Celtibillies - Becky Barlow, Jack Hinshelwood, Time Sauls and Jeff Hofmann"A masterful work of art that transcends all musical genres." That's how Bluegrass Unlimited described the music of Celtibillies. Formed in 1994 as a contradance band, Celtibillies began exploring the deep rooted connections between Celtic music and the Appalachian music of their home region of southwest Virginia. Their music expanded beyond dance tunes to include a wide range of traditional Celtic and Appalachian Old-Time music and song as well as original music. The band features Becky Barlow on hammered dulcimer, keyboard and bodhran, Jack Hinshelwood on fiddle, guitar and harmonica, Tim Sauls on banjo, bouzouki, fiddle and guitar, and Jeff Hofmann on bass. Celtibillies performances are a rousing mixture of vocal arrangements and spirited jigs, reels, waltzes, strathspeys, and breakdowns.

CeltibilliesCeltibillies have performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, the Savannah Folk Festival, Williamsburg Scottish Festival, Bele Chere, Virginia Highlands Festival, Blue Ridge Music Center and the Chesapeake Celtic Festival. Their performances have also been featured on WBRA Public TV and the nationally syndicated Song of the Mountains PBS series. Their recordings have been featured on the Thistle & Shamrock™ program on National Public Radio. Since 2004, the Celtibillies have been named to the Touring Artist Directory by the Virginia Commission for the Arts. The Virginia Commission for the Arts supports excellence in all the arts and is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Celtibillies with Hoorah CloggersThe music of Celtibillies has been featured in two movie sound tracks including “In the Company of Strangers,” an independent full length motion picture that won Best Dramatic Feature Film in the 2002 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival and the Appalachian Film Festival Best Documentary “Down in the Old Belt,” about the history & decline of small farm tobacco in Virginia.

Celtibillies with Kelly WitherspoonThe Celtibillies also appreciate and strive to promote the dance traditions associated with Celtic and Appalachian music. Many concerts include dancers who excel in Cape Breton, Irish, Scottish and Clogging traditions.

Celtibillies with Rince na h'EireannThe band has released three recordings to critical acclaim including "Come Dance & Sing", "Greenwoodside" and “The Shoemaker’s Child.” Dirty Linen says "an enjoyable listen, filled with standards from both Irish and American Traditions." Dulcimer Player News stated “thoroughly delightful whether they’re belting out a set of jigs and reels, a rollicking string band tune, an old blues song or a contemplative ballad.” Bluegrass Unlimited said “The band casts a wide musical net and succeeds.”

The music of Celtibillies is an expression of love and respect for the music, dance and cultural heritage of two great traditions that are forever linked by their common roots and bonds.