After 15 years of performing together and recording on each other’s solo CDs, Portland, ME based flute player Nicole Rabata and Boston based fiddler Ellery Klein decided a group together was long overdue. With the addition of Bethany Waickman on guitar, the trio found a sound rooted in the traditional Irish music Ellery and Nicole honed during years abroad in the Irish cities of Cork, Limerick, and Ennis ... as well as the depths of Nicole’s virtuosic classical music career, Ellery’s Americana sounds and Bethany’s soft-spoken, yet driving, guitar playing. Fódhla have been well received at festivals such as Portland’s Saltwater Fest, the Maine Celtic Celebration and Boston’s BCMFest. Their debut recording “Notes from Mill Pond” was released in December 2015 to a sold-out show at Acoustic Artisans in Portland, ME.

Fódhla (pronounced “Foe-lah”) Bios

Irish fiddler Ellery Klein brings a style steeped in traditional Irish sounds and seasoned with American fiddle styles. She toured with Billboard-charting Irish music group Gaelic Storm from 2003-2007 and was a founding member of Irish all-female ensemble Long Time Courting. In 2015, she was invited to be a featured soloist with Duluth, MN’s Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, performing Nickitas Demos’ Double Concerto for Celtic and Bluegrass Fiddler. She holds an MA in Traditional Irish Music from the University of Limerick.

Irish flutist Nicole Rabata is highly regarded both in and out of traditional music fields. She has toured America and Europe. In 2014, she spent two months in India where she performed and taught music at the Gandhi Ashram School in the Himalayas. She spent four years in the west of Ireland where she immersed herself in the music and was influenced by the playing of many great musicians. Her playing is featured on the feature film 'The Heavenly Angle' along with Natalie MacMaster. She is on the faculty at Colby College and 317 Main St. Community Music Center in Maine.

Guitarist Bethany Waickman grew up in musical family in upstate, NY and started playing the piano at an early age. One of her earliest experiences with traditional music was attending Meadowlark music camp with her family. It was there that she was inspired to take up the guitar.  Bethany formed the contra dance trio, Anadama, with Amelia Mason and Emily Troll while working at Pinewoods in 2007, and they have gone on to delight dancers throughout the northeast.  Bethany started performing with The Lissa Schneckenburger Band in Dec. of 2008, and can be seen with Lissa on tours throughout the US, Canada and Europe.


Fódhla - Irish music from Portland and Boston

Fódhla is:

Nicole Rabata - flute

Ellery Klein - fiddle

Bethany Waickman - guitar