The Appalachian Celtic Consort performs traditional Scottish and Irish music in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains of West Virginia. Our music catches the energy of the Celtic ceili, where musicians would gather just for the craic (Craic pronounced "crack" but meaning "great fun"). We have been playing together since 1998, and regularly perform at venues in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. Of course, if someone wanted us to play in, say, Hawaii I think we could negotiate something! The band currently consist of:
Patrick Wiegand - Guitar, Vocals
In addition to playing guitar with the Consort Pat is a composer, song writer, and percussionist. He regularly performs original material in Charleston area venues. When not experimenting with music, Pat is a research chemist.
Dewey Sanderson - Hammered Dulcimer
Dewey as been playing hammered dulcimer for over 10 years and is active in local hammered dulcimer societies. In his spare time he is an avid outdoorsman and professor of geology.
Mike Petersen - Concertina
Mike has had an interest in Celtic music for over 20 years. In addition to playing concertina he also plays hammered dulcimer, harp, bodhran, and has built his own bodhran and Celtic harp. Mike cuts time out of his regular job as a surgeon to play with ACC.
Mark Nelson - Flute, pennywhistle, bagpipes
Mark has played a plethora of instruments over the past 25 years including oboe, saxophone, recorder, guitar, and bagpipes. He currently is also member of the Kanawha Valley Pipes and Drums competition unit and performs with the Presby Pickers. Oh yeah, he also has some kind of chemical engineering job during the day (no wonder he likes the bagPIPES...)
Neil Cadle - Bohdran, percussion, mandolin
Neil has had a number of years experience playing Celtic music. Besides playing a mean bohdran, Neil constantly suprises us with creative use of other percussion, like the bones, hand drums, and wooden spoons. Currently he is doing a great job picking up mandolin as well. In "reel" life, Neil is a geographer.