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AAFFM PRESENTS: The Reel Sisters and Harm’s Way
June 18 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT$8 – $10
THE REEL SISTERS
The Reel Sisters offer an intimate performance of tunes and stories from the Celtic lands and Appalachia. Harp, pipes, whistle, and voice combine to create a magical Celtic soundscape full of both joy and mystery.
The Reel Sisters are a duo steeped in the musical tradition of Scottish harp and smallpipes. Piper Rosalind Buda and harpist Kelly Brzozowski share lifetimes of experience in the traditional music community and the technical expertise of classical training. A duo since 2018, The Reel Sisters have performed stage shows, festivals, and house concerts from New Mexico to New York. They have been heard multiple times on Pan Harmonia’s Celtic Corner Series and have been featured at the acclaimed Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC, the Red Clay Theater in Duluth, GA, and the Atlanta Celtic Christmas concert at the Rialto. Rosalind and Kelly are professional educators as well as performers and are in demand as clinicians at harp and bagpipe workshops across the US.
The Reel Sisters’ music is uplifting, stirring, and just sweet fun. Their approachable, lighthearted personalities create a unique and intimate musical experience that connects them deeply with the spirit of the music and with their audiences.
Harm’s Way began back in the 1970s. Scot Boze, Dennis Keefe, and Harmon Koeltz had been playing guitar-driven music at each other’s homes, parties, and the like when they began playing an after-hours place called Little Annie Fannies. They split $7.50 a night and dined on chili, spaghetti, and milkshakes, which was about all the place had to offer. A patron one evening heard them and must have liked them, as he offered them a gig at Billy Lothridge’s Taco Kid in Sandy Springs. They needed a name to go up on the marquee, and Dennis named the group Harm’s Way. The pay was better, and they had beer!
More parties, and even more practice followed. Dennis was a jock at WPLO-FM and had access to the studio where we could go on the weekends or after hours and record our music. More parties and jams followed. Then they got serious and started contacting venues and began performing. Through the years, new members joined the group while others left, mostly to return. They were now playing coffee shops, wineries, restaurants, corporate events, private events, festivals, and all the local monthly concert series, including Fiddler’s Green. They perform with conviction, a sense of humor, and rich harmonies. While they don’t take themselves too seriously, they do take the music very seriously and feel it is to be enjoyed and shared. They are available for house concerts, yacht christenings, shuttle launch parties, etc. and would love to play your next event.
On a somber note, Scot’s last performance was right here in February of 2020, just before the pandemic. He was taken by Covid that summer. The line-up for Fiddler’s Green will be Phil Griffin, Barbara Hotz, Jonathan McBee, Harmon Koeltz, and making her debut with the group, Liz Bradley.