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The Bow Tides is an all female-fronted Traditional Irish Folk band featuring three fiddlers, Ellery Klein, Jessie Burns and champion Irish dancer Katie Grennan.

Formed during the pandemic, these dynamic women, from three different states were commissioned to produce on-line concerts for Spanish Peaks Irish Festival and Pittsburgh Irish Festival.  Garnering rave reviews, and just one year later, they hit the main stage at Pittsburgh Irish Festival, debuting their unique collaboration of stunning original compositions rich harmonies and driving traditional tunes, song and Irish dance arranged for three fiddles, guitar and double bass. Most recently, The Bow Tides performed for the nationally broadcast St Brigid’s Day Concert presented by the Association of Irish and Celtic Festivals in February of 2022. 


The Bow Tides released a series of singles in 2021 which have seen airplay on numerous Celtic radio programs and are available on Bandcamp. The trio kicked off 2022 by producing their second international virtual music school, Fiddle Frenzy alongside founding Solas fiddler Winifred Horan which featured other female powerhouse fiddlers from the Celtic genre including Liz Carroll, Catriona Macdonald and Brid Harper.

The Bow Tides dedication to their art-form, the community they build through music, and the uplifting connectivity they exude whilst performing together is a joy to behold.

Jessie Burns

Jessie Burns grew up in England in a large and musical family, surrounded with Irish Culture and music through her Dad’s side of the family. She has been playing multiple instruments, including the violin since the age of 7. Jessie has recorded with many musicians including Gregory Allan Isakov, The Mollie O’Brien Band and The Bow Tides to name a few. She is best known for the six years she spent touring internationally with Irish-American Super-group, Gaelic Storm with whom she recorded three #1 Billboard World Music hit albums.

Jessie runs a busy music school, teaching violin/fiddle and piano and also teaches at camps and workshops nationwide such as Montana Fiddle Camp, Grand Targee Music Camp and Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival. Jessie also co-produces the annual international fiddle school “Fiddle Frenzy” with her colleagues from The Bow Tides.

She can be heard performing with The Bonnie Paine Band, Take Down the Door and with the nationally based female Celtic fiddling trio, The Bow Tides.  Jessie resides with her husband, bass player Eric Thorin, and their young daughters near Boulder, Colorado.

Katie Grennan

Katie Grennan’s traditional fiddle playing carries the articulation of a gifted classical musician tempered by the soul of a champion Irish dancer. Her wide ranging experience as an international touring performer in both live stage productions and television have given her a unique platform as an ambassador for the music of her heart. 

Born and raised in Wexford, PA though residing in the Chicagoland area for over a decade, Katie is the current fiddler in the popular celtic-fusion band Gaelic Storm, has recorded a number of solo albums, and is the founding member of number of cutting edge musical projects, including The Bow Tides & Chicago-based STEAM Quartet

As a highly sought-after instructor of both traditional music and dance, she works with fiddlers of all ages and levels both in-person and virtually and is a lead instructor at the Trinity Academy of Irish Dance based in Chicago. Katie plays for Irish step dance competitions (Feiseanna) and championships around the country, and her music tailored especially for Irish dancers can be found on the Feis App.

Ellery Klein

Ellery Klein fiddles with an authentic and driving style forged, from decades in Boston, MA. She lived for several years in Ireland, and earned an MA in Traditional Irish Music from the University of Limerick in 2001. 

Ellery toured nationally with Gaelic Storm from 2003-2007. She currently performs with Portland, ME-Boston Irish music trio Fodhla. Ellery is passionate about conservation and nature, and along with Laurel Martin has created a program of Irish tunes focused on birds-and-agriculturally-themed tunes called “Stop and Listen: Irish Music’s Invitation to Observe.” 

Ellery loves to “give back” and currently teaches fiddle to a large studio of youth fiddlers in Medford and Belmont, MA, as well as online lessons and workshops. She taught fiddle for several years at the Boston Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann branch, has been a well-received and repeat instructor at Fiddle Hell, and in 2021 joined Katie, Jessie and Winifred Horan to launch the online winter fiddle and conversation weekend, Fiddle Frenzy.