Celtic Cross is the legendary NYC seven-piece band fronted by Kathleen Fee, a talented singer-songwriter and her brothers John (accordion) & Kenny (fiddle) Vesey. They are joined by a group of accomplished and skilled NYC players Wally Ensor on guitar, Pat Dineen on bass/keys, Frankie McCormick on mandolin/banjo, and Ryan Cavan on drums.
Products of Irish parents, traditional Irish music roots, and American pop radio, Celtic Cross puts it all together in a very different way than what you will hear from most Celtic acts. The band’s music tells great stories using the traditional on top of sassy pop, alt-country and funk playing. They are a band’s band around the NYC Irish scene and will remind you of Fleetwood Mac or the B-52s with a heavy dose of Saw Doctors or Stockton’s Wing.
The band was founded in the Bronx in 1990 and has been making and breaking Irish music tradition all over the US and abroad ever since. Celtic Cross are as long-running an Irish music act as you will find… but as fresh and edgy as ever with their 2014 CD Saoirse’s Heart achieving critical acclaim for its innovative production and songwriting. The fourteen all-original tracks explore the lives of the Irish in America in uncharacteristic and revealing ways. The title track is an explosive rap/trad rebel song about The Troubles reverberating impact on an Irish immigrant’s life. It’s a story you do not typically hear… but anyone Irish knows all too well.