Gaelic for “Scottish” or “Scotsman” and “that’s exactly what we are”. Albannach are all born and bred in Scotland and our purpose in life is to share our intriguing culture, history and heritage with you by means of our music. Our traditional music is heavily percussive, driven by bass drums, bodhráns and a single bagpipe.
Albannach are not just another Scottish ‘Pipes & Drums’ band; indeed we bring a new and exciting form of music to your living room. A championship winning piper, an extremely talented main drummer, bass drummers and bodhrán musician bring you a brand new approach to percussion and Celtic music. Our style of music is exciting, energetic and enchanting and we promise to leave you begging for more.
Members: Jamesie Johnston, DidgeriDrew Reid, Colin Walker, Donnie MacNeill, Jacquie Holland. Albums: The Mighty Nach Live, Eye of the Storm, Albannach, Runs in the Blood, Circa B.C., Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums.
Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Scottish Games and maritime music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as "coming along once in a generation," Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of a family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings and with dashesof humor and light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!
Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups”, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music, since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.
Seeking to preserve and continue a traditional culture in a modern age, RUNA creates a backbone in its signature roots sound from the musical and geographical diversity of its individually established band members. Their strive for excellence and creativity blazes a trail for the future of folk music, earning them the reputation as one of the most innovative Irish folk groups of this generation.
Celtic Harp Circle
Throughout much of history, the harp has been closely associated with traditional music in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. This beautiful instrument quickly stirs the emotions in all who hear it. A haunting Scottish air can bring tears to the eyes while a lively dance tune will get the feet tapping and the body moving! Several harpers from all over New England will play a wide variety of different music types from the Celtic world including slow airs, reels, jigs, hornpipes and strathspeys.
Scottish Country Dancers
Think of Scottish Country Dancing as a cross between square or contra dance and ballet. It's a modern form of the country dancing popular in England and Scotland in the 18th century. The dances developed over many centuries as itinerant dance masters traveled from clan to clan teaching dances. Dances are of three types, distinguished by their tempos: lively reels, moderately fast jigs, and slow strathspeys.