About Us


Celtic Wood and Wires is a five member band from the Williamsport area of central PA. The band formed in early 2018 and has evolved into the band as all of our fans know it today.  We play upbeat, traditional songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland and a wee bit of Appalachian.  We do have a few originals of our own and are working on more.  We've been playing throughout central and south-central PA.  We have a great following and keep the crowds during our shows.  We released our first album in September, "Close The Back Door", which is available on CD along with all of the major digital platforms including Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, YouTube, Pandora and approximately 11 others.

On March 17th, 2022, we received the Spot Award for "Best World Music" from the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards hall of Fame. We are honored and humbled to receive such an award, especially with all of the amazing talent here in Pennsylvania. We thank those that nominated us along with the CMPHOF for recognizing what we do!

We play all types of venues and events..... Local pubs & wineries, backyard parties, trad sessions, weddings, festivals, etc. Watch our page for the latest shows. And should you have an inquiry about us playing for your event, please reach out to us. Our CONTACT page has a form, email address, phone number and USPS mail address. Even if you would just like to shout out a hello, it's always welcome!

Thank you to our families, friends and fans! We are here today because of your support!

Slainte!

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Latest Album

Close The Back Door

Celtic Wood and Wires

Our debut album! Released September 2021 Available on CD, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and most streaming platforms. Follow the link to purchase and/or stream! https://celticwoodandwires.hearnow.com/

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Shows

Find all of our scheduled events here!  Hope to see you all in person at these locations!

Previous events

This Saturday at the Moon & Raven Public House! Unplugged and keeping you entertained from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm. The Moon & Raven is bringing us in for the reintroduction of live music. You’ll get a mix of our Celtic songs & tunes and some Christmas spice! Hope to see you there! Sláinte!

Get ready for the Victorian Christmas weekend here in Williamsport. Backhouse Café Coffee & Tea will have a seasonal menu of beverages & desserts while Celtic Wood and Wires entertains you with traditional Celtic & Christmas songs & tunes. A great way to start your Yuletide celebrations. Join us for a spectacular time!

History of the Irish Language & Irish Music

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James V. Brown Library, 19 E. 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

Are you curious about the history of the Gaelic Language and hearing some Irish music? If so this presentation is for you! This is a FREE event but registration is required.

Discover the history of the Irish Language, Gaelic, with Chris Norris. This informative presentation will show us on a map where the language is spoken and how many people speak it. The class is not to teach the Irish Language but a few basic Irish words will be explained to us. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions throughout the class.

Following the presentation, we will listen to music performed acoustically by four members of the local band Celtic Wood and Wires!

About the presenter: Chris Norris learned conversational Irish Language at Villanova University when he lived in Philadelphia. His teacher was from County Donegal in the north of Ireland. Currently, he is the PA State Irish Language Chairman for the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). They have 10,000 members in the state. Chris also conducts Irish Language classes for their members.

According to the Williamsport Sun Gazette, In December 2019, Chris "received an award for his contributions and dedication to the order and service to the community," for Hibernian of the year. Also, according to the Sun Gazette, he attended Bishop Neumann High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

About the Band: Celtic Wood and Wires is a five member band from the Williamsport area of central PA. The band formed in the early 2018 and has evolved into the band it is today. They play upbeat, traditional songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Appalachian, and originals they created. Their first album was released in September 2021, "Close the back door" and is available on CD, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, YouTube, and Pandora.

The members of the band are Sandi Finnerty, Billie Jo Shank, Shelley Whitnack, Michael J. Miller and Carl Finnerty.

A little about each member... · Sandi’s part in the band are vocals, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. She is a founding member of Celtic Wood and Wires in early 2018. · Billie Jo’s part in the band are vocals, tin whistle, Irish flute and silver flute. · Shelley’s part of the band are vocals, fiddle, viola and ukulele. · Michael’s part in the band are vocals, guitar and Irish bouzouki. · Carl’s part in the band are the Bodhrán drum, vocals and handles the business affairs.

This program is one of the many ways the Brown Library supports the PA Forward initiative by providing social and civic literacy opportunities for learning. Location: Lowry Room Registration: Open - 40/45 Spots Available Categories: Teen, Adult Registration required https://calendar.jvbrown.edu/.../history-of-the-irish

We are returning to the National Apple Harvest Festival for 2022! We'll be performing 4 sets starting at 10:30 am and the last starting at 3:00 pm. Come on out for a festival with plenty to do, great food & drink and fantastic music to hear. Hope to see you there!

Full day event with seven live bands, food trucks, booze trucks, campfire, overnight camping, byob and byof! OFFICIAL ARTWORK AND LINEUP for Camp Celtic Craic on October 1!!! Bastard Bearded Irishmen Hold Fast The Punkabillys Plunder & Lightning Muggsy Jr. The Part Time Managers Celtic Wood and Wires Stay tuned for ticket information and look out for a Camp Celtic Craic tee shirt pre sale!! Brought to you by Celtic Craic Music Fest & Hellcat Maggie Artist Management

Full day event with seven live bands, food trucks, booze trucks, campfire, overnight camping, byob and byof! OFFICIAL ARTWORK AND LINEUP for Camp Celtic Craic on October 1!!! Bastard Bearded Irishmen Hold Fast The Punkabillys Plunder & Lightning Muggsy Jr. The Part Time Managers Celtic Wood and Wires Stay tuned for ticket information and look out for a Camp Celtic Craic tee shirt pre sale!! Brought to you by Celtic Craic Music Fest & Hellcat Maggie Artist Management

We are headed to upstate NY with good friends and fantastic artists Down By the Glenside! This is our first appearance at Rustic Ridge Winery/High Burl Brewery. And it’s for an Irish Festival! Bring your lawn chair/dancing shoes, grab a glass of wine/beer along with some food and spend an enjoyable evening listening to Irish music. Stay tuned to RRW/ HB for more info on food vendors for this event.

The James V. Brown Library is having their Summer Learning Finale August 5th & 6th. Celtic Wood and Wires will be performing on Saturday, August 6th from 10:30 am - 12 pm. A fun event for all ages!

The Library will celebrate all children who participated in the summer learning program during a finale event. Children can turn in their reading log will receive a voucher for a free book at the library’s Scholastic Book Fair and a sweet treat. Children who did not complete their reading log but still want to celebrate may still purchase books.

Children's books will be in the first-floor programming rooms and the tween/teen/YA books will be in the third-floor Lowry Room.

Go to the James V. Brown Library website for more details about their fantastic event!

We are excited to be part of this fun-filled event at the Tioga County Fairgrounds! This is a 2-day festival with live music, crafts and a variety of foods. We take the stage on Sunday from 1 pm to 4 pm. The highlight of this event will be the wonderful local wineries, breweries and distilleries to tempt your taste buds! A great way to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend! · Wine tasting from the best local wineries · Local breweries and distilleries · Crafts from local artisans · Celtic Wood and Wires and more live music · A variety of foods from local vendors More info and tickets available at www.northcentralwinefestival.com See you at the Festival! Cheers!

A CTL Evening with Celtic Wood and Wires

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Community Theater League, 100 W 3rd Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

DATE CHANGE - May 14, 2021 Who said that you can only play this music for the St. Patrick's Day holiday?! Join us at the Community Theater League for a night of traditional jigs, folk music, foot-stomping and reels from Ireland, Scotland and the Appalachians! Ticket Link: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pesptpm/10807106/1105232 This show was originally set for February 26, 2022, leading into the St. Patrick's Day season. Unfortunately we had an unexpected circumstance come up. Rather than cancelling, we just moved the date back. To the Community Theater League and for those that purchased tickets already, Thank You for your understanding! See you there! Sláinte!

TRAD MUSIC SESSIONS at Backhouse Cafe Coffee & Tea

901 W. Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

2nd and 4th Friday every month, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm or so.

Join us along with other musicians for traditional acoustic music from Ireland, Scotland, other Celtic nations and the Appalachians. All are welcome, from beginner to professional musicians. Or just come to enjoy the music, beverages and desserts! Hope to see you there!

Sláinte!

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