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Here are some other web pages, people and sounds to check out!
Al Petteway and Amy White at the Mix sessions for the Oatlands CD

Al Petteway and Amy White
Visit with two of the top musicians on the East Coast, perhaps in the United States. Al and Amy have won a HUGE number of Wammie Awards, and deserved every one of them! Amy's new album has received national attention, so check it out! And make sure to bookmark it for future visits!

Suzanne Michele
Suzanne recorded her first album, "Something to Say," with Big Bear Productions, and is currently in the planning stages for her second CD. Keep a lookout for this lady! With rave reviews on her first project from people like Mike Joyce of the Washington Post and Mike Jaworek of the Birchmere, she is one to watch.

Amilia K. Spicer
Amilia is one of the hottest singer songwriters in America, named one of the "Top Ten Unsigned Artists of 2001" by Femmusic, and songwriter of the year by the National Association of Songwriters. Amilia has a sultry presence and presentation that defies description. With songs that range from the whimsical to the sublime, Amilia reaches into her audience and touches them deeply, leaving them anxious for more. Though the Bear rarely leaves his cave to go to a show, I have driven many miles to see Amilia, and you should too! Definitely a show not to be missed.

Rachel Bissex
A perennial favorite on the East Coast Folk circuit, Rachel Bissex from Vermont is always a treat to hear. In addition to being a wonderful singer-songwriter, Rachel is now branching out into acting, with a role an independant film to be released in 2002. Her four (yes, FOUR) albums are all worth adding to anyones CD collection. (I have them all.)

Red Letter Day
Very hot music from one of Maryland's best folk/rock duos...

The Pyrates Royale
Local to the D.C. and Annapolis area, the Pyrates Royale have been creating music and mayhem since 1987. The group recorded "Lyve Behynd Bars" and "Love at First Night"with Big Bear, and are a favorite act at the Maryland Renaissance Festival, Harbor fests and Pirate festivals nationwide.

Darcy Nair
A longtime member of the Pyrates Royale, Darcy recorded her debut album, "I feel my heart fly," at Big Bear's studios in 1998. A collection of traditional celtic and british isles music, her CD features hammered dulcimer, vocals and backup performances from D.C.-area heavy hitters including Al Petteway, Bernard Argent and Craig Williams.

A Celtic Festival 1996 - Live at Oatlands
Recorded live at the Oatlands (now Potomac) Celtic Festival in 1996. This album offers a wide selection of Celtic music from all of the Celtic lands. Groups such as Andy M. Stewart (formerly of Silly Wizard) with Gerry O'Beirne, The Poor Clares, Al Petteway and Amy White and many others make this a CD not to be missed by Celtic music fans.


Northern Virginia's premier pan-celtic band... IONA is a group featuring music from all of the celtic lands.
Potomac Celtic Festival
For all the information you need on the Potomac Celtic Festival! Music, Dance Crafts Food and more highlight the festival that US Air has called one of the "Top 100" events!

Steven Gellman
One of Maryland's finer singer/songwriters, Steven has produced a great CD called "Picturebook", which features many of the areas best players including Susan Graham White, Al Petteway and Pete and Maura Kennedy. Plans are in the works even now for a follow-up project.

The World Folk Music Association
The World Folk Music Association, or WFMA, (pronounced Woof-ma by those in the know) has been promoting folk music in the Washington, DC area for more than fifteen years. WFMA president Dick Cerri is a well known personality on the folk scene, and WFMA's showcases have featured well known artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, John Jennings, Oscar Brand, Bill Danoff and so many others it is impossible to name them all.

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