Burning Bridget Cleary - Band Bio
“One of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last couple of years!” –Jack Baker, The Irish AmericanNews
“ . . . a rockin’ Celtic sound!” -irishphiladelphia.org
“. . . a highlight of this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival” - Michael Kornfeld,acousticmusicscene.com
Rose Baldino and Deirdre Lockman lead this distinctive Celtic trad band with an unusual combination of high-energy charisma and tightly woven fiddle/vocal harmonies. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. Founded in 2006, “BBC” has produced four albums and played hundreds of shows throughout the Eastern half of the U.S.A.
The band broke new ground with their fourth CD, “Pressed for Time,” hitting #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots charts (8-30-2013) Their CD’s are played on hundreds of radio programs worldwide, including NPR’s popular “Thistle and Shamrock”. In 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated “Top Traditional Band in a Pub, Festival or Concert Setting” by the Irish Music Association.
A debut music video with single release, "Stor Mo Chroi: Darling of My Heart", was published in May, 2012 on YouTube and all the major music download sites.
In the spring of 2011, Burning Bridget Cleary completed a weeklong tour of Ireland where they performed at seven different venues from Dublin to Galway. While there, the band had a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to visit the rural Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as "the last witch burned in Ireland". Another tour, this time to Northern Ireland, is in the works for July 2015.
Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest young acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits.
Recent /Upcoming Venues:
- The Philadelphia Folk Festival (2009, 2011, 2013)
- 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference, Formal Showcase, Kansas City, MO (2014)
- The Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA (2012)
- NBC Philadelphia, “The Ten Show” (March, 2012)
- The Celtic Classic, Bethlehem, PA (2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
- Bethlehem Musikfest , Bethlehem, PA(2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
- SteelStacks Levitt Pavilion Summer Concert Series, Bethlehem, PA (2014)
- The Celtic Fling, Manheim, PA (2012, 2013, 2014)
- Concert at the Crossing, Titusville, NJ (2012)
- Shawnee Mountain Celtic Festival, E. Stroudsburg, PA (2012, 2010, 2008, 2013, 2014)
- The Green Lane Scottish-Irish Fest (2006, 2007, 2010)
- The Philadelphia Folksong Society “Influences” Workshop Series (2010)
- Godfrey Daniels Folk Listening Room, Bethlehem, PA (2006, 2008, 2011, 2013)
- The Tin Angel, Philadelphia ( 2009)
- WXPN Live Interview/performances on Gene Shay’s Folk Show (6 appearances)
- Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, TN (2013)
- Kansas City Irish Festival (2013)
- The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival, Asheville, NC (2010, 2014)
- The International Celtic Festival, Hunter Mountain, NY (2011)
- The Great American Irish Festival, NY (2011)
- Spring Gulch Folk Festival, Lancaster, PA (2008, 2013)
- Hurdy Gurdy Folk Music Club, Fair Lawn, NJ (2013, 2015)
- NERFA Tri-centric Showcase Artists (2010)
- The Buffalo Irish Festival, Buffalo, NY (2011, 2012, 2013)
- World Café Live in Philadelphia and Wilmington, DE (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
- Ireland Musical Tour (2011)
- Michigan Irish Festival (2013)
- The Philly Fleadh, Philadelphia, PA (2014)
- Mountain Folk Music Series, Tunbridge, VT (2014)
- CT Folk Society Acoustic Fridays, New Haven, CT (2014)
- Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3, New York, NY (2014)
- Blackstone River Theater Summer Solstice Festival, Cumberland, RI (2011, 2014)
- Carrboro Arts Center, Carrboro, NC (2014)
- Celtic Festival and Highland Games of the Quad Cities, Davenport, IA (2014)
- Folkstage, WFMT, Chicago, IL (2014)
Rose Baldino - Fiddle, vocals, banjo
(Photo by Nate Godshall)
Rose was drawn to Celtic culture at an early age, asking her parents to drive her to every Irish and Celtic festival for miles around! Following her early years of classical training, at age thirteen she delved full-time into the Celtic fiddle style; beginning with a teacher just 1 1/2 years her senior, fiddler extraordinaire, Deirdre Lockman of the Lockman Family Musicians and Dancers. Thank you, Fate! In 2012, Deirdre became a member of Burning Bridget Cleary!
Concurrently, Rose began attending traditional Irish music sessions and studied with many internationally known artists at Celtic summer music camps in Asheville, NC, Milwaukee, WI and with Brendan Callahan at the Irish Center in Mt. Airy, PA.
For four years as a teen, she played with the Itinerant Fiddlers at the Goschenhoppen Folk Festival in northern Montgomery County, PA. As part of a father-daughter duo, she and dad, Lou, provided musical entertainment for Civil War balls, living history events, local clubs, community, private and business venues in PA and DE for several years before the advent of "BBC".
Rose graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in communications and has recently entered a master's program in counseling. She teaches violin and fiddle lessons to students of all ages and spent two years working as an intern for the Philadelphia Folksong Society.
Deirdre Lockman - Fiddle, vocals
Buffalo Irish Festival 2012 (Photo by Tim Branscum)
Deirdre was born into the Lockman Family and her life as a musician was destined. Her parents got her started on the violin at age 4 under the tutelage of renowned Celtic Fiddler, Chris Brennan Hagy. Since that time, Deirdre studied classically with Nancy Terlaak Poot, Rachel (Crozier) Lever, Lee Snyder, and Paul Chou. She also played in numerous orchestras and ensembles; the Junior String Philharmonic, the Young People's Philharmonic, and Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra.
Throughout her classical training years, Deirdre continued to be involved in the Celtic music circle, and at the ripe old age of eight, she began performing professionally with her family's band, the Lockman Family Musicians and Dancers – seven siblings and both parents, all playing together.
Deirdre has competed in many fiddle competitions over the years and has won numerous awards, including first place for two years running at the Celtic Classic Fiddle Competition. At the age of fourteen, Deirdre and Rose met when she became Rose's first fiddle teacher!
Deirdre currently assists Chris Brennan Hagy with a weekly violin group and summer workshops in Irish music. She taught classical and Irish fiddle privately for a number of years during and after high school. She recently completed her college degree in Landscape Architecture at Temple University.
Lou Baldino - Guitar, vocals
Lou, a veteran in the music business, had a guitar in his hands at age 5 and began playing professionally at age 12. Throughout the 60's, 70's and 80's, he traveled and recorded with a variety of bands - including 3 years of travel with the famous Platters, as part of their backup band. Lou spent a good part of the 80's playing with the Michael Carney Orchestras out of NYC. With this orchestra, he had the honor of performing in Washington D.C., for the inauguration of President George H. W. Bush in 1988. Lou began backing up Rose's fiddle playing in 2002 and soon became immersed in a love for Celtic music. The rest is history.
Peter Trezzi - Percussion
Buffalo Irish Festival 2012 (Photo by Tim Branscum)
Peter grew up in a musical family and started drumming at the age of five in his hometown, Toronto, Ontario. Since moving to the U.S. in 2002 to follow his musical dream, Peter has become an in-demand session and recording drummer. Credits include recording with artists Commander Cody, Dan May, and Sharon Little, and opening concerts for artists including Bob Schneider, Susan Vega, Sergio Mendez, and Crystal Gayle.
Pete has played, toured, and recorded with Burning Bridget Cleary since 2008. Highlights include the Bethlehem Musikfest, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Celtic Classic, and the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival, as well as playing with other recording and touring bands in the extended tri-state area.