UMOJA GAELICA MUSICIANS
Lea Gilmore - lead vocals, arrangements
Eric Byrd - keyboard , backing vocals, music director
Brian Connolly- banjo, mandolin
Paul Creighton- mandola, guitar
Jim Divers- double bass
Wattie Lees - uilleann pipes, tin whistle
Stephen McCann- guitar, backing vocals
Frank McGuire - percussion, tin whistle, lead vocals on Track 12
Sean O'Rourke: flute, soprano sax, backing vocals
Lynn Tocker- accordion, music director
Tom Smith - lead vocals on Track 4, mandola, mandolin
Pam Zappardino- backing vocals on Tracks 8 and 14
Special Guest: Fraser Speirs - harmonica on Tracks 1 and 8
“Umoja”, meaning “unity” in the Swahili language. Umoja Gaelica is a musical concept that has been generated by world class African American and Celtic artists from Scotland, Ireland and the United States. Promoting the clear poignant message of ‘Peace through Unity’, the ‘Umoja Gaelica’ team deliver music with unique style and passion.
Leading the performance is international Gospel sensation, Lea Gilmore. Lea is a moving and passionate vocalist who is committed to human rights in the USA and around the world. She has made a significant impact to thousands of people’s lives internationally through her music, and was recently recognised by popular American publication, Essence magazine, as one of the “25 Women Shaping The World”.
With the help of an award winning team of musicians, Lea has created a musical performance that pushes musical boundaries, while promoting peace, unity, justice and tolerance for all.