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Watercarvers Guild is one of the best contemporary acoustic ensembles in the Northwest. Featuring Darrell Casey and his sons David and Nathan, Watercarvers Guild is a trio of multi-instrumentalist/singers who have been playing together since David and Nathan were old enough to pick up instruments. While they only decided to form into a three piece band in 2000, their lifelong rapport (not to mention their refined skills as musicians and singers) is evident from the moment they hit the stage.

With an onstage arsenal that includes guitars, mandolin, piano, recorder, bouzouki, electric bass and three voices, Watercarvers Guild has a habit of sounding a lot more than a typical folk trio, putting together some of the best melodies and most intricate arrangements.

While their music shows influences of Celtic, bluegrass, pop and folk, it’s the elaborate dialogue between instruments and voices that is the signature sound of Watercarvers Guild. Music is clearly its own language for this family band and one that they speak fluently.

Watercarvers Guild has performed at major festivals all over the Northwest, including the Festival at Sandpoint, the Sweet Pea Festival and the Juan De Fuca Festival. They have also performed at some of the region’s best performing arts and music venues: the Myrna Loy Center, the Panida Theatre, the Tower Theatre in Bend and the Tractor Tavern in Seattle.

The group released their debut CD in 2000 and recorded a live CD in 2002. That same year they headlined at the Big Sky Music Festival with Tim O’Brien and Chuck Pyle.

Another 2002 highlight for the band was opening for Darrell’s cousin, Nollaig Casey and guitarist Arty McGlynn, while the duo was in Seattle performing at the Tractor Tavern on their first US tour. Nollaig is one of Ireland’s most gifted musicians and holds several All-Ireland titles for fiddle playing and traditional singing. Arty has recorded and toured with all of Ireland’s major traditional artists as well as Van Morrison.

This unique performance at the Tractor marked the first time in 150 years that these two lines of the Casey clan were back together playing music. But thankfully, it won’t be the last. Watercarvers Guild invited Nollaig to perform on a few songs on their CD, Balladeers and Aeronauts.

The London pub balladeers
Turned their chairs against the hearth
To tell any listening ears
How Vincent Lunardi revisited earth.

“Sailing Away” by David Casey

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"They were an instant hit with our discerning crowd. From the first notes, their performance brought a hush over a festival crowd of nearly 2,000 people, as our patrons leaned forward to hear the intricate finger guitar, eloquent mandolin and melodious voices blending in sync. I highly recommend Watercarvers Guild to anyone who is interested in presenting the finest musicianship complemented by perfect harmony.”

Dyno Wahl, Executive Director, The Festival at Sandpoint

"These guys are great! -- The band has real cohesion; each player is clearly in tune with the other -- listen to the blend and balance of instrument and voice -- these carefully arranged elements lend both weight and grace to the stories they tell. This rare quality of musical intimacy can only come from years of experience and a profound attention to the craft of songwriting and performance. Highly recommended!"

Tom Loewe, Host "Notes From Above", Ave Maria Radio

More about Nollaig Casey

Nollaig Casey is one of Ireland's most gifted musicians, with her own unique way of playing traditional Irish music on the fiddle and such an utterly distinctive sound that it would be impossible to mistake it for that of anyone else. This “sound” is so attractive to other musicians that there exists hardly any major Irish artist of the last twenty years with whom she has not worked.

Nollaig has recorded and worked with Enya, Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Nanci Griffith, Ricky Skaggs, Rod Stewart, Emmy Lou Harris, Steve Earle, Dónal Lunny, Mary Black, Frances Black, Carlos Nuñez, Jim Rooney, Andy Irvine, Moving Hearts, The Indigo Girls, Spandau Ballet, Elvis Costello, Christy Moore, Liam O'Flynn, Dan ar Braz, Sharon Shannon, Maura O'Connell, Dick Gaughan, Paddy Keenan, Seán Keane, Liam Clancy & Tommy Makem, Máirtín O'Connor and her sister, the innovative and influential harper, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, among many others.


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