Many find Starwood worth it for the Entertainment alone! Come to one
or all of our nightly concerts, perform in our Bardic
Circle where you are the entertainment; visit our inflatable, hemispherical
pufferdome for a midnight party or relax
over lunch at one of our aptly named lunchtime concerts.
This year we welcome to our Main Stage:
Storm [Wed Night]
Since the release of their self-titled first album (which reached #5 on
Billboard's World Music chart in Summer 1998), Gaelic Storm has thundered
onto stages around the world, astounding audiences with their explosive
performance. Featured as the "Steerage Party Band" in the blockbuster
hit Titanic, Gaelic Storm has proven they can keep the party rocking long
after the credits have rolled. Their dynamic stage show features rousing,
upbeat vocals, wild energetic dance tunes, haunting ballads and infectious
madcap humor. In clubs and theatres or at outdoor festivals, it's a show
that never fails to leave audiences on their feet: reeling, dancing and
screaming for more!
Gaelic Storm has drawn record-breaking crowds at Milwaukee's famed Irish-Fest
(in '98, '99, and 2001), Celtic-Fest Chicago, the Dublin Ohio Irish Festival
and the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, as well as Festival Interceltique in
Lorient, France (the largest Celtic festival in the world). More about
them at: http://www.gaelicstorm.com/
Deninzon & Stratospheerius [Fri Night]
Joe Deninzon is a versatile violinist based in New York who has been called
"The Jimi Hendrix of the Violin". He has worked with Sheryl
Crow, Smoky Robinson, The Mahavishnu Project, and the Trans-Syberian Orchestra
among others. Joes band, Stratospheerius, has been heavily involved
in the New York jam band scene, performing regularly at clubs like Wetlands
and the Knitting Factory, as well as touring the East Coast and Midwest.
The group features Joe on six-string electric violin and vocals, Scott
Chasolen on Fender rhodes and moog, Grisha Alexiev on drums, Rufus Philpot
on bass, DJ Big Wiz on turntables, and legendary guitarist Alex Skolnick
(who has worked with Testament and Stu Hamm). They mix the avant garde
jazz/rock sound of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the pop sensibilities of
the Dave Matthews Band, and Chili Peppers-style funk, to create a STRATOSPHEERIC
musical experience with plenty of strings attatched.
Shaman is a music group that was formed in 1990 by siblings, Brahm and
Deirdre Stuart. The vibrations that they have created thus far weave Celtic
traditional music with Middle Eastern melodies, Blues and Rock underpinnings,
and thought provoking pro-Earth iconoclastic lyrics. Shaman means one
who is raised and excited speaking for the Earth to her children and back
again. Shaman is calling out to all of Mother Earth's children through
the medium of Celtic Rock / Earth Music / Pagan Music / Traditional Music
/ Light & Love Vibrations...
"Shaman's tapesty of sound weaves together an astounding variety
of styles combining Celtic instrumentals, Mediterranean Gypsy songs, otherworldly
ballads, and passionate pagan pixie music. . ."
RS & ABr, reviewers for the World music magazine Dirty
Listen to soundbytes from Shaman: http://www.solstar.org/SOUNDbytes.htm
is a musical duo from Boston, MA, with a trademark sound of mystical,
psychadelic, medieval progressive rock. Performing all original material
with a guitar, bass and drums foundation, Yokeshire expounds upon their
instrumentation by adding a wide range of unique instruments including
mandolin, marimba, Theremin, flute, dulcimer, glockenspiel, vintage keyboards
and exotic percussion, with counterpoint vocal harmonies. This blending
of different style and worldly influences has created a completely unique
and distinctive sound that can be heard on their multi-award winning CD
Masque of shadows, which has accumulated rave reviewed from
more than 25 countries.
The members of Yokeshire are in tune with a spiritual philosophy and
a way of life, with cornerstone principles such as respecting Mother Earth,
and generating positive energy. Their spiritual quest as musicians and
their Celtic heritage hsve guided them for many moons on the path of enlightenment.
More at: http://www.yokeshire.com.
Listen to real audio samples at: http://www.kinesiscd.com/yoke_ram.htm.
of Time [Tues Night]
is an electrifying performance ensemble utilizing drums as a vehicle for
growth and self-expression. Led by Billy Woods, they dazzle the festival
audience with an amazing blend of chant, poetry, and a unique array of
influences including drum corps, Middle Eastern, rock, jazz, Afro-Latin
and South American rhythms, using the improvisational style as a true
art form. Formerly called Street Drumming, their music is available
from ACE on the tapes Street Drumming Live at Starwood and
Seeds of Time Live at Starwood. Their members are Billy
Woods, Daveed Korup, Joshua Levin, and
Saphyre. They are joined by dancers and members of Daveed's band Turku.
Bardos [Wed Night]
coalesced from an assortment of magical musical metalsmiths. Gradually,
other kindred musicians have crept into the current ensemble. The Bardos
draw inspiration from around the world and across the ages, from Medieval
and Celtic tojazz, rock, and rap. They have performed in a wide variety
of settings from coffeehouses, weddings, clubs and gatherings. You may
have heard then do live performances anywhere from the radio in Binghampton,
NY area or seen them at various gathering such as Rites of Spring, Free
Spirit and Starwood. The Bardos have also made numerous club performances.
Wielding various strings, winds, vocals, and lots of percussion, they're
sure to get your feet moving and your spirits soaring! Visit our website
(Welsh for 'poetic inspiration') are Ian Corrigan
and Liafal from Northeast Ohio. Awen's music
draws on the traditions of British and Irish folk song and storytelling.
Ballads and story-songs mingle with sea shanties and countryside tunes,
and the occasional original song that harkens back to older times. Rollicking
guitar and funky rhythms combine with dynamic vocal harmonies to produce
a powerful sound that will captivate and delight any audience.
Ian has been performing traditional music for twenty years, as a solo
artist and in various bands. His wife Liafal joined him in his music a
few years ago. No more at stonecreed.org/awen.
is something acoustically different; think Indigo Girls with Magickal
'tude! This all-Chameleon trio features Victoria Ganger's multi-genre
originals backed by the sensuous harmonies of Lisa Lefkort and Mary Alice
Tummonds. From evocative ballads to humorous tangos and all points in
between, Revelry draws it's own unique connection between ancient tradition
and today's spirit.
Pyrosonic - Retrospecter [Fri - late]
This year for the 12th annual Island Show Extravaganza, we'll be paying
homage to the ghosts of island shows past with Retrospecter, a
blend of old and new that will revisit the best of Ron
Slabe's electronic soundtrack music going back to the early analog
daze when the Synthesauris ruled the Earth.
Retrospecter will be an unplugged show, using only pyrotechnics and live
action instead of high tech lighting. With the help of Jason Isla, Logan
Crozier, and others not yet released from protective custody as of this
writing, Ron will be raking the coals to unearth some old school techniques
from "back in the day" as well as some new surprises. We don't
know what will happen, but it will NOT be business as usual.
Halim El-Dabh and his Orchestra [Sat Night]
El-Dabh is a Professor Emeritus of African Ethno-Musicology from Kent
State University. He has travelled the world on projects by such organizations
as the Smithsonian Institute, studying and participating in the music
of tribal cultures. He is an experienced drummer and performer on a wide
variety of authentic African musical instruments and on keyboard. He was
a soloist with Leopold Stokowsky, and he's the composer of the music for
Martha Graham's Clymenestra, Nuriev and Maugo Fontayne's The
Fallen Angel Lucifer, Nile Festival Music, Ramses the Great
Symphony, Lament of the Pharoh, and the sound-light show for
the Pyramid of Egypt. His latest production, Opera Flies, was part
of the 25th Anniversary memorial program for the Kent State shooting.
A pioneer in the field of electronic music, he has a new CD coming out
entitled Crossing Into the Electric Magnetic. Halim is presently
working with both the Ohio Arts Council and Cleveland Public Theatre.
He is a participant in the WinterStar panel discussion The Self in
Transformation, available from ACE.
Magnus & Spinner
Grab a bite at the Brushwood Cafe or Phil's Grill and enjoy it to the
are a new and entertaining pagan and mystical-celtic-folk-rock group influenced
by various folk and rock artists (Janice, Bela Fleck, Vassar Clements
SONA met as if by magick at Starwood two years ago
and have traveled
extensively since. They have played at Heartland, PSG, CMA Beltane, Dragon
Dance, PPD Events in Austin, Houston and Dallas and are currently engaged
in a country wide tour this summer, starting in Indy. SONA are a trio
of diverse sounds
one must hear them to understand.
In the Hot Summer months of 2000, three people met at Brushwood Folklore
Center in New York, the home of the Starwood festival that have been going
on for years. Among them were a singer, a vocalist, and a mandolin player.
This father and son duo from Kansas combined with a single female vocalist
from Missouri came together to form SONA. It was realized at once that
these three had been searching for each other, and that the magick that
was apparent between the three of them musically was rare...
Listen to them at: http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/171/sona1.html
Dirty Mothers [Thurs]
Mothers are a Baltimore, MD female fronted, pagan, urban folk rock band
with video show all dedicated to the Dirty Mothers of the universe. The
message in our music is directly linked to the lost importance of the
Goddess and the importance of femininity and balance in spirituality.
The music of Dirty Mothers is fed from the different backgrounds of each
member's influences. Denise starts her love of music with all things female
from punk to folk to rock thus equates her dynamic vocal abilities. Kevin
is influenced by the heavy rock of the last few decades but also is spiritually
bound to playing acoustic guitar. His diverse ability gives the band a
strengthened edge and heightens the dynamics of Denise's vocals On the
other end of the spectrum is Anthony's love of hip-hop complimenting the
band with his natural gift to rap and his soulful bass playing.
Wynne Paris & Laurie Lovekraft [Sat]
Paris and Laurie Lovekraft performing world-beat devotional music in the
kirtan (bhakti yoga) tradition.
Wynne Paris performs on Sarod (a Sitar
like Indian instrument) and guitar and sings and chants in Sanskrit and
Laurie Lovekraft is also an accomplished
singer, poet, drummer and dancer.
Complete with dance loops and improvisation and audience participation,
Wynne and Laurie weave ancient and future together in a unique expression
See what's also going on in the Pufferdome.
Remember, last minute changes are unavoidable. Please check back for
This page last updated: June 13, 2002.