OCEAN Celtic Quartet (Jennifer Cutting on accordions & keyboard; Lisa Moscatiello on vocals, whistles & guitar; Andrew Dodds on fiddle, and Steve Winick on vocals & percussion) play music packed with pan-Celtic pizzazz, putting a unique spin on traditional songs and Cutting’s original compositions, from soaring ballads and stirring sea chanteys to blazing fiddle and accordion tunes. OCEAN has played to sold-out and enthusiastic crowds at Maryland venues such as Strathmore Music Hall, Annapolis Maritime Museum, Howard County Historical Society, Calvert Marine Museum, Globe Theater in Berlin, Southern Maryland Celtic Festival, and Washington College in Chestertown. OCEAN is known for getting audiences on their feet to dance to their electrifying Jigs and Reels, and for raising goosebumps with soaring vocals and otherworldly Celtic beauty. Add a penchant for scholarship and a great sense of humor, and you have a band that captivates all ages. OCEAN is Celtic Music for Ancient Moderns!
“The Ocean Orchestra was a pleasure to deal with. Jennifer Cutting not only has an innovative artistic vision but also has her feet firmly planted on the ground. Before the concert, her well-organized delivery of press materials and program notes, careful coordination of logistics, and willingness to work with me in promoting the concert paved the way for a successful event. It culminated in a packed house with the ensemble delivering a magical evening of music that was highly original, yet appealing to audience members of all ages.” - Busy Graham, Class Acts Arts, Silver Spring, MD
OCEAN members are experienced teachers and have taught at George Washington and George Mason Universities, and Davis & Elkins College (WV). We can provide complementary programs on:
- Tradition-based songwriting (Jennifer Cutting)
- Sea Chanties, Ballads, Folksongs, and a wide variety of topic areas in traditional song (Steve Winick)
- Beginning, intermediate, and advanced Celtic fiddle, and Celtic ensemble playing (Andrew Dodds)
- Open-tuned guitar for Celtic music (Lisa Moscatiello)
Dr. Winick’s presentations take the form of illustrated lectures with sung examples and opportunities for students to sing. The other presentations are hands-on instruction. Please inquire about other topics we can make available.