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The Wicked Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible, 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. 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.
The Fire is a high energy traditional music band that combines world-class performances of blazing Scottish music with a distinctly Californian flare. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.
The group includes International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, dynamic bagpiper and multi-instrumentalist David Brewer, and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate Adam Hendey on guitar, bouzouki, and harmonium. All three band members have lived and studied in Scotland, and work together to further contribute to the traditions of Scottish music in America through performances and workshops funded by agencies such as the National Endowment for the Arts.
Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.
Men of Worth
In 1986 Scotsman Donnie Macdonald and Irishman James Keigher came together to perform Scottish and Irish Folk music, combining traditional and contemporary styles.
The name "Men of Worth" was chosen from the title of a Scottish Folk song written by the legendary Scots singer/songwriter Archie Fisher.
Donnie Macdonald comes from the Isle of Lewis, one of the Hebridean Islands off the west
coast of Scotland. Writing tunes and original songs in both his first language Gaelic and in
English, Donnie presents the music from his native Scotland with passion and humour.
Donnie performs on vocals, octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, and bodhran.
James Keigher comes from Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. He is a singer, writer and collector of traditional and contemporary folk music. James was raised in Charlestown, a small rural community, steeped in traditional music and stories. He performs on vocals, guitar, mando-cello, and bodhran.
Together, Men of Worth blend their voices with harmony and support their collection of songs with their varied selection of instruments. They have a very simple approach to their presentation, and in keeping with tradition, remain true to the music and stories. Their show is a unique combination of humor, exciting tunes, and soulful, heartfelt ballads.