasions. She is honored by the opportunity to provide sacred music upon request for people on service with Signature Hospice.
Tim Birr
Tim Birr will give a lecture on the life of Francis O’Neill, a man who single handedly saved a multitude of traditional Irish tunes from oblivion. He is joined by Jennifer Sordyl   who will  play some tunes from O’Neill’s collections on the fiddle.
The Fire Trio Rebecca, Adam and David
The Fire trio is Scottish music with world-class fiddling combined with bagpipe, guitar, bodhran, and penny-whistle accompaniment, featuring International Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, and multi- instrumentalists David Brewer and Adam Hendey. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, four instrument combinations and vast repertoire of tunes, they offer a wildly diverse duo concert.
Jennifer Sordyl Beth Brown and Don Berg
Jennifer Sordyl  on fiddle,  Beth Brown on cello, and  Don Berg  on guitar, will be bringing their musical magic to this year’s festival. They will  play for the Ceili  Dance, and lead  some of the jams.  They perform  as  “Celtic Swings”  and "Contra Swings" playing  Celtic, swing &  contra-dance music, with a rhythmic,  swinging, toe tapping  sound.
CHESSBOXER
Wait until you hear their Celtic Music! ChessBoxer is the boundary pushing, collaborative  project by these three widely recognized musicians. With  an interest in symphonic music, Matt, Ross, and Royal  have taken their orchestrated musical ideas and  condensed them down to three instruments. Their  technical form and knowledge of melodic structure has  resulted in the creation of beautiful instrumental  compositions, stories that evolve with each performance  and listen.
Biddy on the Bench
Playing and singing traditional tunes on traditional instruments, "Biddy on the Bench" brings fresh energy to the vibrant genre of old-world folk. The versatile combination of banjo, guitar, mandolin, tin whistle and four part vocal harmony  lends itself equally to high-energy Irish rebel songs and shanties, lively session tunes, and mournful  Gaelic ballads
Sassafras
 Oregon based  Sassafras is a new musical project of Kimmy Smith, and we are honored to be introducing them  at  this year’s  festival.  With years of experience  in  many Celtic bands,   Sassafras  members  show their love for the music and brings a “spicy Irish sound” to their   performances. Sassafras   consists of Kimmy Smith, fiddle, guitar, vocals; Kevin Rothar, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo; Kate Huber flute.
Doodad Shanty Boys
The Doodad Shanty Boys  are  Ric Morrisonn,  and bandmates Tom Leahy, Joe Aguirre, Mike Vaughn, and Valerie Caskieture  They perform songs and stories of the sea (circa 1700-1900) with an emphasis on percussion.  In addition to shanties — rhythmic songs designed to coordinate the heaving or hauling of a group of workers — the group sings "forecastle songs" or "forebitters," which are ballads of maritime life that sailors might sing in their leisure hours.
Terry Trenholm
One of the most unique acts at this years festival, we are delighted   to have Terry Trenholm on the roster.  Terry Trenholm is a one man Celtic Punk band.   Terry plays five instruments at once.   Guitar, harmonica, keyboard, drum and tambourine. Terry is kicking off our Saturday night show. 
Karen Olsen
Karen Olsen our Ceili Dance caller and workshop leader  Karen has been playing Celtic music and dancing on the Oregon Coast for 40 years.   She is one of the founders of the South Coast Folk Society.   She loves to share her enthusiasm for traditional dance and music with dancers of all skill levels and abilities including beginners just starting out.     Karen believes that the combination of great music, fun physical activity, and social engagement is what makes community Ceili dancing a lasting tradition that enriches the lives of any who participate.
Piper at the Point
Our Piper at the Point this year is David Brewer. A Scottish descendant and native of Oregon,   David is a founding member of the popular   Celtic band,   Molly's Revenge.   
Mystery GAME
This year the Yachats Celtic Music Festival offers sleuths a chance to join in on the fun and   play in our Celtic themed Mystery Game.  This game has been written especially for the YCMF by Ram Papish. The year is 1887. The legends of the Bloody Water Well seem to have become reality when the body of Ben Wandren is found at the bottom of that spooky old hole in the ground. The Bloody Water Well has a troubling history and is associated with many unsubstantiated local legends, disappearances and ghost stories.   Some claim that the strange sounds emanating from deep in the well are the voice of a Banshee, luring passers-by to a watery grave.    Compete to solve this mystery by collecting clues around Yachats and questioning the six suspects that have been brought in by Inspector I. M. Tryin. 
Connla’s Well
Connla's Well plays the emotions and mystery of Celtic music and legends. Our debut CD, Deep Waters, strives for contrasts of nuance and passion to carry the listener to otherworldly places or simply ease the heart and mind. The bands love of Irish and Scottish lore and language helps us select tunes that showcase the richness of the wild island heritage. Our repertoire includes traditional, contemporary, and original works..
Corned Beef and Cabbage Smoked Salmon Platter Shepardís Pie Buffalo Cauliflower Pasties - Vegetarian Pasties - with meat Scotch Eggs Irish Brown Bread w/cream cheese Irish Soda Bread Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes Butterscotch pudding Cookies AVAILABLE IN THE COMMONíS KITCHEN   Festival MENU
Connla’s Well
Connla's Well plays the emotions and mystery of Celtic music and legends. Our debut CD, Deep Waters, strives for contrasts of nuance and passion to carry the listener to otherworldly places or simply ease the heart and mind. The bands love of Irish and Scottish lore and language helps us select tunes that showcase the richness of the wild island heritage. Our repertoire includes traditional, contemporary, and original works..
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