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This profile was last updated on 8/6/15  and contains information from public web pages.

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  • promising jazz major
    University of Cincinnati
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Meet The Celts, 6 Aug 2015 [cached]
The Celts lineup stars, Ric Blair on vocal-guitar-bodhran & piano along with the lovely Laura McGhee from Dundee Scotland on vocal and fiddle complemented by an array of top-flight musicians on uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, five-string bass, drums and of course, the crowd pleasing Irish dancers.
Ric Blair, founder of The Celts' was a promising jazz major at the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College Conservatory of Music until a chance encounter changed the entire course of his life. "A buddy of mine said, 'Hey there's this Irish group playing tonight,' American-born and Nashville based Blair remembers. It took a little prodding, but he agreed to give the concert a shot. "I opened the doors, and people were literally dancing on the tables," says Blair. "The music was so happy. As soon as I heard the pipes and Irish whistle, something in my blood hit me and said 'this is what I want to do'. Today, Blair reigns as one the country's most respected purveyors and historians of Celtic music. He and his band, The Celts, pack concert halls all across North America. Blair credits the group's popularity to their unique blending of Celtic traditional instruments and modern hit songs and sounds, as well as the success of their PBS-TV Christmas special Christmas with The Celts.
Music - HIS-Net, 12 April 2006 [cached]
Ric Blair - Ric Blair is a contemporary Christian singer/songwriter/musician whose music is inspiring both Christians and non-Christians alike. His music is a unique mix of celtic/pop/folk/inspirational and is mostly 'unplugged'.
Ric Blair: Break the Walls - Ric is a singer, songwriter and musician who plays celtic christian music. His style is all acoustic, celtic and folk rock. He has been compared to Jackson Browne, the Beatles and the Chietains. Ric wrote Never for Nothing for Margaret Becker
The Celts Music :: News, 18 Sept 2014 [cached]
In speaking about 1964 Ric Blair says, "These are the Monty Python Holy Grail of In Ears.
Ric Blair is co-writing with nashville hit songwriter Daryl Burgess.
Ric Blair speaks and leads a group of young aspiring songwriters at the Nashville GMA Immerse conference.
Ric Blair was honored to be invited to speak and perform at his alma mater Norwood high school in Cincinnati, Ohio.
April 23, 2014
Ric Blair is busy composing new original songs for the new Celts Record.
Blair was invited to attend a fundraiser for The Shalom Foundation at The Tree Farm in Santa Claus, IN.
Ric Blair endorses custom bodhran maker Michael Vignoles from Galway, Ireland.
Ric says, "I have shopped the world looking for a pro bodhran.
Ric Blair also received an endorsement from Cleartone guitar strings and DR handmade guitar strings.
Ric Blair's name was noted along side Paul Simon and Jim Cole as guitarists in Guitar Aficionado Magazine Vol.
Ric says, "There is nothing more rewarding; very humbling for us."
Ric Blair performed a Benefit concert in honor of the late Irish Priest Father Michael O'Rourke at a wonderful old art decco theatre called The Outer Edge in Appleton, WI.
Ric was joined by Irish fiddler Caitlin Warbelow from the Irish group Cherish the Ladies for this event.
The Celts Irish fiddler Kimberly Barnes and singer Ric Blair perform live on Good Morning Cincinnati on Channel 12.
Kim and Ric were laughing because the cameramen and TV crew were dancing to The Celts music at 645am.
Dervish lead singer Cathy Jordan and The Celts lead singer Ric Blair appear on Fox 17 News morning show with Nick Paranjape!
Ric flew to Los Angeles to appear on PBS TV station KVCR in San Bernardino, CA. Show goes out to over 18 million homes in Southern California! Ric Blair was interviewed by Rick Dulock for the PBS Pledge show.
Ric was also interviewed for another show by Lillian Vasquez.
Lillian had just interviewed David Foster prior to interviewing The Celts leader Ric Blair.
Ric is interviewed by Tyler Meyer on Norwood Public TV.
Ric Blair made a special appearance at PBS station WCET in Cincinnati!
Ric answered questions from the TV viewing audience live in between the concert show. Lots of questions and interest in Celtic music. Great station and great fun!
Ric was interviewed by NPR station WVXU in Cincinnati in support of the upcoming concert at The Taft Theatre!
Nov. 16, 2011
The Celts leader Ric Blair was interviewed by Jeff Touzeau writer for Pro Sound Magazine! Article featuring The Celts new release will be in Pro Sound Magazine's December Issue. Ric spoke about sound engineering techniques that he used in producing the "Christmas with The Celts" CD; especially those specific to Celtic music and Celtic instrumentation; everything from micing techniques, preamps, mixing, and tricks of the trade.
Ric will be interviewed by PBS.
Ric Blair's guitar maker Bruce Petros just attached the neck to his new guitar called "The Celt".
"The Celts" leader Ric Blair says why he thinks this is the case, "We have performed in venues all around the world. - News Archive [cached]
Most of these tracks were recorded with singer/songwriter Ric Blair for his CD's.
"These are songs most people have ... [cached]
"These are songs most people have never heard before," said Ric Blair, founder and leader of the group.
Blair said that's the essence of Irish and Scottish culture.
"There's some bantering between the audience and band members," he said. "It's great fun and a celebration. Like being in a pub in Ireland."
The goal is for the audience to forget their woes and find hope in what the Christmas message is about, Blair said.
Celtic music got a big boost from Riverdance, a theatrical show of traditional Irish step dancing, Blair said.
This is a crazy time of the year for The Celts. Blair spoke on the phone from a diner in Pennsylvania, grabbing breakfast before taking off to the airport for a show that evening.
"It's a tight schedule," he said. "I run on adrenaline. Then I crash."
"I'm probably going to kill my booking agent afterward," he said in jest.
Blair said it's a job he wouldn't want, adding booking agents deal with so many factors and work really hard. They can't help the fact that people want to hear Celtic music at Christmas.
The band stays busy throughout the year, Blair said. Demand increases at the holidays.
"There's something about Christmas and Celtic music," he said. "It's happy and joyful music. It fits well with the Christmas spirit."
The hardest part is planning the tour and pre-production work. Once on the road, it's fun.
"I was made to do this," Blair said. "I must have some Gypsy blood in me. "
A multi-instrumentalist, Blair served as the personal guitar instructor for Sheryl Crow and has composed film scores for actors such as Danny Glover and Morgan Freeman.
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