Performers,  2024

We've had an overwhelming response for our 2024 event, so much so that we are not accepting anymore applications for this year. We are now putting the schedule together. Stay tuned to find out who'll be at the 2024 Maine Celtic Celebration!



bohola return to MCC! 

The Maine Celtic Celebration is pleased to announce the return of our long-time favorites, the inimitable Jimmy Keane and Pat Broaders; bohola. Jimmy and Pat have been coming to Maine as part of various and nefarious combos since 2007, and we're excited to have them back to bring us their particular style of Irish and Irish-American music. 

Piano accordion virtuoso Jimmy Keane, "born in London, through no fault of his own" to Irish speaking parents, earned his stripes alongside the likes of Liz Carroll and Michael Flatley (yes, that Michael Flatley), while growing up in The Windy City. A five time All-Ireland champion, Jimmy has been instrumental (pun very much intended) in shaping the landscape of Chicago's traditional Irish music scene, and making the Stomach Steinway an "acceptable" instrument in trad circles. Indeed, musician Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin praised Jimmy as the "savior of the piano accordion." Jimmy's collaborations with the late great Mick Moloney, and Robbie O'Connell remain recordings that should be in the library of every Irish music enthusiast. 

Pat Broaders learned the majority of his music within the famed folk scene of Dublin. Starting out with tin whistle, Pat is also an accomplished uilleann piper, but it would probably be fair to say that it is his incredibly innovative playing of the bouzouki and emotive singing for which he has become best known. Over the last fifteen years or so, Pat has recorded and tour and toured extensively with band mates Liz Knowells and Kieran O'Hare as the trio Open the Door for Three, who have also frequented our stage on multiple occasions to thunderous applause. Along with being a superlative musician, Pat brings with him his tremendous sense of, sometimes very dry, humor. As always, we'll look forward to that. 

Click on these links for more extensive bios of both Jimmy Keane, Pat Broaders, and bohola.

Gus La Casse

Described as a “passionate and masterful player who values tradition” Gus La Casse is exploring the future of fiddle music. His repertoire reflects his innovative spirit and dedication to the Cape Breton and Acadian fiddle traditions, playing both standards of the genre and original material.

Based in Downeast Maine, Gus maintains an active performance schedule as a solo artist with journeyman gigs along the way. 

Gus’ music has also taken him beyond Maine. He was the 2014 student in residence at The Acadia School of Traditional Music, appearing on the Canadian international television broadcast from the Congrès Mondial Acadien 2014. He traveled to Ireland as part of the Young Tradition Vermont touring group in 2016, and has enjoyed playing the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.  In 2018 Gus was a featured performer at the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine.

Irish Hills Piper - Catherine Pearce

Catherine is a professional piper in Machias, Maine and serving the surrounding communities extending from Bar Harbor to Lubec with over 30 years professional experience playing the bagpipes. Her broad experience includes weddings, parties, funerals and military, firefighter and police ceremonies and memorials at sea. Catherine's experience as lead instructor for the Central Coast Pipes and Drums and Pipe Sergeant for the Monterey Bay Pipe Band, an award winning competition band, makes her a top choice when hiring a Bagpiper.

Catherine has performed with the world famous Chieftans, as an opening act for Rod Stewart, the Vocal Arts Ensemble of San Luis Obispo, and at graveside services at the Arlington National Cemetery. She donates much of her time piping for community related and non-profit organizations including Relay for Life events which support cancer research, the Peace Officer's Memorial, and Veteran and Memorial Day ceremonies. 

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