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Gaelic Fusion is a metamorphosizing band of long time and up-and-coming Fairbanks Celtic musicians. They often also play in other bands, but get together to have a good time and mix it up. Today's Gaelic Fusion is currently composed of (l. to r.) Siri Tuttle on percussion and viola, John Adams on mandolin, Rohan Weeden on fiddle, Tessa Weeden on fiddle, Gary Newman on guitar. We are playing a lot of Northern music - French-Canadian and New England styles of traditional music. If you'd like to have a fun bunch of folks play for a dance, wedding, wake, or just for fun, we'd love to do it - just contact us. (907) 488-2001 or gary(at)alaskafolkmusic.org.
Gaelic Fusion History
Formed in 1999, Gaelic Fusion's first public performance was at Alaskaland, now Pioneer Park, that summer. They have since played for contradances, weddings, company parties, anniversaries, and other private and public events. The line-up over the years has included Gary Newman, Julie Baldridge, Caitlin Warbelow, Marty Baldridge, Max Newman, Erin Tilly, Pat Webb, Kyla McGroarty, Paige Steiner, Nate McDonald, Rebecca Dunne, Dennis Stephens, Siri Tuttle, Rohan and Tessa Weeden, and John Adams.
All have music in their lives still with two of them full time trad musicians.
Gary plays guitar, mandolin and octave mandolin in Gaelic Fusion and provides PA sound equipment and engineering for various Fairbanks area groups and events. He is a founding member of longest running celtic band Celtic Confusion.
Julie now lives in Seattle and plays in a number of alternative music bands, including The Excogitants, God of Shamisen, Monktail Creative Music Concern participant and more.
Caitlin, a graduate of Boston University '04 and Columbia '08 in urban planning, spends a lot of time playing in the NYC area with established and up-and-coming Irish musicians.
Marty plays concertina and sometimes guitar in an English country group here in Fairbanks and she continues her distinctive pottery work. She also played guitar in the Shamrocks on Ice band.
Max, a graduate of Harvard University '07 in government, now plays for contradances and Irish music events throughout New England and beyond. He plays guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, keyboard, accordion and more. His main band is Nor'easter as well as with Rodney Miller's Stringrays and the Blue Ribbon Dance Band
Erin, a 2006 graduate in art from the University of Alaska and a professional massage therapist trained in Vancouver, has numerous specialities in art, construction, massage, along with musical talents on flute, whistle, clarinet, bodhran and other percussion instruments.
Pat had primarily played fiddle with Celtic Confusion and, with a B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Alaska had a day job as a super-duper programmer for the Arctic Region Supercomputer Center, but recently moved to work for the Los Alamos lab in New Mexico. We think he lives in an altered reality, he's starting to glow.
Kyla plays music wherever she goes, seeming to travel all over the North and South American continents. Her main band had been Slightly Askew, a solid Fairbanks area mostly bluegrass band.
Paige Steiner, becoming a fabulous food person in Denver (as of 2012) had also played fiddle with Celtic Confusion. We do miss her vibrant fiddling and harmonic improvisations.
Nate McDonald comes with a solid bluegrass upbringing, like his father Bart. When not providing solid backup, one can hear him flatpicking Norman Blake songs in the background. His day job is an apprentice for Samson Electric. Good for him, as we are sorely lacking for people to do real tradeswork in Fairbanks.
Rebecca Dunne is a recent Fairbanksan, coming from Delaware and has lots of cats, dogs, and a bird to keep her and her husband company. Fittingly, she works at the FNSB Animal Shelter.
Dennis Stephens, now retired from the UAF Library system, has played with the Red Hackle Pipe Band for decades, but likes to mix it up with less voluminous (pun alert) instruments as well.
John Adams plays a variety of styles of music on mandolin and fiddle, occasionally bringing out his tenor banjo.
Siri Tuttle plays many styles of music - classical, klezmer and our styles of music on fiddle, viola, piano and of late, foot and hand percussion.
Rohan Weeden has been venturing out with traditional styles of music since coming to Fairbanks sessions. He is a 2014 graduate of Lathrop High School.
Tessa Weeden, playing a lot of classical music, has been similarly drawn into trad music and invited into Gaelic Fusion when both she and Rohan were playing ever so well at an Irish music session in late 2013. Tessa is in the class of 2016 at Lathrop High School.
Last updated April 2, 2014
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