Headliner only Updated for 2017!
The darlings of Disneyland‟s “Paradise Garden Bandstand,” this dynamic ensemble presents Celtic Folk (and so much more) with a decidedly bluegrass attitude. Named among the top acoustic bands in LA (by Folkworks Magazine) and two-time winners of the Orange County Music Award for Best Folk Band, Sligo Rags is taking the local and not-so-local Folk and Celtic music scenes by storm with a unique blend of eclectic musical influences. Dan Miller of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine says “These guys have it all–great vocals, lots of energy, captivating songs, well executed arrangements, and tasteful solos.” Their debut studio recording, “The Night Before the Morning After”, was called “the best I’ve heard from a stateside band” by Celtic Beat Magazine, while their sophomore effort, “The Whiskey Never Lies,” (called “the best from the West Coast Celts in many years” by Shay Clark of the Irish-American News), was named one of the top 10 of 2008 by Folkworks. Don‟t be surprised if elements of country, gypsy jazz, and swing manage to sneak their way into the act as well. Award-winning flatpicking and fingerstyle guitarist David Burns (recently featured in Flatpicking Guitar Magazine), fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud‟homme, and percussion whiz-kid Jonathan Baer are guaranteed to fill the room and your lives with electricity. They may give you a good laugh or two along the way as well.
“Sligo Rags have mastered the ability to take songs from a time gone by and make them fresh and relevant for a modern audience. Their passion for the music and their willingness to take risks combine for an outstanding live show.”
“…A „money back, no questions asked if you are not thrilled‟ act. Bring friends. Dynamic, up tempo, multi-talented. A fusion that just crackles.”
—Bob Stane, The Coffee Gallery Backstage
Dust in My Coffee (Confirmed for 2017)
Dust in My Coffee is simply a cowboy band capturing the spirit of the North American West. The band performs and writes original songs that express many of their own experiences. The lead singer/song writer is a cowboy who shares his vision of the folklore and western way of life through his music. Dust in My Coffee offers a fresh sound of traditional western music blended with Celtic flavor, enhancing the roots of a genre long forgotten. If you are searching for the Old West and the real cowboy life, this band will feed your hunger.
Brett Bush on guitar, bagpipes, and lead vocals. Playing, writing, and arranging for over ten years. Owner of Thunderstruck cattle ranch, PRCA bull rider and PCCHA cutter.
Eric Holmberg on guitar. Eric has been playing drums with Victory or Death for ten years and learned to play guitar for this album. Graduate of UC Davis. Cowboyed for Thunderstruck cattle ranch
Chuck Jamison on cowboy drum and bagpipes. Chuck has been playing pipes and drums for over 25 years. Worked at Roseville Cattle Auction when younger
Ryan Laursen on mandolin. Ryan has been playing for a number of years in Celtic bands and brings a whole new flavor to the bands cowboy/Celtic roots.
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This band is based in Auburn, California and most of the players have been or are currently cowboys. There is a Celtic flavor with two bagpipers in the band as well as musicians who have played together for ten years as a heavy metal band which gives the songs energy as well as an edgy voice.
Ciana (Confirmated for 2017-Saturday Only)
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.
Fortunate Strangers (Confirmed for 2017-Sunday only)
Fortunate Strangers combines the experience of Celtic performers from the Bay Area and the High Sierra. Celia Ramsay’s haunting voice and extensive experience in Scottish folk music combined with Joe and Kathy Bly’s long history of Irish music, blend to create a musical experience that is both lush and full, or spare and angular, depending on what the music calls for. The stories within the songs leap out in stark relief, unmasked and fully present.
317 and Friends! (Confirmed for 2017)
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)!