About Songs For Ceilidh
Songs for Ceilidh combine Irish, Scottish and Canadian Maritime Celtic influences with American heartland roots and acoustic pop/rock. Their original music includes traditionally inspired Celtic melodies and modern narratives, with an emphasis on high energy, upbeat rhythms. Their name says it all: Ceilidh [Káy-Lee], a foot stomping, high energy party. In other words, a rip-roaring good time!
“You are never quite sure what they are going to throw in,” says a fan. “One minute they are playing Whiskey in the Jar and the next the fiddle is belting out the solo from Stairway to Heaven. It makes for a very interesting show!”
The four band members each bring their own specific influence. Hailing from Canada, Scott sings and plays the acoustic guitar, bodhran, and tin whistle. Bryan plays fiddle with a blend of American and Celtic styles, sings backup and also plays guitar. Chuck keeps the music moving with his steady twelve-string and banjo strumming while Jon ties it all together with his djembe and any other percussion the music needs! The four unite to bring a truly unique sound to the music.
Songs for Ceilidh was not formed to be a “cover band”. Their interpretation of traditional Celtic classics owes more to Cape Breton influences then it does to traditional Irish. While respecting the original music, their arrangements reflect a modern sensibility and desire to ‘keep it moving’! Their growing body of original works reflects this same balance of tradition and innovation.
While they bring a solid repertoire of traditional Celtic classics, don’t expect to hear Danny Boy or Irish Eyes! Lively and fun is their emphasis. Upbeat classics and originals provide a sound that appeals to all, from families in the park on a summer evening to rowdy, late night bar patrons. “We’re looking for people to enjoy themselves and their surroundings. That’s what it’s all about”.