Julia Lane

Julia Lane, composer

Celtic harp, voice

Julia Lane has loved, sung, researched and created folk music since childhood. As an adolescent, she studied music theory and took guitar lessons from a lutenist specializing in Elizabethan songs as well as flamenco. She became active in madrigal and Renaissance music groups as well as playing as a soloist and providing music for a childrenšs theater group. After graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1974, her interest in English and Scottish folk music and lore, inspired by the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, led her to study in Oxford, England. A self-taught player of the "clarsach" or Celtic folk harp, which she began playing in 1989, she won three international competitions for her "innovative arrangements and energetic performance".

Fred Gosbee

Fred Gosbee

Viola, low flutes, fife

Fred Gosbee has collected and performed folk music for over thirty years.He was inspired by the traditional music he heard played and sung by elder family members at home in Harmony, Maine. He then took a college folklore class at the University of Maine with Dr. Sandy Ives which led him to avidly persue his interest., and DR Ives became his advisor. An interest in woodworking led him to begin designing and building guitars and a lute. He currently sings and plays classic and 12-string guitar, viola, fiddle, and woodwinds. When he is not touring, Fred Gosbee engineers and produces recordings and designs and builds Celtic harps.

Julia Lane and Fred Gosbee (Co-creators of Grand Design) perform as the duo, Castlebay.
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Tamora Goltz

Tamora Goltz


Boothbay, Maine

Tamora Goltz had early training in Baroque recorder and violin. Raised in southers California, she has had access to ethnic music since childhood. Her interest in the traditional dance music of New England and Ireland began when she was a student at the University of Maine at Farmington.She became a member of the Fiddlers Reach Morris Dance Team who danced at celebrations and festivals throughout New England. Having studied with acclaimed traditional Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, her musical sensibilities are also informed by the work of Oisin MacDiarmada and Patrick Orceau. Her unique style is well suited to the music of the Grand Design which reflects that which was popular in the early 18th century. Recently, she and her musical husband and sons spent seven months sailing in their forty foot sailboat performing at ports on the Atlantic seaboard as well as in the Bahamas. Tamora currently teaches violin at the Ashwood school in Rockport and takes private students. She also plays in several local ensembles.

Doreen Conboy

Doreen Conboy


Alna, Maine

Doreen Conboy was a founding member of Wild Mountain Thyme and has played and recorded with numerous Maine musicians including David Mallet, Gordon Bok, Castlebay, and the Usual Suspects. Concentrating now on cello and bass and interested in many genres, her current music projects include a folk baroque ensemble of cello and guitar, a jazz trio, and recording with the Steel Toe Vikings.

As a filmaker, she co-produced Renacence, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Poet and is currently working on documentary films with Red Door Media.

Between music and filmmaking she uses her art degree doing restoration paintwork on antiques and interiors.

Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart

Bodhran, smallpipes, low whistles

Rothesay, New Brunswick, Canada

Jim Stewart is a skilled player of the Celtic drum or bodhran, as well as woodwinds and smallpipes.

Jim is a member of the New Brunswick trio Hal An Tow. They have made numerous radio, television and concert appearances, including Atlantic Folk Festival, Miramichi Irish Festival, P.E.I. Irish Festival, Acadian-Scottish Festival (Maine), Rockport (Maine) Folk Festival, Festival By The Sea - Sur Mer, and Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.

He is composer and co-producer of The Marco Polo Folk Opera, presented in partnership with Opera New Brunswick, and first performed August, 1993, at Festival By The Sea. The production was broadcast throughout Canada as well as Australia, New Zealand and the British Isles and Ireland.

John Bear Mitchell

John Bear Mitchell

Storyteller, chant, drum

Old Town, Maine

John Bear Mitchell is a member of the Penobscot Nation on Indian Island in Maine. He presently serves as the Associate Director of the Wabanaki Center and Univerisity of Maine System Native Program Waiver Coordinator in Orono and teaches Introduction to Wabanaki History and Contemporary Issues. He has served on numerous museum and educational boards throughout the state with missions based on Maine's Wabanaki people.

For 10 years John visited schools in Maine as a Maine Touring Artist delivering an Arts in Education program. During that time, he visited over 150 schools. While working his way through college, he toured with the Native American Storytellers of New England. He presented a traditional and contemporary program in Native American Stories and Song. His singing and storytelling can be heard in many Maine PBS, tribal-sponsored awareness videos, and other documentaries with topics on Maine's Native People.

2007-01-30 Š Castlebay, Inc.
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