Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with the band Seasons and a free performance on Saturday, March 16 at the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill.
Featuring siblings Mary-Kate Spring, Peter Winter, Mary-Teresa Summer, Mary-Grace Autumn and Mary-Clare Chun Lee, Seasons plays a mix of Celtic and American folk music, as well as original compositions. The concert will be held at 1:30 p.m. March 16 in the atrium of the library, which is located at 100 N. 19th St.
No registration is required. Free refreshments will be served.
Based in Harrisburg, Seasons has performed at area festivals such as the McLain Celtic Festival and The Celtic Fling and Highland Games, and during the Music on the Mountain Series at King’s Gap. Additionally, they have toured in multiple states and countries and have opened for such well-known artists as Scythian, the Irish tenor Mark Forrest and Grammy award-winner Ashley Cleveland.
Looking to share their music wherever they go from busking on the streets of Ireland to teaching young people in schools, the group members bring an exciting fusion of Celtic styles to audiences.
Central to the group’s instrumentation is the beautiful Celtic harp and the equally exquisite hammered dulcimer. Considered the national instrument of Ireland, the Celtic harp is smaller than the orchestral harp and has been played in Ireland for more than 500 years. Four members of Seasons play the Celtic harp, the group’s principal harpist Mary-Kate, and her sisters Mary–Teresa, Mary-Grace and Mary-Clare.
The hammered dulcimer is equally old, with versions being found in many areas including the Middle and Far East and throughout Europe. The hammered dulcimer is a multi-stringed, trapezoid-shaped instrument played with felt-covered mallets or hammers. Two members of Seasons play the hammered dulcimer: Peter and Mary-Grace. Band members also play the violin, mandolin, guitar, bodhran, penny whistle and piano.
Over the last decade, Mary-Kate has distinguished herself on the Irish music competition circuit both in the states and in Ireland. She has won first place for both Celtic harp and singing at the Maryland Irish Festival, and first place for both dance tunes and slow aires at the Mid Atlantic Regional Fleadh (competition). She has also traveled to Ireland twice to complete in the All-Ireland Fleadh.
Mary-Grace has earned first place awards in hammered dulcimer at the Maryland Irish Festival, and also has had the honor of competing in Ireland.
Seasons has recorded multiple albums including “Eventide Lullaby” in 2006 and “Which Way to Dublin Town” in 2009, and two Christmas albums, “Amhrain” and “Joy on High.” In 2014, the group released its self-titled album, “Seasons,” comprised completely of original songs and tunes. Seasons will head into the studio to record a new album this summer.
Seasons members say the concert at the Fredrickson library, which they have performed several times before, is one of their favorites, noting the “great turnout” and nice library staff.