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Carl Peterson Carl Peterson

Carl Peterson was born ad raised in Greenock, Scotland, and has used his childhood love of music to become a popular performer with audiences of all ages. He performs traditional songs of Scotland, Ireland and England and contemporary music, including material of his own writing, some of which has been performed and recorded by other artists. Carl has over a dozen published recordings to his credit, including Songs of Rob Roy and the MacGregors, Scotland The Brave, The Flowers of Scotland, and his most recent release, The Auld Scotch Sangs. He has recorded with Capitol Records of Canada, London Records, Nesak Inter-national, and currently for his own company, Darach Recordings. Carl Peterson resides in Berks County, Pennsylvania, and retains his Canadian and British citizenships. E-mail: carlpeterson@darachweb.com.


TomLori (Tom and Lori Rivers) are historical music reenactors and entertainers, purveyors of period and traditional Scots/Irish Celtic folk music from the Renaissance (15th century), through the Colonial and Early American periods (early 19th century). TomLori combine vocals and a mix of period and traditional musical instruments, weaving point and counterpoint harmonies into the simple and the intricate tunes our ancestors sang and danced to with a youthful drive! For bookings and more info see the website www.tomlori.com; write to P.O. Box 775, Garrisonville, VA 22463-0775; call 703-314-8288 or 540-659-6922; or send e-mail to TomLoriMail@yahoo.com.

Pat O'Flaherty and Dan Corbett

Patrick O'Flaherty, a talented multi-instrumentalist, began playing the harmonica as a young boy in Connemara. Raised in Galway's Gaeltacht on the Rugged West Coast of Ireland, Patrick is part of a select group of people whose native language is Gaelic. He grew up in Ardmore, Co. Galway, and spent much of his boyhood on Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran islands off the coast of Galway. Today he is acknowledged as one of the truly fine practitioners of Irish mandolin and harmonica. He is also a highly respected player of the button accordion and banjo. Patrick is one of the few composers today writing original songs in Gaelic. He performed with two bands, The Celtic Folk and The Poor Clares, whose second album, "Change of Habit," reached the national charts. He has received such honors as the New Orleans Irish Society's Coamnuigteoir Award, The Johanna Seither Award from the Celtic Nations Heritage Festival of New Orleans, the D.C. Irish Radio Show's Musician of the Year Award (6 times), Honorary Citizenship in the town of Kentwood, Louisiana, keys to the city of Alexandria, Virginia, and the Celtic Culinarian Award. For more information, see the website at www.poflaherty.com, phone 703-725-4486, or send e-mail to patrick@poflaherty.com.

Mary Smith & Friends

Mary Smith performs Irish, Scottish, English and American ballads. She has delighted audiences at Ireland's Own pub in Washington, DC: Borders book store in Richmond; and at events for the St. Andrew's Society of Richmond.

Peat & Barley

Peat & Barley is Bill Mitchell on hammered dulcimer and Becky Ross on fiddle and occasionally on hammered dulcimer. They are a Celtic duo based in the Washington D.C. area and play traditional Scottish, Irish and American music . Bill has played the hammered dulcimer since 1992 and was inspired to play from his first experience of hearing a hammered dulcimer. He is a self-taught player and is particularly noted for his strong accompaniment skills. Becky was classically trained on violin during her schooldays but was drawn to begin playing again in 1991 after discovering Celtic fiddle music. Bill and Becky have been playing together as Peat & Barley since 1996 and recorded their first album, "Reflections on Big Moose Lake," in 1998 (out of print). In addition to their performances as Peat & Barley, they also perform as members of the Celtic group The Homespun Ceilidh Band and the Scottish group Circle of Friends. For more information see the website at http://users.starpower.net/billmitch; e-mail Becky Ross at BeckyRoss@erols.com; or call (301) 208-8285.

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends (Cearcall Chardean in Gaelic) plays lively and melodic tunes from the wealth of the Scottish tradition. The Friends are Julie Gorka - piano; Karin Loya - cello; Pam Mcfarlane - bodhran; Bill Mitchell - hammered dulcimer; Becky Ross - fiddle; and John Ward - fiddle. For more information e-mail them at practicealot@comcast.net.

Mac-talla Gaelic Singers Mac-talla Gaelic Singers

Mac-talla (the Echo) presents the Celtic language and music of Scotland -- Gaelic songs of land and sea, dance tunes, work songs, love songs and laments. The group has performed at the U.S. Gaelic Md, the Nova Scotia Md at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, the British Embassy, a benefit for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf at the National Geographic Society, the Textile Museum, and at Scottish, Celtic and Folk Festivals from Virginia to Pennsylvania. Mac-talla's members are: William Cassidy, Michael McKay, Elizabeth Milner, Pam Swischer (harp), Mary Gillies Swope, Alison Verdi, John Ward (fiddle), Beatrix Whitehall (bodhran), leader/arranger Joan McWilliams Weiss (301) 656-3454.


The bagpipe players throughout the Fair are provided by the City of Alexandria Pipe & Drum Band and the Pipes & Drums of the Saint Andrew's Society of Washington, DC.

Individual pipers will also be entertaining you -- please thank them for participating! .

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