In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, Ramona Concert Association will present the Highland Way Celtic Band on March 3.
“The music will honor our Irish-American heritage,” said Marlene Robershaw, association president. “You are encouraged to wear your kilts, tartans and shamrocks.”
Robershaw describes the Highland Way Band as an exciting Celtic experience for all ages. “Their polished performance is a combination of ‘kick-up-your-heels’ Scottish and Irish reels and jigs, plus melodic and romantic folk songs,” she reports. “This band is definitely a crowd pleaser and the most versatile Celtic Band around, playing everything from high energy festivals to performing arts theaters, from Scotland to Nova Scotia to California.”
The band’s musicians include lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Brian Caldwell, a native of Scotland, Ned Giblin (vocals, whistles, mandolin), Paul Graham Castellanos (fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Freddy Faith (percussion and drums).
Giblin is from Galway, Ireland and has performed in many venues, including the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Compound. Caldwell specialized in sound engineering at Strathclyde University in Ireland before heading on the road. When not performing, he operates his own studio, producing under the Highland Way Productions’ label. Castellanos, the original bass player for Jethro Tull, has been playing “anything with strings” for 30 years. Faith has been playing drums since the age of 14 and through the Highland Way Band has re-connected to his Scottish roots.
The concert will be in the performing arts center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 for seating.
Tickets for non-season ticket holders will be sold at the door for $15 for adults and $5 for children and students. Admission is included with purchase of season tickets for the next concert season. Membership tickets for the 2012-13 Season are $25 for adults and $10 for students and children. A family membership for $55 includes two adults and all children and students living under one roof.
For more information, call 760-789-7474.