MacNamarra's Hurrah is a unique group of friends and musicians who have played together and separately in a variety
of other groups for many years now - the group recently elected to pool their talents under the moniker
of "MacNamarra's Hurrah" which is named after Joe Waller's original song referencing the emigration of an
Irish man to America, seeking a better life.
Joe Waller is a prolific singer-songwriter with one of his tunes being the namesake of the band.
Joe and Katie (below) produce two music-oriented festivals per year at the Pioneer Settlement in Barberville, FL, one in April and another in the fall (November.)
His strong vocal capabilities take the listener from the heart of a Celtic ballad to the fun of a tune about a pony! Joe's focus is on bringing the audience
into the performance with sing-alongs and shared musical reminiscence. Joe is also is the founder and leader of Jackson Creek String Band,
www.folkfiddle.com where he and Katie (below) share songs ranging from those of Celtic origins
and stylings to folk and even some mild bluegrass to with the possibility of a touching lament of the Texas cowboy thrown in for good measure.
Their recent CD "I wish I was..." was just honored with "Traditional Folk Album of the Year 2013" by
he National Traditional Country Music Assn. in Le Mars, Iowa. Joe and Katie also produce two music-oriented festivals per year at the Pioneer
Settlement in Barberville, FLů one the first weekend of November
each year and another in the Spring.
Katie Waller, fiddler, was classically trained on the viola and violin,
but for a long time now she has been a full time fiddler! She enjoys playing various fiddle styles from Celtic,
to folk, to old-time. Katie regularly teaches workshops and fiddle classes at the Sunshine State Acoustic
Music Camp, Florida Folk Festival, Will McLean Festival and more. Her "Training Wheels in D" CD is
popular with beginning fiddlers and mandolin players nationwide.
Jenn Weidley is a singer/songwriter who has performed in Central
Florida and up and down the East Coast area for many years. Performing in many venues including
coffee houses, pubs, festivals and concerts, she has written a wide variety of Celtic inspired
original and traditional songs and tunes. She was in the band JENRIC with her late husband Rick, the
Central Florida Celtic Folk band Bardic Rose and the Irish Traditional Band Banished Misfortune.
Her first Solo CD came out in 2007 and is entitled "Home with the Girls in the Morning". Jenn's latest
CD is "A Momentary Echo" produced in 2012. In September, 2012, Jenn traveled west for the first time, to Sedona,
Arizona and Southern Utah. Jenn, her partner Ron and percussionist Chuck Spano
traveled to Ontario Canada in August, 2013 to perform in the Tall Ships Festival as the
trio 'Hard to Port'.
Jenn has written and arranged over 250 songs and tunes and is an accomplished guitarist, fiddler and
Irish Whistle player. She plays and sings original songs, traditional ballads, pub tunes and sea
When not playing and touring, Jenn is the owner/operator of Green Fiddle studio, an intimate studio
which caters to the acoustic musician.
Learn more about Jenn on her website at www.jennweidleymusic.com
or find her on CDBaby.com!
- King Arthur Came Home - Bardic Rose
- Traveler - JENRIC
- Listen - JENRIC
- Out on the Ocean - Bardic Rose
- Home with the Girls in the Morning - Jenn Weidley
- A Momentary Echo - Jenn Weidley
Chuck Spano is a Florida-based percussionist who has had the good fortune
to have played with some of the best musicians from around the world in a variety of genres, both here in the
USA and overseas. He'll usually play with multiple groups, on a variety in instruments, at various festivals. His primary interest is in the realm of Traditional Celtic songs and tunes, especially
"indigenous" arrangements and tunes/songs from Scotland and Ireland which seldom make it across the pond to America. Spano has taught the various
percussion workshops at the Florida Folk Festival (and others) for the past many years and is especially interested
in teaching beginners and playing for various dance groups as well as experimenting
with a variety of percussive instrumentation in the Celtic fusion, Afro-Celtic, and New Age/Classical arenas.
Chuck is also the musical director for the Ormond Beach Celtic Festival in April of each year
(Ormond Beach, FL) and produced a concert series for over twenty years featuring national and international
touring artists - he plans to soon start development on a series of percussion and accompaniment videos
covering a variety of instruments, in conjunction with Frank McGuire of Glasgow and possibly some other well-known