Celtic rock band performs free concert Sunday in Azalea Park

By The Curry Coastal Pilot September 08, 2012 07:24 am


The five-piece band Tempest will bring its globally renowned hybrid of high-energy Celtic folk-rock music to the Azalea Park bandshell for a free concert at 1 p.m. Sunday to end the American Music Festival summer season.

Since forming in 1988, Tempest has performed music that fuses Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements, according to the band’s website.

The last 24 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area-based act release 15 critically-acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving lineup that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist Lief Sorbye is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit.

San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. 

Newcomer Caith Threefires, from Boston, is an old friend of the band, with a strong background in both rock and traditional folk music – “He brings down the house with his energetic stage presence and skillful bass playing!” the website states.

Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitar greats. “His fiery licks and hard-rocking approach to the instrument, combined with his experience and understanding of Celtic music is a fast favorite with fans, new and old alike!” according to the website.

Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band’s sound with inventive rhythms and rock-steady drumming.

The group’s latest studio CD, “Another Dawn,” finds the band in peak form as it showcases inventive original and traditional material.

Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals.

For information about Tempest, their music and history visit www.tempestmusic.com.

The Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor will operate the Snack Shack during the concert. People are welcome to bring their own lunch and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

The American Music Festival is a nonprofit organization under the umbrella of the Brookings Area Council for the Arts, operated by a volunteer board.

For more information, contact Les Cohen at the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce, 541-469-3181.