Storm Watch now available!
You can purchase Storm Watch
and It's About Time either by buying from us directly (this option saves you and us money!), or through CDBaby, where you will find a list of all the tracks with brief audio clips.
We hope you enjoy our music!
Storm Watch (2009)
It's About Time (1999)
4665 Larkwood St.
Eugene, Oregon 97405
Skye, a Celtic band based in Eugene, Oregon, performed together for more than fifteen years throughout the Pacific Northwest. During their many years together they built a strong base of support, and were honored to open for such notable Celtic artists as Dougie MacLean, Solas, Natalie MacMaster, and Martin Hayes.
The band is no longer actively performing, but their music is still available in CD, and they continue to gain new fans through their recordings. The band presents an exciting blend of vocal and instrumental pieces, many of them traditional, some of them arrangements of contemporary songs by other celtic artists. Still others are newly composed in a traditional style by members of the band. To every piece - whether traditional or newly composed - Skye imparts a fresh feel with imaginative, intricate, and energetic instrumental arrangements and compelling vocal harmonies.
Michael Bardossi (fiddle)
Raised in the wilds of East
coast suburbia, Michael Bardossi immigrated to Oregon where he married Julia in
1989 and met Lexy shortly thereafter. Skye grew out of a shared love of folk idioms and Michael's life-long
ramble through the halls of classical, jazz, old-time, and Celtic. He and Glen shared a mischievous
impulse, nicely balanced by the ladies. Michael composed much of the new music performed by the band. Michael now teaches fiddle on occasion, and is currently immersing himself in the Bach unaccompanied sonatas and partitas for solo violin.
Julia Heydon (fiddle, vocals, guitar, recorder)
Julia Heydon's early years
were filled with the music of Bach, Beethoven, and the Byrds. In college she discovered a passion for
Renaissance polyphony, which eventually led to a doctorate in music
history. A chance encounter with
Irish traditional music while performing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in
the 1980s led to the pursuit of Irish fiddle and Celtic folk songs. These influences converged to help give
Skye's complex arrangements a sophistication which speaks to a wide range of
listeners. Julia currently performs with a Renaissance group, Byrdsong, and plays for English and Scottish country dances with the duo D 'n' A. She also sings with The Motets, a women's a cappella ensemble in Eugene.
Glen Waddell (voice, guitar, octave
mandolin, whistle, low whistle, Scottish small pipes, bass, keyboards)
Glen grew up with
music in the church and at home, learning the culture of traditional music from
his parents who immigrated to Canada from Scotland. As a multi-instrumentalist with eclectic tastes and
wide-ranging interests, his influences are many and varied. He can often be found playing in
churches on Sundays and in pubs during the week. Glen is now focusing his creative energies on photography. He also plays with piper Eliot Grasso.
Lexy Wellman (vocals, bodhran, doumbec, djembe, guitar)
Lexy Wellman's life-long
love of communication through song began with the gift of a guitar from her
parents on her 16th birthday. A trip to Limerick with a concert choir in 1971 marked the beginning of
her infatuation with the Emerald
Isle. On one of her three
subsequent trips to the southwest of Ireland she encountered the bodhran you
hear on this album. Lexy has been
performing since the late 1970s as a soloist and in collaboration with
others. She currently shares her lovely voice as an alto in a chamber choir at a local church.