About Us

The Musicians

Fellswater is Boston’s dynamic Celtic music ensemble. We play a wide range of music from Traditional to modern compositions that draws from the heritage of all the Celtic nations, especially Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Canada. Our instrumentation changes depending on the musical selection and includes vocals, whistle, Irish flute, guitar, octave mandolin, violin,  Scottish smallpipes,  border pipes, acoustic bass guitar and percussion.

Formed in late 2008, Fellswater has performed for audiences ranging from 20 to 8,000. The ensemble has delighted audiences at New Hampshire Highland Games (2010, 2012, 2014), Maine Highland Games (2014, 2017), Blackstone River Theatre (2012, 2013, 2015, 2017), Boston Celtic Music Fest (2012 & 2016), Colonial Williamsburg (2014 & 2015), notloB concert series (twice in 2013, 2015) and the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (2015). The band has been invited to perform at the prestigious Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2018.

Fellswater has released two well- received albums, Fellswater, in 2010 and Thursday Night, in 2013. Both are available for purchase either in traditional CD format or as a digital download from our online store. The band’s  third album, Skipping Stones, is now available for sale and our CD Release Concert will be in January 2018.

Fellswater is available to hire for a wide range of indoor and outdoor events; from full-length concerts to weddings, anniversaries and special events. We are the perfect ensemble for Highland Games, Celtic and Folk festivals. Our travel range is primarily throughout the Northeastern U.S. with occasional overseas appearances. The ensemble can appear in typical concert casual wear or formal attire.

Kyle Forsthoff, Percussion

Kyle ForsthoffKyle Forsthoff is a diverse percussion performer and educator based in Rhode Island. He is the percussionist for a number of ensembles located throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including Fellswater, the Island Time Steel Band, and the L’Esperance Mandolin Orchestra. Also an active member of the Fife & Drum community, he is currently the Drum Sergeant of the Kentish Guards and the percussion instructor for the William Diamond Juniors. He is also the Gueat Artist/Teacher in Percussion at the University of Rhode Island, teaches at The Rhody Center for World Music and Dance, and has taught at Rhode Island College. Kyle has earned degrees in music education and performance from the University of Kentucky and Arizona State University and is a proud endorsing artist for Yamaha Percussion, Innovative Percussion Sticks and Mallets, and the Cooperman Drum Company. Keep up to date with his activities at www.kyleforsthoff.com.

Kyle plays bodhran, bones, dumbek, djembe, cajon, pandeiro, ocean drum and ankle bells with Fellswater.

Elizabeth Ketudat, Fiddle, Hardanger Fiddle

BetsyKetudat-bioBetsy Ketudat graduated from Fredonia State University with a degree in Violin Performance. Betsy has since played in many chamber groups throughout the Boston area and was a member of the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums for 10 years, playing both violin and fife. In 2005 she was featured violin soloist at the Yshalle Tattoo in Basel, Switzerland. As a fifer with MCV, Betsy has performed throughout England, France and Switzerland, at the 2007 Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the 2010 Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s Salute to Australia, and in concert with the Boston Pops. Betsy appears on four MCV albums, playing both violin and fife.

Betsy plays the fiddle and Hardanger fiddle with Fellswater.

Jim MacConduibh, acoustic bass guitar, Irish bouzouki, guitar

Jim MacConduibh has been active in the Boston music scene since 1982—as a drummer. As an antidote to the constant din of rock’n’roll, circus and military drums, he and wife Sarah MacConduibh became interested in the new-Celtic movement of the mid-1990’s, playing with the likes of Skip Healy, Matt Glover, and the New Hampshire Strathspey & Reel Society. He is the survivor of myriad international tours, including Baghdad in 2007 , the 2010 Edinburgh Military Tattoo Salute to Australia in Sydney and 2012 Basel Tattoo. Longtime Director of Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums, Jim resides in West Medford with Sarah and five cats and a dog. Jim plays acoustic bass guitar, Irish bouzouki and  guitar with Fellswater.

Sarah MacConduibh, Irish flute, whistle, fife

Sarah-bioSarah MacConduibh has been a fifer with the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes & Drums (MCV) since 1984 and Fife Section Lead for much of that time. Sarah’s extensive performance resume with MCV has included recording eight full-length albums, tours to England, France, Ireland and Switzerland and local performances too numerous to list here. 2007 featured performances with the Boston Pops and a run at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. 2010 featured performances at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s Salute to Australia in Sydney and performances with the Boston Pops and 2012 found her in Switzerland for the Basel Tattoo and 2015 found her in Halifax for the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo. Sarah has played with several folk groups over the years on a variety of instruments, ranging from fiddle, flute, whistle and fife. Sarah plays whistle, Irish flute and fife with Fellswater.

Andrew McIntosh, Scottish smallpipes, border pipes

AndrewMac-BioFrom an early age, Andrew McIntosh was immersed in the Scottish cultural scene in the Boston area. His parents were active in Scottish Country Dancing and that vibrant and tartan-strewn community became family to him. He began bagpiping when he was 12 and soon found himself performing and competing throughout New England. At 18, he spent time in Scotland, learning the art of bagpipe making at Gillanders & McLeod. Andy was a former pipe major of the Stuart Highland Pipe Band and played with them for many years. He also played with Tulach Àrd and the Greater Boston Pipe Band, and performed solo at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard University and JFK Museum, to name just a few. He has also performed with the Symphony Pro Musica and Colby College Symphony Orchestra. Andy lives in North Attleborough and plays the Scottish smallpipes and border pipes with Fellswater.

Chris Myers, vocals, guitar, octave mandolin

Chris-biophotoFrom an early age, Chris Myers has always had an instrument in his hands. As a self-proclaimed band nerd, he played saxophone from grade school through college as a music major at the University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell). Along the way he picked up a guitar and under the influence of the folk rock movements of the 1960’s and 70’s, worked his way into the music scene in Lowell, where he met his wife Diane. They began performing together in the early 90’s as “Chris & Diane”, and would later be among the founding members of the Rhode Island Songwriter’s Association (RISA). Chris is also deeply immersed in the fife and drum community as Fife Sergeant of the Kentish Guards Fife & Drum Corps of Rhode Island, and as a fifer with the Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums, with whom he has toured Sydney, Sweden and Switzerland, and most recently as part of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax in the summer of 2015. Chris plays guitars (6- and 12-string) and octave mandolin  and is one of two vocalists with Fellswater.

Diane Myers, vocals

A lifelong passion for singing brings Diane Myers to Fellswater. After achieving All-State (New Hampshire) and All-Eastern choruses in high school, Diane went on to study voice at Wagner College in New York, and the University of Lowell (now UMass Lowell). It was there she met her husband Chris, and soon they began performing together as the acoustic duo “Chris & Diane.” Diane has soloed at weddings, as well as been involved in numerous musical endeavors over the ensuing years, including the American Songbook Series at Trinity Church in Newport, Rhode Island, the Trinity Church choir, and as a part of the Celtic Music Cruise aboard the Victory Chimes Schooner out of Rockland, Maine. In the past few years, Diane has had the pleasure of singing with her husband Chris in performances with Fellswater, which led most recently to her joining Fellswater as part of the 2015 Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax. Diane counts among her influences such talents as Aoife Clancy, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, the Indigo Girls, Natalie Cole and Joan Baez, and looks forward to contributing her voice to the Fellswater sound.

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