Castle Crossing is a 4-piece band that performs an eclectic mix of Celtic and Americana songs and originals on vocals, guitar, bass, fiddle and bodhran. Based in Charleston, SC, these four seasoned musicians weave a rich tapestry of sound grounded in traditional and modern roots music as well as their original songs.

Bios

Frank Ruopoli (bass)

Frank is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design.  He decided to turn his artistic talents toward the bass after a friend encouraged him to more deeply pursue his love of music. He was a co-founder of the band Vintage Velvet, where his restrained, tasteful style showed his natural affinity for the instrument. He uses his artistic talents by day as a graphic designer, and is also the band’s graphic designer and web master.

Ellie Jos (violin)

Ellie began playing violin at age 5.  Her studies began in Charleston, SC where she studied classically and was a member of Na Fidleiri. She has a masters degree in violin performance from University of Minnesota where she studied with Sally O’Reilly.  Her bachelor’s degree is from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied under Kevin Lawrence.  She performed in many master classes including a chamber music master class with David Finckel of the Emerson String Quartet.  She has been the concertmistress as well as section player for the opera orchestra and symphony orchestra at UNCSA.   She is trained in all three books of the Mark O’Connor Method as well as all ten books of the Suzuki Method, and loves to teach.

Jeff Castle (vocals, guitar)

Jeff is a native of Charleston, SC, who has been a working musician for 20+ years.  He studied Music Theory and Composition at the College of Charleston, and he performed in several bands including Struck by 9, Vintage Velvet and the Gin House Boys.  Jeff became absorbed in traditional Celtic music during years of research of his Scottish and Irish family history.  The homogeneous relationship between American folk and Celtic traditional led Jeff to form Castle Crossing with his former Vintage Velvet bandmates Regina and Frank Ruopoli and talented violinist Ellie Jos.

Regina Ruopoli (vocals, bodhran)

Regina Ruopoli (vocals, bodhran, percussion) grew up acting and singing many styles of music with her family and school groups. She earned a B.A. in Theatre from Marian University in Indianapolis, IN. Her former Charleston-based bands, Sunday Punch (folk rock) and Vintage Velvet (jazz & blues) were fixtures on the local music scene, and she was voted Best Female Vocalist by readers of Charleston City Paper in 1999. She was a founding member of the non-profit Jazz Artists of Charleston. She enjoys playing the Japanese Taiko drums with Taiko Charleston, and also works as a voiceover actor and a freelance writer.