ScotoberFest Music Acts
For over twenty five years, The Fenians have delivered their potent mix of traditional Irish folk and good old rock n roll all across the USA and Ireland. With an ever expanding set of original creations, as well as contemporary and traditional tunes plucked from the panoply of the genre, these five lads put on a live show that is second to none. Their foundation is decidedly Celtic, but there is no mistaking the complimentary influences of Rock, Folk, Bluegrass, Jazz, and World music.
Through their music and voices, Terry Casey , Rob Williams, Tardu Yegin , Chris Pierce, and David Weeks-Wynne represent Everyman - sweet and sorrowful; brave and beautiful; angry and amused.
Since 1990,The Fenians have garnered an impressive list of accomplishments and honors, headlining theaters and festivals across the U. S. and Ireland, including: The House of Blues, The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, The Milwaukee Irish Fest, Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest, the Dublin OH Irish Festival, Cleveland Irish Fest, as well as The Quays and Whelans, two of Ireland's premiere live music venues, to name but a few. They are two time winners of the "Best World Music" catagory at the Orange County Music Awards, and were listed as one of the top 50 bands of the decade by the OC Register. In 1999, The Fenians were inducted into the Guinness Wall of Fame.
CRAIC IN THE STONE
Since breaking into the Celtic music scene in 2013, Craic in the Stone has quickly become the hottest new band of their genre in Southern California - selling out local venues with die-hard fans, better known as “Craic-Heads”.
Talented lead vocalist Janelle Vione drives the melodies with her powerful, flexible, and emotive voice, and captivates audiences with her expressive performance. Chris Caputo’s ethereal harmonies alongside the lead tease the senses and give listeners goosebumps. Interwoven with the charisma of the leading ladies is the violin virtuosity of Matt Brislawn, all supported by a stellar rhythm section featuring the acoustic guitar mastery of Jay Rofsky; with Scotty McKay driving the beat on Bodhrán and percussion, and Bill Strongin creating a solid foundation on electric bass.
With four studio albums under their belt, their ever-expanding repertoire includes fresh covers of Irish traditional tunes, exciting originals, and rousing jigs and reels.
The roots of Celtish started in the basement of their church. Its members had sung together for years in their church choir when they stumbled upon their mutual appreciation of playing Traditional Irish music and Celtish was born. Over time, they added Scottish and non-traditional tunes into their repertoire. Their unique Celtic sound and harmonies can also be heard in everything they perform.
The best way to describe Celtish would be a traditional Irish pub band with a twist (hence the “ish”)
Celtish has performed at benefits, fundraisers, concerts, private events and naturally, the occasional brewery. They genuinely enjoy performing together and their only goal is for our audiences to be entertained. They encourage their audiences to participate, sing along and join us in their Celtish spirit.
Dan Thomas – Guitar, penny whistle and vocals
Kelly Lauer – “Irish” ukulele, Bodhrain and vocals
Les Eisel – Guitar, mandolin and vocals