The story of SEVEN NATIONS is that of a truly original and determined band that began in New York City, with members now hailing from California, to Toronto, to Florida. They have for years booked their own tours,and have had their own PBS and CNN specials. Throw away any preconceived notions you may have about Celtic music...this is a band that has invented its own sound and attracted a prodigious national and international following.
Seven Nations is not your father’s Celtic band. With a passionate, tender, and rollicking style that winningly veers from roots and folk to dance and fusion-rock, Seven Nations has earned a growing reputation as an adventurous band with a charismatic stage presence.
“Seven Nations — the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany — officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard line-up of drums, guitars, and bass,” notes lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod. “We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound,” says McLeod. “Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began. Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.”
The Ploughboys provide fresh, dynamic, energetic entertainment that goes far beyond just the tunes we play and the songs we sing. Deep roots and dedicated musicianship transcend our Celtic roots, with a sprinking of bluegrass, shape our occasional forays into what we like to call, “Greengrass” music. Whether performing in the Celtic tradition, favorites from the British Isles, or their own, wickedly clever compositions, the Ploughboys are sure to provide a hard-driving, table-top dancing, hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time!
Neil O'Neill, singer, musician, actor, educator and makar was born in Johnstone, Scotland, about a mile from the Wallace (Braveheart) monument in Elderslie. A fine tenor, and multi-instrumentalist, he has featured globally for the last three decades at many concert-festival venues, notably: the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Dunstaffnage Music Festival (Oban, Scotland), Cranberry Coast Festival (Cape Cod) and the Sikorski Polish Club, Glasgow during Celtic Connections 2012. A regular on the concert circuit in North America, (CCSF, Costa Mesa-ScotsFest, Queen Mary Scottish, and Las Vegas Celtic Fests et al.), he made his 10th anniversary appearance at the Caledonian Club of San Francisco’s Scottish Gathering and Games-the 148th! on the Glenfinnan Stage (with Golden Bough), (Aug 31st-Sept 1, 2013) at the Alameda Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California.
Truly a Las Vegas brand, 4 of the band members were born and raised in Las Vegas. Since Killian’s Angels’ first performance in 2001 at JC Wooloughan’s Pub, their warm, unpredictable and energetic shows continue to entertain audiences from all walks of life. Their original arrangement "Celtic High Step” was featured in the October, 2012 premier episode in the Emmy nominated CBS drama, Elementary. The same song is also featured in the NYC Pub Scene in the popular video game, "Grand Theft Auto IV". Along with being listed as a "Must See Band" in Pauline Frommer's 2008 Las Vegas Travel Guide, Killian's Angels won National Radio Honors in 2006 with King World for their original version of the Jeopardy theme song. Killian’s Angels features Beth Mullaney on vocals, mandolin, guitar, Irish tenor banjo, harmonica, spoons and bodhran, Ginger Bruner on bass and tuba, Vita Corimbi on vocals and keyboard, Anne Donahue on vocals and guitar, Nannette Fortier on drums and tin whistle, and Marlo Zemartis on violin.
This project is funded, in part, by a grant from the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.