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March 2009
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!

recordings

Storm Watch cd
Storm Watch (2009)
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It's About Time cd
It's About Time (1999)
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Contact:

Skye
4665 Larkwood St.
Eugene, Oregon 97405
(541) 343-7164
jheydon@uoregon.edu

the band

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.

skye group photo

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.

 

current members

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.