Five at Five Concert
Meet the musicians
Known for their authentic rendering of world music, the Celtic band, Shenanigans, captivates audiences with their performances. This dynamic ensemble features Mark Alan Wade, National Champion dulcimer player, Cristina Wade on marimbula & Irish whistles, Randy Clepper, world-renowned on Irish bouzouki, and Anthony Papaleo, master of all things stringed. You won’t need your passports for this exciting concert, but you will be transported to Ireland for this enchanting performance on the week of Saint Paddy’s Day!
Mark Alan Wade: Hammered and Mountain Dulcimers, Penny Whistles
Mark Wade performs throughout Europe, Asia and North America as a soloist on dulcimer and trumpet. His unique style is the result of his 25+ years of traditional dulcimer playing blended with his formal classical training on trumpet. He holds his master’s and doctorate degrees in Music Performance from The Ohio State University. His most recent CD, Grass Roots, pulls together award-winning friends to showcase the virtuosity of the dulcimer. He brings Celtic and world music to life and loves to revitalize familiar classical pieces. A National Champion himself, 6 of his students have also won the National Contest. Mark also loves teaching and has published 7 dulcimer books and 7 CDs. Mark lives in Akron, OH with his wife and two sons. Visit MarkAlanWade.com or find him on Facebook for more! (www.MarkAlanWade.com)
Cristina Wade: Penny Whistles and Marimbula
Cristina holds a BME from Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory and her Master’s degree in Music Education from The Ohio State University. A winner of the Ohio Division of the International Trumpet Guild’s solo contests as a junior in High School, Cristina has held trumpet positions with orchestras including the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestras. She can be heard on the CD, Winds of Nagual, recorded on the Naxos record label. Cristina is a band director in the Copley-Fairlawn City Schools.
Randy Clepper: Cittern
Central-Ohio-based multi-instrumentalist, Randy Clepper, is an accomplished player of Irish and other traditional music on bouzouki, fingerstyle guitar, tenor banjo & dulcimer. Randy also performs in an Irish instrumental duo with acclaimed fingerstyle guitarist, John Sherman. John & Randy’s latest recording, “Finally Tuned”, was reviewed in Irish Music Magazine, featured on TradConnect.com (Ireland), and was ranked in the top 10 in three instrumental & traditional album categories in 2013 by Folk Festival, WDCB Public Radio, Chicago. A regular performer at the Dublin Irish Festival, Dublin, Ohio, he has appeared on WYSO’s Dear Green Place & is frequently featured on WCBE’s Toss the Feathers. Randy performed as half of the duo Begley’s Braes with award-winning Scottish harpist Christine Fraser Ramsey. He has appeared with the Chattanooga Symphony, with members of the Yanni World Tour ensemble, with aerial dance troupe Project Bandaloop, and has opened for Grammy-nominated folksinger, John McCutcheon. Randy also has a solo instrumental album of traditional Irish music, “Within a Mile” and a CD “Hammer On!” with the band of the same name. www.RandyClepper.com
Anthony Papaleo: Guitar
Anthony Papaleo hails from Chardon, OH and is primarily a guitarist in the Cleveland/Akron area. He has been working as a full time musician locally for over a decade and has toured internationally several times through State Department funded programs. He also dabbles in other instruments including fiddle, banjo and mandolin. He has played since he was a wee lad with the early influence of his Dad and many others along the way. Now he has mainly found his voice in early American music; Blues, Old Time Fiddle, Rockabilly, Country, Early Jazz, and of course, Rock n’ Roll.