ATP Announces New Line-Up for 2022
Across the Pond would like to recognize founding member Chuck Krepley's decade-of-achievements and welcome new band members Molly Shortridge and Charles Kadyk.
After 10 fantastic years on the road with Chuck, he is moving on. Chuck has been a valued founding member of the Across the Pond, and we’ve 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.
RECAP OF CHUCK’S TENURE
With Chuck’s help, the band traveled over 70,000 miles, played over 600 gigs over 10 years in 2 countries, in 2 provinces, and in 8 states. We played 12 months a year with the month of March sometimes seeing 6 shows in one weekend and up to 22 shows in the month. We played 58 festivals, including the prestigious Endless Mountain Music Festival, European and International festivals, numerous Harvest, Irish and Celtic Festivals, and a Bluegrass festival. We performed for Forbes Top 5 Tech pick “Captify” in their Manhattan office, complete with a full pub; for NY Bestseller Nora Roberts’ Re-release of her Irish Trilogy at her Ceilidh in Boonsboro; for the cast of the award winning Broadway cast of “The Ferryman” one New Years Eve in Jez Butterworth’s Manhattan apartment; 55 weddings including in the historical landmark “Tour de Levis” in Montreal, Quebec, (Tour De Levis - Historic Montreal Landmark with Panoramic Views (mtlway.com), a vineyard in Niagara-on-the-Lake; atop a mountain in central WV (when the van got stuck in 2nd gear running 6000 RPMs most of the way there and back), another in The Dome in Virginia Beach, VA, one at the Oakmont Country Club that has hosted more combined USGA and PGA championships than any other course in the US, one at the Falling Waters barn, and so many, many other special places. Chuck appeared on ABC27 and PennLive with us. He also helped make a video for the Canadian Government for St. Paddy’s Day 2021 which was aired for Canadian Forces stationed around the world. Chuck played a christening and several wakes with the band. And so, so many wineries and pubs. And he helped us drink so much wine, cider, beer and whiskey. We were given several bottles of fine Scotch & whiskey and they are long gone. We shared a lot of laughs and a few frustrations and came out all the better. Chuck learned Pachelbel’s Canon, Blood of CuChulan, Take Me Home Country Roads, I Will Wait, Molly Malone, MacNamara’s “Sullivan’s” Band, Danny Boy, Mairi’s Wedding, Not in Haste, Scarlett Ribbons, If I Ever Leave This World Alive, Sweet Thing, Auld Lang Syne, Skye Boat Song, Gold (from the motion picture Once), Take Us Home by Alan Doyle, Winter Winds by Mumford & Sons, and many other songs for processionals and receptions. He will be missed.
Molly began sitting in with the band for much of 2021 and is welcomed with open arms as a member of the band as we begin 2022. Molly (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.
Charles filled the vacancy created when Chuck Krepley left the band in early January 2022. He 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. We are very happy to have Charles fill out our roster.