WHEELING, W.Va. – Gallowglass, a traditional music ensemble that performs vocal and instrumental music of the Celtic nations, will present a concert at West Virginia Independence Hall (WVIH) in downtown Wheeling at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 6th. The performance is free and open to the public.

Band members include Michael Petersen on concertina, button-box and hammered dulcimer; Patrick Coughlan on bagpipes, guitar, pennywhistle and vocals; Diane Coughlan on bodhran (Irish drum) and lead vocalist; Francine Zajac, lead fiddler; Tom Bothe on pennywhistle and button accordion; Pat Plunkett on Irish whistle; Matthew Turner on fiddle; and Jacob Couglan on Irish tenor banjo.

Faire May and Friends,” will open for Gallowglass beginning at 6 p.m. Comprised of four talented friends who will come together to showcase the richness of Celtic culture through music. These friends include Jariel Henthorn, Zac Gordon, Max McGovern and Jacob Coughlan. They will be using banjo, fiddle, bass, whistles, guitar and harmony to delight you with exciting tunes and beautiful songs.

Gallowglass has performed in many area venues over the years, including the annual Wheeling Celtic Celebration, the Fort Henry Days Living History events, Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center, Hannah’s Town and Penn’s Colony (18th-century period events in Pennsylvania), as well as various other parties and functions. The band has recorded three CD’s, Single Malt Sessions in 2004, Tripping Up the Stairs in 2005 and Celtic Noel in 2006.

For more information about WVIH and the Celtic concert, contact Debbie Jones, site manager, at (304) 238-1300 or

West Virginia Independence Hall has been on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) since 1970. It was originally built as a federal custom house in 1859, served as the home of the pro-Union state conventions of Virginia during the spring and summer of 1861 and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June 1863. It also was the site of the first constitutional convention for West Virginia.

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988, the museum is maintained and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with the cooperation and assistance of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, except major holidays. The museum is located on the corner of 16th and Market Streets in Wheeling.