August 24, 2008
Celtic Cross is pop/folk with a strong Celtic traditional influence from the heart of New York City. Growing up with immigrant parents, the band was immersed in Irish music, dance, and tradition. But like all kids, also heavily influenced by music on the radio, playing Irish tunes with a pop flare.
The seven-piece band is lead by lead vocalist Kathleen Fee, a talented singer-songwriter. The lively band features a solid bass-drums-guitar rhythm section, and a talented Irish accordion, fiddle, banjo/mandolin traditional section. Like many successful acts, the heart of Celtic Cross is family; singer Kathleenís brothers John and Kenny are also in the band.
Kathleen Fee is the bandís lead singer-songwriter, front-woman, and driving force. An accomplished Irish Traditional singer, Kathleenís voice ranges from silky ballads to the driving rock and pop dance songs that are the bandís hallmarks. You may even catch her ďgive a stepĒ during a performance, showing of her champion Irish step-dancing. With writing credit for Shores of America, Who I Am, Those Were The Days, and Going Home on the bandís new CD, Kathleen has established herself as one of New Yorkís up and coming songwriters.
Kenneth Vesey is a All Ireland Champion and eight time North American Champion fiddle player. His eclectic style was developed in part by his instructors, Martin Mulvihill, Mary Mahon and Eileen Ivers. While a virtuoso Irish player, Kennyís style fits right in with the country, R&B and rocking styles of the band.
John Vesey, button accordionist and brother to Kenneth and Kathleen, is a three time North American Champion. John blends impeccable Celtic chops with a Cajun and downright honky-tonk style. His innovative approach to traditional Irish music is evident in his unparalleled physical style overflowing with energy. You might even catch him playing the box over his head Jimi Hendrix-style.
Frankie McCormick on banjo and mandolin, from Tyrone, Ireland, came to the USA 1986. He has 2 All-Ireland solo championship titles on banjo and mandolin as well as the coveted All-Ireland Scor Award. Frankie brings a fresh northern punch to the phrasing of the tunes and his quick wit keeps the audience howling. When Kenny, John and Frankie play together, it is pure magicÖ so much so that they placed third in the 2005 Senior Trio Championship in Ireland this summer.
Walter Ensor is a native of the well-known Irish stronghold, Rockaway Beach, New York. With charming vocals and versatile guitar-playing, Walter is at the heart of the Celtic Cross sound. Walter hails from a family of musicians who have influenced his unique style and knowledge of music. Walter is also an accomplished solo performer around town.
Pat Dineen, another NYC native, is the bandís bassist/keyboardist. Also providing vocals and songwriting, Pat plays a major role in the bandís signature punchy rhythmic style. Pat has appeared with several popular NYC area bands including Tippling Way and Peter Street.
Dave Barckow grew up in Woodside, Queens. Like his bandmates, Dave has been playing the drums since he was a kid, and has vast and storied experience with a variety of leading bands, both Irish and rock & roll. Dave plays guitar, sings, and is an accomplished song writer. Also an accomplished solo performer, Daveís other major musical project is Trigger, one of the most happening original alternative Irish acts in NYC.