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Ric Blair

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Dark Water Music

Email: r***@***.com

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Background Information

Employment History

Lead Guitarist

The Willoughby Wilson Band


Affiliations

The Celts Music Store

Founder


Education

promising jazz major

University of Cincinnati


DC Talk


Web References(28 Total References)


www.darkwatermusic.com

Ric Blair Ric Blair Ric is usually accompanied by Celtic fiddlers J'Ana Jacoby (she also tours with Rod Stewart and John Tesh); Patrick D'Arcy from Dublin, Ireland, on uillean pipes; Yun Blair on Irish tin whistle; and Jeff Durham on djembe and percussion. Although Ric was born in America, his family has strong Celtic roots, beginning with his Irish mother, whose family settled in Kentucky.On his father's side, Ric's roots go back to a castle in the highlands of Scotland called Blair's Castle.The name "Blair" means "battlefield" in the Gaelic language.One of Ric's ancestors, John Blair, served as the personal chaplain to the famous Scottish hero William Wallace of Braveheart fame.Other Blairs also fought alongside William Wallace.This explains why Ric has such passion for this music: It comes from the heart. As a singer/songwriter, Ric Blair has also been extensively involved in Christian music, and signed his first record deal with Frontline Records in 1985.He has worked as a session guitarist for artists like Amy Grant, Rich Mullins, and Margaret Becker, to name a few.He has opened up shows across the country for Petra, Randy Stonehill, DC Talk, Phil Keaggy, Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, and many others.While Ric was working for Meadowgreen Publishing in Nashville, his song "Never for Nothing" climbed the charts to number one for Grammy nominee Margaret Becker.This song became one of the most played songs in Christian music history and is featured in the EMI Music, Time/Life Songs of Life series. Ric spent several years in the Los Angeles area, where he was involved in numerous projects, including composing TV and film scores.He has worked with people like Morgan Freeman and Danny Glover, and his scores have been aired on HBO and Cinemax.Ric also served for a while as a personal guitar instructor to rock singer Sheryl Crow. Ric's first release, Always by My Side, distributed by Provident and Word International Distribution, is a collection of heart-moving ballads, and features the radio single "The Red Sea" (produced by Bryan Lennox of Bruce Springsteen fame).The single has received widespread airplay around the world, particularly in the UK and Australia.Ric is now involved in extensive touring, and continues to break down walls and lift up fans with this inspiring new music.


jeffjetton.com [cached]

From left to right: Celts founder Ric Blair on bohran, Torrin Ryan on uilleann pipes, Matthew Burgess on percussion, and Patrick Martin on Irish bouzouki.


liveattheludlowgarage.com [cached]

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. 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. 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. 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.


liveattheludlowgarage.com

When: (Doors open at 7:00 PM) Ticket Price: $25.00 - $50.00 Door Time: 7:00 PM Show Type: 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.


www.ccplayhouse.com

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 dancer.
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.


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