Fire in the Glen
Start St. Paddy’s weekend off early with some live Irish music in the pub!
March 13, 2014 · 9:00pm
Fire in the Glen
Fire in the Glen doesn’t hold back at its performances, where audiences can’t seem to help tapping their toes, clapping and singing along and even trying their hand (foot?) at step-dancing!!
These dedicated musicians are making a bold effort to bring Irish, Scottish and Maritimes music, as well as their own brand of “Celtic eclectic” accents, to southcentral Pennsylvania. A Fire in the Glen performance means a lively presentation of blistering fiddle tunes, mug-thumping pub songs and soulful ballads and airs. Now with a loyal following in their native Lancaster County, bandmates Tom Knapp (fiddle, bodhran, backing vocals), Michael Filippo (lead guitar, vocals) and Amanda Wells (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion) are expanding to new horizons.
It was a stroke of fortune (OK, an accident — ask Tom to tell you about it sometime) that brought Fire in the Glen together, with John Varner serving the first two years as singer/guitarist and Chet Williamson, Jason Mundok and Aaron Gagne helping to redefine the band’s sound over the next decade. Since the band’s professional debut in March 1999, the group has opened for the likes of Lunasa, Great Big Sea, Tarras and bagpiper Kieran O’Hare. They performed at the Festival Club at Cape Breton’s highly esteemed Celtic Colours International Festival, the Celtic Fling in Mount Hope, Pa., and at countless pubs, festivals, wedding receptions, retirement homes and other social occasions.
The band’s first CD, On the Road to Lisdoonvarna, is sold out after receiving lots of positive feedback for its lively appeal. Also gone is the band’s EP, Aaargh! The Susquehanna Pirates!, which featured some of the band’s original work, and Pirates, Wakes & Whiskey, the band’s second full-length CD that boasted 70 minutes of music, including several tracks recorded live at Bube’s Brewery in Mount Joy, Pa. Still available is Let the Wind Blow High, which was released in March 2005, and their most recent CD, Shout ’til the Break of Day, which was released in 2010.