2015 Music Schedule
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2015 Confirmed Celtic Music Bands
Albannach is Scots-Gaelic for "Scottish" or "Scotsman". That's exactly what we are. Albannach are all born and bred in Scotland and our purpose in life is to share our intriguing culture, history and heritage with you by means of our music.
Albannach is not just another Scottish 'Pipes & Drums' band, indeed we bring a new and exciting form of music to your living room. A championship winning piper, an extremely talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhran musician bring you a brand new approach to percussion and Celtic music. Our style of music is exciting, energetic and enchanting and we promise to leave you begging for more.
The Dublin City Ramblers
"Ireland's No.1 Ballad & Folk Group Of The Year"
by The Irish Country Music Association
The Dublin City Ramblers have thrilled audiences worldwide with their unique blend of Ballads, Folk, Humour, Wit and foot-tapping music. Their impressive career has spanned more than 35 years, with over 30 albums, top ten hits, several awards for best Ballad/Folk Group and, to top it all off, 8 Gold Albums. It is certainly no wonder that they are classed as Ireland's Number One Group!
They have performed at most Major Festivals worldwide, including headlining The Milwaukee Irish Festival, The Cleveland Irish Festival, Hollywood Irish Fest, Florida, Miami Irish Fest, Ft Lauderdale and most USA, Canadian & other festivals throughout the Globe!
Their music has also taken them all over Europe to rapturous receptions. They have performed at every major venue in Ireland and abroad, including Dublin's National Stadium, National Concert Hall, Cork's Opera House, England's Royal Albert Hall, New York's Carnegie Hall and many more.
They have been honoured on several occasions by being given the Keys to the cities of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, Hollywood, Florida and Moorehead, Kentucky.
Rathkeltair blends compelling and catchy original songs with tight, driving, straight-ahead rock-n-roll, while never forgetting its Celtic roots.
Based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Rathkeltair has been on the road full-time since 2003. Highly regarded for its extraordinary energy, showmanship and professionalism, Rathkeltair enjoys a loyal and rapidly expanding community of friends and fans.
Rathkeltair features three veteran road-warriors from England, Northern Ireland and America. Noted singer-songwriter/guitarist Trevor Tanner, former front man for The Bolshoi, a mainstay of the UK club scene at the height of the MTV era and the subject of a rabid international underground cult following, writes most of the band's original material. Drummer Nick Watson (formerly of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) and bagpiper/multi-instrumentalist Neil Anderson are two of the original members of Clan Na Gael (7 Nations), the NYC-based band that kicked off the "kilt rock" phenomenon in the US in the mid-90's and inspired many of the groups working in that genre today.
Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing. Having recorded seven albums to date and composing all their own songs and fiddle tunes have made them the accomplished performers that they are today.
A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the live show. Erin and Colleen are currently composing songs for their eighth album which will include instrumental and vocal songs. The sisters are proud of their musical careers so far and work very hard at all aspects of their career to continue with their success.
“The most satisfying part of performing live is seeing our fans singing along to songs that we’ve written and requesting fiddle tunes that we wrote.” Erin says, “There’s nothing better than seeing the audience emotionally involved in your live show.”
Whiskey of the Damned
The Milwaukee-based quintet Whiskey of the Damned specializes in an intoxicating brand of music that’s high in energy and deep in emotion.
Formed by Dublin-born, Wisconsin-raised singer-guitarist-songwriter Eoin McCarthy, Whiskey of the Damned has been a live-performance favorite in pubs and halls throughout the East, South and Midwest, thanks to an incessant touring schedule and invariably good word-of-mouth.
McCarthy first performed in public at age six. As a 15-year-old punk rocker accompanying his musician- comedian father to a pub session in Dublin, he received guitar-playing tips from “a guy” who turned out to be Van Morrison. McCarthy’s avocation led him through various bands until, in Milwaukee, he met up with violinist Gina Romantini, bassist Matt Schuetz, accordionist Brian Link, and drummer Andrew Weber. Individually and collectively, the five musicians have shared the stage with the likes of the Wallflowers, Doobies Brothers, Fountains of Wayne and even the aforementioned Van Morrison, but it’s on their own that they’re making their mark among a growing, firmly committed following.
Poor Angus is a Hamilton, Ontario based award-winning, progressive Celtic band featuring Highland and Uilleann bagpipes, fiddle, acoustic guitar, Irish whistles, bodhran, mandolin, bass guitar and powerful four-part vocal harmony. Scottish, Irish and East Coast original and traditional pieces are arranged in a dynamic sampling of Celtic styles. Poor Angus has an accomplished, contemporary indie sound and finished Top 4 out of 3000 contestants in the 2013 CBC Searchlight competition. Formed in 2005, this collection of musicians performs their exciting and entertaining music in a manner which appeals to both traditional purists and modern audiences of all ages.
Makem & Spain
Not in the past 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and five male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound. Makem and Spain are at their best onstage where their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans who have never experienced the joy of folk music.
The band of brothers who were once considered the new kids on the block, have honed their craft over two decades of international performances and are now one of the truly stalwart, road-tested Irish vocal groups available. They have played before millions of people from Canada to Texas, from California to the Caribbean and over to Ireland, highlighting national PBS specials and popular Irish talk shows along the way.