The Sheepstealers are Joey Abarta on uilleann pipes and whistles, Brenda Castles on concertina and vocals and David McKindley-Ward on vocals and strings.

Joey Abarta has spent more than half his life traveling, teaching and performing music on the uilleann pipes. In 2014 Joey was the first American piper since 1969 to win 1st prize at An tOireachtas. In addition to performing solo, he performs with his wife, old-style step dancer Jaclyn O'Riley and has toured with Mick Moloney and The Green Fields of America. Joey has two recordings; Swimming Against the Falls, a solo recording put out in 2013 and Copley Street, a recording of duet music with Nathan Gourley and Owen Marshall backing. In 2018 Joey was invited by Na Píobairí Uilleann to represent piping in America by performing for the president of Ireland at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.

Brenda Castles comes from a rich tradition of music in Co. Meath. She has several All-Ireland Fleadh titles to her name both in solo and group competitions. In 2016 Brenda released her first solo album of traditional Irish music on concertina, 'Indeedin You Needn't Bother' to critical acclaim. ‘The Light Side of the Tune’ is her most recent album. She performs both as a solo artist and with the Green Fields of America. She has recently completed an artist residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and is fresh from a solo performance at Tradfest in Dublin.

David McKindley-Ward is a multi-instrumentalist from outside Washington DC who now lives in Baltimore. He has made a name for himself as one of the area's top traditional singers, and a much sought-after accompanist. He regularly performs with the area's finest traditional musicians, plays with Baltimore songwriter Letitia VanSant, and records as a session musician.

Together they fuse traditional Irish dance music with Irish and American folk songs using a variety of instrument combinations and interesting vocal harmonies.


Sunday October 2, 2022 | 7:00 PM | $20.00
Reservations: (626) 798-6236

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