ABOUT US

Moch Pryderi is one of Virginia's oldest Pan-celtic bands. Together for 18 years, the band performs the traditional celtic reels, jigs, and ballads from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany and Galicia with occasional forays into traditional Appalachian American music. The band has extensive experience playing in Celtic festivals, Irish Pubs, St. Patrick's day events, Burns nights, and Welsh festivals throughout the eastern US. The band's instrumentation consists of Celtic Harps, including the rare Welsh Triple Harp, Irish Bouzouki, Fiddle, Welsh Crwth, Bodhran, Great Highland pipes, small pipes, Welsh pibgorns and whistles.

As "Hard Tack & Sow Belly" the band performs a vast aray of Civil War music for balls, dances, formal dinners, re-enactments and parties.

Moch Pryderi has performed widely on the east coast, including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., The Celtic Classic in Bethlehem Pa., the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Washington Folk Festival, the Fredericksburg Welsh Festival, the Philadelphia Welsh Festival, the Historic Rugby Tennessee Festival of British & Appalachian Culture, the Celtic Nations Heritage Festival in Lake Charles Louisiana, the Welsh Heritage Center in Wymore Nebraska, and the North American Festival of Wales in Cleveland Ohio.

MARY TRIOLA

Welsh Triple harp, vocals, whistles, folk flute, fife, Welsh Pibgorn, double-strung and single course lever harp, mandolin, bouzouki

Mary began her training in concert harp but swiftly found herself gravitating to her first love, Celtic music, and to folk harps of all kinds-- including the wire-strung, native to both Scotland and Ireland. She is one of only a handful of professional players of the Welsh Triple harp and it has become her favorite instrument outside of voice. She is a multi-instrumentalist who performs on instruments drawn not only from Celtic and Appalachian traditions, but also from African and Native American cultures as well. She is a presenter of world music traditions for schools and home-school groups. Mary teaches both harp and voice in her hometown of Fredericksburg.

Mary plays on double and triple harps made by Robert Cunningham.

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RIK RICE

Bodhran, Dumbek, Biwbo

Rik was first exposed to Celtic music at the University of Delaware radio station where he was an announcer for 4 years. Not having grown up with a knowledge of his own Welsh heritage, he thought it was time to get involved and embrace his Welshness.  Becoming a member of Moch Pryderi was for Rik, a part of the natural progression of his involvement in all things Welsh.

Rik's Bordhran is made by Mance Grady. On Breton songs he plays a Toca Dumbeck.

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Bill Reese

Irish Bouzouki, Welsh pibgorn, Bagpipes, Breton bombardes, banjo, whistles and vocals

Bill grew up in Baltimore during the folk music boom of the early 60's. He played with "The Colony Singers" under contract with ABC Paramount records. After a stint in the Peace Corps in Turkey and Iran, Bill played in Europe for 15 years with "The Free State String Band". But It was through the Welsh band "Ar Log" that he discovered the great Welsh folk song traditions and dance music.Twenty years in Europe piqued his interest in the music of Brittany which he visited on a regular basis.

Bill plays a Pibgorn and Welsh Bagpipe by John Tose of Crymych Wales, a Pibgorn by Jonathan Shorland of Aberystwyth Wales. His third pibgorn is by Alan Keith of Mountain View California. 
 Bill's Bombard is by Christian Besrechel, biniaouer ha talabarder living in Ploeuc not far from St Brieuc in Brittany. Bill's Celtic Bouzouki was made by Fredericksburg Luthier Bob Gramann.

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PAUL BURGESS
Great Pipes, Shuttle Pipes, Whistles

Paul learned the pipes as a teenager on the island of Oahu, Hawaii in the early 1970's. Since then, he has played in competitive pipe bands from Denver to Richmond. Paul is also a successful soloist, having achieved "Grade One" status, the highest amateur category in sanctioned solo competition. Paul has recently focused anew on the instrument he loves, tackling the vast repertoire of Welsh traditional music."Paul is fortunate to play a set of 1950s vintage pipes made by Peter Henderson of Glasgow, Scotland.

LUKE GRAY
Fiddle, Crwth

From Warrenton Virginia, Luke Gray is a multi-talented instrumentalist who specializes in violin, upright and electric basses and Chapman Stick. He attended Germanna Community College, and George Mason University and has been involved in various orchestras and bands over the years including the UMW Philharmonic, Rappahannock POPS, Christian Youth Theatre, Spotswood Community Orchestra, Winchester Philharmonic, GMU symphony, Virginia Medical Musical, All-State Orchestra and Jazz band, Fredericksburg Big Band, and the Riverside Dinner Theatre. He is able to play comfortably in all forms of music, classical, jazz, Celtic, country and rock. In addition to his numerous monthly performances Luke also teaches professionally at Creative Music Academy and Forte Music Studios. If there is music to be played, you can bet Luke can do it.

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For Information and bookings:

Call or Text Bill; 540-850-3003
Call or Text Mary; 540-538-1494
email:mochpryderi@aol.com

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