Celebrating over 17 years of their special brand of music, the Ladies of Longford serve up a unique blend of Contemporary Celtic, Traditional Irish and fresh acoustic styles. They are most often defined by their superb vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship. From the living rooms and back yards of intimate house concerts to the huge sound stages of renowned festivals, this high energy all woman band shares it’s inspired gifts of melody and performance to a vast range of fans. You can count on the Ladies to bring Celtic music to your soul.
The Ladies of Longford have performed on stage with several national and internationally known Irish artists; Chloe Agnew (Celtic Woman), Eileen Ivers, Cherish the Ladies and Aoife Clancy to mention a few. Over the years "The Ladies" have also done a number of regional and national festivals, among them, the Milwaukee Irish Festival and the Dublin Irish Festival. 2018 marks the 18th consecutive year at the Dublin Irish Festival. Regional festivals include; Syracuse Irish Festival, Kalamazoo Irish Fest, Irish American Heritage Festival (Chicago) and the Louisville Irish Festival. Locally (Columbus, Ohio) you can catch them at several Irish venues including Byrne's Pub, The Shamrock Club of Columbus and Fado Irish Pub (Easton).
The members include Hilda Doyle, Stephanie Doyle Gamber, Heather Doyle Fraser, and Elizabeth Blickenstaff. And, from time to time, “The Ladies” are blessed to have both Molly Pauken and/or Kara Markley as guests artists* for certain performances. This muli-talented group can perform in different configurations upon request. With seven compact discs to their credit, all these Ladies have a rich musical history as both performers and recording artists. Heather has been a featured soloist with several local bands and Stephanie also appears on occasion with regional favorite The Rice Brothers. Fiddle player Elizabeth Blickenstaff is also a member of Lone Raven. *Guest artists Molly Pauken and Kara Markley can be seen performing with their own bands, Sirens and Lone Raven, respectively. Molly is also a member of McGuffey Lane Band and Jonalee White Band.
Ladies of Longford Performance Montage
“At the City of Dublin we’ve consistently booked the Ladies of Longford for over 15 years at both the Dublin Irish Festival and many community celebrations. Their arrangements, vocals, on-stage personas and musicianship have built them a large, loyal following. They have built their reputation and have become one of the best regional acts and we are lucky to have them locally. They are easy to work with and are happy to help when we need someone to promote our events in the media.”
Alison LeRoy Event Manager, City of Dublin, Dublin Irish Festival
“I’ve only seen the ‘Ladies’ perform twice, but I was very impressed with their diversity of material and their excellent delivery. Moreover, for any performer to 'connect' with the audience is the defining key. They were top class in that department, too. Excellent!”
Tom Sweeney, Veteran Irish Folk Entertainer
"If I had to describe the “Ladies” in a super short way...one word, WOW! They show great talent both instrumentally and vocally while putting their own personal stamp on each arrangement..”
Bill Cohen, Columbus Folk Music Society, Jan. 2014 Newsletter
“Each performer is like their own sparkling jewel on a gorgeous bracelet. They each bring such a unique and special talent to the group.”
Julie McDowell Bourke, Spafford Historical Society Concert, Skaneateles, NY
“The Ladies of Longford are always entertaining, polished performers. Your audience won’t be disappointed. Hilda and the girls have a natural, authentic style and play together like they’ve been doing it all their lives – probably because they have.”
Andy Herron, Director of Operations, McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, OH
“The super talented and fun Ladies of Longford feature high energy and a beautiful sound -– great voices, fabulous playing and a total connection with the audience. Our house concert series has been privileged to feature the Ladies of Longford as part of our series for over a decade.”
Thom McCain, House Concerts at Glenbrook, Columbus, OH