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Celtic songs and tunes with Celtic harp, 12-string guitar, fiddle, flute, viola, whistles, vocals.
, also known as , have toured Eastern U.S. and British festivals, folk clubs, arts centers and schools since 1987 and produced over twenty recordings which receive international airplay. Their performances feature sung in Lane's ethereal soprano and Gosbee's rich baritone interspersed with played on The duo delights audiences with engaging rapport sharing lore and history associated with the music as well as their own experiences.They have inspired by their native Maine as well as for an international collaboration titled "Sang o' the Solway".This celebration of the Dumfries and Galloway region was performed at the 2002 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
Band/artist history
JULIA LANE has loved, sung and researched folk music since childhood. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, her interest in English and Scottish folk music and lore led her to study in Oxford, England. In addition to being a self-taught player of the "clarsach" or Celtic folk harp, she has played piano, guitar and pennywhistle. Since she began playing harp in 1988, she has won the N.E. Regional Sr. Professional Scottish Harp Championships (1990 & 1991) and the Stonehill Festival Intl Celtic Harp Competition (1992) where it was declared "she really captured the spirit of the music" and was praised for her "innovative arrangements and energetic performance". Julia Lane is also an exceptional vocalist whose voice has been called silken and lovely, vibrant", one of Maines foremost voices.She has composed timeless songs and tunes reminiscent of those of her Celtic ancestors.In addition to her own 15 recordings she has appeared as a guest artist on recordings both in the U.S. and England. FRED GOSBEE was born and grew up in central Maine. He studied folklore at the University of Maine under Dr. Sandy Ives and has collected and performed folk music for 30 years. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, he currently plays classic and 12-string guitar, fiddle, viola, whistles and recorders. Among Freds musical experiences are classical, early music, and concert band ensembles, Gilbert & Sullivan and barbershop quartet making him equally at home with romantic love songs, raucous sea songs, or humorous ditties. His original songs have been recorded by other artists and have garnered him invitations to international music festivals.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
We play live at festivals, folk clubs, concert series, house concerts, schools and libraries from Maine to Florida and west to Pittsburg. If we didn't like it we would find other work! In twenty years of performance there have been many special moments. Performing for 1000 people at the Bethlehem Musikfest, performing an original song for a friend's wedding and again at her memorial service, hearing our music on NPR...
Your musical influences
Julia listened to Jeanne Redpath, Sandy Denny, Joan Baez, Loreena McKennitt. Fred listened to Gordon Bok, Archie Fisher, Stan Rogers. As a band they have enjoyed the likes of Steeleye Span, The Virginia Company, Pint & Dale. All of these artists and more have been our education.
What equipment do you use?
Julia plays a custom built 5-octave Celtic harp equipped with a Fishman transducer and a Fishman Pro-EQ DI. Fred plays an Appolonio 12-string guitar equipped with a Pick Up The World ribbon transducer and an L.R. Baggs active DI. He also plays a 17" Euro viola, a violin by Ed Garber, Irish flutes by Casey Burns, pennywhistles by Burke. We use ATM-31 mics for our vocals.
Anything else?
Besides our vocal music we have recorded a series of Celtic instrumental recordings, the Tapestry Series. Each of the six CDs has a different theme and the cover art is a puzzle that fits together to make a bigger picture.