These Are the Days

Burning Bridget Cleary

Eclectic and fresh, old-school Celtic and contemporary folk tunes. Spiced with twin fiddles, sweetened with a mélange of vocal harmonies, garnished with stylish guitar and finished with world-class guest artists.

“One of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last couple of years!” –Jack Baker, The Irish American News

“ . . . Burning Bridget Cleary is on fire with their fourth album, “Pressed for Time.” - Stephen McSweeney, Celtic Music Magazine

“. . . a highlight of this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival” - Michael Kornfeld,

Burning Bridget Cleary has been performing and recording their distinctive style of Celtic traditional music since 2006.

Band-leader, Rose Baldino, drives this band with an unusual combination of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies.

The front of the band is shared with some of the best Celtic fiddle talent on the East Coast.

Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented fiddler/vocalist from the NYC Scottish music scene. A driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary has become a solid presence on the Celtic and folk music circuits.

Burning Bridget Cleary has earned a reputation for presenting high-spirited Celtic music at festivals, concerts, and music series all over the U.S., including a 2011 tour to Ireland. While in Ireland, the band had a unique opportunity to visit the rural County Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as "the last witch burned in Ireland".

The band broke new ground in 2013 when their fourth CD, “Pressed for Time,” hit #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots Charts, and finished the year as one of the Folk DJ’s most played albums. Their second release, “Everything is Alright”, was awarded “2009 Album of the Year” by in Boston. Their third album, “Totes for Goats” was formally entered into the Traditional Irish Music Archives in Dublin, Ireland. BBC’s music is featured on hundreds of radio programs worldwide, including syndicated programs, Thistle and Shamrock, FolkScene, SingOut Radio, and The Midnight Special.

Burning Bridget Cleary was listed in Marc Gunn’s “Top 20” International Celtic bands for 2014.

Recent /Upcoming Venues:

• 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference, Formal Showcase, Kansas City, MO (2014) • 2014 NERFA Conference Formal Showcase Artist • Bethlehem Musikfest , Bethlehem, PA (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) • Blackstone River Theater Celtic Concert Series (2015) • Blackstone River Theater Summer Solstice Festival, Cumberland, RI (2011, 2014) • Bowers Barn Concert Series, Damarascotta, ME (2015 • Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN (2013) • Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro, NC (2014) • CBS Philadelphia “Talk Philly” (2015) • Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad Cities, Davenport, IA (2014) • Circle of Friends Coffee House, Franklin, MA (2015) • Concerts at the Crossing, Titusville, NJ (2012) • CT Folk Society Acoustic Fridays, New Haven, CT (2014) • First Acoustics Coffee House, Brooklyn, NY (2016) • FOCUS Music Concert Series, Mt. Vernon, VA (2015) • Godfrey Daniels Folk Listening Room, Bethlehem, PA (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013) • Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Fair Lawn, NJ (2013, 2015) • Ireland Musical Tour (2011) • Kansas City Irish Festival (2013) • Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Concert Series, Bethlehem, PA (2014) • Michigan Irish Festival (2013) • Mountain Folk Music Series, Tunbridge, VT (2014) • NBC Philadelphia, “The Ten Show” (2012) • NERFA Tri-centric Showcase Artists (2010) • Oswego Music Hall, Oswego, NY (2016) • Penn-Mar Irish Festival, Glen Rock, PA (2015) • Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3, New York, NY (2014, 2015) • Sandywoods Center for the Arts, Tiverton, RI (2015) • Shawnee Mountain Celtic Festival, E. Stroudsburg, PA (2012, 2010, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015) • Sounding Board Coffee House, West Hartford, CT (2015) • Spring Gulch Folk Festival, Lancaster, PA (2008, 2013) • The Buffalo Irish Festival, Buffalo, NY (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) • The Celtic Classic, Bethlehem, PA (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) • The Celtic Fling, Manheim, PA (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) • The Dayton Celtic Festival, Dayton, OH (2015) • The Great American Irish Festival, NY (2011) • The Green Lane Scottish-Irish Fest (2006, 2007, 2010) • The Indy Irish Fest, Indianapolis, IN (2014) • The International Celtic Festival, Hunter Mountain, NY (2011) • The New World Festival, Randolph, VT (2015) • The North Central West Virginia Scottish Festival (2015) • The Philadelphia Folk Festival (2009, 2011, 2013) • The Philadelphia Folksong Society “Influences” Workshop Series (2010) • The Philly Fleadh, Philadelphia, PA (2014) • The Rochester Celtic Festival, Rochester, NY (2015) • The Savannah Irish Fest, Savannah, GA (2015) • The Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA (2012) • The Tin Angel, Philadelphia ( 2009) • The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival, Asheville, NC (2011, 2014) • WFMT Folkstage, Chicago, IL (2014) • World Café Live in Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014) • WXPN Folkadelphia Session (2015) • WXPN Live Interview/performances on Gene Shay’s Folk Show (7 appearances)

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