Tempest
w/ Golden BoughFriday, October 18, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)energetic Celtic rock group celebrates 25th anniversary $24.50 adv / $26.50 doorPurchase tickets online
October 18 8:00 pm

TempestAfter 25 years, 15 albums, and more than 2,000 gigs, the Bay Area folk rock group Tempest is taking a night to celebrate. The always-evolving band plays what the All Music Guide calls “a fresh blend of Celtic, Norwegian, British, and American folk and good ol’ rock’n’roll.” Lead vocalist and mandolin player Lief Sorbye, originally from Oslo, Norway, says, “I started the band to fuse rock and folk music and basically to explore not only Celtic roots, but also my own Scandinavian roots in a rock-band setting. If folk musicians had electric instruments hundreds of years ago, they would have used them. To this day, we’re still exploring.” Joining Lief in the exploration are original member Adolfo Lazo from Cuba on drums, San Franciscan Kathy Buys on fiddle, Caith Threefires from Boston on bass, and Gregory Jones, originally from Colorado, on guitar. Together, these fine musicians continue the Tempest tradition of constantly reinventing themselves with an ever-changing blend of Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian traditional music, and high energy rock.

Golden BoughGolden Bough doesn’t want to brag, but they’ve already celebrated their 30th anniversary – and they’re still going strong! Rooted in the Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, the Isle of Man, French Brittany, and Spanish Galicia, the band – featuring Margie Butler, Paul Espinoza, and Kathy Sierra – plays haunting ballads, beautiful airs, and lively traditional songs on an array of acoustic instruments, including Celtic harp, guitar, octave mandolin, accordion, violin, pennywhistle, and bodhran. They also sing beautifully, and their pristine harmonies have become a Golden Bough trademark. Lief from Tempest was an original member of the band, but he wanted to do his electric thing, so there was an amicable parting of the ways. Tonight, enjoy the best of both traditional and modern Celtic roots, with Tempest and Golden Bough!

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