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“Good music begins with good songs, and Mark has an Irish poet’s feel for lyrics and story telling and a California musician’s ability to wrap them in sweet melodies.” – Chico News & Review
“Ha’penny Bridge is a vocal force to reckon with… emotionally charged and lovely…” Chico News & Review
Ha’Penny Bridge is a Northern California Celtic music band comprised of several musicians from the Chico, California area. Its dynamic, vocal-driven sound has been described aptly as “California Celtic” due to the band’s unique repertoire and arrangements of Mark McKinnon’s original songs, its stirring adaptations of classic and contemporary Celtic-style ballads, and creative infusion of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes.
During its nine-year existence, Ha’Penny Bridge has garnered a reputation as one of Northern California’s strongest and most exciting Celtic music bands, including one of the Chico area’s most popular bands. At the very beginning, the Chico News and Review praised it as one of Chico’s hottest up-and-coming bands, and during its successful appearances at the prestigious KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley in 2008, 2009 and 2012, and 2013 Ha’Penny Bridge was hailed for its “rapid rise as one of the North State’s most popular bands” that has “garnered a large and enthusiastic following of music lovers of all ages drawn to the group’s powerful, ensemble-style playing and ringing vocal harmonies.” Since 2009, the band has also been honored every year with Chico Cammie Award nominations as Chico’s best world music band, performing (to a rousing standing ovations) at the acclaimed Chico World Festival in 2009 and 2012, headlining at both Sacramento’s 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival, and Feather Falls Casino’s 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Grand Opening celebration, and honored to be able to open in 2012 for esteemed Irish artists Karan Casey and John Doyle at Sierra Nevada Brewery’s Big Room .
Ha’Penny Bridge comprises an evolving lineup of Chico-area musicians with a rich, cumulative pedigree in Celtic and corollary genres. With a frontline of Maya Sieminski-Prosvancz and guitarist Mark McKinnon on vocals, the band includes Jewel Cardinet on mandolin, Vita Segalla on fiddle, Tom Haber on bass, Michael Cannon on keyboards and accordion, and Tony “Dharma” LaRocca on congas. Special guests are a regular occurance.
Ha’penny Bridge 2016 KVMR Celtic Festival Personnel
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