Celebrating a genre that is neither purely Scots Gaelic or Appalachian, Jennifer's new album, 'Sing', represents the evolution of todays crossroads.
The songs on SING are the branches that cover many current and past generations of Scottish people and culture in North Carolina.
Jennifer sings Scots Gaelic dance & work songs from the perspective of the music’s adopted home in the Carolinas.
Original songs in English that express her own folk music style compliment this new Celtic sound which could only have taken root from a North Carolina native who spent her childhood years Scottish dancing.
Most recently awarded 'Celtic Album of the Year' by Celtic Music radio, this North Carolina folk singer, has a strong relationship with the music that traveled over with the Scottish settlers.
Spending her youth as a competitive Scottish Highland Dancer encouraged her interest and love for the Scottish traditions. Jennifer is an exceptional vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, guitar, and bodhrán (Irish drum). After living almost a decade in Scotland and Ireland, Jennifer realized the strong similarites between Scotland and North Carolina...and her music began to branch out into a genre which honors those connections.
“I believe that the music needs to connect with the audience through our shared emotions and experiences in order for us all to feel that which can only be experienced through music. With some songs, I believe that the power of music can be stronger than the power of the lyrics; and the power of the language is stronger than the power of the notes.”
"Licko certainly has a voice made for the concert hall..."Boston Irish Reporter
"From Swansboro, North Carolina, super-soprano and mega multi-instrumentalist Jennifer Licko could very well be the heir-apparent to Canada’s Loreena McKennitt and Clannad’s Maire Brennan. Celtic Life Magazine"
"...For those unfamiliar with Celtic music, it was obvious from where much of America's folk and bluegrass were birthed." Brad Rich, Tideland News
"The CD delivers a folk vibe while staying true to her beloved musical influences from living in both Scotland and Ireland where she experienced music that felt close to her heart and home." Irish American News
Fiddle, Whistle & Guitar
A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan was a student of the great Rose Flanagan (the original fiddler in Cherish the Ladies) and counts Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Mike McHale, and Monsignor Charlie Coen among his primary influences. He is a vibrant stylist whose playing has been called “impeccable and spirited.” Dylan has performed at Lincoln Center, Joanie Madden’s Folk N’ Irish Cruise, Austin Celtic Festival, at Gracie Mansion for NYC Mayor Bloomberg, on Jay Unger’s Dancing On the Air show on WAMC, also Foley has been featured on Irish Television channels RTE and TG4’s fleadh programme.
Patrick Mangan is from Brooklyn, New York, where the two-time All-Ireland fiddle champion studied with renowned fiddler and teacher Brian Conway. At sixteen, Patrick appeared in Riverdance - on Broadway, becoming the youngest fiddler in the show’s history. He currently tours with Riverdance as fiddle soloist and musical director.
Noted Irish Echo and Wall Street Journal music critic, Earle Hitchner, has stated that he “embodies all that is admirable and durable about the Irish tradition in America.”
Guitar & Vocals
Born in Co. Cork, Patsy has worked with some of the most respected players in Irish Music including fiddle player Eileen Ivers and piping legend Paddy Keenan. He has performed with The Cathie Ryan Band for the past seven years. His songs have won awards and acclaim, including a feature on NPR’s All Songs Considered.
Keyboards & Musical Director
From England, and hailed by Tony Visconti (producer for T. Rex and David Bowie) as one of the greatest keyboard players he has ever worked with, Bob has performed all over the world with many different artists including, but not limited to, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Aha, Joan Armatrading, Cliff Richard, and Bob Geldof. Bob was signed to EMI publishing, and had songs covered by several artists throughout the world, including Judie Tzuke, Kiki Dee and Agnetha Faltsog (Abba).
Award winning Celtic musicians from Ireland, New York, North Carolina and England; create a remarkable presence with their tunes, orginal songs and traditional music.
A Celtic fire helps warm the sweet Christmas spirit: by Brad Rich
... The four-piece band, buoyed by newcomer and international "riverdance" star Patrick Mangan on fiddle, played for nearly two hours, and , as always, Licko and her mates were full of low key wit and humor, grace, and, great tunes.
... As usual, Licko's clear voice shone through in the well-produced and finely paced show. But Licko, also as usual, gave her band members - Mangan, longtime, masterful but decidedly un-flashy keyboardist Bob Noble and Irish guitar wiz Patsy O'Brien- lots of room to shine, and shine they did.
... For those unfamiliar with Celtic music, it was obvious from where much of America's folk and bluegrass were birthed.
...if she wanted to do it, globetrotting Jenny from Swansboro, now living in Brazil after stints, in Scotland and Minnesota, could surely be an American country star.
September 2014 - Irish Edition
A powerful title, conjuring up many images - the music is the same, creating many pictures in textured instrumental work and sweeping vocals. at times, she has a haunting vibrato in her voice, at times she attacks songs wtih deep feeling, but she always attracts as she sings.
I love the song selection. She's chosen compositions by Ralph McTell ("Clare to Here'). John Spillane ("The Moon Going HOme"), Jimmy MacCarthy ("The Song of hte Singing Horseman") and Stephen Foster ("Hard Times") among others and also includes two traditional Scottish pieces sung in Gaelic as well as a song she co-wrote with producer Bob Noble.
November 15, 2015 - CelticRadio.net
Jennifer Licko is an artist and performer from North Carolina. Her music embody the perfect compromise between new world and old world folk, blending in elements as diverse as Americana, bluegrass, country and Celtic.