FÉILE PARKFIELD WILL BRING TOGETHER MUSICIANS FROM BOTH IRELAND & AMERICA, ALL STEEPED IN THEIR RESPECTIVE TRADITIONS FOR SPECIAL PERFORMANCES, COLLABORATIONS AND WORKSHOPS.
LOS ANGELES, USA | FIDDLE, GUITAR, BANJO, & VOCALS
“A young Californian who sings and plays as someone who’s crawled out of the Virginia mountains carrying familiar songs that in his hands sound forgotten: broken lines, a dissonant drone, the fiddle or the banjo all percussion, every rising moment louder than the one before it.” —Greil Marcus
Frank Fairfield plays down-home, old time folk music. He plays fiddle, guitar, banjo and he sings. Born in Fresno, California, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
BOSTON, USA | UILLEANN PIPES
Joey has spent the last sixteen years touring North America, Europe, and Asia, teaching and performing music on the uilleann pipes, the Irish bagpipe. A Los Angeles native, he first received instruction on the pipes from Dubliner Pat D’Arcy, a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club.
His musical skills have been further honed by several visits to Ireland, a year-long stint working in Japan, and continuing relationships with master pipers. In August of 2009, Joey’s accomplished playing won him an All-Ireland championship, placing second worldwide at the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. In the fall of 2014 Joey became the first American uilleann piper to win first prize at the An tOireachtas, one of the biggest competitions for traditional music in the world. In 2015 Joey was honored to be a recipient of a traditional arts apprenticeship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council meaning he was awarded a grant to teach his art to the next generation.
LOS ANGELES, USA | GUITAR, BANJO, UKULELE, & VOCALS
“Meredith Axelrod sings and plays guitar as if she really returned to the pre-mic days. We’re not talking revisionist copy of so and so from way back when; we’re talking as if we plucked an original out of the era and time-traveled…” – JL Stiles
Delightfully engaging and unassumingly comic, Meredith Axelrod envisions the limitless potential of early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues or even Jug Band music, and embodies the spirit that brought the music into existence in the first place. Her vocal style is unusual, probably because she learned to sing by listening to how folks did it a century ago – through the medium of cylinders and 78-rpm records.
SAN DIEGO, USA | WOODEN FLUTE, TIN WHISTLE, & UILLEANN PIPES
Benjamin Jaber has been Principal Horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since May 2008. As a soloist, Mr. Jaber received First Prize in the university division of the 2003 American Horn Competition and was the winner of the Aspen Music Festival's 2004 brass concerto competition. In his other life, Ben Jaber is also an accomplished performer of traditional Irish music and is completely self-taught on the Irish wooden flute, tin whistle and uilleann pipes. He has been active as a session player in Houston, Philadelphia, New York, New Orleans and Los Angeles. Mr. Jaber has been fortunate to get to play music with some of Irish music's biggest names along the way, including Paddy Keenan, Kevin Crawford, Mick Moloney, Isaac Alderson, Zac Leger, Eric Rigler, Eileen Ivers and most recently onstage with The Chieftains.
Audrey Knuth & Matt takiff
BOSTON, USA | FIDDLE, VOCALS, & GUITAR
Born in the no-mans land of taxation without representation and raised in the Big Pineapple of Honolulu, Audrey thought it was a brilliant idea to move to Boston in the dead of winter to attend Berklee College of Music. She survived and even got a degree in Audio Engineering to prove it. Since exposing herself to the real world after college, Audrey has made a name for herself in the music community, namely as a dance fiddler specializing in New England, Celtic and Old Time tunes. She occasionally has been known to use her audio engineering skills to put her degree to use as well. With her bands including the Free Raisins, The Gaslight Tinkers, Wake Up Robin and Audacious with Larry Unger, she has travelled across the United States (and world) playing for dances and concerts. Audrey’s fiddling can be described as rhythmically lively and spontaneous; she's guaranteed to get you up and dancing.
MAYNOOTH, IRELAND | 5 STRING BANJO, UILLEANN PIPES, LOW WHISTLE, BODHRAN, PIANO, BASS, & VOCALS
Alfi formed in the Summer 2017 in Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Alfi consists of three friends, Alannah Thornburgh, Fiachra Meek & Ryan McAuley. They specialise in Irish Traditional and American Old Time music. On December 25th, 2017 released their first single "Cluck Old Hen". The single comprised of two sets; Alfi's unique interpretation of the American Old Time standard, Cluck Old Hen, and Lost Girl/Trim the Velvet.
At Fêile Parkfield we are happy to host Alfi members, Ryan McAuley (5 string banjo) & Fiachra Meek (Uilleann pipes, low whistle, bodhran, & vocals), who will be accompanied by musicians Eamon Travers (piano) and Conor Cunningham (bass).
CO. CARLOW, IRELAND | GUITAR & VOCALS
Borrowing from wide range of influences, traditional and alternative, LemonCello create an imersive live experience through dynamic expression and lyrical story.
The coalinga boys
DUNDALK, IRELAND | 5 STRING BANJO, UILLEANN PIPES, BODHRAN, LOW WHISTLE, GUITAR, & VOCALS
Hailing from the north east coast of Ireland, The Coalinga Boys combine Irish Traditional tune, and song with the Appilachian music of America. The Coalinga Boys provide both a musical and historical experience.
CO. KILDARE, IRELAND | GUITAR, BASS, PIANO, & VOCALS
Contemporary folk act from Maynooth. Hatchlings merge tradition and soul in an inspiring and alternative performance.
Quirke & the Quiet Men
CO. KILDARE, IRELAND | 4 PART HARMONY, GUITAR, & ACCORDION
Five piece traditional Irish song group from Ireland. Stunning arrangements, beautifully deep and moving harmonies.
Tradtional music from ireland to America
Traditional Irish music continues to thrive in Ireland as generation after generation have passed down songs, melodies, styles, and instruments. This tradition can also be felt in America's own traditional music. When the first Irish immigrants came to America, they brought these traditions with them, and over generations the music mixed with the traditional music of immigrants from around Europe and Africa, and Native Americans. The result is modern America's "Old Time" music, which later inspired Bluegrass music.
Musicians from Ireland and around the United States will be taking the Parkfield stage for one of a kind performances and collaborations, showcasing the music of the people of Ireland and America. Some of the most exciting up and coming musicians in Ireland's trad world will be travelling to Parkfield and collaborating with some of America's best Old-Time and Bluegrass musicians.
In the weeks leading up to Féile Parkfield, we will be hosting several Irish musicians, artists, poets, and historians here in Parkfield, for a residency in which they will collaborate with American artists, perform in the Parkfield Cafe, host workshops, write, and get a taste of Californian life. The products of this residency will be featured at Féile Parkfield.