The Appalachian Celtic Consort's superb dance music has been used in our St Paddy's Day Special for 2010, SP18 as the background to a superb humourous Irish Poem. You can also hear the amazing track Road to Lisddoonvarna/Tobin's from their album Come by the Hills in our 2013 Imbolg Holiday Special for Brighid, SP34. Thanks to Marc Gunn's Irish & Celtic Music Podcast for bringing them to our attention!
ACC plays traditional Irish and Scottish music mostly, but also a little old-time and some original compositions. If you are a die-hard traditionalist you might notice that our music has a little different sound than some Celtic groups -- hence the word Appalachian in our name. Our hills and mountains were settled by Scotch-Irish immigrants, and the music they brought with them has picked up a bit of local flavor.
ACC started out in 1998 with Mike Petersen on concertina, Dewey Sanderson on hammered dulcimer, and Pat Wiegand on guitar. Shortly thereafter Mark Nelson joined us to lend a hand with pennywhistle, bagpipes and flute. Neil Cadle rounds out the band playing bohdran, other percussion instruments, and mandolin on our second CD.
The band re-invented itself in 2004-5 after Mike Petersen moved to Wheeling. Although he still plays with the group occasionally, additional lead instrumentation was provided by the addition of Dave Gladkosky, who adds mandolin, guitar and bass vocals. Most recently, Mark Watson brings an assortment of whistles, flutes, bouzouki, and even a little fiddle.
Our third CD, “Come By the Hills” was released around May of 2006. This CD features the full complement of members and features a number of unique arrangements of traditional tunes as well as introducing two new original pieces. You'll find lots of jigs, reels, dances and songs. We also have a great accapella 3-part harmony piece which we have covered from the Tannahill Weaver's Capernaum album.
The Appalachian Celtic Consort have 3 albums available.