Meet Pendragon : Music in the Celtic Tradition
New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. Having celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2013, Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon’s music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banks of the Blackstone River.
Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime and Early American music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as “coming along once in a generation,” Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings—and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!
Charlie will be accompanied by the amazing Tad Marks on fiddle.
Stories and Songs for Kids
Teresa Whitaker, Frank Schwartz
Teresa Whitaker is a storyteller, singer/songwriter and arts educator whose delicate and earthy voice conveys nuance and punch. She weaves music throughout her stories on a variety of instruments including guitar, udu and Celtic harp. She is a member of the CT Storytelling Center, as well as the CT Performing and Master Teaching Artists Rosters and the New England performing Artists Roster. Teresa has performed in hundreds of schools, museums and festivals. She offers a wide variety of programs and residencies. She has also done extensive work with lullabies in therapeutic settings. Frank Schwartz is a singer, songwriter musician who plays folk, jazz and rock on bass, guitar, banjo, and mandolin. He is also fluent in American Sign Language. The two perform often together. Their recordings include “Finding Home”, “Below the Radar,” “Earth and Sky Lullaby” and “Gathering the Waters”. They are also on Smithsonian Folkways CDs “Chesapeake Born” and “Come Full Circle” with the late Tom Wisner.
Come delight in the mystery and adventure of Celtic stories and songs where journeys to other worlds are sure to delight imaginations of all ages.