Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow
After spending years touring in various rock, blues and funk bands, Craig had to part with his beloved Hammond B3 organ and Leslie.
However, the organ is going to a very good home, and that
makes us very happy. After all, a Hammond needs to be played!! The
band, Alabama Shakes, pulled up in their touring bus and loaded it on
the way to their next gig. A special thanks to Shane Haase for all of the coordination that went into making
By the way, I like this band a lot, and I hear a great amount of soul and feeling in their sound. Very, very refreshing and extremely nice guys! Check
out the below videos and you will see why they are coming on strong:
Live on Jimmy Kimmel
Live on Conan O'Brien
Live on Conan O'Brien #2
What can we say... Kara grew up listening to as much classic rock from the 60's and 70's as she did Celtic and World Music. One
strong influence was the British band, Procol Harum. Though mostly known for their hit, "A Whiter Shade of Pale", they had many other innovative
compositions such as "A Salty Dog", "Conquistador" and plenty more. Renowned guitarist Robin Trower even went through their
ranks at one point.
Kara went to their July concert in Pittsburgh and was
able to catch up with the only remaining original member, lead vocalist
and pianist, Gary Brooker. Though she forgot her camera, she was
able to snap this photo from her cell phone, which manages to give the
entire event that "retro" look. Kara can't say enough about Gary's talent, incredible voice and humble kindness. He is truly an inspiration.
Click here for more info on Procol Harum.
In the Studio
In preparation for the Dublin Irish Festival,
Lone Raven buddies, The Kells, are back in the studio working on their
newest CD release. Also on deck are Trish Featherstone and Larry
Schicks, The Ladies of Longford and Clear Blue Sunday.
Lone Raven CD
The new Lone Raven CD, "Flight To The Hinterlands" has been sent out
for pressing and will be available by Thanksgiving (YES, OF 2011).
The CD is available for preorder now, and will be at all of our Holiday
gigs. We will be announcing the official CD release party date
soon, so please stay tuned for that.
The 13-track recording has several new original
compositions, as well as traditional tunes from around the world.
In addition to music from the Celtic regions, there are Gypsy Middle
Eastern and Scandinavia selections. Many of the tracks, such as "Gypsy
Dancer", "The Basso" and " "Black Is The Colour", are ones that our
audience has been requesting for several years.
In the Studio
This year has been a busy time for the studio. Aside
from completing the new Lone Raven CD, we turned out projects from Mike Dugger, The Kelly Band, Evening Rose, Vinegar Hill, The Folkwood
Players, Bob Ford and the Ragamuffins, and a reissue of Craig and Kara
Markley's highly acclaimed "Once Upon A Winter Moon". In addition,
we are putting the finishing touches on the new CD from Celtic Band, Morningstarre,
and preparing to start several new projects. It looks like 2012
will be an active year full of some great new releases!
Lone Raven at Middfest
Lone Raven Quintet had a great time performing at this year's Middfest World Music Festival. It was truly a wonderful festival, and a little bit of
cold weather, wind and rain was not enough to dampen the spirits of the attendees! When we weren't performing, it was exciting
to experience the other wonderful performers at the festival. Pictured
left to right are Neil Jacobs, Elizabeth Blickenstaff, Kara Markley, Sid
Omasta and Craig Markley.
Amanda and Ben Bare Recording Sessions
Driving in from Richmond, Virginia, Amanda and Ben Bare just completed
their initial tracking sessions. The duo laid down the vocal and
rhythm tracks for three of Amanda's original pieces, which are some of
the best that I have heard. Amanda, who has worked for Disney and
others, is an outstanding vocalist/song writer, and brother Ben laid
down some hot guitar licks. This is going to be one hot project,
so keep your ears posted for more news. Amanda and Ben are the
children of long-time Lone Raven friends, Gloria and Tim Bare (both
excellent musicians themselves). Supporting tracks are being
scheduled with the excellent Molly Pauken, Sid Omasta and others.
2010 Springfield Irish Festival with Eileen Ivers
After battling a heavy rainstorm, the clouds finally subsided and the
equipment was dried off, providing for
another successful Springfield Irish Festival.
The Lone Raven/Ladies of Longford Septet opened the show for an
enthusiastic audience who patiently waited out the storm. Later in
the evening, led by the dynamic Tommy McDonnell, Lone Raven
once again joined
The Eileen Ivers Band for a finale that
is starting to become a tradition.
Special thanks to our pal Karl Colon for the above photo.
Mike Dugger in the studio for new solo CD project
Mike Dugger (Scartaglen, Glen Road) was just in the studio working on
tracks for his new solo CD, "The Lover's Quarrel". Assisting him
were ace musicians
Lambertson (fiddle) from Kansas City and
(guitar, bouzouki, flute, whistles and bodhran) from Los Angeles.
Also, helping out on guitar was Columbus guitarist, Rick Nelson.
In spite of a near-record snowfall, everyone arrived safely and there
were some stellar tracks laid down. This CD is going to be extra
hot, and should be completed in late Spring.
Kara Markley's adventures in London
video posted on YouTube of Kara performing with accordion masters
John Whelan and Karen Tweed at the "Return to Camden Town" festival
Kara recently sat in with good friend and master accordionist, John
Whelan, and guitarist, Adrian Burns, at London's famous
She sang "My Lagan Love", which will be one of the cuts on the new Lone
Raven CD. Although it was a surprise, they did manage to get a
quick video of the performance and it is
posted on YouTube.
Kudos to Adrian, who learned the song off of Kara's iPod, immediately
before going on stage.
David Tolley was just in the studio with the amazing vocalist, Tajči
Cameron, to lay down vocal parts for his newest musical, Solomon.
For those of you who may not be familiar with Tajči, you can find
out more information at her website,
idobelieve.com. In addition, Jo-Ellen Harris has been working with David as
the vocal coach, and the musical will feature an all-star cast.
just completed her new Irish Dance CD, "Wizard's Walk", which united her
with ex-Heartstone fiddler, Trish Featherstone. The CD consists of
nineteen tracks of wonderful Irish dance music and even has a cool
arrangement of "The Kracken" from Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean"
Shawna Ray is back at Lone Raven studio to start laying down tracks for
her new CD project. Shawna has some really great new compositions,
and will be working with Craig Markley and Molly Pauken to help with the
arrangements and instrumentation. Visit Shawna's new website at
rhythmray.com where you can find out more about
her musical, educational and book projects.
String Guitar" nominated for 2009 Best Solo Guitar album
Neil Jacob's phenomenal new CD, "12
String Guitar" (recorded at Lone Raven Studios) was just nominated
as best solo guitar album by the 2009 JPF music awards. Neil was also
chosen to perform at the JPF awards program in Nashville on August 29.
Lone Raven CD
In between a busy touring schedule, Neil has also been in the studio
laying down tracks for the upcoming Lone Raven CD. The new CD will
feature a selection of vocal and instrumental tracks from around the
world. Band members are Kara Markley (vocals, fiddle), Craig
Markley (piano, guitar, whistles, accordions, reeds, percussion,
vocals), Elizabeth Blickenstaff (fiddle, vocals), Neil Jacobs (12 string
guitar, mandocello, prim, tambura) and Sid Omasta (mandolin, bass,
fiddle). The CD will also feature guest performances from Septet
members Hilda Doyle and The Ladies of Longford.
Lone Raven Quintet at 2009 Dublin Irish Festival
We had a great time at the Dublin Irish Festival this year. It was
the first time that we had played the festival with our new quintet
line-up: featuring Elizabeth Blickenstaff and Kara Markley on fiddles
and vocals, Craig Markley on accordion, whistles, piano, guitar and
percussion, Neil Jacobs on 12 string acoustic guitar, mandocello,
tambura and prim, and Craig's long-time buddy from Stark Raven, Sid
Omasta on bass, mandolin and fiddle. (Special thanks to
Charles Cihon for the
New Grassahol CD
Be sure to pick up a copy of "Joy Shine", the excellent new CD from
Grassahol. It features some
wonderful original songs and spellbinding harmonies,
Lone Raven Studio News
Seems that even in this weak economy plenty of folks have still been in
the studio recording. The studio was just updated with some new
hi-end microphones and headphones. While in the near future, new plug-ins
and mic preamps are in the cards.
The Ladies of Longford just finished their new CD titled "Unreel", complete with vocals from some very special guests. Also near completion is the
new CD from Bob Ford and the Ragamuffins, Kay Proffitt and Trish Featherstone, and the acoustic quartet, The Folkwood Players.
Winter 2008/Spring 2009
Bridges of Time CD Review
"......one of the more enjoyable records to come down the pike in some time!"
"......their musical heritage touches the shore of a thousand nations"
Please check out our Reviews Page for the latest review of the Lone Raven "Bridges of Time" CD. It was written
by Michael Lohr of
6th Annual Shamrock Club Holiday Concert
The 6th Annual Holiday Concert at the
Shamrock Club on Friday, December 12 was the best turnout yet. The
lineup consisted of Lone Raven/Ladies of Longford Septet, Death by
Banjo, Neil Jacobs and The Kells. Joining us
will be friends Margit Dijkstra, Ric Smith, Karl Wohlwend, Molly Pauken,
Phil and Josh Franck and others. The 2009 concert will feature
Changeling, Grassahil, Neil Jacobs Band and Lone Raven/Ladies of
Longford Orchestra. (Special thanks to Pat Foley Sr. for the
2008 Lone Raven/Ladies of Longford Septet News
We had a fun and exciting summer/fall concert season, and are looking
forward to our upcoming winter concerts. A major highlight for
us was the Springfield Irish Festival, where we shared the stage with one
of my favorites, the Eileen Ivers Band. There were some other great
shows around the state, including Troy, Lancaster, Portsmouth, Marion,
Granville and many
While preparing to start our set at the
Granville Irish Festival, we got pounded by a massive rain storm,
which caused them to ultimately cancel the festival. The stage was
uncovered, so we had to pull huge tarps over the stage to protect the
equipment. While we were all huddled underneath the tarp, we met some new friends
that were associated with the festival, and also got to know the members
of the Indiana-based Celtic band, Siochain, while sharing some Guinness.
So, in spite of it all, we still had an absolutely great
time, and look forward to returning to Granville in 2009!
Other highlights included playing for our good friends in Troy, Ohio.
Kim Clifton and the folks at Troy Hayner
have been wonderful supporters. We were way south in Portsmouth a
few times this year-once at the Arts Center and then again for
the River Days Festival, where we opened for the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
While Kara, was vacationing in Florida, we were honored to have several
of our good friends filling in. Instrumentalist Margit
Dijkstra is a blazing hot flute player (and also sometimes joins the regular septet lineup),
Kay Harris is an outstanding vocalist and a founding member of "Sirens",
who Molly and Craig play with, and wildman fiddler,
Ric Smith. There were
also several gigs where Mark Richards, our percussionist, was
unavailable, so we had one of our favorite musicians and dear friends,
Molly Pauken, fill in on percussion and bass. It is always an
absolute pleasure to play with Molly in any type of band configuration,
and she spends a lot of time laying down tracks at Lone Raven Studio.
6th Annual Shamrock Club Holiday Concert
It is hard to believe that this year will be our 6th annual Holiday
concert at the Shamrock Club in Columbus. The scheduled date is
Friday, December 12 (which is also Kara's birthday). The tentative
lineup this year will be Lone Raven/Ladies of Longford Septet, Death by
Banjo, Neil Jacobs, The Kells, and many more surprises. Joining us
will be friends Margit Dijkstra, Ric Smith, Karl Wohlwend and others. We will be
sending out flyers soon.
We will be starting our new promotional video this winter. The
video will include footage shot at this year's Columbus Arts Festival by
the good folks at
TV. Also, we are
working with our friends at WOSU on the details for a new full concert
video. The plan is for this video to be shot live at their new
studio located at the COSI building, or possibly at an alternate
location. For a sample video clip,
please click here.
2008 Springfield Irish Festival
The 2008 Springfield Irish Festival was a huge success. The Lone Raven Septet played Friday night along with The Kells and the wonderful Eileen Ivers Band.
Led by the dynamic Tommy McDonnell, Lone Raven joined
The Eileen Ivers Band for a finale that brought down the house.
Thanks to Cindy Funk of WYSO radio in Yellow Springs for the great photos.
Andi Wolfe "An Obair"
Andi Wolfe just completed her new solo CD project,
"An Obair". It consists of a
wonderful collection of tunes from the Irish Harper, Turlough O'Carolan,
as well as some great original and traditional selections.
Andi displayed her versatility on this project and played hammered dulcimer, bodhran and fiddle. She also provided vocals on several of the tracks
and made her debut on the Nigerian UDU drum! Helping Andi out on the project were
Aisling band members Craig Caldwell, Mary Bertke, Stuart Brand and
Steve Wolfe. Ex Stark Raven multi instrumentalist, Sid Omasta, also joined in on some excellent acoustic bass parts.
New Holiday CD From Evening Rose
Celtic trio, Evening Rose
just completed their new Holiday CD here at Lone Raven Studio.
Titled "Christmas Rose", the CD will be ready for the 2008 Holiday
Season. We had a lot of fun working on this CD, so be sure to pick
up a copy soon.
"Christmas Rose" has some really great arrangements of traditional
Holiday material, as well as some gorgeous original compositions.
Evening Rose is Laura Elder, Kathy Smith and Cindy Wolfinger. Their CD
release party is scheduled for Saturday, July 12 at 1:30 pm at the Hocking Township Building, 1175 Cincinnati
Zanesville Rd (St Rt 22), Lancaster, OH, 43130
Busy concert season for the new Septet
World/Celtic band, Lone Raven, just completed a very busy fall and winter concert season. The band toured much of Ohio, playing such venues as the Troy Hayner
House, OSUM's Morrill Hall, Dublin Irish Festival, Springfield Irish Festival, Upper Arlington concert series, and others. Then, they wrapped up the year with
their 5th annual holiday concert at the Shamrock Club. So far, 2008 is booking fast and promises to be a big year for the Septet.
And speaking of the Shamrock Club, this year's concert was the best yet. In addition to the Lone Raven Septet, the lineup consisted of The Kells, Death By Banjo and Neil Jacobs.
The night opened with a Jazz-flavored set of Christmas songs featuring Lone Raven, along with special guests Sid Omasta on bass and Karl Wohlwend on jazz guitar.
There were special guest appearances by Charlene Adzima, Pat Mogan, Phil and Josh Franck, Ric Smith, Marian Funk, Pat Byrne and others. The attendance was standing room only, and
next year's event is already in the planning stages. The Shamrock Club deserves a big applause for supporting this event, as well as all of the other great events they
sponsor during the year!
"We May Be Deaf, But We're Not Lazy"
OK....whatever you do, you have to check out the new CD from
Columbus-based Irish Trad band, "The Kells". Their new CD project,
titled "Don't Burn The Water", should
be back from the pressing plant just in time for this year's Dublin Irish Festival. The CD contains 15 traditional and original tracks with some
very pleasant surprises and a full 74 minutes of music. Band members, Brian McCoy, Kim Rattan, and Pat Foley were joined by guest artists Brock Napierkowski on
fiddle, Ed Norris of The Hooligans on vocal and lead humor, Dave McCandlish on bass, and Craig Markley on Hammond B3.
Due to a fire in Brian's apartment, we did not get started on this project until mid June. As such, we spent some long studio sessions together and burned the
old midnight oils on many of them. We had some great times and laughed a lot, ate
our share of Atomic Fireballs and pasta salad, ran from the dog, played with the cat, got out more
percussion instruments than anyone should and.....actually got the project done!! Oh yeah, for more explanation on the "We May Be Deaf, But We're Not Lazy" quote, you will have to see Brian.
Two Families, Two Friends-The Lone Raven Septet
The father/daughter team of Craig and Kara Markley, along with fellow
"Lone Raven" member, Mark Richards, have joined forces with longtime
friends and family, Hilda Doyle and Daughters Stephanie and Heather of
"The Ladies of Longford". Topping off the septet is fiddler wiz,
Liz Blickenstaff. The band has been performing for concerts around
the state and is now accepting bookings for 2008.
The new Septet lineup features incredible lead vocals from Hilda, Stephanie, Heather and Kara, as well as 5-part harmonies. The band's instrumentals are fueled by the twin
fiddles of Kara and Liz, and driven by the band's rhythm section-featuring Heather and Mark on percussion, and Stephanie on electric bass. Hilda and Craig
round off the rhythm section by switching off on piano, guitar, banjo, mandolin, accordions and whistles.
Note: The above photo was from the 2007 Celina Concert Series. Photos were taken by Tanya Markley and Jeff Pontsler of
The Grand Lake Independent.
New CD from Death By Banjo
Longtime friend and ace musician, Sid Omasta, recently joined up with a
great bunch of guys, "Death By
Banjo". This is one of the most innovative group of bluegrass
musicians that I have heard lately. Members are Tom Zinser, Paul
Brown, Pete Remenyi and Sid Omasta. Check them out live and, by
all means, pick up a copy of their new CD. You won't be sorry.
New Aisling CD
Central Ohio Celtic group,
Aisling just completed their new CD, which will be back from the pressing plant just in time for this year's
Dublin Irish Festival. Engineered by Craig Markley and produced by the band's multi-instrumentalist, Andi Wolfe, the CD also features members, Mary Bertke, Steve Wolfe, Stuart Brand and
Craig Caldwell. There are some really nice traditional and original tracks on this CD, so be sure to pick up a copy.
Also, Andi will be releasing another new CD in the near future, which
will feature compositions from the famed harpist/composer, O'Carolan.
Stuart is also hard at work preparing material for his first solo
In the Studio
In the Lone Raven studio, are Aisling, Neil Jacobs, Shawna Ray, The Kells, Lyn Ford and Hilda Doyle. Also, Craig, Kara and Lone Raven will be starting a new
project soon also. Just completed were projects form Debbie Walton and
Sharon Ackers, Death By Banjo and others. Please check back for updated info.