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. 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.
(Wicked Tinkers's WebSite)
Celebrating 23 years of Celtic Rock!
Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned
hybrid of high-energy folk rock fusing
Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world
music elements. The last 23 years
have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen
critically acclaimed CDs and play more
than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled
its musicianship and creativity to rise
with each new member-something highlighted by the group's current
LIEF SORBYE - lead vocals, mandoguitar, double neck mandolins
ADOLFO LAZO - drums
MICHAEL MULLEN - fiddle
GREGORY JONES - guitar
BRIAN FOX - bass
Black Irish Band
Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America,
the five member Black Irish Band of twenty-three years and
twenty-three albums, 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 Celtic immigrants of this land, the men and women who
tamed the Wild West and forged a new land.
The band has sold over 130,000 albums independently to date, and
their music has been featured on College Radio Stations, National
Public Radio, and on Satellite Radio Programming. Their recent
original song, "Grizzly of Old California", which features the vocals of
Michael Martin Murphey, has been broadcasted on stations
throughout the world. The band also boasts sixty-five music videos on
(Black Irish Band's WebSite)
Black Eyed Dempseys
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.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
Ireland and America and BlackEyed Dempseys have the support of
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.
The All Hallows Fantasy Faire writes: BlackEyed Dempseys ~ a hair-raising
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Celtica Pipes Rock
With their unique sound of blazing bagpipes, mighty drums and the power of a rock band, CELTICA takes by
storm all audiences from Highland Games and town festivals, to bankers and punk rockers. In addition to
their high-energy music and fire juggling, flamethrowers on their instruments guarantee an exciting show: an
event that‘s sure to please all the senses! ( Celtica's WebSite)
the 27 Annual
Sonora Celtic Faire
March 8th, 9th & 10th 2013
Born in Delaware and raised in Maryland, Scott Williams took up the
hammered dulcimer in college after a spontaneous purchase of one at the
Maryland Renaissance Festival. A few months later, he was playing
Christmas carols for the family church Christmas Eve service.
With Celtic, colonial, medieval, rock, and Renaissance influences, Scott has
developed a repertoire of songs on the hammered dulcimer which he now
performs at Downtown Disney, Scottish and Celtic festivals, street fairs, and
shopping malls throughout Orange County, Central and Northern California,
Las Vegas, and San Diego.
As a multi-instrumentalist, Scott plays and records the majority of what he
calls his "backing tracks." These tracks are studio mixes of guitars, cello,
bass, drums, mountain dulcimer, mandolins, and synthesizers to create the
foundation of his music. As you listen, everything but the Celtic harp is
performed and arranged by Scott to accompany his live hammered dulcimer.
Scott has four studio albums, The Burning of the Piper's Hut (American folk /
colonial), The Road to Lisdoonvarna (Celtic), Home for the Holidays
(Christmas), and Tristan of the Western Sea (massage / yoga / meditation).
Since the hammered dulcimer is such an unusual instrument, people are very
drawn to it. Children, especially, find it mesmerizing. "It's perhaps the best
part of this adventure," Scott says, "…watching the expressions on children's
faces, talking to them, and the best is letting them play the dulcimer. There
are always several that leave an impact on me whenever I play. It's very
heartfelt and magical."
(Hammer Hands Music WebSite)
(Scott Williams WebSite)
Hammer Hands Music
Lion Harp Music
Since 1994, Aryeh has been delighting audiences around the globe with
his passionate, enduring and evocative music. His uncommon approach
to the Celtic harp and folk harp repertoire, his multi-instrumentalist
abilities and his numerous critically and commercially successful albums
have earned him credit as a musician, recording and performance artist
of extraordinary talents and abilities.
Aryeh Frankfurter currently pursues a career as a full time free lance
musician, performance and recording artist based in San Francisco/Bay
Area region of California. His notable performances include anywhere
from playing in an intimate setting for Prince Charles and Lady Camilla
Bowles Parker to extremely large audiences of 3400 in the outdoor
ampitheatre Dalhalla in Rattvik, Sweden, to Sweden's oldest and largest
music festival, Musik Vid Siljan, to Harpcons 2000, 2005 and Festival
of Harps 2003, 2005 and 2006. His music has been featured on the
internationally syndicated music program Echoes (PRI) as well as
countless other radio stations throughout the world.
(Lion Harp Music WebSite)
Sequoia is a musical trio of friends who have been playing for
special events and weddings in Tuolumne and Calaveras
Counties for the past sixteen years. They specialize in Celtic
and American music, ranging through sweet airs and ballads,
jigs and reels, and humorous vocals. Playing a variety of
instruments, focusing on hammered dulcimer, guitar, and bass;
They also include mandolin, octave mandolin, and flute in Their
Sequoia is Norm and Pam Ivie, and Chris Miller.
Rooted in the traditional Celtic music of the seven Celtic nations
(Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany
and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and
in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic.
Since their formation in 1980, this trio of modern day minstrels has
traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to
enthusiastic folk fans the world over. Backing themselves on an array of
acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin,
accordion, violin, penny-whistle and bodhran, they blend their voices in
the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark..
To date they have released over 30 recordings. In the recording studio,
as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of
( Golden Bough's Website)
Check out our Awsome Line up! 11Bands!
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Acclaimed traditional musicians Colleen Raney, Stuart Mason, and John
Weed are teaming up to become one of the most exciting new groups on
the West Coast. Meet Story Road.
Among the best Celtic singers of her generation, Colleen Raney is inspired
by the Irish and Scottish songs and tunes that she grew up with in the rich
Irish community in Seattle, Washington. Through her gorgeous voice and
deft arrangements, Colleen manages to credit her background and stake
claim as a serious presence in contemporary Celtic music.
“Singing with a deep love for the tradition, and for the dark poetry of
Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from the old ballads and
renewing our love for Celtic music.” –Devon Leger, Hearth Music.
John and Stuart are members of Molly’s Revenge, a dynamic, acoustic
Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. Molly’s
Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing
arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Australia, Scotland, and
China. They have appeared on stage with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, Aaron
Jones, and other top Celtic artists.
(Story Road's WebSite)
Oakland, California-based Celtic rock band AVALON RISING is known for its
unique sound -- a blend of original rock, Celtic, and Medieval music. Their rich
acoustic/electric sound features brilliant male and female vocals over intricate
instrumental arrangements, supported by a vibrant rhythmic background. Their
line-up includes electric and acoustic guitars, electric violin, Celtic harp, flute, bass,
mandocello, drums, and vocals.
With a repertoire that includes both original and traditional songs and ranges in feel
from driving Celtic tunes to haunting harp-based ballads, Avalon Rising will enchant
and excite you. Their music has been compared to Tempest, Loreena McKennitt,
and Dead Can Dance with touches of Jethro Tull and the Grateful Dead.
Avalon Rising has been performing in the Bay Area and the Pacific Northwest for
over fifteen years at clubs, festivals, pubs, benefits, and conventions. Festival
performances include the Euro-American Festival in Jinan, China, the Livermore
Scottish Games, the Modesto Scottish Games, the Sonoma County Fair, the
Harmony Festival, the High Sierra Music Festival, and many more.
They headlined at the Oscar Party for THE LORD OF THE RINGS: The Return of
the King. Their music has been used in a Boston Globe commercial, and can be
heard in several movies, including Cost of a Soul, Valley of Fear, and Far From the
(Avalon Rising's WebSite)