With a strong core of Scottish tunes, as well as Irish, Manx, Welsh, Breton, and Cape Breton tunes, we stand ready to provide a unique experience to any celebration, and with the release of Spinning Reels, we can now bring our energetic sound to your living room.
The Homespun Ceilidh Band is a very full sounding band. Fiddles, whistles, flutes, bouzouki, a viola de gamba, a hammered dulcimer, guitars, cittern, and two bodhrans provide a distinctive Celtic sound. We can play music both lively and sweet, and we love playing it. Marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs, polkas, and gentle airs make their way into our sets.
One of our drummers is also an Irish step-dancer, and she usually dances at least once during a Homespun Ceilidh Band set.
For readers unfamiliar with Gaelic, or with Celtic music, the word "ceilidh" in the band's name is pronounced "KAY- lee", and it's a Gaelic word meaning a type of house party / community gathering with music, dancing, storytelling, etc. "Ceilidh" is the Scottish spelling; the same word in Irish Gaelic is "Ceili", pronounced the same way.
The music on Spinning Reels comes from Scotland, Ireland, and Canada -- infectious tunes that make you want to dance, stomp your feet, clap and cheer 'til you can't cheer any more. The rowdier the tune, the more we like it! We hope that you will enjoy this music as much as we have enjoyed playing it over the years.
D. Glenn Arthur Jr. -- 6 and 12 String Guitar
Felicia Eberling -- Viola da Gamba, Recorder
Bill Mitchell -- Hammered Dulcimer
Becky Ross -- Fiddle
Jennifer Silverman -- Bodhran
Jim Stimson -- Cittern
Mike Stoddard -- Flute, Bouzouki
John Ward -- Fiddle
Trix Whitehall -- Bodhran
Special Guest: Steve Sharp - Shuttle Pipes
Recorded in a series of performance sessions at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Catonsville, MD.
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1. The Mull Rant / Hughie Shorties
2. Morrison's Jig / Kesh Jig / Swallowtail Jig
3. Jock Wilson's Ball / the Armed Ghost / Lexie Mcaskill
4. Star of the County Down / Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains
5. Bill Sullivan's / Jimmy Allen / Sweeney's / Ballydesmond Polka
6. Da New Rigged Ship / the Hills of Glenorchy / Stan Chapman's Jig
7. Da Full Rigged Ship / Da Ferry Reel / Willafjord / Spootiskerry
8. Road to Lisdoonvarna / Banish Misfortune / La Bastringue / Reel
9. Rowing From Isla to Uist
10. St. Anne's Reel (irish) / St. Anne's Reel (scottish) / the Red H
11. Skye Gathering / Braes of Mar / Maighster Ord (the Ale Is Dear)
12. The Nine Points of Roguery / the Gravel Walk / the High Reel