2019  Entertainment

If the 78th Fraser Pipe Band sat down with the Chieftains, Wolfstone and the Dave Matthews Band, and then asked some friends from a symphonic orchestra and a Japanese taiko drum group to join them the resulting sound might resemble the AMERICAN ROGUES. For years the performances of this Celtic/Rock/World music group have electrified audiences on three continents. They have added to their ever-growing family of fans — affectionately known as the Rogue Army — at music festivals, theaters, Highland Games, clubs, resorts & casinos, and corporate events — anywhere that presents top-quality, high-energy music. Their hard won road successes have established them as artists with bona fide international acclaim. Renowned for their musical skill, quick wit, and engaging stage show the AMERICAN ROGUES have mastered the art of creating an immediate connection with their audiences. The AMERICAN ROGUES are fast becoming a household name with music lovers around the world, loved by young and old of all backgrounds. Through their support of the troops the American Rogues have performed USO-type tours of Japan, Italy, Spain, Guam, and Guantanamo Bay, as well as military bases in Canada. They volunteer as part of the Honor Flight program for WWII Veterans, they’ve appeared with the U.S. Air Force Symphony at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., and they’ve helped raise funds for Operation Ward 57 and other Veterans charities. They are also the Official Band of the National Navy SEAL Museum and have a standing invitation to perform at their annual Muster in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

The McIans play modern and traditional Celtic music in the vein of Flogging Molly, the Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s, and other Celtic punk and rock favorites.

Formed in the early 2000s by members of local cover band Six Pack Theory, the McIans have performed all around Ohio.  The McIans were formed and are fronted by Brian Kerr McIan, who emigrated 16 years ago to Ohio from his native Paisley (Glasgow), Scotland.  Having played in several successful and longstanding bands in and around central Ohio for the past 16 years, he formed the McIans with a desire to promote Celtic music and to fill a void in the local music scene. 

 Joining him is Steve Stinchcomb McIan and Ken Kress McIan–  who also plays with Brian in Six Pack Theory – and one of several fiddle players.  The fiddle player is the distinguishing mark of Celtic music, that role is filled by Rob Whittington McIan!

The McIans have been featured prominently during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations (and halfway to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in September) for the past several years.  They are regularly booked at your favorite Irish-themed pubs in and around central Ohio and beyond at all times of the year.  Additionally, the McIans have been booked for private parties, weddings, and any other celebrations that require a lively fun band. We can even be family friendly!  Because the individual musicians in the band are all involved in a wide variety of other bands, special requests for individual songs (such as 80s, pop, or alternative) can easily be accommodated for special events.

Mad Maudlin is a four piece traditional Scots-Irish folk band that plays upbeat songs and tender ballads, in tight three and four part harmonies, with amazing toe tapping instrumentals featuring guitar, fiddle, whistle, button box accordion, Scottish Border pipes and percussion. Mad Maudlin has sets that include traditional, modern, and original Celtic music. Mad Maudlin has performed at the AOH’s Tara Hall, Shamrock Club Music Festival, Claddagh Columbus, Ohio, the Brazenhead in Grandview, OH, and The Scottish & Celtic Festival in Parkersburg, WV. The band has performed at the Dublin Irish Festival since 2012.

Ballinloch Celtic Roots Band

Ballinloch is a Celtic Roots band from Northeast Ohio, featuring original music and songs that tell stories of Celtic origin, immigration, labor, love, and rebellion, mixed with some rollicking reels and jigs.

Band members:  Marcus Dirk, voice and guitar; Maureen Conway Reich, fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolin, Pat Faith, bodhran, percussion, voice

Charlie Zahm w/Tad Marks

Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime, and American Traditional 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 and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!  

Charlie is often joined by fantastic Baltimore fiddler Tad Marks, who has toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe with top-name groups and is considered one of the finest fiddlers on the East Coast. His down-home charm and easy-going style have made him friends across the country, and his fine fiddling on stage with Charlie ranges from hard-driving jigs and reels to the most expressive accompaniment for vocals you will ever hear. His solo CD releases have received great praise from traditional Celtic and bluegrass fiddle-music lovers alike! Tad's music has also been featured on many of Charlie's albums and dozens of additional CDs by other artists, TV commercials, and on various other projects.

Jeni's Chickens

Jeni’s Chickens are a group of friends and experienced traditional musicians from the greater Cincinnati area, specializing in the dance music of Ireland. Jeni Balcom-harp and concertina, Justin Bridges-fiddle, nyckelharpa and banjo, Doug Mast-accordion, mandolin and bouzouki. We have performed at regional Celtic festivals, St. Patrick’s Day events, pubs, ceili dances, and private parties. 

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