String Theory is an exciting Celtic folk band in the D/FW area that specializes in high energy Irish trad tunes and songs. Ranked in the top 4 Best Irish Bands in Texas by the Dallas Observer in 2016, the band features Celtic finger style guitarist and music professor Jesse Ramirez, D/FW fiddle legend Linda Relph, national award winning Irish fiddler Nathan Kennedy, Bill Zauner on upright bass, and Matt Cook on bodhran, octave mandolin, and vocals. The band premiered in 2015 with performances at The Celt and Trinity Hall and has since had over 50 shows between those two pubs. The have also performed in many other venues, festivals, retreats, and weddings including: The O’Flaherty Retreat, The McKinney Music Festival, a Featured performer at North Texas Irish Festival and Irishfest Atlanta. The band released their inaugural CD in November 2016, self titled.
The Tradition is a D/FW greengrass band. Their music is an eclectic mix of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes, bluegrass, folk music, and a few Appalachian influenced tunes. Band members include Kade Brummet, Ana Skrnich, Caleb Woolverton, and Ben Woolverton.
The band although only a year old, has already booked the top 5 folk festivals in North Texas (NTIF, Sherman Celtic Festival, McKinney CELTic Festival, Texas Scottish Festival, and Allen Arts Festival), and has been confirmed as a monthly weekend performer at The Celt Pub as well as a number of private events. Stan Penn, owner of the Celt Pub called them one of the most exciting new young bands he has seen.
The band plays a mixture of instrumental numbers along with wonderful folk and celtic songs performed by lead singer Ana Sknirch and Ben Woolverton. Their harmonies are breathtaking as is their instrumental skill.
Sarah Copus has been performing and recording for over 7 years. For a musician under 21, she has had some extraordinary success: three albums hit the Billboard top 20 that feature her as lead singer, radio airplay across hundreds of stations worldwide, and a Best Vocal Album award from Zone Music Reporter Awards Show in 2015. The band she is lead vocalist in, 2002, achieves over 80 million pandora plays a year, and just eclipsed 1/2 billion plays in 2018.
Her first recordings in the Irish language of Gaelic appear on the album “Winter Air” in 2013. Sarah has been featured as a soloist in concerts with major touring artists like Celtic Woman and The Irish Tenors. Last July, she sang a duet with Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder during his performance in Dallas. She has also performed with Irish musical sensations, Téada as an opening act for their Irish Christmas in America tour.
Sarah is an active member in the Texas Celtic music scene, having given 160 performances in the past 2 years with various bands. Performance venues have included The Celt, Trinity Hall, North Texas Irish Festival, Celtic Christmas Dallas, Kimbellfest: Scotland, Poor David's Pub, among others. In May, 2015, she performed a the ZMR awards show in front of over 700 attendees and will be performing solo again in 2017 where she is nominated again for Best Vocal Album
Misty, sometimes referred to as “Opera-Girl,” is a Celtic/ Classical Crossover Singer-Songwriter with strong Irish influences. Inspired by her grandmother’s Irish heritage and her grandfather’s Native American roots, she blends tribal and percussive elements with Celtic instruments. Her music feels timeless – old songs and new – full of moments and fantasy from a Celtic heart.
She has performed as a soprano soloist with symphony orchestras in Florida, most recently singing the Theme from Titanic with the Space Coast Symphony and with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. She also performs as a soloist with a guitar or piano accompanist.
Nathan Kennedy is a folk and classical violinist who performs with a variety of collaborators. He plays Celtic and Irish trad tunes with String Theory, Bill Zauner(bass), Sarah Copus(harp), as well as more pop and classical arrangements with Vanguard String Quartet (www.vanguardstrings.com).
Nathan Kennedy is a national award winning Irish Fiddler who has competed twice in the World Championships of Irish Music, the All Ireland Fleadh. He is also a Texas State, and national award winning classical violinist. He is a two time All-state violinist, as concertmaster for the McKinney, TX ISD orchestras that won Texas State best full orchestra in 2015 and was top 5 again in 2019. He was also concertmaster of the Midwest Clinic’s best string orchestra with competitors from 30 countries and all 50 states. Nathan has recorded on 7 CDs to date.