To insure 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" 2018 entertainers, we will put their information here for you.
The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh
The Browne Sisters & George Cavanaugh
The Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh have been performing together since they were children and have developed a rapport that is hard to beat. The silvery harmonies and beautiful arrangements of Diane, Pamela and Laura are only enriched by the addition of cousin George Cavanaugh's mellow baritone vocals. They bring an enthusiastic following from loyal Americans to homegrown Scots and Irish.
With five albums available from SILVER DARLINGS to BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, you will see the broad spectrum of talent The Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh possess. One of the most popular and in demand Celtic groups to perform in the Western United States; we are pleased to welcome them back to Seaside.
The Browne Sisters Web Site: http://www.brownesisters.com/
The Angry Brians
The Angry Brians (formerly 1916)
Wait. What? Yup. The band formerly known as 1916 has become The Angry Brians. Same band, same message, same awesome music, new name. Initially established in 2004 as a fun and creative outlet, these Bakersfield natives have evolved and matured from their 2007 CD, Uprising. Since the release of their second CD, Long Road Home in 2010, the band has garnered well-deserved attention. With influences and sounds comparable to Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys, the Angry Brians is steadily carving their niche on the American music scene. Touring predominately in California, Nevada, and Washinton they play Scottish Gatherings and Games, Irish Festivals, parties and pubs
The Angry Brians on-line: http://www.facebook.com/TheAngryBrians
From the extended Family of Celtic Spring, Hidden Fifth brings energy and youthful exuberance to a new generation of folk music tradition reaching back through family roots. Celtic Spring fiddler / dancer Deirdre Wood and husband Max Becher lead the group through innovative renditions of Irish and North American folk music with contemporary rhythm and drive.
The band was born out of Deirdre and Max's love for folk music and dance, beginning in their teenage friendship and evolving into the current band today which included Max's brother tom Beecher on keys and vocals and guitarist Margaret Ryland. Deirdre incorporates the fiddling and dancing of her Celtic Spring family heritage, while Max and the band add new instruments and their own musical twist. At its roots, Hidden Fifth is a family endeavor. Deirdre and Max take the tradition one generation further, bringing their own young children with them on this exciting musical adventure. With dynamic flute-fiddle duos, rhythmic step dancing, and rich piano/guitar accompaniment, Hidden Fifth's music stirs the soul, and puts the call to dance in your feet.
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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."
The Ploughboys - Celtic Music Connection
The Ploughboys are the house band at the Tam O'Shanter Inn in Los Angeles, a Scottish pub that is part of the oldest continuously operating venue in Southern California - closing in on ONE HUNDRED years! The Ploughboys were formed in 1994. There have been a few personnel changes since then, but the current line-up is blazing hot, and plans to be around for a few decades.
The Ploughboys' Website: https://theploughboys.org/
Three for Joy
Three for Joy
Three for Joy members are siblings Dominic (age 14), Joseph (12), and Angela Rose (10) Padula. Repertoire ranges from traditional tunes—Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton—to contemporary compositions in the Celtic style, presented with compelling arrangements and unique textures of melody, harmony and rhythm. Weaving traditional Irish dancing into the music, these accomplished, young musicians enthrall audiences of all ages. They can be reached through their mother, Anne McCauley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their website is http://threeforjoy.com/
Ghillie Dhu - The band from the musical "Samhain - a Celtic Halloween"
If you've seen the show, this is your chance to get a sneak preview of the 2018 Celtic Halloween musical. If you haven't seen the show, you've been missing out! The show started in 2011 and has since grown into an unforgettable and popular Celtic Halloween extravaganza with music, stories, songs and dancing. Some of the band will be performing songs and melodies from past shows, with a preview of some from this year's show. Performing for your haunting pleasure at Seaside this year is Johnny McKenna on button accordion, bodhran and vocals; Padraic Conroy on guitar; whistles and voice; Erin Esses on cello; Joyce Pan on fiddle; Aedan MacDonnell on accordion, harp and vocals; and Norika Terada on percussion.