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The Fire Inside
Please join The Fire Inside at the Skagit Tulip Festival Street Fair Saturday, April 26, 12:00-2:00pm as they pour out smoldering Irish music and songs. This band has entertained audiences for over three years from Oregon to Washington. Based out of Issaquah and Redmond, this five-person band has made tremendous strides in becoming one of Seattle’s favorite Celtic bands.
Most recently The Fire Inside was chosen to play at the prestigious Irish Heritage Festival at SeattleCenter during the “Irish Week” celebration; an honor bestowed upon only four bands over two days. They released their first album “Strike the Match” in December 2013, and their single “Get Off Your Couch, O’Malley” was awarded first position in Celtic Music Magazine’s “Great Music to Listen to” list — ahead of veterans such as Téada and the Gothard Sisters.
The Fire Inside stays busy and innovative. They are writing a set of new songs set in the late 1800′s that depict the era when many Irish left their dwindling homeland prospects and headed to America in search of fortune. Referencing band member Tami Curtis’s heritage, the songs follow characters who end up in Nevada, working the silver mines or supporting the local economy in various ways. From betrayal to beer, the next album runs deep with Irish American roots in the west. Those heartbreaking and humorous songs were sung to ten St. Paddy’s Day gig audiences this year, and will continue to be honed until recording time.
With twenty-one stage hours in March, this band continues to stoke the musical fire with more upcoming shows. In addition to Starbucks in Issaquah, The Fire Inside can be seen at Skagit Tulip Festival Street Fair, the Conor Byrne Pub, Bite of Seattle and many more venues. Led by accomplished musicians Ashley Sullivan on fiddle and Daniel Horn on the uilleann pipes and whistles, the musical talent within the group runs deep. Both these lead melodists have played music since the age of four, and light up the stage with their Celtic sound. Michael Hurtenbach of Snoqualmie leads the rhythm section on guitar, providing vocals, and also brings out his sweet concertina on several jigs and hornpipes. Tami Curtis of Issaquah offers vocals, and bolsters the rhythm section with her Irish drum the bodhrán. Rounding out the group is talented multi-instrumentalist, David Edfeldt of Issaquah who plays mandolin and bass ukulele.
Come stoke your Celtic fire with us at the Street Fair!
Puirt na Gael
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Street Fair: Sunday, April 27, 1-3pm
Folklife Festival: Saturday, May 24th , 8:45PM
Scottish Culture and Heritage online class through the University of Edinburgh
Learn about Scottish Culture and Heritage in a first of its kind online class through the University of Edinburgh. For information, click on this link.
Highland Games in the Pacific Northwest & beyond
Click on hyperlinked event name below to go there. If the event name isn’t colored and underlined, no link was available at the time of creating this list.
|Event Name||2014 Date||Location|
|Scotch Tasting Gala||May 3||Hillcrest Lodge, Mount Vernon, Wa|
|Victoria Highland Games||May 17-18||Topaz Park, Victoria, BC|
|Bellingham Highland Games||Jun 6-7||Hovander Park, Ferndale, WA|
|BC Legion Highland Games||Jun||Douglas Park, Langley, BC|
|BC Highland Games||Jun 21||Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam, BC|
|Tacoma Highland Games||Jun 27-28||Frontier Park, Graham, WA|
|Skagit Valley Highland Games||Jul 12-13||Edgewater Park, Mount Vernon, WA|
|Portland Highland Games||Jul 18-19||Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR|
|Pacific Northwest Highland Games||Jul 26-27||King County Fairgrounds, Enumclaw, WA|
|Spokane Highland Games||Aug 2||Spokane County Fair, Spokane, WA|
|Whidbey Island Highland Games||Aug 9||Greenbank Farm, Greenbank, WA|
|World Pipe Band Championships||Aug 16-17||Glasgow Green, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Cowal Championships||Aug 28-30||Cowal, Scotland|