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 24 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 musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.
Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. A native of the Easterly Bay Area, newcomer Vince Lucchesi is a talented, young electric bassist with one foot in the here and now of progressive rock and another in the mystical world of traditional ethnic music. Born in Colorado and brought up in small town Missouri, Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitar greats! His fiery licks and hard-rocking approach to the instrument, combined with his experience and understanding of Celtic music is a fast favorite with fans, new and old alike! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band's sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.
(Tempest WebSite)

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 You-Tube
(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 Guinness/Diageo USA.
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 performance!

Celtica Pipes Rock
Explosive Show

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 29th Annual
Sonora Celtic Faire
March 6th, 7th & 8th 2015

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
Scott Williams
Golden Bough
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 traditional music.
( Golden Bough's Website)

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Stand Easy is a Celtic Rock band led by John McLean Allan, an award-winning bagpiper, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. John has appeared playing bagpipes in numerous feature films and television shows, including the Oscar-winning Best Picture, Million Dollar Baby, Austin Powers 2, West Wing, and Primary Colors, among many others.

Stand Easy also features Jeff Cullen on Highland pipes, whistles and vocals, Ken Lasaine on guitar, Paul Trutner on bass, and Fabio Poian on drums.

Stand Easy came together to share in John's vision of creating a landmark fusion of commercial songwriting, Celtic music, and rock & roll. A powerful crowd-pleasing band, Stand Easy performs original songs, traditional songs and bagpipe/rock instrumentals. They have performed at many prestigious festivals and innumerable nightclubs and pubs across the West Coast of the United States.

John McLean Allan has performed with the Chieftains, Korn, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and The Tonight Show Band.
Allan's original songs are in the modern rock style but incorporate bagpipe jigs and reels from the traditional Celtic style.
If you're excited about what Celtic music and bagpipes sound like in the world of rock & roll, then prepare for a brand new listening experience...Stand Easy!


Banshee In The Kitchen plays Celtic music with eclectic skill and merry abandon. Touring and recording since 2002, this group has delighted audiences in festivals, theaters, living rooms, and countless other venues from New York to Los Angeles, and as far as Japan. They take traditional Celtic tunes, find the sweet spot between old and new, stirring it all up with trademark playfulness and musicality they term “banshee-fying”...
Banshee In The Kitchen
Initially established in 2004 as a fun and creative outlet, these Bakersfield natives have evolved and matured from their 2007 CD, Uprising. Since the release of their second CD, Long Road Home in 2010, the band has garnered well-deserved attention. With influences and sounds comparable to Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, 1916 is steadily carving their niche on the American music scene. Touring predominately in California, Nevada, and Washinton they play Scottish Gatherings and Games, Irish Festivals, parties and pubs.
(1916's Website)
Cooking With Turf is a traditional Celtic band that can play the rollicking reels and jigs, as well as the sweet and sensitive waltzes and songs. They also will make you laugh out loud with some of the funny songs they know. Cooking With Turf is...founding member Richard Ferry on wooden flute, whistles, guitar and voice.

He has been playing the traditional music since 1984 and has been in several Celtic bands including Golden Bough. Steve Kenworthy plays fiddle, guitar and sings. He taught himself guitar when he was 12 years old and is an awesome DADGAD finger style guitarist. He has also been playing fiddle for over 20 years. Ken Van de Kieft plays guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and sings. He has also been involved with traditional music for over 30 years now.
Cooking With Turf
Saturday Only !
Clan a Diverse Celtic band with some young up starts.
Paul Reeves, the lead singer, plays the bodhran and Irish bouzouki. Paul’s roots go back to England and Ireland where he spent much time with the traveling people, the Romany gypsies and Tinkers of Ireland. His travels, with horsedrawn carriage, took him far and wide, as far south as the Algave in Portugal. Often sat around camp fires or in pubs, Paul was inspired by the music of these different cultures and has since immersed himself in it.

All three of Paul’s children are musician and perform with “Clan” whenever possible. Calena Reeves plays the Irish flute and whistle, Aaron Reeves play guitar, mandolin and bouzouki and Liam Ings-Reeves plays guitar.This year, a welcome addition to the band is an excellent Irish fiddler, Holly Sternberg.