Celtic folk music distilled into a right rant with awesome rhythmic drive. Dance manager Lauren Ayers wrote:"...dancing to such wonderful music lifted our spirits into the stratosphere." Wine Country's Celtic band for your Irish, Scottish, Renaissance or Maritime themed entertainment. A contemporary take on Scottish and Irish folk music with fiddle, bagpipe, guitar and keyboard blended to present the music of the Celtic lands. Your wedding, party or corporate event will be a peak experience with our mood altering music. Sometimes when the Plaid Menagerie Celtic band plays, you feel like the whole room is swaying to the music. Imagine the dance music of your Irish and Scottish ancestors channeled forward in time to be enjoyed by audiences today, music that transcends generations and time. The fiddler, Nanette Fynan, continues the tradition of hosts of fiddlers through the ages. Bruce Maxwell's Scottish smallpipe wails out the soulful melodies so characteristic of the Irish and Scottish musical tradition. Inventive keyboard player, Ben Fynan, keeps everyone guessing what's coming next with his tasteful mix of traditional Celtic piano and contemporary rhythmic diversity. With Randall and Chase adding rhythm guitar and drums, the compelling rhythm will drive a dance like a locomotive. They make a tight group, playing old Irish pub standards as well as great tunes from the emerging artists of the Celtic music scene of Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton. While their sound is unique, it can be compared to Molly's Revenge, Blazin' Fiddles, Banshee In the Kitchen and The American Rogues.
From Barb in Michigan:
"Plaid Menagerie made our wedding so meaningful and enjoyable! All of our guests have contacted us to tell us how special the music was and how truly beautiful it made our wedding! We went on our first date to a Highland Festival and the Celtic atmosphere created by Plaid Menagerie was truly awesome and meaningful to us both! Everyone was moved by bagpipes playing "Scotland the Brave" for the processional. I was especially moved by the fact that they learned "In my Life", to play before the ceremony started. My family is a bunch of Beatles fans and we all thought it was great! Besides being truly talented, Plaid Menagerie are professional and really nice people!"
From Anne in Michigan:
"No complaints; very good performance for our wedding ceilidh, very accommodating. Nanette & band kept us up to speed with their preparations, asked us lots of questions, found us a dance caller, played fitting and fun music for all components of our reception--helped make it a wonderful experience at a very good price. Would recommend them to anyone looking to hire a small group for Celtic music & dancing."
A review of our performance April 2, 2011:
Dan Blake of SCOE wrote, "I received extremely positive feedback from attendees on the day of the event, and I am continuing to receive emails from people expressing what a great time they had with their children. From the wide range of creative exhibits and activities to the terrific musicians to the tasty hot dogs, I couldn't have been happier with how it all came together.
A review of April 10, 2011:
Mari Lancaster of the Japan Relief Fundraiser wrote, "Nanette, thank you very much for your help! Your music was exquisite! And everyone else did wonderfully. What made me happy the most is that so many people showed their support by being there at the event. I just don't know how to express my appreciation...!!"
Review of April 9, 2011 Ukiah Contra Dance:
Ulla Brunnbert-Rand, dance programmer wrote, "It sounded great...People had a great time."
Our previous appearances include:
Sonoma County Museum,
Cloverdale Library, Cloverdale California,
Dempsey's Restaurant and Brewery, Petaluma California,
Santa Rosa Farmer's Market,
Sebastopol Herb Festival,
Monterey Highland Games with MacIntosh Pipe Band,
San Rafael Contra Dance with Frank Ferrel,
Performed Background Music for California State Training Video,
Noon Entertainment at SRJC Petaluma,
Santa Rosa Kids Mini-Makers Faire,
Ukiah Contra Dance,
Japan Relief Fundraiser,
Sebastopol English Country Dance
Sonoma Barn Dance
Nanette Fynan (Fiddle, Violin),
Bruce Maxwell (Bagpipe, Scottish smallpipe),
Nora Guthrie (Fiddle)