Wolf Creek Session
From the mountains of northern West Virginia, Wolf Creek Session
is a four-person group that offers up an exciting and unique blend
of traditional Appalachian tunes with traditional and contemporary
Celtic roots music sprinkled with original songs and stories.
Bridging the common roots and branches of Appalachian and Celtic
music, their choice of songs and tunes demonstrates the heavy
influences of Celtic roots music on the rich Appalachian heritage.
In a magical style that brings together these two worlds their
songs tell stories; they speak of love and longing, mountains
and rivers, and a love for the natural world.
The synergy of the foursome shines beautifully through slow airs
and lively reels as well as the occasional contemporary folk gem.
Wolf Creek¹s unique melodic sound features rich male and
female vocals over intricate instrumental arrangements, supported
by a solid rhythmic bass. Instrumentation includes fiddle, Irish
flutes and whistles, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and bass.
Since the 2004 release of their debut recording, Between Two
Shores, Wolf Creek has been gaining recognition that¹s landing
them on such prestigious American stages like the Kennedy Center
in Washington D.C., a 2004 international tour of southern France,
and a 2005 scheduled appearance at the Charleston Cultural Center.
From the mountains of West Virginia to the rest of the world,
Wolf Creek Session highlights the lineage.
Bridging the common roots and branches of Appalachian and Celtic,
Wolf Creek Session is a four-person group that takes traditional
Celtic musical styles, blends it with traditional Appalachian
sounds then sprinkles it all with an occasional contemporary folk
gem as well as their own original songs, From the northern mountains
of West Virginia, they explore the heavy influences of Celtic
roots music on their area's rich Appalachian heritage. Wolf Creek
Session creates a wonderful infusion of instruments and vocals
with Mike Broderick on fiddle, Alice Fleischman on a variety of
Irish flutes, and whistles, Keith Pitzer on guitar, harmonica,
mandolin and vocals and Joan Pitzer on fretless bass, vocals and
an occasional whistle. Their unique melodic sound features rich
male and female vocals over intricate instrumental arrangements
supported by a solid rhythmic bass. Their tunes range anywhere
from driving jigs and reels to dance tunes. Their lineup includes:
Irish flutes and whistles, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, harmonica
and electric bass.
Wolf Creek Session's repertoire includes both original and traditional
songs ranging in feel from driving danceable jigs and reels to
beautifully haunting ballads and airs. In a magical style that
brings together the Celtic and Appalachian worlds, their lyrics
tell stories. They speak of love and longing, mountains and rivers
and a love for the natural world
Their debut recording, Between Two Shores (FM-1041, 2004),
released on the Falling Mountain Music label, delivers a refreshing
blend of traditional Appalachian songs and music deeply rooted
in Celtic influences. Cuts like "Shady Grove","Julia
Delaney" and "Bonny Ship the Diamond","Fermoy
Lasses" are fine examples of their crafty arrangements, rich
vocal harmonies and the melding together of the music from these
cultures. The synergy of the group shines through beautifully
as they take you through slow airs and lively reels as well as
the occasional contemporary folk gem. From high-energy jigs and
reels to their more modern musical descendants, they skillfully
and tastefully honor the cultures and heritage that lie Between
Wolf Creek Session has played on WV Public Radio's "Music
From the Mountains," at First Night Annapolis, the Little
Yough Summer Series in Oakland MD; the McHenry Highland Festival,
McHenry, MD; the Cheat River Festival in Albright, WV, for FOOTMAD
Troubadour Series and the Charleston Cultural Center in Charleston
WV; at the Cultural Center of Fine Arts in Parkersburg WV, the
Oglebay Park Summer Concerts in Wheeling, WV, as well as at the
Purple Fiddle Cafe in Thomas, WV.
Mike Broderick (fiddle) has a Master's Degree in Piano Performance
and several classes in Ethnomusicology with a special interest
in World Music. In discovering the many musical links between
cultures he became a frequent student of the Celtic fiddle. Taking
classes at Augusta Celtic week in Elkins, WV and at the Swannanoa
Gathering in Asheville, NC. he discovered the fiddle to be the
most challenging and most rewarding of instruments with Celtic
fiddle having just the right amount of 'grit and grace.'
Alice Fleischman (flutes and whistles) spent years mastering the
symphonic C flute before switching to the traditional wooden,
keyless Irish flute. She became entranced with the possibilities
of the Irish flute and pennywhistle during her many summers spent
at Irish week at Augusta and Swannanoa and has been heavily influenced
by such notables as Laurence Nugent, Joannie Madden, John Skelton
and Mike Rafferty.
Keith & Joan Pitzer (Keith -guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals;
Joan- bass, whistle, vocals) have shared a long-time relationship
in both music and marriage performing together since 1975 in a
variety of group formations but most predominantly as a singer/songwriter
duo in the folk style. Their influences range from such 60s folk
notables as Dylan and Ian & Sylvia Tyson to the late Stan
Rogers and Kate Wolf of the 80s to the traditional Appalachian
tunes of Tim O'Brien. They have recorded two CDs of Keith's original
songs and some traditional Appalachian and Celtic tunes on the
Falling Mountain label. Performances have included The John F.
Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
"tasteful, eclectic...well-loved tunes and well thought-out
arrangements and combinations" - Folkwax
"...think Irish-American jam band...the arrangements sparkle
...sure to please fans of both Appalachian and Celtic music"
- Sing Out