Tanzania Ceili Band
  Winners:  2013 Celtic Ensemble, Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention; Fundraising Band: Tanzanian Childrens Project, www.tanzaniakids.org 

Our Music

Irish traditional dance music for any occasion.  We play an assortment of lively jigs, reels, polkas, slides, as well as flowing waltzes

Listen to a rehearsal! 
Listen to an excerpt of the band's practice the night before they won the Celtic Ensemble Competition at the Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention.  
Stay tuned for an upcoming CD!  
The Band: Our Story, Upcoming Gigs, and More

Our Musicians
Claudette Sikora, Band Leader/Accordion, Piano
Bill Falkenstine, Banjo, Guitar 
Harry Ferguson, Hammered Dulcimer
Meg Ferguson, Piano, Guitar
Jim Krebs-Smith, Mandolin
Jim Langley, Mandolin
Ray Lucas, Fiddle
Martin McCann, Flute
Erich Marshner, Banjo

Gigs for Hire
In addition to our many planned fundraisers below, we are available for your Irish music needs including weddings, St. Patrick's Day parties, and pub entertainment.  Hire us!  You will not only get great Irish music, but also help AIDS orphans and their community out of poverty and toward a better life.

Our Story

In​ a remote parish in Tanzania,
hundreds of children in eight
​villages lost one or both parents,
primarily to AIDS, but also other diseases.  The Tanzanian Children's Project, founded by the Knights of Columbus Council 7559, is working to bring a better life to these children and their communities by building a medical clinic  and other important structures such as a school.  (Learn more at www.tanzaniakids.org and our "Why We Do It" page.)

In February 2010, answering the call to help raise money for this project, a group of traditional Irish musician-friends banded together and braved an untoward Maryland winter of snow and ice to become the Tanzania Ceili Band and compete in a Battle of the Bands fundraiser (among rock bands twice as loud and half their age!)​.

The band has been raising thousands of dollars for the project ever since, entertaining sell-out crowds at the project's annual St. Patrick's Day Party, winning competitions, and performing at the 2012 and 2013 Maryland Irish Festival. 
Upcoming Gigs
March 19, 2016
Annual St. Patrick's Day Fundraiset
to Benefit TheTanzanian Children's Project
5:30 --9:30 P.M.
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center
10431 Twin Rivers Road
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Catered dinner, Traditional Irish Music,
Step-Dancing by the Broesler School
Tickets sold in advance, $35.00
A few limited tickets at the door (not guranteed) 
​Deadline for advance sales:  March 15
For more info write to Timothy Lynch @

 Emerald Isle Club St. Patrick's Day Ceili
March 12, 2016
with the fabulous accordionist, Danny Flynn!  A good time was had by all!

Our music is dedicated to 

Joseph Patrick Byrne

We miss you, but will try to carry on the traditions you inspired and supported, 
Dear Joe.
Above, the usual suspects, in front of the famous J. Patrick's Pub. The occasion:  the July 29 fundraiser for the pub.  
Below:  Even more of us!  
Katie, Meg, Jim, Claudette, Harry, Martin. 

Past Events

2015 Maryland Irish Festival
Timonium Fairgrounds
November 2015

Baltimore Folk Music Society Anniversary Celebration, Belvedere Square, Baltimore
October 2015

March 21, 2015 5:30-9:30 PM

St. Patrick's Day Party/Fundraiser
Tanzania Ceili Band with special guests, Peter FitzGerald and Dave Abe

In attendance, our honored guest the Ambassador from Tanzania 

Wilde Lake Interfaith Center 
10431 Twin Rivers Road
Columbia, Maryland 21044

May 9, 2015 

Frederick Celtic Festival
Mt. Airy Fire Department Fairgrounds 
Mt. Airy, Maryland 21771


Maryland Irish Festival Ceili

Frederick Celtic Festival

March and December
On stage with Peter FitzGerald and the J. Patrick's Allstars, Emerald Isle Club's St. Patrick's Day and Christmas Ceilis 


 Mid-winter Irish Music Concert
With Special Guests
Peter Fitzgerald
Myron Bretholtz
Ellis Island (Peter, Dave Abe, Andy Thurston and special guests)
Dileab Phriseal
Wilde Lake Interfaith Center,  Columbia 

 St. Patrick's Day Party Fundraiser
 Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, Columbia

Leprechaun 8K Charity Run
Shrine of St. Anthony 
Ellicott City, Maryland

Frederick Celtic Festival
Mt.Airy, Maryland

 Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention 
Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster
This years Celtic Ensemble Winners!

Maryland Irish Festival
With Special Guests
 All-Ireland Champion, Billy McComiskey  
Step-Dancer, Nora McCann
Timonium Fairgrounds


St. Patrick's Day Fundraiser
Columbia, Maryland

Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention
2012 Celtic Ensemble Winners!

 J. Patrick's Pub Fundraiser Ceili
Locust Point, Baltimore 

Maryland Irish Festival
With guest performers Peter Fitzgerald and Billy McComiskey
Timonium Fairgrounds

 Family Ceili
Irish Social Dance/Potluck Dinner
With Dance Instrucion by Marilyn Moore
Kings Contrivance, Columbia

Maryland Irish Festival 2014
2010 Battle
of the Bands
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