AWARD-WINNING Across the Pond performs for Irish Weddings from Virginia Beach to Montreal, Quebec. And they perform for Irish & Celtic festivals, corporate events, colleges & universities, night clubs & pubs, and private parties. They have performed for Police Chiefs of Pennsylvania Convention, and have opened for international musicians such as Scotland's Jim Malcolm (of Old Blind Dogs) and Canada's Enter the Haggis. Across the Pond is Michael Morrison, Chuck Krepley and Dan Diviney, the Mid-Atlantic States' exciting new traditional Celtic folk group. With ancestral blood of Ireland and Scotland pumping through their veins, these men breathe new life into traditional tunes and songs with their unique and exciting arrangements. Their high-energy, traditional Irish & Scottish music is uniquely their own.
Named in the Top 20 Celtic Folk bands in the World for 2014 by the Celtic Music Podcast, Across the Pond's high energy performances are sure to get everyone's attention early and hold it until the last note. They have lovey hauntingly beautiful slow airs sure to make you wedding ceremony or reception memorable. In March 2015, they were announced co-winners of the Texas Scots Talent Competition. Their music has been topping the N1M music charts.
They have been booking many weddings in 2015, both with GigMasters and directly, and are playing weddings in Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, State College, Virginia Beach & Montreal, Quebec in Canada. The band can perform music for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Their repertoire includes both Irish & Scottish tunes and songs. They are easy to work with and do their best to make your wedding an especially memorable experience.
Mike grew up playing bluegrass, old-time and blues guitar, eventually branching out into rock and country. He began performing full time in 1995 with country rockers Latigo Smith before moving on to help form regional powerhouse Hired Guns. Nowadays Mike carries a full schedule of guitar students, as well as being a first-call, freelance artist for a variety of genres. Across the Pond is his first Celtic band.
Chuck started out as a bluegrass banjo player back in the 70s, and even made a living at it for a few years. He eventually shifted over to Scottish style fiddling, learning the basics at John Turners Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Chuck has twice won first place in the Scottish fiddle contests at the Ligonier Highland Games in western Pennsylvania. Chuck loves history as well, and is a serious student of popular music of the 18th and 19th centuries. He has performed solo for many historical societies, presented on historical music at several universities, and was the music director for the award-winning French and Indian War documentary film, Washington's First War: The Battles for Fort Duquesne (Paladin Communications, 2003). Chuck was also the driving force behind the creation of a circa-1830 period orchestra at Old Economy Village, a Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission site in Ambridge, PA. Chuck is a busy guy these days, currently performing with four Civil War bands and two Celtic/Irish bands. Chuck completed a two year luthiers apprenticeship at Bluett Brothers Violins in York, PA, and often performs on a fiddle of his own making.
Dan has been playing whistles and bodhran at Irish sessions since 1999. He was self-taught on both instruments and can't read a lick of music. He plays a Seamus O'Kane bodhrán (rack & pinion model) and Burke & Copeland whistles. He has played in numerous sessions throughout the US and Ireland. Dan hosts two traditional Irish seisiuns at the Garryowen Irish Pub in Gettysburg each month. He previously formed two other Irish bands, and has recently began performing solo.