Venues and reviewers characterize Cormorant's Fancy as "spellbinding," "with a knack for gorgeous arrangements.” The award-winning Celtic and Irish Music Podcast named them to 2017’s top 20 Celtic bands. Whether the hand is stirring the crowd from the festival or concert stage, gracing a wedding, leading the pub in song, celebrating Burns' immortal memory, or accompanying step dancers, their music rings true.
Cormorant’s Fancy's compelling cross-generational lineup unites the past, present and future. Called “the area’s most energetic” Celtic band, yet they do it all with finesse! Lead singer and whistle player Margaret Folkemer-Leonard is joined by parents Beth and Stephen Folkemer (guitar, dulcimer, concertina, keyboards), Ryan Kozak (fiddle and vocals), and Ricky Czar (bodhrán, djembe, cajón), with frequent appearances by Irish step dancer Allyson Folkemer, and Joel Folkemer (bodhrán, bass, vocals). Celtic music is in their blood, their heritage in Ireland’s County Down and Dublin, Scotland, Wales, Northumberland and Cornwall. They love the depth and breadth of Irish, Scottish, and all Celtic traditional music, and constantly search for the very best songs and tunes, music the band is sure you'll love!
From tender love songs to growling soul-rousers, and from captivating a cappella to swirling instrumentals, Cormorant’s Fancy propels audiences into living Celtic traditions. Their versatile programming includes high-spirited St. Paddy’s parties/Irish celebrations, passionate Scottish programs including Burns Suppers, enthusiastic singalongs, energetic pub shows, romantic weddings, sparkling dances and cèilidhean, delightful restaurant sets, lovely Celtic Christmas shows, vibrant New Year’s events (Hogmanay), captivating school and library presentations, and Celtic worship services too! Engaging and supportive teachers, they offer a wide array of workshops as well.
Along with frequent appearances at Music, Gettysburg’s Burns Nights and concerts, Celtic band Cormorant's Fancy has been featured performers and workshop leaders at Havre De Grace Winter Celtic Festival, Scottish Society of Central Pennsylvania, Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, Adams County Irish Festival, Adams County Heritage Festival, McLain Celtic Festival, Penn-Mar Irish Festival, and Heart of the Arts Festivals, plus numerous concert series, pubs, wineries, restaurants, retirement villages and congregations. Band members have performed at venues in Great Britain.
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Celtic band Cormorant's Fancy's second album
Rattlin', Roarin' Ryan Kozak, our talented fiddler