The Black Brothers
The repertoire of the Brothers is very broad and includes old Dublin street songs,
music hall songs and historical ballads, songs from the Irish, English and Scottish
traditions, along with songs by contemporary writers. Shay and Michael are close
harmony singers, with a special fondness for songs that include their audience in
chorus, and many of the songs are narratives with stories. The performances include a
lot of up tempo reels and jigs, along with some mighty fine dancing from their dances,
which brings an added excitement to every concert. With each show interspersed with
stories, jokes and humorous childhood anecdotes, audiences invariably leave their
concerts smiling broadly and humming new choruses.
Shay and Michael Black are now touring the U.S. regularly. The brothers have
recently been joined by piano player, Eamonn Flynn. Cellist Myra Joy, who is an
accomplished solo musicians in her own right. The band is rounded out by fiddle
virtuoso Bobbi Nikles. These fine musicians are sure to bring energy and liveliness to
the music of the Black Brothers which is further enhanced by the dancing of Ciara
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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
Barleyjuice was born out of Rock and Roll, reared on British Invasion, Country Western and Progressive
Rock, and landed somewhere in the North Channel with a penchant for all things Celtic. Kyf, Swanny, Eric,
Alice & Barnes welcome you to their playground of musical misbehavior. Kilts may be the preferred dress, but
bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, piano, harmonica, bass and drums cover them nicely
even when they turn up naked. Click Here for More Information about FridayNight ( Barleyjuice'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."
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(Scott Williams WebSite)
Hammer Hands Music
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
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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
Sweet Celtic ballads, traditional tunes and fiery Irish rock performed on
guitar and mandolin (Chris Miller), bass (Norm Ivie), hammered dulcimer
and octave mandolin (Pam Ivie)."
( Sequoia'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 !
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.
In 1995, bagpiper Aaron Shaw met bass drum player Warren Casey at The Celtic
Arts Center in Los Angeles, CA. Playing together, they discovered the simple beauty
and power of the music created by these two instruments.
“The combination seemed to tap the very soul of Gaelic Music,” says Shaw.
This is the music you might have heard hundreds of years ago at a Scottish wedding
celebration, or perhaps around the campfire of a Highland raiding party – a raw,
exciting sound that touches you on a primal level. To express this feeling of the ancient
within the modern world, WICKED TINKERS was born.
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