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SKERRYVORE

Posted on 12/12/21

Twice winners of Scotland’s Traditional Music ‘Live Act of the Year’ Award (2016 & 2011), SKERRYVORE create a unique fusion of folk, trad, rock and pop that represents all the different personalities and upbringing of the band members who each hail from different regions of Scotland.

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Take two brothers, Daniel (Accordion) and Martin Gillespie (pipes, whistles and accordion), steeped in the Scottish west coast ceilidh tradition on the Isle of Tiree, and add in friends Fraser West (drums) and Alec Dalglish (guitar and vocals), with a background in brass bands, wind bands, jazz bands, and with blues, folk and country influences, and you have the 2005, embryonic Skerryvore.

Fast forward 15 years, add Craig Espie (fiddle) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass), bring in your album producer Alan Scobie on Keyboards and mix in the Glasgow music scene – from University Applied Music courses and Traditional Music courses at the Royal Conservatoire to sell out gigs at O2 ABC – and you have a band that has already won Scottish Traditional music’s ‘Live Act of the Year’ in 2011 – they were to win it again in 2016 – and who, rightly, celebrated their decade by launching their own 6000 capacity festival.

By the time the 2019 version of that festival – now christened ‘Oban Live‘ – comes around, that evolutionary development will have added BBC young traditional musician of the year finalist Scott Wood (pipes and whistles), produced ‘EVO,’ their latest album, and the curtain will have fallen on their EVO world tour which took their high energy, musically expansive set not just throughout UK and Europe, but also to USA, Canada and Australia.

Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish folk-pop music, with a growing fanbase worldwide (3.3 Million streams to-date) and and with the promise of much more to come.

Seven-piece electro/acoustic band featuring Daniel Gillespie (accordion), Scott Wood (bagpipes, whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass).


BLACKEYED DEMPSEY

BLACKEYED DEMPSEYS

Posted on 12/12/21

Name your band after one of the greatest fighters in Irish history and you’d better be prepared to crank out some musical fisticuffs and all bets are off showdowns.

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That’s exactly what BlackEyed Dempseys do and why they are fast becoming a favorite in the Northern California music scene. Now they are bringing their punk-Irish-vision to ever increasing audiences.

BlackEyed Dempseys blend traditional Celtic playing skills with rock 'n' roll hooks. Their sound has the familiarity to be instantly recognizable. When you hear them you know it is the Dempseys. They are engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Their live shows bring a raucous energy that cannot be denied. The Dempseys are proud to say that they have fans in America, Ireland, Australia and World Wide!

Stage presence, brilliant arrangements, traditional tunes and original compositions is what BlackEyed Dempseys deliver each time they take the stage. Their distinctive sound and command of their instruments combined with the band's enthusiasm and desire to connect with every member of the audience sets them apart.

The melodies of Mark Repking (banjo) and Keith Jukes (accordion); harmonies of Moe Crummet (guitar); the driving bass of Quinn Brentson and the rhythm of Josh Wagner’s drums meld with Jamie Hill’s bar hardened vocals and searing guitar to prompt a new look at Irish tradition.

Originally formed in 2008, BlackEyed Dempseys are one of the hottest, up and comers in California Celtic rock. Working class musicians from Northern California have come together to create and perform a brand new version of hard-edged, politically tinged songs of freedom and love to the alternative Celtic-rock music scene.

BlackEyed Dempsey’s connection with their audience is a palpable thing. They bridge the gap from traditional arrangements to Dempsey original songs with a take on Irish and Celtic music that is current and insightful. They bring their varied and powerful styles to the forefront of the current Irish-inspired music boon.


WICKED TINKERS

WICKED TINKERS

Posted on 3/17/21

Prepare yourself for a wild ride with WICKED TINKERS! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995.

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With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds.

Don't think this is dry, dusty music for museum shelves – WICKED TINKERS merge the best of modern, almost rock-and-roll energy with the hypnotic, insistent grooves of their Gaelic ancestors. Rare is the bystander who comes away without feeling a surprising, sometimes bewildering connection to long-forgotten primal emotions ... half-memories of ages past and experiences nameless yet somehow familiar. WICKED TINKERS creates music to set your jaw, put a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye and a dance in your feet.


THE FIRE

THE FIRE

Posted on 3/17/21

The Fire is a high energy traditional music band that combines world class performances of blazing Scottish music with a distinctly Californian flare.

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The group includes International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, dynamic bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist David Brewer, and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate Adam Hendey on guitar, bouzouki, and harmonium. All three band members have lived and studied in Scotland, and work together to further contribute to the traditions of Scottish music in America through performances and tours, as well as workshops funded by agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts.

Together, The Fire performs captivating, contemporary Celtic music which bridges the gap between the coasts of California and the highlands of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.


THEBLACK IRISH BAND

THE BLACK IRISH BAND

Posted on 3/17/21

When you take Irish, Scottish, Spanish, and Italian Music, and mix it up, you get the true nature of the Black Irish Band.

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For thirty years this band has created an original sound that no other band has. With over 1000 concert performances to date and airplay around the world, the band has kept very busy spreading their brand of progressive folk music to a large audience. Performing both traditional and original music the band is very focused on presenting acoustic music in a very exciting up-beat way that appeals to all ages. 

The band has written and recorded 96 original songs that appear on many of the bands twenty-one CD recordings. Many of the original works written by the band are based on Celtic history. Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, the four member Black Irish Band of twenty years, have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. They excel at Irish & Scottish, Italian, and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional western ballads. The bands musical style captures the spirit of the immigrants of this land, the men and women who tamed the Wild West.


GOLDEN BOUGH

GOLDEN BOUGH

Posted on 3/17/21

Golden Bough marked their 40 year anniversary in 2020. Paul Espinoza, Margie Butler and Kathy Sierra blend their voices in pristine harmony, while backing themselves on an array of rare and more common acoustic instruments, including: Celtic harp, penny-whistle, violin, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, guitar, viola, harmonica, recorder and bodhran.

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Since their inception, Golden Bough has become a popular and in demand group on both sides of the Atlantic, gaining critical acclaim and enthusiastic support from folk fans wherever they perform. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional folk music, and captivates listeners with the uniqueness of their original compositions.

Golden Bough has spent over 3 decades researching and performing not only the better known music of Ireland & Scotland, but also the music of the lesser known Celtic lands of Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Galicia (in Spain). Although their sound is rooted in the music of these Celtic nations, they have expanded upon these ethnic styles to create a sound that is unique in traditional music. This music has a wide and diverse variety of emotions and rhythms; from haunting ballads, mythological tales and beautiful airs, to lively sing-along and toe-tapping jigs and reels.


BROTHER - Angus and Aka

Stout Rebellion

Posted on 1/11/22

TBAanother world.

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BROTHER - Angus and Aka

BLAME THE WHISKEY

Posted on 1/11/22

Emerging from recent hibeBlame The Whiskey is an Americana band from New England. The group was founded in April 2017 by Rebecca Carter Burke and David Alex-Barton. David was the lead singer and guitarist in the popular Boston 80’s punk rock band The Outlets. Rebecca is an independent artist and former cast member in the musical “Texas”. They were initially looking to create an acoustic country duo but as their plans took off, so did the band. Blame The Whiskey has grown to a full 4 to 7 piece Americana/Country Band that also offers a Blame The Whiskey Acoustic Duo for smaller events.

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Blame The Whiskey’s sound is big and unique. They are very well received, by local audiences, for their distinctive style and energy. Blame The Whiskey performs covers of Country/Americana songs as well as several original songs which have been featured on Boston's 101.7 The Bull and 92.5 The River.rnation, founding Brother Angus is reimagining the BROTHER sound with his Alaskan mate Alec “Aka” Dickinson. Hypnotic tribal rhythms emanate from Angus’ loop station, interwoven with guitar and his signature bagpipes. Over it all, Angus' soaring vocals transport audiences to another world.
Says Angus: “Aka and I have been raising our kids together here in the southern Oregon mountains. That experience and the sensibilities of our native countries – both huge, exciting frontier lands – inspire our music making in a unique and profound way. We're excited to see where this journey leads us.”

Current core band members include:
Lead Singer, Rebecca Carter Burke
Guitar, John Chebator
Bass/Vocals, Stephen Gilligan
Drums, Dave Hoitt
Guitar(s)/Piano/Vocals, Dave Lieb
Guitar/Vocals, Alex Sennett


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The Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes & Drums

Posted on 12/12/21

The Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes & Drums was formed as a main offshoot of the founding of the Piping Society of Central California in 1990 as a non-profit organization with the following purpose: "To preserve and promote the great highland bagpipe, excellence in piping and drumming, and the love of Scottish music."

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Now in its 31th year, the band has already accomplished many of its goals. The band teaches piping and drumming for free to anyone who has a genuine interest and willingness to work hard to learn. The band has also sent numerous pipers, drummers and dancers to summer schools and camps when possible. Over the years, the band has played at innumerable parades, dinners, parties, funerals, weddings, ceilidhs [parties], holiday events, highland games and festivals from San Luis Obispo to Mammoth Lakes and San Diego to Sacramento.


EMERALD PIPE AND DRUM BAND

EMERALD SOCIETY PIPE AND DRUM BAND

Posted on 3/17/21

Located in Ripon CA The Emerald Society Bagpipe Band features bagpipes and drums since 2005.

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It is the premier pipe band in the Central Valley of CA. It has performed throughout CA including: Modesto, Stockton, Fresno, Angels Camp, Murphys, Sacramento, Sonora, Bakersfield, Oakdale, Ripon and other cities in Southern CA. The band performs sets in both Irish and Scottish music. The band can perform a variety of events including: weddings, parades, cultural events, funerals and private parties. The band can provide solo pipers, a few or a full band with or without drums. We offer free instruction to those who would like to learn to play the bagpipes or drums. Our band is a family oriented group with members ranging from 7 to 70 years of age.