THE NASHVILLE CELTS

Guest Artist

Upcoming Performances

Biography

Country, bluegrass, and contemporary music are reunited with their original Celtic roots and then ‘Celtic-sized‘ by The Nashville Celts.

Based in Nashville and led by founder Ric Blair, The Nashville Celts (formerly known as The Celts) have been wowing audiences across the continent performing both their PBS Special Christmas with The Celts and most recently their sight and sound experience production of Celtic Roots of Great American Music.  With the exception of Scottish fiddler/vocalist Laura McGhee, the band are all good old American musicians with a love for the music.

When Irish and Scottish immigrants made the crossing to America they brought with them their own brand of musical spirit and song. As they migrated westward and generations passed their sounds, instrumentations and spirit would evolve into the musical styles we can trace back to the formative beginnings music of Appalachia, the Ozarks, bluegrass, folk and what would eventually become known as American country music. 

The Nashville Celts ‘Celtic-size’ great American country classics as well as their own compositions with unique sound and traditional Celtic instrumentation (Irish uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, drums and the ancient bodhran) and American fiddles, mandolin, banjo, and string bass. It’s said that what country and Celtic music have in common is "authenticity and the spirit of the working man."

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"You just can't listen to Celtic music and not be happy."

- RIC BLAIR

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