[one_half]Genre: Celtic Rock
City: Jacksonville Beach
Current Label: RKA Music
Nick Watson – drums, percussion, vocals.
Neil Anderson – bagpipes, whistles, vocals.
Trevor Tanner – guitars, vocals.
RATHKELTAIR (pronounced rath-KELT-ur) is one of the most original, fresh and exciting bands touring today. Based in Jacksonville Beach, Florida and on the road full-time since 2003, the band has built a loyal and rapidly expanding grass-roots fan base. Rathkeltair features three veteran road-warriors from Northern Ireland, England and America.
Noted singer-songwriter/guitarist Trevor Tanner, former front man for The Bolshoi, a mainstay of the UK club scene at the height of the MTV era and the subject of a rabid international cult following, writes most of the band’s original material.
Bagpiper Neil Anderson and drummer Nick Watson are two of the original members of Clan Na Gael (now 7 Nations), the band that kicked off the “kilt rock” phenomenon in the US in the mid-90’s and inspired many of the groups working in that genre today. “Something GOOD for a Change,” Rathkeltair’s latest recording (May, 2011) delivers the extraordinary energy and dynamics fans have come to expect from one of the most talked about bands on the North American festival circuit.
“Something GOOD for a Change” combines Tanner’s critically acclaimed songwriting and guitar work with world-class performances by Anderson, Watson, and bassist Billy Thornton, who toured with the band from 2006 to 2012. Rathkeltair fans made their voices heard during Bonnaroo Festival’s Annual Road to Roo competition (April, 2011) propelling Rathkeltair to a very respectable 13th place finish out of over 1,000 entries.
Rathkeltair was also voted “Best Celtic Rock Band” in the Celtic MP3 Music Magazine Annual Audience Poll. As thousands of festival-goers will tell you, Rathkeltair always delivers and never disappoints!