Seven Nations; Celtic on the rocks
Perhaps you’ve seen a photo of Seven Nations. As posterboys for a Dewar’s Scotch magazine advertisement, Seven Nations is pictured standing in a stream with their instruments and frontman Kirk McLeod is wearing a kilt.
Fusing alternative rock with traditional Celtic music, Seven Nations plays a style of music unique and intriguing, so don’t expect a folk band. These guys are intent on high energy performances geared to get folks to party.
“We bring the bagpipe and fiddle into a different form,” said bassist Struby. “We don’t want (audiences) to think we are traditional. We use those instruments in a more modern rock format. We want people to hear the bagpipes and consider it just a different instrument, like a lead guitar playing the melody.”
When the band started in New York City seven years ago, it was playing rock and roll, but because McLeod was an avid bagpipe player, who competed in competitions during the weekends, the band naturally experimented.
“Each one of us has our own different tastes as far as what we like musically,” Struby said.
The band is based in Orlando, Fl., but has played everywhere from Puerto Rico to Scotland and all over the United States.
The band is Kirk McLeod (lead vocals, highland bagpipes, keyboards, guitar), Ashton Geoghagan (drums), Scott Long (bagpipes and mandolin), Dan Stacey (fiddle/canadian step-dancing), and Struby (bass and backup vocals).
Seven Nations will perform Friday at Mulligan’s Irish Pub. Tickets are $7 in advance. Doors open at 9 p.m. and showtime is at 10 p.m.
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