Celtica | Pipes Rock!
Celtica's history started in 2009 when several European and US-American musicians got together in Phoenix, AZ to record their first CD “Rising” and headed to Grand Canyon and Monument Valley for their first video shoot for the song “Atholl Highlanders”. The combination of the traditional sound of Scottish bagpipes with the power of a Rock Band promised to become a recipe for quick success.
During the summer touring season of 2010 they played most of Europe's major Celtic and/or Scottish themed festivals, as well as many local Music and Art Festivals, taking them to Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Croatia, and Austria, just to name a few. Their first CD “Rising” becomes a “Celtic” favorite on European radio stations and a hot seller on Internet Music outlets.
The 2011 season extends Celtica's “touring territory” to more countries (Netherlands, Slovenia) and even bigger festivals, while they start working on their second CD “Oceans of Fire”. Trying to extend their popularity “across the pond”, they start gaining notoriety with several US and Canadian promoters, leading to the planning of their first North American Tour for Fall of 2012.
And indeed 2012 became Celtica's biggest year yet: energized by their second CD release “Oceans of Fire”, they were booked solid on the European festival circuit from May to October 2012, only to be joyfully interrupted by a string of appearances in Canada and the US, including prestigious Celtic Festivals at New Hampshire Highland Games, Canmore (CAN), Oklahoma Scotfest, and Pipes in the Valley. Several of those rehired Celtica immediately for 2013, which will also include appearances at the Arizona Highland Games and the Sonoran Celtic Faire 2013.
Hartford, CT based promoter Gail McClellan calls Celtica “THE new band on the international Celtic music scene”, and she goes on to say, “I really loved the Celtica CD; their music is very appealing, they have exciting stage presence, not to mention the fire show which people love; their appearance in the U.S and especially New England is a rare and unique opportunity”.