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Employment History

Lead Guitarist
The Willoughby Wilson Band

Available Performer
Dark Water Music

Affiliations

Founder
The Celts Music Store

Education


promising jazz major
University of Cincinnati

DC Talk

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Mike Rimmer meets up with the American purveyor of Celtic music, Ric Blair

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That man is singer/songwriter Ric Blair and although we've never met, we immediately recognise each other in the lobby and big manly hugs occur!
I first came across Ric Blair back in 1997 when his debut album Always By My Side was released through the now defunct Pamplin Records.
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Some fellow students dragged him down to an Irish pub where a band was playing, and Ric was confronted for the first time with the sounds that would capture his soul.He remembers, "We walked in the door and I saw all these strange instruments; the bodhrán, the uilleann pipes.
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That's where Ric Blair started musically.Spiritually he was raised in the church by believing parents.He remembers, "I've been totally blessed to grow up in the church.
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Ric first got involved in Christian music in 1985.He signed his first record deal with Frontline Records as the lead guitarist for The Willoughby Wilson Band.He worked as a session guitarist for Amy Grant, Rich Mullins and Margaret Becker to name a few.He has also opened up shows across the country for Petra, Randy Stonehill, Steve Camp, Phil Keaggy and Edie Brickell And The Bohemians.In 1987 Ric worked as a songwriter for Meadowgreen Publishing in Nashville.It was during this time that Ric wrote the song "Never For Nothing" which became a number one Christian radio hit for Margaret Becker.
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After the release of Always By My Side (1997) Ric recorded Break The Walls (2000) which, like its predecessor, has now been re-released.
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With such musicians as Eric Rigler (Braveheart, Titanic) on uillean pipes, Cait Reed and Lovely Previn (daughter of London Philharmonic conductor Andre Previn) on Celtic fiddle, the album is a delightful mix of Irish and Scottish instrumentals along with some stirring original songs, pride of place going to "Scotland Ablaze", which looks forward to a glorious spiritual revival throughout Scotland, which Ric wrote while staying at a flat in Arbroath.
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And what a spectacular aggregation Ric had assembled.
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Jeff Durham is the longest serving band member, having been with Ric since 1995.


Christmas with the Celts - Touring Nationwide! | The Celts

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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.

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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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Christmas With The Celts is the brainchild of producer Ric Blair. Mr. Blair reigns as one the country's most respected purveyors of Celtic music. American-born he credits the popularity of the Christmas With The Celts concert presentation and the nationwide broadcasting of the show as a PBS-TV special to his unique blend of modern Christmas standards and sounds with the spirit and sounds of Celtic roots.
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The Celts' lineup features founder Ric Blair on vocals, guitars, bodhran, and piano, Laura McGhee on vocals and Scottish Fiddle, plus an ensemble of world class musicians playing uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, drums, mandolin, banjo plus always crowd pleasing Irish step dancers.


The Celts lineup stars, Ric ...

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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.

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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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Christmas With The Celts is the brainchild of producer Ric Blair. Mr. Blair reigns as one the country's most respected purveyors of Celtic music. American-born he credits the popularity of the Christmas With The Celts concert presentation and the nationwide broadcasting of the show as a PBS-TV special to his unique blend of modern Christmas standards and sounds with the spirit and sounds of Celtic roots.
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The Celts' lineup features founder Ric Blair on vocals, guitars, bodhran, and piano, Laura McGhee on vocals and Scottish Fiddle, plus an ensemble of world class musicians playing uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, drums, mandolin, banjo plus always crowd pleasing Irish step dancers.


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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.


Christmas With The Celts is ...

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Christmas With The Celts is the brainchild of producer Ric Blair. Mr. Blair reigns as one of the country's most respected purveyors of Celtic music. American-born, he credits the popularity of Christmas With The Celts to both the nationwide broadcasting of the show as a PBS-TV special and the unique blend of Celtic traditions with 21st century songs and sounds.

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It's about bringing young and old together to celebrate this special time of year", says Blair. The Celts' lineup features founder Ric Blair on vocals, guitars, bodhran, and piano, Laura McGhee on vocals and Scottish Fiddle, plus an ensemble of world class musicians playing uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, drums, mandolin, banjo plus the always pleasing Irish step dancers.

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