Celebrating 27 years of Celtic Rock!
Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 26 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.
Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. The newest member is Josh Fossgreen, an exceptional young talent whose innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape. Born in Colorado and brought up in small town Missouri, Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitar greats! His fiery licks and hard-rocking approach to the instrument, combined with his experience and understanding of Celtic music is a fast favorite with fans, new and old alike! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band’s sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.
Signed to Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. The group’s latest studio CD, The Tracks We Leave, may be the bands most exciting work to date, as their unique blend of world music elements showcases inventive new original and traditional material.
Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals.
Scotland’s Music United
The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. Members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, with Rebecca and David having additionally lived and studied in both Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together. The Fire has headlined at Celtic festivals such as The Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, The Utah Scottish Association Highland Games, The Portland Highland Games, The Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival, The Northwest Folklife Festival, The Oregon Scottish Festival, The Yachats Celtic Music Festival, The Monterey Scottish Games and Celtic Festival, and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland.
Originally from Corvallis Oregon, Rebecca Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovering Scottish fiddle music only a few years later. In 2005, she won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition, and in 2006 recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by “Dirty Linen” magazine as “technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic.” In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship – seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world- is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She has performed in Scotland, Ireland, Italy, China, and across the US, has been featured on the BBC radio show, Take the Floor, and in 2009, recorded her second CD, Inspired, with David Brewer. In 2014, Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a double major in Music and Sociocultural Anthropology. She was also awarded the 2013-2014 Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize for outstanding instrumental music performance. In addition to performing, Rebecca is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of California, Berkeley. For more about Rebecca, please visit: www.rebeccalomnicky.com
David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly’s Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, and Australia. He has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson, Good, Evil, and the Presidency”. David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, compliments Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with guitar, Irish penny-whistle, and bodhran frame-drum, but primarily the Scottish bagpipes, on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today. For more about David, please visit: www.davidbrewermusic.com
Adam Hendey is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has performed in Ireland, the UK, and across the United States, playing and studying with members of Lúnasa, Flook, and Molly’s Revenge. Since beginning tin-whistle at thirteen years of age, Adam has dedicated himself to the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, while also becoming well versed in other forms of popular music. On guitar and bouzouki, Adam brings an innovative contemporary approach to traditional music, with a passion informed by intense study of music theory and a diverse wealth of musical experience. In addition to performing, Adam is currently a student in the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, where he is pursuing majors in Music and Philosophy. This June, Adam released his debut solo album, Forward, which features appearances by both Rebecca and David. For more about Adam, please visit: www.adamhendey.com
Whether intricately arranged toe-tapping dance tunes, or soaring majestic airs catch their show and you’ll leave energized. The Fire is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California, and has recorded two albums together.
Experience Celtic music at it’s BEST!
Powerful and passionate vocals , delivered in a celtic folk contemporary style. Whether singing a heartfelt Dougie Maclean ballad or a rousing Scottish battle song, Peter Daldry’s vocals draw the listeners in with a conviction rarely heard these days.
From the Familiar Roads of his hometown of Clydebank, Scotland to the sun kissed beaches of California Peter Daldry brings his talent and unique voice. Peter is becoming the vocalist of choice at Scottish and Irish events in Northern California and beyond, he now resides in Mountain View, CA. Blessed with a strong smooth tenor voice Peter sings the only way he knows how, with power and passion and depth of feeling.
Community Music School of Santa Cruz
Throughout the year, CMS provides concerts that feature local luminaries as well as internationally known performers. They are inter-generational, highlighting talented young students as well as master musicians. Their Living History concerts, an informative series geared toward an adult audience, explore historical, classical and ethnic music traditions, with the performers offering insight into the stories behind the tunes. The Community Music School produces a music documentary film once a year at the Rio Theater (past films include The Concert for George and Ravi Shankar: In Portrait).
Each summer CMS sponsors two Celtic music camps for children and teens, attended by over one hundred students. Both camps are staffed by teachers and T.A.’s specializing in Celtic music and instruments. In June, teens ages 13-17 enjoy a week-long overnight camp in Big Basin. Students learn and perform Celtic tunes in small bands as well as a full orchestra. Evening activities include Irish and Scottish dance classes, a costume party, Improv night, a bonfire on the Solstice, a night swim, and a lively traditional ceilidh at the end of the week. Teen Camp ends with a performance by the Celtic orchestra, and a picnic with friends and family on the beautiful Sempervirens Outdoor School campus in Boulder Creek.
Kids’ Camp, for students ages 7-12, takes place in August and runs for two weeks as a day camp. The camp is located at the Boomeria in Bonny Doon, an elaborate Renaissance estate complete with a castle and catacombs. In addition to learning Celtic music, kid campers enjoy such activities as swimming and crafts, and camp concludes with a finale concert and costumed garden party that is open to the public.
Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers
The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers have great fun with their music, and at the same time their rehearsal time is no jam session. These players are trained and coached meticulously by the two-time winner of the U.S. national championship in Scottish fiddling. Solos and small groups are encouraged, and excellence is the goal. Their authentic style and solid technique show a deep respect for hundreds of years of tradition as well as an ardent love of Scottish melody.
Co-directed by master fiddler Colyn Fischer and pianist-arranger Shauna Pickett-Gordon.
These players bring you a full spectrum of traditional sound:
- from the Highlands to the Borders
- from the Gaelic and island musicians of the west to the 18th-century fiddle masters of the northeast
- from the rocky Shetlands to faraway Cape Breton and eastern Canada where the Caledonian culture still holds sway.
The repertoire includes other Celtic influences — Welsh and Irish, for example — as well as tunes that crossed the Atlantic two hundred years ago and took root in the mountains and valleys of eastern America.
Traditional music thrives on both the past and the future. The Fiddlers’ tune book continues to grow with new contributions in the Scottish vein from contemporary composers both famous and emerging.