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The Celts Music Store

HQ Phone:  (310) 859-7300

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The Celts Music Store

12100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1030

Los Angeles, California, 90025

United States

Company Description

The Celts perform original Celt music from the past as well as today!...more

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Songwriter

Meadowgreen Publishing


Available Performer

Dark Water Music


Lead Guitarist

The Willoughby Wilson Band


Web References(14 Total References)


Christmas with the Celts - Performance at the Williams Center for the Arts - Oelwein, Iowa

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. 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 Nashville Celts - MPI Talent Agency

The Nashville Celts are led by musician/songwriter/producer Ric Blair.
Ric Blair, is also the founder of their two popular concept shows, Roots of Great American Music and Christmas with The Celts. In 2010, Blair produced the national PBS show Christmas with The Celts which was filmed in front of a sold out audience at the original Grand Ole Opry, (voted top venue by Pollstar) the world famous Ryman Auditorium. The Nashville Celts lineup features founder Ric Blair on vocals, guitars, bodhran, and piano, Laura McGhee from Dundee, Scotland on vocals and fiddle plus an ensemble of world class musicians playing uilleann pipes, Irish whistles, banjo, mandolin, bass, drums and always crowd pleasing Irish step dancers. When asked about their musicial style Blair says, "I'm proud of my Irish/Scottish roots, but I am equally proud of my American music roots. So, our music has become a product of blending the two. Blair credits the group's popularity to their melding of modern American hit songs and sounds with organic Celtic instruments as well as the success of their PBS-TV specials. That hybrid sound and historical evolutionary process from the roots of Celtic-American immigrants to today's most popular music is also fully depicted in the band's new production entitled Roots of Great American Music. This high energy production demonstrates how Irish music influenced the development of American bluegrass, country, and pop music. Early in his career, Ric Blair was a promising jazz major at the University of Cincinnati's prestigious College Conservatory of Music. 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 of the country's most respected purveyors and historians of Celtic music.


Nashville Celts - Music City Roots

Ric Blair is the leader and founder of The Celts.
In talking about the music of The Celts Ric says, "Although my family (Blair means "Battlefield" in Gaelic) has strong Irish and Scottish roots, I was born and raised here in America. So, although I love both traditional Irish and Scottish music and it is a huge part of who I am and where I came from, I am also very American. I am proud of my Celtic heritage as well as my American upbringing. So, in being true to these influences I have somehow unconsciously combined the two styles; that is, very pure traditional Celtic music melded with the pop sensibilities that I have heard my whole life in American pop music. So, the music that emerged has become the music of The Celts." Ric Blair has an extensive resume. e has worked as a producer,film-composer, engineer, session player and touring musician around the world. Ric has composed film scores for people like Morgan Freeman and Danny Glover, produced numerous CDs and has even penned a Grammy nominated song which went to number one on the billboard charts. An interesting note is that Ric also served as the personal guitar instructor for rocker Sheryl Crow. Across all genres of music Ric has done it all ; from rock to pop to hard core Celtic. Ric is a multi-instrumentalist and plays acoustic/electric guitar, piano/keyboards, vocals, bodhran, Irish whistle, and Irish fiddle.


Home - Live at the Ludlow Garage

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.


http://liveattheludlowgarage.com/organizer/live-at-the-ludlow-garage/

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.


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