To ensure that there is something for everyone, we're lining up a stellar group of entertainers presenting music and activity for young and old alike. Each year we feature different entertainers to keep the music fresh and relevant.
We are continally seeking the very best in celtic entertainment and as we "ink" 2019 entertainers, we will put their information here for you.
Cockswain is a 6-piece Irish/Celtic rock band from Phoenix. Formed in 2011 Cockswain made their St. Patrick's Day debut in 2012 and have been developing their own style that can only be described as high energy Celtic rock with punk rock attitude. The word "Cockswain" means "one who steers the ship" but to the band, it's more about overseeing one's own destiny. Many influences can be heard in Cockswain's high energy hard driving music including The Pogues, Flogging Molly, The Clash, Gogol Bordello, The Dubliners to name a few. Their debut album titled Seamus was released in April 2015 and was followed by For the Whiskey in 2017 (both available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify among others). Cockswain performs 3-hour sets on a regular basis at Phoenix area pubs like Seamus and Rosie McCaffrey's, Fibber Magee's, Skeptical Chymist, and Irish Hare. In 2018, they played festivals in Arizona, California, and Nevada, played an average of two local gigs per month, and opened for national touring acts. 2019 will be at least as active including the release of two new albums: One with all originals; and a second that features reworked versions of traditional Irish tunes.
Cockswain's Web Site https://cockswainband.com/
Born to a Breton father & a Spanish Mother, Nerea started her journey in California where she was born. Her family quickly moved to Canada, where she started playing folk music and spent her teens in Brittany, France immersing herself in its rich traditional folklore. Nerea was a fiddler of numerous Breton Groups and went on to learn many of Brittany's diverse traditional dances and their history, as each dance has a story to tell. Full of stories, carefully chosen arrangements and occasionally a sporadic dance lesson in the audience. Her performances have reached 4 continents and countless festivals, performing for the likes of the Crown Prince of Dubai and the Bercy Stadium of Paris (17,000 spectators!). She not only plays and is knowledgeable in traditional Breton Traditions but Cape Breton Fiddling and dancing, has dabbled with Arabic music, Country and numerous Fusions. Nerea is an unforgettable performer and a an experience you don't want to miss!
Nerea Website: http://www.nereathefiddler.com/
Seven Nations - the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany - 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. "Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we've been performing original compositions since we began." Says Kirk McLeod, their lead singer and musician, "instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that's what makes us different." The band's latest album, Tales from the Eighth Nations, has been praised for "having the appeal of the original albums, yet a mature songwriting style. The lyrics are relatable, surprising, and the pipe/fiddle hooks stir a desire to listen to the album over and over." The group has performed at a variety of venues from nightclubs and pubs to festivals and street fairs in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico and all 50 states of the U.S. They have played with such orchestras as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony and the South Carolina Philharmonic. They are the first Celtic rock band to bring this exhilarating collaboration to the stage at an outdoor Irish festival, when they performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival. They have appeared in over 20 major publications.
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 second 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 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, fiddler extraordinaire Michael Kelly, and world-renowned bassist Olivier Prud'homme, and percussionist 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. Please welcome Sligo Rags back to Seaside!
*Their name is a tribute to the Celtic anthem "The Irish Rover" whose third verse begins "We had one million bags of the best Sligo Rags."