Updated for 2016!
Whiskey and Stitches
The musicians in Sacramento-based Whiskey and Stitches bash out the type of rock ‘n’ roll that’s at once clearly defined by its influences (The Pogues, Woody Guthrie, The Cheiftains) yet also completely divorced from any rules. With an Irish-American pub sound that owes as much to Bill Monroe and the Ramones as it does the Pogues, Whiskey and Stitches’ music is angry and jubilant… come prepared to stomp around and maybe shed a tear, too. Featuring band members Mike McCarrick (guitar/vocal), Kevin Coughlin (drums), Doug Vincent (bass) and James Wilson (mandolin/whistle/banjo/
One Eyed Reilly
One Eyed Reilly is a Celtic/Americana rock band from Sacramento, CA that blends dynamic original songs with modern Celtic rock, Americana, and energetic, innovative versions of traditional Irish and Scottish classics. One Eyed Reilly’s original songs draw upon wide-ranging musical influences from Irish folk (The Clancy Brothers, The Chieftains, The Dubliners, etc.) to Celtic punk (Flogging Molly, The Dreadnoughts, The Pubcrawlers, etc.) to a varied spectrum of artists. One Eyed Reilly formed shortly after St Patrick’s Day 2012, but the members have been honing their musicianship for many years leading to this fortunate convergence. The band features lead singer and rhythm guitarist Rick Meagher, violinist St. John Fraser, one-armed bassist Adrian Baxmeyer, percussionist Nick Carvajal and lead guitarist Aaron Hendel.
Cíana performs tunes and songs from the Irish and Celtic tradition in the Carson Valley at the feet of the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains south of Reno. “Cíana” is an Irish word roughly meaning both “distance” and “time,” which evokes the ancient expanse that defines western Nevada.
With their unique, energetic style, Cíana wades joyfully into the deep waters of Irish and Celtic music. They combine fiery instrumentals and musical tales of life, death, and love to create a performance that gets your blood pumping and feet stomping.
With a nod of appreciation to those Irish musicians from whom they learned, Cíana keeps the Irish tradition of lively tunes and soulful songs alive in the high deserts of Nevada. While Cíana is based in Western Nevada’s Carson Valley, the swirling rhythms of traditional Irish music will quickly transport you to another time and place.
In 2010, Celia and her husband were touring the Irish town of Dingle. One evening, they decided to visit O’Flaherty’s pub, known for its music sessions, and across the room, Celia saw familiar faces. She wasn’t sure how she knew these people, but headed across the room to figure it out. Joe was thinking the same thing, and after a moment’s conversation, they put it together: Joe, Kathy and Celia were all denizens of Lark Music Camp in Mendocino, California. Over a couple of rounds of beer, Kathy and Joe explained that they were hiking the Dingle Way. It was a fortunate small-world meeting of folks who didn’t know each other, but are now fast friends.
Celia Ramsay: vocals, bodhran, shruti box and keyboard
Joe Bly: vocals, tin whistle, flute, bombarde
Kathy Bly: guitar and octave mandolin
3-17 (yeah, like the date) is a merry band of whisky lovin’ tune playin’ blarney talkin’ Eireophiles. Join them and maybe a leprechaun will lead you to a pot of gold!!!! Band members Jill Marlene, Doyle Stewart and Alan Lyons continue to sing some classic Irish music to make you weep with nostalgia for Emerald Isle or laugh so hard you cry in yer Guinness. Flutist Sue Bennet and bass player Gary Kephart fill out the lineup like Bailey’s in your coffee!
Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band
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The Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band found its origins as the Reno Police Department Pipe Band and in 1961 officially formed and became incorporated and is now one of the oldest on the West Coast. In 2011, the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band celebrated their 50th anniversary. They also honored the tradition of pipes and drums in Nevada by teaming up with pipers and drummers from all over Nevada, and then competed at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow, Scotland in 2012. The band wears the the MacKay tartan, in honor of Irish immigrant John Mackay, an early Nevada settler and miner in the Comstock Lode (during the 1870’s), where he made his fortune. The Mackay School of Mining and Mackay Stadium at UNR are also named for him.
Celtic Sessiun Musicians
The Reno Celtic Celebration features local musicians with a passion for Celtic music. What started out years ago locally as a once a month event has finally evolved into a weekly sessiun every Tuesday evening at Ceol Irish Pub. Fiddles, flutes, whistles, guitars, spoons and bodhran drums are the norm, and it is an open sessiun. Musicians familiar with Celtic music are welcome to come play. It is a “trad” (traditional) music sessiun, so instruments need to fit into that genre. They play mostly Irish, with a healthy dose of Scottish and French Canadian as well. Appearing in the grass area outside of the Hawkins Amphitheater throughout the weekend.
Stay tuned (pun intended)!