Schedule & Tour Leaders

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        Caroline Cotter

        Beyond the Tartan:
        May 14 – 24, 2023

        With a captivating soprano voice and award winning song writing, Caroline Cotter’s songs take listeners all over the world and into the depths of the human heart. Since her debut album, “Dreaming as I Do”, released and reached #5 on the Folk DJ Charts in 2015, Caroline has performed over 800 shows in 45 states and 13 countries. Currently touring to support her second major release, “Home on The River”, No Depression calls it “sweet and smooth, and downright refreshing… raising spirits with one song, calming them with another.” Icon Magazine writes, “Her well-constructed songs bring to mind the early work of Mary Chapin Carpenter.” “Today’s folk scene has a new champion, one who encapsulates the sweetness, serenity and sophistication that has always made the genre so affecting in such a timeless manner. In that regard, ‘Home on the River’ is an absolutely essential record.” (Country Standard Time)


        Buddy Mondlock
        & Mike Lindauer

        Beyond the Tartan:
        May 23 – June 2, 2023

        Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. When Buddyʼs not on the road you can find him in Nashville but he grew up in Park Forest, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He sang Crosby, Stills and Nash songs with his sisters and answered his little brother’s questions from the top bunk. His new CD, “The Memory Wall,” was funded entirely by fans, friends and family through a Kickstarter campaign. “I was overwhelmed by the support I got and even more by the sense of community that came out of it.” This, his sixth release, draws on some veteran Nashville musicians including Dan Dugmore, Stuart Duncan and Kenny Malone. Along with his concerts Buddy teaches songwriting workshops as well. In 2012 he was on staff at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson college in North Carolina teaching two intensive courses over a week’s time. And in 2013 Buddy returned once again to the Kerrville Folk Festival to perform and teach at the song school there.

        Bassist, guitarist, vocalist, chemist. The chemistry degree might do more for his bottom line but Mike Lindauer’s heart is in the music. His uniquely expressive and fluid style on the fretless electric bass has caused him to be sought out by singer songwriters in particular, both in the studio and on the road. Mike regularly tours with Buddy Mondlock, Al Stewart (of The Year of the Cat fame), Dave Nachmanoff, Krista Detor and Richard Berman. He also fronts the 7 piece band Swing Thing and is a member of the new-acoustic trio Natural Bridge.
        Mike and Buddy have been playing concerts in Ireland for over 20 years and have been leading Inishfree Tours there since 2014.


        Kate Campbell

        Beyond the Tartan:
        June 13 -23, 2023

        Kate Campbell is a southern singer-songwriter who writes and sings memorable folk songs infused with undercurrents of delta blues, folk, pop, and country that originate from a musical landscape spanning the less-travelled back roads from Nashville to Muscle Shoals to Memphis. Over the course of 20+ years since her acclaimed debut album Songs from the Levee, she has resisted the temptation to follow musical trends but instead chooses to set the pace for her unique musical journey clearly palpable in her latest release Damn Sure Blue, a heart-felt collection of tunes that pays a respectful nod of admiration to the Man in Black and reverberates with the soulful sounds of award-winning Americana guitar whiz and producer Will Kimbrough.


        David Roth

        Beyond the Tartan: 
        June 24 – July 4, 2023

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        David Roth strikes many chords, hearts, and minds with his unique songs, offbeat observations, moving stories, sense of the hilarious, and powerful singing and subject matter. As singer, songwriter, recording artist, keynote speaker, workshop leader, and instructor, David has earned top honors at premier songwriter competitions – Kerrville (TX) and Falcon Ridge (NY) – and taken his music, experience, and expertise to a wide variety of venues in this and other countries full-time for more than three decades. The Chicago native has called Cape Cod home since 2000.


        Harmonious Wail

        Beyond the Standing Stones:
        July 29 – August 11
        , 2023 

        Sims studied for seven years with Burns, the legendary jazz mandolinist, laying the foundation for Harmonious Wail’s acoustic string sound. He furthered his studies with Matt Glaser at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, honing his skills while immersing himself in the “gypsy” music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli (Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bireli Lagrene, Duane Allman, David Grisman, and Louis Armstrong are also on his list of musical heroes). Sims also plays a 1937 Gibson Tenor Guitar (tuned as an octave mandolin), sings, writes and arranges for the Wail. He founded the group in 1987.

        Vocalist Maggie Delaney-Potthoff is a captivating performer. Equally at home scatting over a bebop tune, soaring on a solo, or blending with the Wail’s tight vocal harmonies, she delivers both powerhouse tunes and ballads with confidence and ease. Her sensual, sinuous movements (a product of her background in dance and theatre) and her use of a cardboard box played with brushes as a drum add to the charm she exudes onstage.

        Jeff Weiss, recent graduate of UW-Madison’s School of Music, is already a master bassist with dazzling artistic prowess. Awarded the 2012 Madison Area Music Award for best bassist of the year, Jeff brings to the Wail a mesmerizing technical facility on the fretboard, a sophisticated and versatile style, and a powerful ability to create musical ambiance and rapport. Jeff studied under Richard Davis for five years and was principle bassist for UW-Madison’s Symphony Orchestra. Jeff’s music reflects a broad application of classical and jazz influences.


        Tim Grimm

        Beyond the Tartan:
        July 13 – 23, 2023
        Beyond the Standing Stones:
        August 12- 25, 2023 

        Tim Grimm has toured and recorded with his friend, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, appeared with Harrison Ford in the film Clear and Present Danger, and has shared the stage with writer and poet Wendell Berry. Tim has had the #1 songs of the year (most played) on Folk radio in 2020 (GONE), 2017 (GONNA BE GREAT), 2016 (WOODY’S LANDLORD) and 2014 (KING OF THE FOLKSINGERS). Grimm grew up and has lived in southern Indiana, and has been called “The Poet Laureate of the rural Midwest”. Film director, Ken Kwapis, calls Grimm “Indiana’s Renaissance man” (Grimm’s song THE LAKE was in the soundtrack for A WALK IN THE WOODS, starring Robert Redford). With 12 albums under his belt, he consistently reaches the top of the Euro-Americana and folk charts and has become known as one of the best storytelling songwriters in America. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous feature films and for 2 years co-starred in NBC’s Reasonable Doubts. . As an actor, he has appeared in numerous feature films and for 2 years co-starred in NBC’s Reasonable Doubts. Current projects include voicing Eugene Debbs and composing music for the documentary film The Revolutionist for WFYI- PBS affiliate, and acting in a new feature filming- SWING SHIFT- portraying actor Richard Jenkin’s brother. He also narrated and wrote a song for the WFIU 13 episode podcast radio drama series— The Ernie Pyle Experiment. He tours across the states and western Europe each year, and his most recent album- GONE, was the #1 Folk album of 2021.

        TRAVEL INSURANCE- we highly recommend that you look into and consider getting travel insurance, especially in these gray days of Covid. On the off-chance a person were to test positive on our Tour, we will do the best of our ability to help secure transport and accommodation for the limited quarantine. We may be able to refund some funds that we are able to be reimbursed for– but this is strictly on a case-by-case basis. However, we will be unable to reimburse the entire Tour cost.


        Barb Bowers

        Beyond the Tartan:
        July 21 – 31
        , 2023

        When not spending time in Ireland or Scotland, Barb lives on the coast of Maine, three of the most beautiful places in the world. Barb has worn many hats in her life, including working in non-profit arts with theater, music and visual arts. She has served as executive director of a community theater, a film festival and was the ED, artistic director and development director of a performing arts center. This brought her in contact with musicians from all over the world, and as a result, also led her to the world of Inishfree Irish Music Tours and Scotland Folk Tours. She knows most of the tour leaders very well, and sees them throughout the year at music events and conferences. She currently works as a tour liaison for Inishfree Tours. Barb has nearly 30 tours under her belt in the last eleven years, and makes her home in County Clare during the summer months. She has ancestors from both Ireland and Scotland, with the MacLean Clan on the Scotland side.  Piano lessons as a child, self-taught guitar and ukulele don’t technically make her a musician………her favourite instrument is her voice, and sometimes she shares it.


        Kitty Donohoe

        Beyond the Tartan:
        September 2 – 12, 2023 

        Read as much or as little as you like! “an artist well worth paying attention to” – Victory Music Review
        Ann Arbor based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Kitty Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist. Iconic WFMT-Chicago folk dj Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond most singersongwriters.” She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender) and she’s been praised in the press equally for her voice, her musicality, and her songwriting. Sing Out!, one of the oldest and most respected folk music magazines in the industry, says that Kitty is “ one of the rare singer-songwriters to sensuously weave words and melody into a strong and mezmerizing fabric.”
        Over the years Kitty has opened for a variety of artists, from Doc Watson to David Bromberg, from Bruce Cockburn to Cheryl Wheeler – and in 2008 she and sideman David Mosher took the stage at an Obama rally just before Bruce Springsteen.


        Kyle Carey

        Beyond the Standing Stones:
        September 5 – 18, 2023
        Beyond the Tartan:
        September 20- 30, 2023 

        Kyle Carey’s unique trans-Atlantic fusion of music includes influences of the American Folk Anthology, the Appalachian poetry of Louise McNeill, and the traditional music of Ireland, Cape Breton and Scotland.

        The results are well described by Jeremy Searle of R2 Magazine—‘Kyle Carey is, quite simply, a delight. Drawing from both the American and British folk traditions, her songs, including some very fine originals, are beautifully crafted and performed. She’s assured, confident, charming and irresistible.’ Kyle’s debut album ‘Monongah’, produced by former Lùnasa guitarist Donogh Hennessy, rose to number eight on the Folk DJ charts, landing on a number of ‘Best of 2011’ lists by year’s end.

        Her original songs draw heavily from the American folk tradition, while her fluency in Scottish Gaelic makes for her own brand of ‘Gaelic Americana’ music. Kyle’s sophomore release ‘North Star’ recorded in Scotland and produced by Solas founding member Seamus Egan was released in the fall of 2014 to widespread critical acclaim, charting at #45 in the top 200 CDs of 2014—compiled by Folk DJs nationwide.

        Her fan-funded third album ‘The Art of Forgetting’, produced by Dirk Powell, features a cast of backing musicians which includes luminaries such as Rhiannon Giddens and John McCusker, and was released in early 2018 on the World Music Network’s Riverboat Records label to wide-spread acclaim –landing on PopMatters ’20 Best Folk Albums of 2018’ list by year’s end. Having toured for five years on both sides of the Atlantic, Kyle Carey is a unique and innovative artist not to be missed. 


        Jason Wilber

        Beyond the Tartan:
        September 10 – 20, 2023 

        Jason Wilber is an American singer, guitar player, songwriter, and recording artist. In addition to his work as a solo recording artist, he is also known as the long time lead guitar player for singer-songwriter John Prine. Jason Wilber’s work with John Prine includes the Grammy Award winning CD Fair & Square, and the Grammy nominated CDs Live On Tour, In Spite of Ourselves (which spent 32 weeks on the Billboard Country Charts), and Prine’s final album Tree of Forgiveness. In addition to playing guitar on John Prine’s 2017 album For Better or Worse, Jason also served as a Co-Executive Producer. Jason has accompanied John Prine on duet recordings with Iris Dement, Allison Krauss, Susan Tedeschi, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, Kathy Mattea, Amanda Shires, Fiona Prine, Lucinda Williams, Josh Ritter, Patty Loveless, Lee Ann Womack, Connie Smith, Melba Montgomery, Morgane Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, and Sara Watkins.


        Katie Dahl

        Beyond the Tartan:
        September 28 – October 8, 2023 

        Beyond the Standing Stones:
        October 9- 22, 2023

        Katie Dahl is a songwriter and playwright whose work is as expansive as Lake Michigan and as deeply rooted as its rocky coastal bluffs. A small-town celebrity on the Wisconsin peninsula where her family has lived for 175 years, she is now a radio-charting folk artist who tours around the world. Clear-eyed and tough-minded, fresh and funny, Katie “delivers razor-sharp lyrics with a hearty, soulful voice” (American Songwriter). Katie’s four albums of original songs showcase her creamy alto and trademark wit, as well as her unflinching authenticity. Her recent work finds her exploring more vulnerable territory than ever before, from anxiety to body image to the challenges of growing up queer in an evangelical church. Richly steeped in the American songwriting tradition, Katie navigates the muddy waters between the personal, public, and political with tenderness and dexterity.

        Beyond the Tartan:
        September 10 – 20, 2023