This Frankfort based musical group Ceol Cridhe, (pronounced Ke-ol-Cree, which means ‘Heartsong’ in Scots Gaelic) is made up of three musicians, Jack Twombley, Bob Cox and Bryn Bowen Cox. These three play and share the love and passion for the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales, as well as the lesser known Celtic cultures of Cape Breton, Brittany and Nova Scotia.
The band members play a variety of instruments including the fiddle, Celtic harp, concertina, and the traditional Irish drum, the Bodhran. Lead singer and guitarist Jack Twombley learned to play the piano at an early age, like his father and grandfather before him. As well as playing 12 and 6-string guitar, Jack plays the unusual bouzouki that has become popular in traditional Irish and Scottish music.
Bryn Bowen Cox who plays Celtic harp, concertina and Electro-harp was trained on the piano by her mother, a classically trained pianist. She secured a degree in music education from Ball State University. Celtic harp has always been her first love. In 1998, Bryn traveled to Ireland to study Irish harp with Maire Ni Chathasaigh, Grainne Yeats. She has also studied the piano style of Cape Breton masters Joey Beaton and Hilda Chiasson.
Fiddler Bob Cox began playing folk and traditional tunes on the mountain dulcimer and mandolin while in college. His uncle gave him his old violin and Bob has been fiddling ever since. In recent years, Bob has been drawn to the music found on Canada’s Cape Breton Island. In the band, Bob also backs up Jack Twombley’s vocals and lends a hand with the Irish drum, the Bodhran.
The recordings of Ceol Cridhe can be found at numerous Kentucky bookstores and at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.