Celtaire hails from the Houston area but travels around the great state of Texas to perform historical music for festivals, museums, historic sites, community events and schools. All the band members are over 40.... and have day-jobs.... but play their music to young and old alike. They have performed and instructed at area elementary and secondary schools.
“This is our way of enlightening our children with the roots of our Texas music traditions and preserving it for now and for our children in the future,” said their manager Betty Peters.
They even get the audience members involved in playing along with them, with hands-on activities, and allow them to appreciate the old-time music and how it was made..... before batteries and amps.
Their acoustic instruments include fiddle, penny whistle, bodhran, guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocals, the “bass-box,” tambourine, autoharp, spoons and Limberjack (a wooden dancing doll from the 1790s). By interacting with the audience, Celtaire likes to create “music memories” for young and old alike.
Event directors are thrilled with Celtaire’s shows. “Their music lifts us up and creates such a tremendous atmosphere – we feel as though we were back in 1836 at The Alamo,” said Bob Benavides, SALHA president.
“Our events would not be authentic without Celtaire. They bring life to our historical site,” comments Ricky Taylor from Historical George Ranch.
“And that Limberjack is truly an amazing thing to watch,” said Pam Scaggs, from Washington-on-the-Brazos.
They also have been invited to play at the Capitol Rotunda in Austin by special invitation of Sen. Dan Patrick.
Celtaire has two CDs that have been accepted for submission by The Grammys (www.cdbaby.com). They were selected for the Touring Roster of Texas Commission on the Arts 2008-2010, are members of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Texas Governor’s Music Office. They are genuinely passionate about keeping Americana music in the forefront through various venues and events.