The San Francisco-based Celtic rock band Tempest brings its Irish roots and reels and Scottish and Scandinavian ballad-laced tunes to Minden’s CVIC Hall at 7 p.m. May 9.
The group was founded by its front man and Oslo native Lief Sorbye, who also plays a double-necked electric mandolin among other instruments.
California fiddler Kathy Buys is the band’s newest member. She was a medal winner in the 2007 Comhaltas Irish music competition and has a great love of traditional Irish and World music. Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, colors the band’s sound with inventive rhythms and a steady rock beat. Bassist Brian Fox is a dual citizen of the US and Ireland and has an advanced degree in ethnomusicology and is editor in chief at Bass Player magazine. Guitarist Gregory Jones is the latest in a long line of Tempest guitarists with fiery licks and a hard-rocking approach to Celtic music.
Their music ranges from pub-ready stompers to contemplative instrumentals to ballads about knights and knaves. It includes rocked-out traditional Celtic tunes, such as their adaptation of “Black Jack Davy,” and original compositions like “The Great Departure.” They usually include a traditional song or two in Sorbye’s native Norwegian, such as “Jomfru.” All three songs can be found on their latest album, “Another Dawn.”
Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 at the door; and $5 for students with ID and children. Drinks will be provided by Tahoe Wine and Bistro.