Honey Brook Borough residents, prepare for “Celtic music on high octane.”
That’s how traditional Irish folk trio Across the Pond brands its music. The Gettysburg-based group will play the next Concerts in the Park series show on August 11 at Honey Brook Borough Park. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m.
“We like playing concert series because you usually have a nice venue and the audience is really focused on you,” said Dan Diviney, vocals, whistles and bodhran for the band.
Diviney said pub gigs are all different, and while pub audiences are sometimes interested in the music, other times they only really hear the bass beat and aren’t there for the music. The type of crowd and the outdoor atmosphere were factors that attracted the band to the show.
“Outdoor shows are always fun, and sometimes you have people in the audience come up after the show to talk to you or book you for gigs and that’s part of the fun,” he added.
Honey Brook councilwoman Jeanne Jenzano, who runs the concerts in the park series, said a previous band that had been booked for the August performance cancelled on her at the last minute. She praised Across the Pond for making themselves available on such short notice, only having booked them in early July.
Diviney said the band is excited to play in Honey Brook. While they usually play shows in south central Pennsylvania and Maryland, the band has played Chester County shows before, including a performance in Wagontown about two years ago. He admitted that he hadn’t heard of Honey Brook before.
“Playing music is helping me to continue my education in geography,” he said with a laugh.
While the band is focused on traditional Irish and Scottish folk tunes, the three musicians add their own arrangements “to create a unique and moving style,” according to their Facebook page. They also throw contemporary songs, and some “old timey and bluegrass” tunes into the mix.
The band formed in 2010 “kind of by accident,” Diviney said, when he was in some other Celtic bands. While with Irish choir Saulte Antlers, Diviney met guitarist Mike Morrison, who also plays flute, mandolin and does some vocals for Across the Pond, during practices.
Around the same time, Chuck Krepley, fiddle, guitar and vocals, saw Diviney playing with his previous band, Cormorant’s Fancy, at the Fairfield Inn west of Gettysburg. Krepley, who was dining there with his family, came up after the performance and asked if Diviney was interested in adding a fiddle to the mix. And so Across the Pond was born. Visit acrossthepondmusic.com to learn more about the band and hear their music.
Concert goers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. The Honey Brook Lions Club will have food and beverages available for purchase. In the case of inclement weather the concert will be postponed and a message will be placed on the Honey Brook Borough office line 610-273-2020 after 1:00 pm the day of the concert.
Visit the concert series website honeybrookborough.net/concerts for a complete schedule of events.