Prepare yourself for a wild ride with WICKED TINKERS. Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, Wicked Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistable, tribal drums as a professional band since 1995 and for many years before that at parties, renaissance faires and on various street corners. 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 that this is dry, dusty music for museum shelves- the boys in the band 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 with long-forgotten, primal emotions and half- memories of ages past and experiences unknown and yet somehow familiar. This is music to set your jaw, put a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye and a dance in your feet.
Playing everything from High Energy Festivals to Performing Arts Theaters, from Scotland to Nova Scotia, Ireland to California, Highland Way are uncompromising professionals. These seasoned studio session musicians bring that same polished energy to stages around the world. With their huge repertoire they know how to tailor their performance to the audience. A native Scot with his Glasgow accent, Brian Caldwell is well known for his wonderful ability to charm any crowd while his energetic and driving rhythm guitar blends flawlessly with the rest of the band. Joining Brian are Paul Graham Castellanos - on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, Sharon Whyte - on accordion and keyboards, Bob Sale - on percussion and drums, Glen Fisher - on bass, and master of guitars Jim Soldi. Highlighting Celtic music from Scotland and Ireland, with originals and the occasional popular cover, Highland Way create the ultimate show.
Darby O'Gill and the Little People
Darby O'Gill and the Little People are Las Vegas' most exciting and entertaining Irish Drinking Bands
The Black Donnellys
Dave Rooney and Dave Browne both hail from Dublin and each have been performing music for over 20 years. Known for their high energy performances, together they make for a great nights entertainment
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.
Las Vegas based MULLIVAN’S EDGE presents high energy, multi-layered music featuring a stage full of instruments with an acoustic feel and an “organic” Neo-traditional style. The band’s instrumentation includes violin, mandolin, Irish tenor banjo, tin whistle, guitars, melodica, harmonica, bodhran, spoons and djembe. The music of Mullivan’s Edge ranges from freshly arranged traditional tunes and Celtic favorites spanning centuries to original songs and much more. Offering an extensive repertoire of songs and styles representing hundreds of years, there is something for everyone in each performance.
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.