Upriver collects and performs traditional and original Folk music in the Celtic and Appalachian traditions. An Upriver experience will take you on a journey that brings American History into focus through an alternate lens, opening your eyes to the hope and the hardship that brought a quarter of a million Scots Irish out of British slavery in their homeland to freedom in the New World.
Upriver is proud to present the music of these immigrants and their descendants, songs of joy and struggle and hard work that have been passed along in the old Oral Tradition of true Folk music. These are honest songs, written by the people who lived them. There is wisdom here that we are more than happy to share.
Dan is featured on guitars, piano, fiddle and vocals. His musical roots go back to the County Waterford, Ireland. Dan mixes his research on the history of the Irish people and their music with his life experiences as a farmer, school teacher, father and businessman. He brings both music and education to our shows. Dan has a Masters degree in education.
Teresa brings to the music a variety of instruments which include the Irish whistle, alto recorder, banjo, mandolin, guitars and vocal. Her family roots are deep in the Scots Irish heritage and she feels a soul connection with the music that has crossed the ocean, the Appalachian mountains and the generations. Teresa teaches music at the Wayne Center for the Arts.