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Left to right:Ed Miller, bodhran, percussion; Al Liebsch, fiddle; Harry Seaman, fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin; Kristina Paris, flute; Sue Van Dyke, tin whistle, concertina.

 

Al Liebsch has had a lifelong interest in fiddle music. After years of listening, he decided to learn to play. While attending Irish Fest he became aware of the Irish Fest School of Music and took lessons with Maria Terres who gave him a good grounding in the basics of fiddle playing. As the newest member of the band, Al is looking forward to the experience of playing and learning with the fine musicians of Ceol Cairde. You'll often find Al riding his Harley with his fiddle to band practice and local sessions. [top of page]

Ed Miller became interested in Celtic music after attending Irish Fest for the first time in 1995. After a few more festivals, classes at the week long Irish Fest Summer School and later at the Irish Fest School of Music, he was well on the way to becoming a Ceol Cairde band member. His enthusiasm and love of the music fit right in with the rest of the group. [top of page]

Kristina Paris began playing classical flute in junior high school and taught beginning flute for several years. After taking Irish flute and other Irish cultural classes at the 1988 Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School, she was hooked! Ceol Cairde was formed and has become one of the most joyful experiences in her life. Performing at ceili and set dances, weddings, concerts, and festivals has become a big part of her life, rounding out a busy life of managing a non-profit office, book-keeping, and a slew of volunteer projects! [top of page]

Harry Seaman, a founding member of Ceol Cairde, is a multi-talented musician and our sound technician. When not working out (working out nuclear engineering equations, that is), he enjoys playing most any type of traditional dance music, from the Baltic to the Balkans, and Celtic music in particular. Harry also enjoys playing international folk dance music with the Milwaukee group, Ethnictricity. [top of page]

Sue Van Dyke has been with Ceol Cairde since its inception after taking tin whistle classes at the Milwaukee Irish Fest Summer School. She has taught the beginning whistle class there for the past several years and just finished teaching at the Celtic Studies at UWM. Sue also coordinates year-round classes at the newly formed Irish Fest School of Music. One of her favorite pastimes is participating in Irish Music Sessions, both locally and in Ireland. [top of page]