Cathy has performed with her musical husband, Bill Palmer, and with  Maggie Sansone at the Maryland Renaissance Festival every year since  1986. As Cathy's and Bill's daughters became old enough to also perform  musically and also became accomplished Irish step dancers they became a  musical family at the festival. The Palmer family, Cathy, Bill, Christa,  and Abigail have also been regulars at the Southern Maryland Celtic  Festival.

    These are other groups that Cathy plays in or has been a member of:

~ Whirligig! (present) playing Renaissance and Medieval music as they dance.

~ The Revelers (1986-present) music for peasant dances and the maypole at the Maryland Renaissance Festival

~  MoonFire (May, 1996-May, 2005) performed Celtic music with Elise Kress,  Jody Marshall and Mary Fitzgerald/Ellen James for concerts, Celtic  festivals, weddings, and other special occasions. Performed at the  Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, BlackRock Center for the Arts,  Strathmore, Longwood Gardens, Godfrey Daniel's, The House of Musical  Traditions Concert Series, and numerous other venues.

~ Irish  Shenanigan's (Sept.1997-May,1999) With Christa Palmer, Abigail Palmer,  Karen Ashbrook, and Connie McKenna, Irish Shenanigan's performed Irish  traditional music and dance for schools.

~ Connemara  (March,1990-June,1996) With Grace Griffith, Tracie Brown/Mary  Fitzgerald, Connemara performed Celtic music for concerts. festivals,  weddings, and special occasions. They performed at The Birchmere,  Strathmore, the Washington Folk Festival, and many other venues.

~  MacTalla (April, 1990-July, 1992) Cathy played the musical  accompaniment for the Gaelic choir. They performed at Celtic festivals  and in the Gaelic mod in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where they tied for  first place. Cathy later was a guest accompanist in 2005 when  MacTalla performed in the Gaelic mod in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides  of Scotland.

~ Lark in the Morning (Nov.1988-Aug. 1991) performed  Irish, Scottish, English, and American traditional music and early  music at festivals, Medieval feasts, contra dances, and English country  dances.

~ Southwind (Oct.1986-Nov.1988) performed at Celtic festivals and special occassions.