Bio - Selkie Girls
The Selkie Girls have quickly and firmly established themselves as one of the premier folk music acts in the North Texas region. The band (Alli Johnson: guitar, vocals, Jaycie Skidmore: penny whistles/flutes/ vocals, Dave Ervin: guitar/mandolin/vocals, Joel Black: upright and fretless acoustic bass, Martin McCall: percussion, and Linda Mudd: harp have performed at the most sought-after - events throughout the state, with featured performances at the North Texas Irish Festival, Austin Celtic Festival, Texas Scottish Festival, the Kimbell Art Museum, and some of the premier local pubs as well. With so much great music in the DFW area, it’s worth noting that the Selkie Girls offer a unique perspective on Celtic and folk music. Their take on the Celtic music tradition built upon lush vocal harmonies and dynamic instrumental arrangements, always captivates their audiences. The band’s repertoire includes ancient laments, contemporary ballads, traditional Irish tunes, Scottish Gaelic folk sung in the native tongue, and foot-stomping jigs and reels.
Celtic Christmas Dallas will be a celebration of The Selkie Girls' fourth album, "Winter Lore, Songs of Celtic Christmas. The Selkie Girls have also recently released their third CD, Pirate Queen. Many of the songs recorded for this Cd focus on strong women in history, like Grace O'Malley or Princess Louise. Their debut album, The Parting Glass, has been very well-received both critically and commercially, with the title track garnering international attention. Their sophomore album, Long Time Traveling, expanded the group’s sound with more intricate arrangements, further pushing the envelope of contemporary Celtic music. All three albums have received rave reviews (from fans and press alike) and have been selling steadily at live shows and online via iTunes and Amazon, with numeroustracks receiving airplay on stations throughout the world.
North Texas Gaelic Youth Chorus
The North Texas Gaelic Youth Chorus is a youth group of singers age 8-18 who perform Irish folk songs harmonized in a chorus. The songs are mostly in the Irish language (Gaelic) and are traditional in nature. The chorus is part of the North Texas School of Irish Music, a 501(C)3 non-profit that was formed to provide goals, structure, and performance opportunities for young people who are interested in learning Irish music.
The group has performed with many leading touring shows including 4 years now with:
- Celtic Woman,
- Irish Tenors,
- Celtic Tenors.
- Teada/Irish Christmas In America
- Danny O’Flaherty
They have played at the North Texas Irish Festival, Kimblefest – Scotland, the Texas Scottish Festival, Allen Arts Festival, Murphy International Festival, Murphy Maze Days, McKinney St. Patricks Festival, and many others. They recently released a CD called Reflections which has sold over 1200 copies in the first 4 months of 2016, and has been played on over 20 radio stations internationally as well as being featured on CelticRadio.net
The program is taught by Allison Johnson, a Gaelic singer and guitar player. In 2013, she became the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the popular Celtic group The Selkie Girls. In 2015, the critically-acclaimed Selkies were honored to win a Celtic Radio Music Award for their version of “The Gaelic Song.” The Selkie Girls have been featured performers at premier festivals throughout the state of Texas, such as the Austin Celtic Festival, San Antonio Highland Games, Texas Scottish Festival, and North Texas Irish Festiva l
String Theory is a Celtic folk band that specializes in high energy Irish trad tunes and songs. Recently ranked one of the top 4 Irish Bands in Texas by the Dallas Observer, the band features Jesse Ramirez on guitar and mandolin, D/FW fiddle legend Linda Relph, Nathan Kennedy on fiddle, Bill Zauner on upright bass, and Matt Cook on vocals, octave mandolin and bodhran.
The band premiered in 2015 with performances at The Celt and Trinity Hall and has since had over 60 shows between those two pubs. In 2015 they were selected to open for Celtic Thunder’s Emmet Cahill. They performed at NTIF in 2016 and 2017, Irishfest Atlanta in 2016, the 2015 O’Flaherty Retreat, the 2017 and upcoming 2018 McKinney Celtic Music Festival, 2017 and 2018 Sherman Celtic Festival and 2018 Irving Canal Fest. The band was the headline performer at the 2016 and 2017 City of Allen’s Shamrock Shindig St. Patrick’s festival. They also have an active Celtic wedding and private party schedule. You can find them at StringTheoryIrish on all social media and www.stringtheoryirish.com. Their recently re-released CD self titled String Theory is available at Amazon and iTunes.
Sarah Copus is an award winning and Billboard charting singer/songwriter and harpist who lives in the D/FW area. She has been performing and recording for over 7 years with her parent's platinum selling band, 2002, and more recently as a solo artist. For a musician under 18, she has had some extraordinary success: two albums hit the Billboard charts that feature her as lead singer, radio airplay across hundreds of stations worldwide, and a Best Vocal Album award from Zone Music Reporter Awards Show in 2015. Her latest CD, "Moorland Winds" has been nominated for 4 awards, and is a favorite on radio playlists world-wide.