The Celts mix lively traditional Irish music and instrumentation with American pop music and their own originals. The Celts lineup stars, Ric Blair on vocal-guitar-bodhran & piano along with the lovely Laura McGhee from Dundee Scotland on vocal and fiddle complemented by an array of top-flight musicians on uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, five-string bass, drums and of course, the crowd pleasing Irish dancers. Some of the musicians that have performed with The Celts include Donegal fiddler Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, Irish singer Cathy Jordan from Roscommon, Ireland, Riverdance piper Ivan Goff, from Dublin and Braveheart/Titanic Movie piper Eric Rigler just to name a few. The Celts perform in venues around the world including The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, The Lincoln Center, and many other Performing Arts Centers, Theaters, and major Casinos. The Celts have also shared the stage with Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Patty Lovless, John Anderson, Tim O'Brien and many others. In 2010 The Celts produced a successful pledge show for PBS which aired across the country for 3 years called Christmas with The Celts.
In 2015, The Celts appeared on PBS TV show Music City Roots and will soon host another PBS special called Roots of Great American Music which will feature some the top Country music, Irish music, and Pop music stars on the planet. The Celts are managed by former Sinead O'Conner Manager/EMI Manhattan Record Executive Bruce Garfield.
Ric Blair, founder of The Celts’ was a promising jazz major at the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College Conservatory of Music until a chance encounter changed the entire course of his life. "A buddy of mine said, 'Hey there's this Irish group playing tonight,' American-born and Nashville based Blair remembers. It took a little prodding, but he agreed to give the concert a shot. "I opened the doors, and people were literally dancing on the tables," says Blair. "The music was so happy. As soon as I heard the pipes and Irish whistle, something in my blood hit me and said ‘this is what I want to do’." Today, Blair reigns as one the country's most respected purveyors and historians of Celtic music. He and his band, The Celts, pack concert halls all across North America. Blair credits the group's popularity to their unique blending of Celtic traditional instruments and modern hit songs and sounds, as well as the success of their PBS-TV Christmas special Christmas with The Celts. "I'm proud of my Irish/Scottish roots, but I am equally proud of my American music roots. So, our music has become a product of merging the two cultures".
is a blend of ancient traditional Irish and Scottish Christmas Carols mixed with American Christmas favorites but performed with Irish instrumentation ie. uilleann pipes, whistles, bodhran, fiddle, etc. Featuring 6 musicians, plus Irish dancing and narration of Christ's birth told in the Scottish dialect by Laura McGhee from Dundee, Scotland.
Celtic Roots of Great American Music
tells the exciting story of how Irish and Scottish music influenced the development of American Bluegrass, Country, and Pop music. The first Act begins with the irish potato famine and Irish immigration and moves from the Highlands of Scotland to the Highlands of Appalachia where Bluegrass begins. In Act II, the pipes speak to the banjo and a new music is born. 7 musicians including pipes, whistles, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, Irish dancers, and multimedia presentation. Irish instruments and Mountain instruments unite in performing American favorites by Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, etc.
Irish Celebration with The Celts
This is The Celts traditional Irish music show with mostly high spirited uptempo Irish tunes and songs mixed with heart moving ballads that the Irish are known for as well as The Celts originals. Featuring Eamonn Dillon from Belfast on uilleann pipes and Laura McGhee from Dundee, Scotland on blazing celtic fiddle. Irish dancers and always tons of humorous interactions with the audience during all of The Celts shows.