Wolf & Clover, a Columbus-based band that plays primarily Irish, Celtic, and folk music will be the leading band for St. Patrick's Day celebrations throughout Columbus this weekend. The band recently earned their first Global Music Award for their self-titled debut album in December 2018, and is in the process of developing their next album.
This weekend, Wolf & Clover will play several gigs around the city celebrating the crowning occasion of their genre every year. The band officially formed after several of the musicians started gigging together, and they quickly found that they all shared an interest of Irish and Celtic music.
"It took over a year for us to find the best sound for us," said Stephanie Payne, a member of the band and the Executive Director for the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus. "Now, we finally feel like we've settled into our best sound. It's led to us formulating our own music together based on Irish tunes that we weave together to form our sets. It's been very fun to experiment with different instruments and sounds. Everyone is incredibly talented and can play anything and everything. It's amazing to have that kind of talent in a band."
Photo by Bryan Canonigo. Image courtesy of the band.
The group's first Global Music Award came after they'd reached the sound that Payne is describing. Wolf & Clover earned a silver Global Music Award for World Music - making them one of the top Irish and Celtic ensembles in the world. Soon after they received word about their Global Music Award, the band was also informed they'd been voted into the Celtic Top 20 for 2018 on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast by Marc Gunn. The podcast ranks in the top 1% of podcasts and receives over 20,000 downloads a week.
Meet the Band
Matt McCabe is currently Assistant Professor of Audio Technology at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University. He has an extensive list of credits as a recording engineer of primarily concert hall music, and teaches audio engineering and production as well as composition and popular music courses at CSU. He is also a student of the Irish Language and has participated in immersion programs and coursework for the last several years.
Jessica Bennett has a wildly successful private teaching studio, and plays professionally as often as possible. Her passion for music has taken her all over the U.S. with competitions, recording projects, and performances as a soloist and ensemble member. Recently Jessica has recorded in Nashville and Franklin, TN for several country music artists, and serves as a string instructor and mentor for the violin ensemble of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus.
Justin Belew has worked over twenty-five years as a professional musician for schools and churches. He has a full music production studio that he operates where he specializes in recording professional voice overs and jingles, “demos”, and boutique album projects of various budget sizes. Justin has recorded and performed with commercial and independent musicians alike. He is known for his ability to teach, play, and arrange for many different types of instruments. Belew plays over 200 instruments proficiently.
Stephanie Payne is currently the Executive Director of the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus and the flute and whistles player for Wolf & Clover. She has attended and performed at the Oberlin Summer Institute, Wildacres Flute Retreat, Domaine Forget, National Flute Association Convention, and the Georgia Music Educators’ Conference.
Julian Chalon has been playing guitar for over 25 years and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in guitar performance at Columbus State University. As a classical guitarist he has performed in the Southwest U.S., Italy, Croatia, and Spain, and received first place in the Mountain View Guitar Festival and Competition. In his downtime, he enjoys writing music for both classical and electric guitar.
Hear Their Music
See Them Live This Weekend
Here's a list of all of the St. Patrick's Day performances Wolf & Clover is playing this weekend:
Friday Night: Live with Magnetic Musos at The Loft
Saturday: 1:45- 3:45 p.m. Uptown St. Patrick's Day Festival on Broadway Stage
Sunday: 1 - 3 p.m. Live at Scruffy Murphy's Sunday Brunch