Aaaand, we’re off! The St. Patrick’s Day season has caught us in full swing. March 1-April 30 have been declared Celtic Days here in Hawaii, and it seems that despite the loss of the St. Patrick’s Day parade here on the Big Island, the Celtic community is thriving more than ever. This, of course, is due to all of the amazing folks that are a part of the Celtic community out here on the islands. Our good friends over at Hawaii Irish Dance have been enjoying a steady stream of dedicated new dancers, and are heading toward a long list of performances of their own. Even as I write this, they are dancing their feet off at the Community Center in Waimea. We have scheduled several performances with Hawaii Irish Dance here on the Big Island, and it’s been so great to put together shows with Lynn and her Big Island dancers! Following the frenetic St. Patrick’s Day weekend schedule, we’ll be gearing up for the Highland Games on Oahu next month!!! Hope to see you all there!
The Kilt Lifters
A bit of the Emerald Isles on the Hawaiian Isles! The Kilt Lifters celebrate our island nations with their ecclectic and electric celtic rock duo. With rocked out traditional and original tunes, paired with beautiful classic balads, The Kilt Lifters bring a modern twist to the celtic music we all love.
The Kilt Lifters feature the inspired musical arrangements of Chris Carr on guitar, flute, and lead vocals, with crowd pleaser, Mark Caudill, lending his soul-stirring fiddle work.
November has been a busy month for the us. We just finished executing what we hope will be the first of many Celtic events here on the Big Island. I have to say, the Celtic community here in Hawaii is the greatest. They are collectively the friendliest, most supportive group of people I’ve ever met. It’s an odd thing to be in the most remote place in the world and have such an enthusiastic group for such a niche. The Celtic Bash included performances by the Big Island chapter of Hawaii Irish Dance, our local band besties and rabble rousers, Celtic punk band: Craicealite’ Celtic, and of course, The Kilt Lifters. It was a notable performance for us, as it was our first live show with our mercenary rhythm section. I have to say that those guys (Michael Suprenant on drums, and Brian Crist on bass) are some of the finest players on the island. They are consummate pros, and there’s a reason they are so in demand. Craiceailite’ rocked the house with a fresh lineup. They really put on a great performance, and personally I loved their new lineup. The entire event was rounded out by Hawaii Irish Dance, who really made the event feel like an event. Here’s looking forward to the next one…