The season is upon us, and it’s going to be a great one! The Kilt Lifters will be kicking off this season with a whirlwind of five shows over two days! After much preparation, we’re launching into the new season with high spirits and a freshly released EP, Friends Old and New. Once again, we’ll be privileged to share a stage with our good friends at Hawaii Irish Dance for our combined variety show over the St. Patrick’s day weekend. We had so much fun with our combined show last year that we just had to do it again! We will be performing with Hawaii Irish Dance Friday, 3-16 at the Kona Tap Room at Hilton Waikoloa Village, and the Shops at Mauna Lani on Saturday the 17th. We’re looking forward to a fantastic season, seeing all of our good friends, our fans, and enjoying the opportunity to share our music with our Friends Old and New.
The Kilt Lifters
A bit of the Emerald Isles on the Hawaiian Isles! The Kilt Lifters celebrate our island nations with their eclectic and electric Celtic rock sound. With rocked out traditional and original tunes, paired with beautiful classic ballads, 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. Rythmic genius, Jason Stith, brings his signature style to the bass and Sam Woldenberg gives us the heartbeat with his amazing percussion work.
Chris Carr - Vocals, Guitar, Flute At the tender age of 12 years old Chris received a hand-me-down Washburn electric guitar from his older brother and thus began a life long love affair. Already a student of music, playing flute and singing in choir, Chris’ primary instrument quickly became the guitar. Chris has spent most of his lifetime studying guitar and music, pulling from an incredible variety of inspirations which have culminated into his unique progressive folk sound. From the Big Island of Hawaii, Chris pursues his musical passions from his home recording studio, from the Lanai, from the beach or wherever the Island takes him. Instruments include: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Flute, Piccolo, Cow Bell, Piano, Hand Percussion.
Mark Caudill - ViolinOriginally from Massachusetts, Mark grew up studying the violin from an early age. While living in Charlotte, North Carolina, he had the opportunity to study Irish/Scottish/Old Tyme fiddling, which rekindled his enthusiasm and love for musical performance. Mark toured the Renaissance Faire circuit for five years with Cantiga. Mark now resides on the Big Island of Hawai’i where he plays classical violin with the Orchid Isle Orchestra, as well as fiddling for Contra dances and The Kilt Lifters!
Jason Stith - BassKilt Lifter’s fans know Jason’s amazing bass work from our first album, Jack in the Green. Jason has joined the band as a regular member and we are thrilled to have his genius to add to the program. Jason has a diverse musical background and has spent a lot of time playing bluegrass, which is based on the Celtic music tradition, which makes his a natural fit for the group.
Sam Woldenberg - PercussionPercussionist extraordinaire and overall musical prodigy, Sam holds a bachelors degree in music theory and plays piano, drums, bass and guitar. Sam currently runs his own recording studio in Ohio and has several other music projects ongoing. Sam makes it back out to Hawaii to perform and for album recording.
Chris Carr - Vocals, Guitar, Flute
Mark Caudill - Violin
Jason Stith - Bass
Sam Woldenberg - Percussion
Pour Another Round, 2017 Tacoma Highland Games
Friends Old and New, 2017 Tacoma Highland Games
Kilt Lifters Live Compilation
Red Is The Rose, 2017 Oahu Scottish Highland Games
Go, Move, Shift, 2017 Oahu Scottish Festival & Highland Games
Tam Lin with Hawaii Irish Dance, Oahu Scottish Festival & Highland Games 2017
The Bonnie Lass of Anglesey, Hawaii Celtic Bash, 2016
It’s that time of year again, and the Kilt Lifters are headed back into the studio to record a pair of EP’s. We’re extremely grateful to Dave Mulligan for granting us the use of Fat Dragon Studio at Waiki’i Ranch. It’s always a great experience going into the studio and having the band together enjoying the great energy and high spirits. Robbie Calvo will once again be producing the new EP’s. Robbie has not only been a huge support to the Kilt Lifters, but also a great friend. Robbie’s work on the first EP, “Jack in the Green“, was beyond any expectation. The EP’s are set to be released approximately 6 months apart, with the first targeted to be available mid-March. The first EP will be titled, “Friends Old and New”
The Kilt Lifters have just returned from an exciting whirlwind trip to Tacoma, WA for the 2017 Tacoma Highland Games. We had the pleasure to meet up with and play alongside our longtime friend, Red McWilliams, who was managing entertainment for the games. It was a great event, with performances from the Jade Dragon Pirates, songwriter Ginger Ackley, and Seattle area locals, Celtic Treble.
Now that we’ve returned from our last major event for the season, we are looking forward to getting back into the studio to record a pair of back to back EP’s for release next year.
This has been such a fantastic year for us, and we’re grateful to each and every one of our Friends Old and New for their tremendous support.
-The Kilt Lifters
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!
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…