"Each performer is like their own sparkling jewel on a gorgeous bracelet. They each bring such a unique and special talent to the group"
- Julie McDowell Bourke, Spafford Historical Society, Skaneateles, NY
Molly Pauken - Drums & Bass
Molly is a driving force as a performer and accomplished instrumentalist. As a world class musician, she is an active member of several local, national and internationally known groups. She plays a variety of instruments (string and percussion) and is adept at many styles and genres of music (Jazz, Folk, Rock, and Country to mention only a few). She is an instructor, full time musician, singer, songwriter, and recording artist working 52 weeks of the year. She is truly musically gifted and an integral part of each band of which she is a member.
Elizabeth Blickenstaff - Fiddle
Elizabeth has had a violin in her hand since the age of three. She took up fiddling at the age of 14, and never looked back. She enjoys stomping her feet and playing fast. She is the member of several bands; Ladies of Longford, Lone Raven, and Rathmullan. Elizabeth has recorded, sung, and played on stage with not only these bands but a host of others. She has performed on stage with several national and internationally known Irish artists as well. When she is not playing music, she enjoys spending time with her three beautiful daughters, and her wonderfully supportive husband, Ben.
Heather Doyle Fraser - Vocals & Djembe Drum
Heather cannot remember a time when she wasn't singing. Her vocal style is versatile –feeling equally comfortable and at home singing Celtic, Jazz, Folk or Rock. She has performed with many bands over the years, but truly loves Celtic music. As a co-founding member of the Ladies of Longford, she has always enjoyed expressing the complex emotions found in the stories of Celtic music - and you can hear it in her voice. Whether at a live show or on one of the Ladies of Longford CD's, you can feel her smile or her sorrow as she communicates the rich stories always present in the songs. In addition to her vocal expertise, Heather adds rhythm and exuberance to the Ladies of Longford sound as a percussionist for the group. She plays djembe and other percussion instruments, bringing an undeniable energy to each song and every show. Heather has performed both locally and nationally and has added her talents to nine CD projects over the past several years.
Stephanie Doyle - Vocals & Bass
Stephanie has spent the majority of her life surrounded by music. In addition to being a proud member of several bands, 2012 marks her 14th year teaching K-8 music at two local (Columbus, OH) elementary schools. She has sung her entire life with music professionals, recorded CD's, co-founded an all female Celtic band (Ladies of Longford/2001), and is a vital member (vocals/bass) of regional/local band Clear Blue Sunday. Her priorities lie with the Ladies of Longford band and she quotes, “The letters ‘LOL' have a much different meaning for me than to most people, and sharing music with these gifted women fills my soul the way laughter does to others. So, in a sense ‘LOL' also stands for ‘Lots of Love'! Even though only three of us are family members, I would claim all the members of the ‘Ladies' as sisters any day!” Her musicianship is an effort of the last decade. “Being surrounded by musicians as a child, I knew a little bit about playing, but I didn't take up any instruments until I was in my 20's. Starting with the piano at age 23, then the bass at age 26, I am a true example of it never being too late to start! Music has taken me places I never dreamed possible!"
Hilda Doyle - Guitar & Vocals
Band leader of the Ladies of the Longford, singer, songwriter, self-taught instrumentalist, a local icon in the Columbus acoustic scene, and a native of southern Ohio. The youngest of 4 siblings, she started singing, playing and performing at the early age of four. Defying any easy pigeonhole, her background is varied and fully encompasses a number of genres including Bluegrass, Celtic, Folk, Jazz and Country. She is a versatile and diverse musician, adept at guitar, banjo and mandolin. Hilda has 14 Albums/CD's to her credit and has been a guest artist on many other CD projects. She currently performs with the Ladies, as well as her very popular solo act.