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Celtic Wood and Wires is a five-member band from the Williamsport area of central Pennsylvania. 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 number of originals of our own and are working on more. We've been playing throughout central PA from the northern to the southern borders and New York state. We have a great following and keep the crowds during our shows. 

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 – vocals, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. She is a founding member of Celtic Wood and Wires in early 2018. 

Billie Jo – vocals, tin whistle, Irish flute and silver flute. 

Shelley – vocals, fiddle, viola and ukulele. 

Michael – vocals, guitar and Irish bouzouki. 

Carl – vocals, bodhrán drum, vocals and handles the business affairs. 

We released our first album in September 2021, "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. Stats from our digital provider shows that we have been downloaded and streamed literally around the world! 

In January of 2022, we had three songs featured over three separate weeks on Marc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, which is broadcast world-wide. We are thrilled to have our current fans and new fans listening to us around the world! 

On March 17th, 2022, St. Patrick’s Day, we received the Spot Award for "Best World Music" for 2021 from the Central Pennsylvania Music Awards hall of Fame. We were 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 thank our families, friends and fans! We are here today because of their support! 

On January 15, 2023, we again received a CPMHOF nomination for "Best World Music Band/Artist" for 2022. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 30, 2023. Again, we thank our families, friends, fans and CPMHOF for recognizing what we do! 

Our music is not just for St. Patrick’s Day. Celtic Wood and Wires, along with many other bands in our genre, play year-round. We play all types of venues and events... Local pubs & wineries, backyard parties, trad sessions, weddings, festivals, etc. Watch our website and Facebook 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

The music is flowing like the Guinness & Jameson! More and more of you keep showing up at the Moon & Raven Public House when we show up. So now we cannot play acoustic anymore. We have to plug in our sound system so those of you towards the back can hear us. Fricking FANtastic!!! We’ve been working with the M&R to make our sound flow through the pub starting with our January 21st show. Start planning now!

Celtic Session - Christmas Style

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Backhouse Cafe' Coffee & Tea, 901 W. 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

The next session at Backhouse Cafe' Coffee & Tea will be December 23rd.

Due to unexpected circumstances, session on December 9th is cancelled.

If other events are not on your schedule for Friday, December 23rd, the Celtic session is on at Backhouse Cafe' Coffee & Tea starting at 6:30 pm. Some Christmas spirit will be in the mix. A few members of CWW will be there along with all other musicians that join in. Hope to see you there! 😁☘️🎄🎼🎅🏻

Celtic Wood and Wires at the Moon & Raven Public House

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Moon & Raven Public House, 155 W. 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

Saturday, December 17th, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm we are back at the Moon & Raven Public House! We had a FANTASTIC time last time! What a great crowd! Unplugged and keeping you entertained with a mix of our Celtic songs & tunes and some Christmas spirit! Hope to see you there! Sláinte! 😁☘️🎄🐾

Lewisburg Contra Dance

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Donald Heiter Community Center, 100 N. 5th Street, Lewisburg, PA 17837

Second Saturday Contra Dances

December 10, 2022 7 pm - 10 pm

Donald Heiter Community Center 100 North 5th St. Lewisburg, PA. 17837

Ted Crane, Caller Music by Celtic Wood and Wires

New England Contra Dance is a traditional dance form rooted in Irish, English, and Scottish jigs, reels and waltzes. Contra dancing is easy and energetic, mostly involving a smooth walking step. Our dances feature live music and are taught and called; basic review beginning at 7:00.

Proof of vaccination, contact info, N/KN95 or surgical masks required.

Please wear comfortable clothes, and soft soled, non-marking shoes.

We welcome people of every age, cultural /national origin, dance ability, gender identity, with or without a partner. If you can walk, you can Contra!

Admission: $10 for adults; under 16 free; $5 for students with current ID (Under 16 accompanied by a guardian) *For more information, call Betsy or Jeff (570) 524-2104. Email: betsynoyce@gmail.com http://lewisburgcontra.wixsite.com/lewisburgcontradance; facebook: countryside contra dance Instagram:countryside.contra.dance

Our band mate, Shelley Whitnack, is keeping herself busy still with this holiday season! The Nutcracker last week. Williamsport Symphony Orchestra this week with their Happy Holidays Concert on Friday, December 9th! Music and tradition mark the holidays year after year, and new takes on old themes keep the enchantment alive. The choruses from Handel’s oratorio Messiah are almost as familiar as our favorite carols. The Williamsport Area High School Choir joins the WSO in the majestic Hallelujah Chorus, and you may stand, if you wish, as King George II is said to have done when he heard it in 1743. As for those carols…Good King Wenceslas and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing appear in Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Christmas Overture. Beloved Hanukah songs Rock of Ages, Who Can Retell, Spin Dreidel and others make up Bill Holcombe’s Festive Sounds of Hanukah. It may be a little early to predict a white Christmas, but our program includes two Sleigh Rides– Frederick Delius’ atmospheric picture postcard from 1899 and Leroy Anderson’s jazzy version from the 1940’s. Speaking of jazz, the surprise under our Christmas tree is Tchaikovsky reimagined by Duke Ellington in A Jazz Nutcracker Suite. The concert will also feature the winner of this year's Young Artists Competition. This will be a wonderful show! 🎄🎼😁

Celtic Wood and Wires at the Moon & Raven Public House

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Moon & Raven Public House, 155 W. 4th Street, Williamsport, PA 17701

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!

Victorian Celtic Christmas at Backhouse Café

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Backhouse Cafe Coffee & Tea, 901 W. Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA. 17701

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

Celtic Wood and Wires at the National Apple Harvest Festival

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National Apple Harvest Festival, 615 Narrows Road, Biglerville, PA. 17307

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.

Celtic Wood and Wires at the JVB Summer Learning Finale

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

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!

Join us on July 24th at the Bandshell for the Brandon Park Summer Concert Series. 6 pm - 8 pm. Free concerts hosted by the City of Williamsport Recreation Department. Bands every Sunday. Plenty of great entertainment through the end of August 2022

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