MAC is part of the natural progression of Celtic music as it has worked away into the American consciousness. Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Elias Alexander (bagpipes/vox), and Colin Cotter (guitar/vox) are all three well-versed in the Celtic music tradition. The music that they write and perform as the contemporary Celtic-Americana folk trio, MAC, reveals fiery personas tempered with artistry, finesse, and virtuosity as they draw from a deep well of innovative original music and lush arrangements of traditional songs and tunes. Released in 2018, their debut album “Perfectly Manufactured Reality” depicts this creative journey from its infancy up to the present moment.
Ciccone & Cotter
Few young Canadian fiddlers today can show off the breadth and range of North American fiddling like Adrianna Ciccone. With a “distinctive stamp and swing that is both rooted and infectious,” she crosses back and forth across the continent with ease. Adrianna showcases Cape Breton reels, crooked French-Canadian brandys, the rollicking rhythms of Ottawa Valley step-dancing tunes, way down to Southern Appalachian string band tunes; even incorporating Irish and Métis influences. A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, her debut album, The Back of Winter, produced by Bruce Molsky, won Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
A Thousand Years at Sea
With two full-length albums, “The Stillness Here” and “Silver Shores Await” in addition to two EPs, “We Will Fall Apart” and “Tree Pool,” A Thousand Years at Sea has been heavily-embedded in the Northern-California folk scene for 10 years. Featuring a unique blend of Americana, contemporary Celtic music, folk-rock, and African percussion, ATYAS keeps the party going with earthy grooves.
Featuring California’s Colin Cotter & Galen Fraser along with Martin Melendez from Havana by way of Barcelona, Midnight Choir blends Americana and contemporary Celtic music with Latin and jazz sensibilities, making for a booty-shakin folk fiesta.