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After 15 years of performing and recording together in various ensembles, Portland, Maine based flute player Nicole Rabata and Boston based fiddler Ellery Klein decided a band together was long overdue. With the addition of Bethany Waickman on guitar, the trio found a sound rooted in the traditional music of Ireland that they honed during their years abroad in the Irish cities of Cork, Limerick, and Ennis. Though firmly rooted in the tradition, the three musicians have varied and diverse musical background including Americana, classical, Brailian choro and New England dance music. Fódhla have been very well received at festivals such as Portland’s Saltwater Fest, the Maine Celtic Celebration and Boston’s BCMFest among others. They are very excited to be releasing their debut recording on December 19th at Acoustic Artisans at 7:30 pm in Portland, Maine.
Fódhla (pronounced “Foe-lah”) Individual Bios:
Irish fiddler Ellery Klein brings a style steeped in traditional Irish sounds and seasoned with American fiddle styles. She toured with Billboard-charting Irish music group Gaelic Storm from 2003-2007 and was a founding member of Irish all-female ensemble Long Time Courting. In 2015, she was invited to be a featured soloist with Duluth, MN’s Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, performing Nickitas Demos’ Double Concerto for Celtic and Bluegrass Fiddler. She holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music from the University of Limerick.
Irish flutist Nicole Rabata is highly regarded both in and out of traditional music fields. She has toured America and Europe including appearances at International Flute Festivals in Stockholm and Lund (Sweden), Temple Bar Trad Fest in Dublin, the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland, guest artist at the National Flute Conventions in NYC and San Diego, WOMAD Festival in the UK and the Festival Interceltique du L’Orient in Brittany among others. She has been featured on BBC Glasgow and her solo recording was recently featured on NPR. Recently she spent two months in India where she performed and taught music at the Gandhi Ashram School in the Himalayas. She spent four years in the west of Ireland where she immersed herself in the music and was influenced by the playing of many great musicians. She is on the faculty at Colby College and 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Maine. She plays flutes by Patrick Olwell.
Guitarist Bethany Waickman grew up in musical family in upstate, NY and started playing the piano at an early age. One of her earliest experiences with traditional music was attending Meadowlark music camp with her family. It was there that she was inspired to take up the guitar. Bethany formed the contra dance trio, Anadama, with Amelia Mason and Emily Troll while working at Pinewoods in 2007, and they have gone on to delight dancers throughout the northeast. Bethany started performing with The Lissa Schneckenburger Band in Dec. of 2008, and can be seen with Lissa on tours throughout the US, Canada and Europe. www.bethanywaickman.com
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