Burning Bridget Cleary



Burning Bridget Cleary


     “One of the most exciting bands I’ve seen in the last couple of years!” 

                                                         -Jack Baker, The Irish American News


“ . . . Burning Bridget Cleary is on fire with their fourth album, “Pressed for Time”

                                                         -Stephen McSweeney, Celtic Music Magazine


     “ . . . a rockin’ Celtic sound!”   -irishphiladelphia.org


     “. . .  a highlight of this summer’s Philadelphia Folk Festival” 
                                             -Michael Kornfeldacousticmusicscene.com


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. Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. The front of the band is shared with some of the best fiddle talent on the East Coast.  Currently featured is Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician, well respected in the New York metro Scottish fiddle circles.  The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion.

Burning Bridget Cleary has earned a reputation for presenting high-spirited Celtic music at festivals, concerts, and music series all over the eastern half of the U.S., including a 2011 tour to Ireland. While in Ireland, the band had a unique opportunity to visit the rural County Tipperary cottage of their namesake, Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as "the last witch burned in Ireland".  A tour to Northern Ireland is in the works for July 2015.


The band broke new ground in 2013 when their fourth CD, “Pressed for Time,” hit #1 on the Roots Music Folk and Roots Charts, and finished the year as one of the Folk DJ’s most played albums. BBC's second release, “Everything is Alright”, was awarded “2009 Album of the Year” by CelticRadio.net in Boston. Their music is featured on hundreds of radio programs worldwide, including syndicated programs, Thistle and Shamrock, FolkScene, SingOut Radio, and The Midnight Special.

 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 December 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated “Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, or Concert” in the Irish Music Awards sponsored by the Irish Music Association.

 Recent /Upcoming Venues:

  • Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks Summer Concert Series, Bethlehem, PA (2014)
  • WFMT Folkstage, Chicago, IL (2014)
  • The Philadelphia Folk Festival (2009, 2011, 2013)
  • 2014 NERFA Conference Formal Showcase Artist
  • 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, 2014)
  • The Celtic Fling, Manheim, PA  (2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Concerts 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)
  • Sounding Board Coffee House, West Hartford, CT (2015)
  • 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)
  • The Indy Irish Fest, Indianapolis, IN (2014)
  • The WNC Highlands Celtic Festival, Asheville, NC (2011, 2014, 2015)
  • The Savannah Irish Fest, Savannah, GA (2015)


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 and spent two years with the band! 

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.

Amy Beshara - Featured Guest Artist

Amy Beshara woke up one morning when she was 10 years old and decided she wanted to play classical viola.   She went on to study at Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student, and Trinity College of Music, London.  While undertaking university studies in linguistics and language acquisition Amy discovered Celtic music and never looked back.

Proficient in both Irish and Scottish fiddle styles,  Amy is regular member of the Iona Scottish Session in Brooklyn.  A dedicated teacher, Amy has a busy teaching studio with almost 40 private students and is certified in Music Together, the O'Connor method, the Suzuki method, and is working towards completing her certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics.  She lives in the north Jersey/NYC area and has two cats named Mark and Jasmine.

Here is a link to Amy's Musician Page.

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.