Steph Geremia, traditional flautist and singer, is recognized as a vibrant and versatile face on the traditional music scene. She has been described by Irish Music Magazine as “one of the most promising young flute players around” and “an unexpected treasure”. Her 2009 debut album, ‘The Open Road’, named as one of Folk World’s ‘top ten trad albums’, received critical acclaim at home and abroad and has helped establish her as an internationally distinguished flautist.
Steph performs and tours regularly as part of the Alan Kelly Gang. Over the last number of years, she has had the opportunity to perform and teach at top festivals across the globe including: WOMADelaide (Australia), National Folk Festival (Australia), Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australia), Blue Mountains Music Festival (Australia), Celtic Connections (Scotland), Celtic Colors (Canada), Festival de Cornouaille(France), Festival des Traversées (France), Guinness Irish Festival (Switzerland), Festival of World Cultures(Ireland), Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), Ballyshannon Folk Festival (Ireland) and Cork Folk Festival (Ireland). Plus, a particular highlight was an invitation from legendary Irish rock band, Horslips to open for them including a performance at Dublin’s O2.
Steph has also toured and guested with critically acclaimed artists such as the grammy award winning Chieftains, Eddi Reader, Johnny ‘Ringo” McDonogh, Michael Rooney, Liadan, and has joined forces with prestigious theatre companies from Edinburgh to Galway to the US including Galway’s An Taibhearc and the New York based, award winning & avant-garde, Mabou Mines, in their production of Peter and Wendy, on the original score composed by the late Scottish fiddle player, Johnny Cunningham.
Though being a long-time Irish resident, Steph hails originally from New York where she first began playing traditional music. She left the States in her late teens and began traveling the world over engrossing herself in different traditions of music learning first hand from local experts. She studied ‘World Music’ in America and worked with people such as the legendary experimental jazz hero, Anthony Braxton. She traveled to India and lived there for several months to study the Bonsuri (North Indian Flute) under PT Ginde, disciple of the legendary Panal al Gosh. Steph also lived in Italy in her youth and was greatly influenced by the salsa, jazz and folk scene there. When she was sixteen, she performed as a featured soloist with various young orchestras in America. She then moved to County Sligo and immersed herself in the Sligo/Roscommon style of flute playing. She was taken under the wing of several of the noted players from that area and spent many years surrounded by great traditional stalwarts, such as Peter Horan, with whom she played with regularly for several years. She holds a Masters Degree in Traditional Irish Music Performance, which she completed at the University of Limerick and is now based in Galway where she teaches and performs on a regular basis as well as continuing to tour internationally.
“Steph Geremia… betrays more than a trace of the accent of her adoptive home place. Her sprightly, breathy style pays homage to the great Peter Horan and that buoyant Sligo flute style to which she has been inexorably drawn.” The Irish Times
“an unexpected treasure…an outstanding recording” Irish Music Magazine
“the first voice on the album belongs to Steph Geremia, proving as nuanced and talented a singer as she is a flautist…one of the album’s highlights” Bright Young Folk (UK)