2019 Musical Line-Up

the real mckenziesWicked tinkersCulann's HoundsScurvey MonkeysGolden boughBlack Irish BandMichael MullenCooking with turfErica & FriendsGlenn MorganMC. Tony SerranoOM. Tim ElseyStag and Thistle Pipes & DrumsEmerald Society Bagpipe Band
The Real McKenzies
Wicked Tinkers
Wicked Tinkers

Prepare yourself for a wild ride with WICKED TINKERS! Pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic movement, the Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since 1995. With the addition, several years back, of the mesmerizing drone of the Australian didgeridoo and Bronze Age Irish horn, the magic was complete. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night. Or better yet, get on your feet and let your body move to ancient rhythms and forgotten sounds.

Culann's Hounds
Culann's Hounds

Culann's Hounds have been playing shows for almost two decades. Starting their run in a small Irish bar in the inner Sunset of San Francisco called The Blackthorn Tavern in 1999, their steady rise has been a credit to their love of the music and ability to consistantly deliver hard driving quality shows with a strong dose of rebel attitude, humor, and a few drops of whiskey. 5 albums later they have multiple national and international tours under their belt in addition to headlining festivals and large music venues. Though the bands is in it's third incarnation, founding members Steve Gardner and Mike Kelleher have performed virtually every show that band has ever played. The thread that has held the band together is the same one that has drawn the members back to their roots: love of traditional Irish music. Fiddle tunes, pipes, whistles, bodhrans, songs, fun.


Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 28 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release fifteen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It's also enjoyed an evolving line-up that's enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. Driving in from the North Bay area is Josh Fossgreen, an exceptional musical talent whose innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape. And Northern California's own young Indian-American progressive guitarist, Ab Menon, skids to a flaming stop on the Tempest stage, replete with flying dreadlocks, dazzling string stylings and a sense of ticklish fun. Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band's sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming.

Scurvy Monkeys
Scurvy Monkeys

Golden Bough
Golden Bough

Rooted in the traditional music of the seven Celtic nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, The Isle of Man, French Brittany and Spanish Galicia), Golden Bough has become a popular and in-demand group on both sides of the Atlantic. Since their formation in 1980, this trio of
modern day minstrels has traveled great distances to numerous countries, to bring their music to enthusiastic folk fans the world over.
Backing themselves on an array of acoustic instruments; Celtic harp, guitar, octave-mandolin, mandolin, accordion, violin, penny-whistle
and bodhran, they blend their voices in the pristine harmonies that have become a Golden Bough trademark. To date they have released
over 30 recordings. In the recording studio, as well as on stage, Golden Bough captures the essence and joy of traditional music.

The Black Irish Band
Black Irish Band

When you take Irish, Scottish, Spanish, and Italian Music, and mix it up, you get the true nature of the Black Irish Band. For 30 years this band has created an original sound that no other band has. With over 600 concert performances to date and airplay around the world, the band has kept very busy spreading their brand of progressive folk music to a large audience. Performing both traditional and original music the band is very focused on presenting acoustic music in a very exciting up-beat way that appeals to all ages. The band has written and recorded 96 original songs that appear on many of the bands twenty-six CD recordings. Many of the original works written by the band are based on Celtic history.

Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Town of Sonora, California, this five member Black Irish Band of 30 years, have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. They excel at Irish & Scottish, Italian, and American folk music with an assortment of original songs and traditional western ballads. The bands musical style captures the spirit of the immigrants of this land, the men and women who tamed the Wild West. The latest release is titled “Warriors of the West”.

Michael Mullen
Michael Mullen

Michael loves fiddling, whether it's playing Celtic rock in front of thousands, or just enjoying some quiet tunes with a few friends. He has drawn the bow across the strings all his life, and continues to explore new horizons and delve deeper into well-known territories as well. As a California native (born in Fresno, grew up in Reedley) he was lucky to grow up in a town with very strong local support for music in the schools, where he played in school and youth orchestras (and every other musical group at Reedley High). He did not truly learn the simple joy of playing his instrument, though, until he began exploring "alternative" musical styles such as folk fiddling, country, swing-jazz, old time, etc. It's in Scottish and Irish music that Michael has found his true heart's home: no other kind of music both speaks to his soul and satisfies his musical mind like the power and plaint of Scottish and Irish reels, jigs, airs, and songs. Michael has performed many different styles of music with many different bands and ensembles over the years. A short list might include Tempest, Caliban, The Cadillac Cowboys, The Sons of the San Joaquin, Melanie O'Reilly, Shay Black, and several ensembles of his own such as Pangur Ban, Sgian Dhu, and GreenBridge. Michael has been known as a high-energy performer for years, receiving much praise from critics, the audience, and the press for his studio and live performances. He has attracted a following in his own right as a dynamic performer in both the acoustic traditional scene and as a rock violinist, and although both his performance style and his fiddling ability have matured over time, Michael still receives rave reviews from press and fans alike.

Cooking with Turf
Cooking with Turf

Cooking With Turf is a traditional Celtic band that can play rollicking jigs and reels as well as sweet and sensitive waltzes, airs and songs.
They will make you laugh out loud with some of the funny songs they know,
or maybe you'll get a bit misty on some of the typically poignant ballads.
Cooking With Turf is...
Richard Ferry on wooden flute, whistles and guitar,
Steve Kenworthy on fiddle and guitar,
Ken Van de Kieft on various mandolines, dulcimers and guitar,
and Jared Myers on Scottish bagpipes, smallpipes and guitar.

Erica & Friends
Erica & Friends

Erica & Friends is a Berkeley based band bringing audiences around the Bay Area beautiful folk music from the British Isles, Ireland and the US. Beautiful and touching ballads, tales infamy, courage ...Erica & Friends is a Berkeley based band bringing audiences around the Bay Area beautiful folk music from the British Isles, Ireland and the US. Beautiful and touching ballads, tales infamy, courage and woe, upbeat pub songs, jigs, reels and polkas. Accomplished local musicians - vocals, bodhran, violin, viola, whistle, guitar, accordion and bouzouki

Glenn Morgan
Glenn Morgan

Glenn Morgan has been performing on the Hammered Dulcimer for over 35 years. He brings a unique upbeat energy and style to his playing, with a diverse repertoire spanning Irish, Welsh, English and Old-Time traditions, adding an occasional French or Eastern European tune for good measures.

Master of Cerimonies
Tonny Sserrano

Tony Serrano
This larger than life personality has been a professional Master of Ceremonies for many years in the Coffee and Entertainment Industries. His witty charm will have you captivated and informed in all aspects of the Black Oak stage's merriments for the event. Don't be shy, get up and join in the festivites of the faire.

In Tony's career as a MC, he has had the honor to provide his unique speaking talent at some of the most pristine events in the world. Some of those events include the South West Regional Barista Competitions (many times), United States Barista Championship, and the All Hallows Fantasy Faire.

Mckenzies Opening Moderator
Tim Elsey

Tim Elsey
Tim has been around many of stages over the years. His love for Celtic Punk Rock has set him on a mission to be the best commsure of the genre. Compileing all of his knowlege on the subject matter has been given the nick name "Oi" commonly used in Irish Punk rock for "hey".

Tim has been a long time part of Celtic Faire and the Celtic comunity. He has volunteered for many task to help out like minded Celts.  If you ever catch him stomping around in his docks and a kilt to the bellows of a paddy chant. You would see that he is the perfect one for the task at hand.   

Pipe Bands
Stag & Thistle

Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes & Drums
The Fresno Stag and Thistle Pipes & Drums was formed as a main offshoot of the founding of the Piping Society of Central California in 1990 as a non-profit organization with the following purpose: "To preserve and promote the great highland bagpipe, excellence in piping and drumming, and the love of Scottish music." Now in its 25th year, the band has already accomplished many of its goals. The band teaches piping and drumming for free to anyone who has a genuine interest and willingness to work hard to learn. The band has also sent numerous pipers, drummers and dancers to summer schools and camps when possible. Over the years, the band has played at innumerable parades, dinners, parties, funerals, weddings, ceilidhs, holiday events, highland games and festivals from San Luis Obispo to Mammoth Lakes and San Diego to Sacramento.

Emerald Society bagpipe band

Emerald Society Bagpipe Band
Located in Ripon CA The Emerald Society Bagpipe Band features bagpipes and drums since 2005. It is the premier pipe band in the Central Valley of CA. It has performed throughout CA including: Modesto, Stockton, Fresno, Angels Camp, Murphys, Sacramento, Sonora, Bakersfield, Oakdale, Ripon and other cities in Southern CA. The band performs sets in both Irish and Scottish music. The band can perform a variety of events including: weddings, parades, cultural events, funerals and private parties. The band can provide solo pipers, a few or a full band with or without drums. We offer free instruction to those who would like to learn to play the bagpipes or drums. Our band is a family oriented group with members ranging from 7 to 70 years of age.


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