"The California Celts have an onslaught of a show, playing everything from their classics like 'Slow Down Sister' and 'Love is Stronger Than Pride' to obscure and infectious Hibernian reels." -Jamie Winpenny Honolulu Weekly, March 15-21 2006
The California Celts, performing kilted near you.
Powered by indie record label Invisible Mass, the California Celts are the Armitage brothers from the hills of Yucca Valley in the Mojave Desert, CA. Their Music draws from the worldwide catalog of Celtic music. Their style can hold a crowd, young and old.
Every set starts off with a Celtic parade that features bagpipes, brass and drums. From the street to the stage, the pipe processional is absorbed by warmth of the rhythm section. The Cali Celts then launch into their extensive repertoire of songs including Scottish jigs, Irish standards, Celtic originals and songs of California. To top it off, the lads do a bit of ancient mouth music to make the two 2 hr. sets authentic and complete.
The brothers have pioneered, if not invented, the genre of "Celtic Ska" by drawing on their experience as fifth generation Scottish Californians. Their music reflects this in subtle tones of Reggae, Bluegrass, Mexicano and Rock. The California Celts are a unique group of minstrels that pay homage to the Scotch-Irish musical thread and its journey from the Old World to The Americas and beyond. Hear the Appalachian influence of the banjo as it seamlessly weaves its way into the California songs' of the 49ers. The California Celts are a one of a kind experience........
Christopher Michael Armitage Poland (pipes, vox, drms, flute),
Patti Hood (vox and harp),
Gentileman Red (vox and bass),
Miguelangelo LeMarque Casarez (Vox, bass, melodica, perc),
Sam Willmore (drum)