HARD TO PORT W/ ANDREW FINN MAGILL OPENING
Fodor's Grove Live Acoustic Concert Saturday January 21 2018. 3pm-5pm
Featuring HARD TO PORT (Celtic).
Suggested donation $15.
Fodor's Grove 2218 Vincent Rd.
Orlando, Fl. 32817 Call Mark at 407-923-0712 for further info
2218 Vincent Rd
Multi-instrumentalist, multimedia director and composer “Finn the fiddler” has watched his career surge ever since the 2016 release of his 2-disc concept album Roots & Branches. Roots (UPC: 700261440644) which debuted at #46 on the Folk DJ charts. Roots is a pure-drop disc of Irish trad and an homage to the music and musicians that first inspired Magill’s fiddling:
“I made a point that all the musicians you hear on Roots are musicians with whom I played when I was that age.” -Andrew Finn Magill (The Living Tradition)
The ten originals of Branches (UPC: 700261440743) are snapshots of Magill’s musical journey from Irish trad to the oldtime, bluegrass, and jazz for which he is now sought after. The musicians include Lúnasa fiddler Colin Farrell, Scottish guitarists Paul McKenna and Seán Gray, guitarist Grant Gordy, Rising Appalachia’s David Brown and many others.
Magill first started playing fiddle at age 10 and by 16 was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland championships. In 2009, he received a Fulbright-MtvU Fellowship to co-write and co-produce an album that musically captures ten experiences of HIV/AIDS through song in Malawi, Southern Africa. The result, Mau a Malawi: Stories of AIDS was released on October 14th, 2011 as a multimedia show at the University of North Carolina’s Memorial Hall. Sales from the studio album Mau a Malawi are invested in programs to keep vulnerable Malawian children in school and empower them through the arts.
“The inspiring cross-cultural performances on this beautiful album “Mau A Malawi: Stories of AIDS” remind us of the human cost of this disease as well as the imperative to unite in creating an AIDS-free generation." —Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
Since 2011 Magill has toured the U.S. and Canada multiple times with Paul McKenna, both as part of McKenna’s award-winning band and as a duo. In 2011-2012 Magill toured through out France with the popular French Dance revue "Celtic Dances" under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O'Hare. Since 2012 Magill has toured with dozens of musicians on four continents playing everything from American oldtime to jazz.
In 2014 Magill relocated to Rio to immerse himself in Brazil’s choro tradition, resulting in his own choro quartet O Finno and in 2017, Brazilian Violin Trio a collaboration with fellow US violinist Ted Falcon and guitarist/composer Nando Duarte.
Magill’s fifth studio album recorded in March 2017 in Rio de Janeiro with guitarist João Camarero and drummer Lourenço Vasconcellos is a collection of self-penned compositions inspired by the choro and American jazz traditions. It will be released later in 2018.
Raised at The Swannanoa Gathering, Andrew Finn is an enthusiastic instructor and has taught fiddle/violin for over a decade at fiddle camps across the world. These include the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Montana Fiddle Camp, Fiddlekids, The Acadia Trad School, the Swannanoa Gathering's Celtic and Fiddle Weeks, O'Flaherty Irish Music Youth Camp, Common Ground on the Hill, Goderich Celtic Roots, and Old Songs.
"Finn is like a music professor with endless patience and encouragement for his students." -Former Student
"Andrew is an amazing fountain of information about Celtic music – what a memory! – he could be teaching at a doctoral level. It was, obviously, important to him that we all took some knowledge and skill away with us this week." -Former student
"Finn was just the instructor I needed to help me feel comfortable playing in front of others, missed notes and all. I feel that now I have a real foundation to embellish my music with slurs, etc. And he made class fun." -Former Student
Hard To Port is a unique group of friends and musicians who have played together and separately in a variety of other groups for many years now - the group now pools their talents under the moniker of "Hard To Port" which is a Celtic Fusion Band. They have produced on CD “Transhumance” in 2016 and are working on a second CD set to be released in 2018.
Jenn Weidley is a singer/songwriter who has performed in Central
Florida and up and down the East Coast area for many years. Performing in many venues including coffee houses, pubs, festivals and concerts, she has written a wide variety of Celtic inspired original and traditional songs and tunes. She was in the band JENRIC with her late husband Rick, the Central Florida Celtic Folk band Bardic Rose and the Irish Traditional Band Banished Misfortune. Her first Solo CD came out in 2007 and is entitled ';Home with the Girls in the Morning". Jenn's latest CD is "A Momentary Echo" produced in 2012. In September,
2012, Jenn traveled west for the first time, to Sedona, Arizona and Southern Utah. Jenn, her partner Ron and percussionist Chuck Spano traveled to Ontario Canada in August, 2013 to
perform in the Tall Ships Festival as the trio "Hard to Port".
Jenn has written and arranged over 250 songs and tunes and is an accomplished guitarist, fiddler and Irish Whistle player. She plays and sings original songs, traditional ballads, pub tunes and
When not playing and touring, Jenn is the owner/operator of Green Fiddle studio, an intimate studio which caters to the acoustic musician.
Learn more about Jenn on her website at www.jennweidleymusic.com or find her on
King Arthur Came Home - Bardic Rose
Traveler - JENRIC
Listen - JENRIC
Out on the Ocean - Bardic Rose
Home with the Girls in the Morning - Jenn Weidley
A Momentary Echo - Jenn Weidley
Musical Stories – an Afternoon with Jenn Weidley (DVD)
Steve Hinksman started playing guitar at age 16 - a little old for
some kids, but it really is never too late! He had dreams of heavy
metal shredding, just like his favorite bands Judas Priest and Iron
Maiden. Steve quickly found out that his short, stubby fingers were
better suited to slower phrasing, and David Gilmour soon became a
major influence. Neil Young's grungy solos and acoustic guitar
approach provided guidance too.
Being in a garage band as part of the teenage years wasn't part of
the cards, but eventually, after college, some other guys from work
invited Steve to join in an informal jam band they had going. That's
where he discovered he was not a natural lead singer. But songs
need someone to croak out the lyrics so the rest of the band knows
where they are, and over the years things improved.
Steve joined Hard To Port after jamming a few times with the other members. He had seen Jenn and Ron play their unique blend of Celtic and singer-songwriter material, and they coaxed him to
join in at a practice or two, and then play a couple of songs at a benefit.
Influences are varied, although the Gilmour-Young sound is most obvious. Steve still listens to outlandishly heavy stuff (Meshuggah, Lamb of God, Periphery), ambient Kraut-Rock (Tangerine
Dream), classic singer-songwriter material (Gordon Lightfoot, Beck's Sea Change), plus a little bit of Country (Luke Bryan) and a little bit of Rock 'n' Roll (Led Zeppelin), but the Progressive Rock sounds of Porcupine Tree / Steven Wilson are his mainstay.
Ron Smykay got his first guitar as a high school graduation
present from Elderly Instruments in East Lansing, near his home
town, and had no clue what good fortune he had to have that store
nearby. It took about 20 years to get past three chords and really
figure out that tuning thing. But progress has picked up mightily
since he started up with the Central Florida Folk Community. Five
chords, two more guitars, a banjo and an electronic tuner, Ron is
active in various Florida events - his song "Extra Bage" (on the
FMFI CD) is partially inspired by real events. Bagels are provided
on Friday; however, considerable liberties with the facts were
taken for artistic effect. Having been on both sides of that long
walk it affects the appetite either way.
Christina Hinksman has always been a music lover, as a
listener and singing along in the car, and tapping her fingers away
at Hard To Port gigs. She got to try that tapping for real one day
when, at practice, Jenn put a Djembe in front of her and said let's
do it for real! Steve immediately jumped on that bandwagon, as did
Ron, and provided all the encouragement she would need.
Christina was scared, secretly ecstatic, but gave it a shot.
Christina started playing with the band on a regular basis,
providing a new level of sound to the band, as a second
percussionist or subbing in for Chuck if he could not make it,
playing bodhran, cabasa, tambourine, and other percussion
Christina was also invited to sing backup vocals at the gigs. When Hard To Port started production on their first CD, Transhumance, Jenn gave Christina a great gift ... an opportunity to be the lead vocalist on the song City Streets! Christina has further branched out and has started writing songs as well. Her first piece is called Royals Run. We all expect it to be on the next
Hard To Port CD.
Chuck Spano is a Florida-based percussionist who has had the
good fortune to have played with some of the best musicians from
around the world in a variety of genres, both here in the USA and
overseas. He'll usually play with multiple groups, on a variety in
instruments, at various festivals. His primary interest is in the realm
of Traditional Celtic songs and tunes, especially "indigenous"
arrangements and tunes/songs from Scotland and Ireland which
seldom make it across the pond to America. Spano has taught the
various percussion workshops at the Florida Folk Festival (and others) for the past many years and is especially interested in teaching beginners and playing for various dance groups as well as
experimenting with a variety of percussive instrumentation in the Celtic fusion, Afro-Celtic, and New Age/Classical arenas. Chuck is also the musical director for the Ormond Beach Celtic Festival in April of each year (Ormond Beach, FL) and produced a concert series for over twenty years featuring national and international touring artists - he plans to soon start development on a series of percussion and accompaniment videos covering a variety of instruments, in conjunction with Frank McGuire of Glasgow and possibly some other well-known European artists.