About the musicians:
Pat Egan is well known as a guitarist and singer in the Irish traditional music scene, both here and overseas. He was a founding member of the Irish traditional bands Chulrua and the Hedge Band. Pat was a nominee for a WAMA award in the category of Folk - Traditional Vocalist every year from from 2010-2015, and the 2013 WAMMIE went to Pat, awarded on February 16, 2014!
Karin Loya is a well-known cellist in Celtic and other traditional music circles, who now brings her bass fiddle lines and rhythms to The Sound of Sleat.. Known for unique harmony lines and rhythmic and energetic accompaniments, she currently also plays in A Sheep at the Wheel and the Splendid Shilling Consort. She is in-demand for English Country Dance, community theater, and more. Two of Karin’s CDs, Almost Home (2005) with Fynesound, of which she was a long-time member, and A Sheep at the Wheel (2010) were WAMA nominees for Best Traditional Folk Recording.
Robert Mitchell has over thirty years experience performing extensively throughout the Washington, D.C., Baltimore areas, and nationally, playing the Great Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Small Pipes, and Border pipes. Bob performed twenty years at the Maryland Renaissance Festival as the wandering piper entertaining generations of visitors. He was also the Director and Piper Major of Dunloggin Pipes and Drums Band for 25 years.
After moving on from bagpipe band work, Bob toured and recorded with IONA. He has also performed with Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra. Bob brings an extensive repertoire of Scottish, Cape Breton, and Irish tunes to The Sound of Sleat.
Guest Musicians with The Sound of Sleat. We often include a guest performer. Matt Bell (bohran), Liz Donaldson (piano, accordionn), and Nick Blanton (hammered dulcimer) are among guest musicians who have performed with The Sound of Sleat in the past year.