Congratulations on your upcoming wedding or special event! Beltaine would love to entertain your guests at the wedding and reception.
Beltaine can range from a duo to a quintet depending on your event, venue and budget. Our music is Celtic Fusion which combines traditional Celtic music with rock, jazz, and blues influences. Our instruments include hammered dulcimer, guitar, flute, accordion, marimbula, bass, drums and vocals.
We can play traditional wedding tunes like Pachabell, Ave Maria, and the Wedding March. Beltaine also offers many unique Celtic wedding tunes like the Wedding March From Unst, Southwind, Jessica's Wedding Reel, and Mari's Wedding. These tunes have a great history and the will provide a unique, ethereal atmosphere for your special day.
For the reception, we can play soft music during your meal. We can take it up a bit with some jigs and reels that are sure to get people's toes tappin' – we can also add drums and bass for more contemporary rock and pop favorites. We do have a PA system and we can play contemporary music if you would like to dance later in the evening.
Beltaine performs throughout the Northwest at many events including; The Highland Stillhouse, Irishtown, The Bite of Oregon, Portland Rose Festival, Portland Highland Games, Galway Bay Celtic Music Festival, Portland Pirate Festival, the Grotto Festival of Lights, Pittock Mansion Holiday Music Program, and many local venues.
I have included some comments from clients:
“I've listened to John McCutcheon, Walt Michael and Malcolm Dalglish for years as well as a little Maggie Sansone and have always enjoyed the sound of the hammered dulcimer. It's great to be able to add something new to the iPod. Many of the tunes are familiar to me but the arrangements are fresh. Thanks for the good music!” Cliff (listening to our CD's)
Thank you for sharing your beautiful music with us and our guests at our wedding!
"Over hill ways up and down
Myrtle green and bracken brown,
Pass the shilling through the town,
All for Paul and Ali"
All our best to you, Ali & Paul! (Ali – her wedding)
Thank you so much for the great entertainment last night. You guys were AWESOME! I hope that you will be able to perform for us again in the near future. (Performance at Providence Hospital)
“The lavender festival was a smashing success this year as the comments of
over a thousand visitors attest. Of course, the most frequent reaction was to
the wonderful sight and aroma of lavender. Along with the relaxing wonder of lavender, the sounds of Beltaine drifted on the air. The combination created
an environment of ambience, inspiration and friendliness. Many guest lingered for an hour or two, relishing the sounds of the dulcimers, guitars, and other instruments. John, Kris, and Brian, treated the crowd to ballads which young and old alike loved. Volunteers, vendors, and visitor all agreed that Beltaine helped to make the Festival a wonderful success”! (Helvetia Lavender Festival)
“Everything you played, sang, entertained was absolutely perfect. All of your personalities fit perfect with the mood we hoped for – FUN. We didn't expect that you would go upstairs – just that you would do exactly what You did – set up downstairs, and play while people arrived – so perfect again. I have several emails, cards from out of town guests who have written to Tell, us how having you play at the wedding was so perfect, and that
You were all just great!!! Kudos to all. The bride & groom thought it was everything they expected, and both were so pleased to have you there. You just seemed to know when to do what, and that was a tremendous help to me. So Thank you so much. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!!” (Michelle, mother of the bride)
I would be happy to talk to you more about you event and discuss options with you. I can also send you a promotional packet with a sample of our wedding music.
Brian Baker (guitar and vocals),
Kris Chase (dulcimer and marimbula),
John Keys (dulcimer, flute, and vocals),
Jamie Vandenberg (accordion),
Judas Espinor (drums),
Ryan Marquadt (bass)