The music Ceol Cridhe (a Gaelic phrase pronounced keel cree) plays is a little hard to characterize. It's pan-Celtic music, according to group member Bob Cox, with tunes from Irish and Scottish traditions as well as some other Celtic cultures.
Ceol Cridhe is comprised of Cox, on fiddle, bodhran, another drum and on backup vocals; his wife, Bryn Bowen Cox, on harp, keyboard, sometimes concertina and on backup vocals; and lead singer Jack Twombly on guitar and bouzouki, a stringed musical instrument from Greece that is somewhat like a mandolin. Ceol Cridhe has been together more than five years, and all members live and work in Frankfort.
Cox says the music the band plays doesn't get a lot of airplay in the United States. Listeners might recognize some melodies, but not realize they originated in Celtic tunes.
"If people are curious (about Celtic music), they can come and we'll do the best we can to entertain people," he notes. "I think people have a preconceived notion of what traditional or folk music is. They might be surprised when they hear (the music of Ceol Cridhe). It is much more accessible than they may realize."