Tom Lenehan gave me a shout the other day. His is a name that should be instantly recognizeable to those of you who are fans of Celtic Rock. Previously a visitor to Kansas City, where I’ve seen him play, now KC are in for a treat - because…
Celtic rock pioneer Tom Lenahan is debuting a new act on St. Patrick’s Day at O’Dowd’s Little Dublin in Kansas City’s Zona Rosa. If you’re worried about hearing the music on a day which is rather noisy inside the pubs, well, Tom plays the bagpipes.
One of America’s first and foremost Celtic rock artists, Lenahan has teamed up with prominent local musician Christa Kelly Scott to form Lenahan & Scott, a duo that combines impressive instrumental versatility with exceptional vocal talent to create a unique and exciting musical experience.
Performing on a small roomful of instruments, the pair play and sing their way through fiery instrumental sets, rollicking songs and beautiful ballads with equal ease and enthusiasm. The show includes traditional and contemporary music from all the Celtic nations as well as original tunes and songs by Christa and Tom.
Born in Chicago, Tom Lenahan founded The Clan, one of America’s first Celtic rock bands, in New York City in 1986. Eight years later, he started Lenahan, and proceeded to tour extensively in the U.S. and in Europe, releasing 5 albums along the way.
Tom is the winner of 6 ASCAP songwriter awards and performs on guitar, bagpipes, tin whistle, harmonica and various percussion instruments. (Find out more about Lenahan at www.celticrock.com - see, he got that domain name because he was playing Celtic rock before you heard of it.)
Originally from Texas, Christa Kelly Scott is a well-known Kansas City Irish vocalist, musician and composer who plays fiddle, mandolin, keyboards and guitar. She sang with the St. Louis Symphony for 4 years and toured the U.S. with The Spirit of St. Louis.
Christa formed and fronted her own Kansas City Irish band, Kelawen, in 2008, and has composed and published two books of Celtic music. She also teaches master fiddle workshops at Kansas City’s Irish Center in Union Station (formerly referred to as the Irish Museum & Cultural Center - IMCC) and at the KC Irish Festival in the fall.
Lenahan & Scott will be performing two shows at O’Dowd’s Little Dublin in Zona Rosa, from 2-4 pm and from 5-7 pm on Thursday, March 17, 2011 - St Patrick’s Day.
O’Dowd’s Little Dublin is located at 8600 NW Prairie View Road. You can find them online at www.odowdslittledublin.com, or phone 816-268-6333.
St Patrick’s Day 2011
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