The Good Set

Who is The Good Set?

The Good Set is a fine and lively traditional music trio that formed in early 2014. Heather, Jen, and Larre have been connecting through Irish and Scottish music around the southern U.S. since the 1990s. Years of performance experience in the U.S. and abroad, authentic knowledge of traditional music genres, and joy in sharing the music with diverse audiences help the group create a welcoming concert experience for all. Jen Hamel is the trio’s main singer and guitarist; Heather Gilmer plays fiddle and sings; and Larre Reeves plays concertina, flute, and mandolin.

In late 1994, Heather Gilmer stumbled across an Irish pub session in Massachusetts, and she has been hooked on Irish music ever since. Heather takes a very traditional approach to the music and plays an unusually wide variety of tunes. In addition to Irish fiddle music, she also plays and sings music from Brittany and France with the band Bourre Texane, plays early music (medieval through baroque) on violin, rebec, vielle, and crumhorn with the Istanpitta medieval ensemble and the Texas Early Music Project, and is a fine song accompanist and harmony singer. Heather has given Irish fiddle workshops and master classes and plays for Irish, Breton, contradance, and Renaissance dance demonstrations and workshops.

Jen Hamel began playing traditional Irish, Scottish, and Breton music in 1994 with the band Clandestine. With Clandestine, she toured extensively through the US and Canada from 1997 – 2002, and performed at venues including the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. In 2002, Jen left Clandestine to study biology. Since completing her PhD, Jen has rediscovered the tunes and songs she loves, and she is delighted to be performing again.

Larre Reeves specializes in tunes from the Slieve Aughty area of Southeast Galway and East Clare, and has learned from some of the best players of that region. Since 1994, Larre has been awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals for flute, whistle, concertina, and mandolin in All Ireland Championships at the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh Cheoils. Larre has been supported by the state of Florida to teach Irish flute as a master Folklife tutor, and teaches flute and whistle at workshops and academic institutions. Larre has performed at festivals and venues around the U.S. with The Blue Druids, Coyne and Reeves, and An Triúr.