Meet the Band
Now performing 4-piece band "with a much larger sound"
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Mike grew up playing bluegrass, old-time and blues guitar, eventually branching out into rock and country. He began performing full time in 1995 with country rockers Latigo Smith before moving on to help form regional powerhouse Hired Guns. Nowadays Mike carries a full schedule of guitar students, as well as being a first-call, freelance artist for a variety of genres. Across the Pond is his first Celtic band. Mike plays guitar, mandolin, flute, banjo & sings.
Charles grew up in a musical family and began playing the violin at age 8. He taught music for 34 years to students at all levels from Pre-K thru College, specializing in orchestra, in both PA and ME. He has been an active performer for over 40 years, getting into fiddling in the mid 90’s. Over the years he was a student of Leonard Mogill, of the Phila. Orchestra, and Brian Conway, world renowned Sligo style Fiddler. He has performed in various ensembles and styles locally, such as The Harrisburg Symphony, The Know Return Band, (Kansas tribute band), The Belfast Connection and the Fair Trade Celtic Bands, as well as being an active free-lance performer and session musician, on both fiddle and viola. He has had the honor to share the stage with such diverse artists as Brian Conway, Mark O’Connor, Rosemary Clooney, Anne Murray, Collin Ray, Helen Reddy, Shirley Jones, and Casting Crowns.
Dan has been playing whistles and bodhran at Irish sessions since 1999. He was self-taught on both instruments. He has played in numerous sessions throughout the US and Ireland. Dan has been fortunate enough to perform on stage with outstanding musicians such as John Whelan, Damaris Woods. Derek Warfield, Shane Farrell (Brayzen Heads & Pigeon Kings), Dave Gilmore, Victor Gagnon (Seven Nations & Pigeon Kings) and Richie Newman (Cleggan). He founded two other Irish bands, but has since left to focus on the music of Across the Pond.
Molly Shortridge (B.M., Temple University), started out her music career as a music therapist and classical flutist but became enamored with Celtic music over the years. When the pandemic hit, she was able to spend more time delving into the genre and began collaborating with guitarist, Mike Morrison and “Across the Pond”.
As an owner of a music and arts center, “The Perfect 5th”and also “The Fluteplace of Central PA”, she maintains a large teaching studio. Molly has taught flute pedagogy seminars at national and regional conventions, and workshops in colleges. She has also performed in orchestras, ensembles, and as a soloist, throughout central PA and Italy. Additionally, she is a published artist who specializes in flute related artwork.
In “Across the Pond”, you can find her playing an array of flutes; from the silver Boehm flute, a wooden 6-holed Celtic flute, whistles, alto flute, piccolo, and more.
Additional Performers Available
The band has worked with many Irish dance schools, pipers and callers from other cities and states.
Chuck was a valued founding member of the Across the Pond who played fiddle from 2010 through 2021. We shared some really memorable moments together.
We wish Chuck all the best in the future, and you never know when he might pop back up on stage for a show. You’ll likely continue to see him at Irish sessions in the region. It has been a privilege to work with him all these years and wish him all the best.
We have had many guest performers and guests join us over the years, including Marilyn Dolly who sang on both of our first two CDs and joined us for a number of years at many shows; Emily Warren who danced many shows with us and did foot percussion on our last CD; Maddie Yingling, Dan's young granddaughter who performed off and on for a couple of years and did backing vocals on the last CD; Bruce Young on fiddle and set dance calling; and Tommy Kochel & Tom Rowe filled in when Dan was recovering from a surgery. We've had dancers from many dance schools in PA, MD & VA work with us, as well as a number of area Irish, bluegrass and Old Timey kinda musicians join us from time-to-time.
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