Headliner Updated for 2019!
Tempest! (Confirmed for 2019)
Celebrating more than 30 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 30 plus years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 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. And straight from Bologna, Italy, we welcome the big, rich bass playing talent of Mirco Melone. Mirco has a diverse background in rock, jazz and ethnic music, and holds an advanced degree from Italy’s Classical Music Conservatory. And recently relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago, we are delighted to introduce Kevin Florian’s progressive rock guitar and lush stage antics to our fans! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, thickens the band’s sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.
Signed to Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. This year, the group celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the latest studio CD, Thirty Little Turns, a collection of inspired new original and traditional material — with a cheeky surprise or two.
Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals such as The Philadelphia Folk Festival, and has also appeared at Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals, as well.
Sophie & Fiachra Trio (Confirmed for 2019)
From their website:
The Sophie & Fiachra Trio are a group of “musiciens sans frontières who refuse to let the Atlantic sunder their love of their own and one another’s Irish and Québecois musical traditions”.
Comprising of Irish uilleann piper Fiachra O’Regan, Québec fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie, and guitarist André Marchand, the trio take traditional Irish and Québécois traditional music, blended with Lavoie’s “lithe and masterful” compositions. Their choice of songs will “captivate the most casual listener”
“It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse”
Quotes from Siobhán Long, of The Irish Times
Dust in My Coffee (Confirmed for 2019)
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.
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.
Ethan Lewis on fiddle. Ethan has been playing professionally for several years and gives us a bluegrass feel as well as traditional cowboy tunes.
Jake Gibbons on harmonica. Jake is a singer songwriter in his own right but we use him mostly for the cowboy campfire sound of his harmonica. He shoes horses in his off time.
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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.
317 and Friends! (Confirmed for 2019)
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!
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)!