The Hatfield Sisters, as a musical group, was formed inadvertently by sisters, Anne and Mary Hatfield, after many years of playing together at home.
Although classically trained, the Sisters musical repertoire thrives on a fusion of Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton Fiddle music. Steeped in tradition, these Celtic fiddle styles retain their musical relevance with the Sisters subtle variations and fresh arrangements.
The Hatfield Sisters musical escapades have taken around the world with both girls having the opportunity to tour with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance. The girls combine have traveled and performed in 3 continents, 48 of the United States and in over 30 countries.
They have had the opportunity to share the stage at numerous venues including Milwaukee Irish Fest, Chicago Celtic Fest, Chicago Cultural Center, Northern Illinois, The Rialto Square Theatre, Chicago's Navy Pier, and Manhattan Irish Fest.
Their combination of high-energy step-dance and fiddling creates a contagious exuberance, infecting audiences with irrepressible clapping and toe-tapping.
Dr. Mary Hatfield
Mary, the younger of the two sisters, toured with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance after her MA studies at the Queen’s University in Belfast. She recently received her PhD in Irish History from Trinity College Dublin and is currently the Government of Ireland Senior Scholar at Oxford University. She is the recipient of numerous music awards and enjoys all the lovely people she has met and played with over the years.
Growing up in a musical household, Anne was exposed to a diverse assortment of musical genres at an early age. At the age of eight she began playing the violin in Chicago and expressed an interest in performance. The violin allowed Anne to branch out into a variety of musical styles including Classical, Bluegrass, Celtic, and Folk music. For five years, she performed as a fiddler with Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance, performing across three continents, 48 states, and in over fifteen countries with the highly acclaimed show. She was also part of Mr. Flatley’s production Feet of Flames. As director and founder of the Hatfield Performing Arts Academy, Anne enjoys sharing her love and passion for music.