Rathkeltair blends compelling and catchy original songs with tight, driving straight-ahead rock-n-roll, while never forgetting its Celtic roots.
Based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, Rathkeltair has been on the road full-time since 2003. Highly regarded for its extraordinary energy, showmanship and professionalism, Rathkeltair enjoys a loyal and rapidly expanding community of friends and fans.
Rathkeltair features three veteran road-warriors from England, Northern Ireland and America. Noted singer-songwriter/guitarist Trevor Tanner, former front man for The Bolshoi, a mainstay of the UK club scene at the height of the MTV era and the subject of a rabid international underground cult following, writes most of the band's original material. Drummer Nick Watson (formerly of the Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band) and bagpiper/multi-instrumentalist Neil Anderson are two of the original members of Clan Na Gael (7 Nations), the NYC-based band that kicked off the “kilt rock” phenomenon in the US in the mid-90's and inspired many of the groups working in that genre today.
Rathkeltair's name-sake is a famous historical site in County Down, Northern Ireland, also known as the “mound of Down.” Besides being close to the village where Nick was born and raised, the band chose the name as a tip of the hat to its Celtic heritage.
Rathkeltair has been featured at many of the biggest and best-known Celtic Festivals in North America including the Dublin Irish Festival (Dublin, OH), New Hampshire Highland Games (Loon Mountain, NH), Long's Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival (Estes Park, CO), Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (Linville, NC), and the Glengarry Highland Games, Ontario, Canada.
Buy CD: Eight
Download MP3: The Ballad of Colonel John Macintosh
Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, FL
Similar Artists: Seven Nations, The Pogues, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys
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Rob Howell actively wonders what wyrd has in store for him next. Since wyrd answers in her own time, he writes poetry, follows where his whimsy leads, and spends his weekends singly (badly) to whomever will listen to him.
Omer Riff works as a technology solutions manager and information professional. After a misspent youth where he listened to other, lesser, stuff, he finally saw the light and 12 years ago became a fan of Celtic music, Irish and Scottish in particular. Now he spends thousands of hours listening to the genre, visiting music festivals both at home and overseas, skimming through the web seeking new artists and bands, absorbing any literature about Celtic music he can lay his hands on, and contributing to various forums that deal with Irish music. Now, he is a Celtic Music Appreciation God!!!! In his copious spare time, he plays high and low whistles.