Fire in the Glen doesn't hold back at its performances, where audiences can't seem to help tapping their toes, clapping and singing along and even trying their hand (foot?) at step-dancing!!
These dedicated musicians are making a bold effort to bring Irish, Scottish and Maritimes music, as well as their own brand of "Celtic eclectic" accents, to southcentral Pennsylvania. A Fire in the Glen performance means a lively presentation of blistering fiddle tunes, mug-thumping pub songs and soulful ballads and airs. Now with a loyal following in their native Lancaster County, bandmates Tom Knapp (fiddle, bodhran, backing vocals), Mick Mullen (vocals, guitar) and Megan Mullen (vocals, keyboard) are expanding to new horizons.
It was a stroke of fortune (OK, an accident -- ask Tom to tell you about it sometime) that brought Fire in the Glen together, with John Varner serving the first two years as singer/guitarist and Chet Williamson, Jason Mundok, Aaron Gagne, Michael Filippo, Durelle Leaman, Amanda Wells, David Pedrick and Melissa Brun helping to redefine the band's sound over the next dozen-plus years. Since the band's professional debut in March 1999, the group has opened for the likes of Lunasa, Great Big Sea, Tarras and bagpiper Kieran O'Hare. They performed at the Festival Club at Cape Breton's highly esteemed Celtic Colours International Festival, the Celtic Fling in Mount Hope, Pa., and at countless pubs, festivals, wedding receptions, retirement homes and other social occasions.