MOCH PRYDERI
America's Oldest Welsh Band
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Music From The Celtic Nations

MochPryderi

 

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 Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Galicia with occasional forays into traditional Appalachian American music. The band has extensive experience playing for 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, Bodhran, Great Highland pipes, shuttle pipes, Welsh pibaucyrn, 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.

For bookings and information:
Call or Text Bill at: 540-850-3003
Call or Text Mary at 540-538-1494
or email us at: mochpryderi@aol.com
 

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SOUND SAMPLES

Migldi Magldi

Gwenni aeth i Ffair

Wisdom of Solomon/15 Hanner Crown

Difyrrwch Corbett/Can Sobri

Mary Triola of Moch Pryderi playing LLANTONY ABBEY on the Welsh Triple Harp at Kennedy Center

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SOME PLACES WE HAVE PLAYED

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THE BAND

Mary Triola

(Celtic Harp, Welsh Triple harp, vocals, whistles, folk flute, fife, Pibgorn, 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.

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Bill Reese

(Irish Bouzouki, Welsh Pibgorn,
Bagpipes, Bombarde, banjo and vocals)

Bill grew up in Baltimore during the folk music boom of the early 60's playing with "The Colony Singers" under contract with ABC Paramount records. 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.

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Rik Rice

(Bodhran, Dumbek, Welsh 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.

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Luke Gray

(Fiddle)

From Warrenton Virginia, Luke Gray is a multi-talented instrumentalist who specializes in violin, upright and electric basses and Chapman Stick. Luke 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.

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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."

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