Ed Miller is a singer and folklorist whose performances deliver a real taste of Scotland. He is a native of Edinburgh who came to Texas as a young man and has made Austin his home. Hailed as “one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival”, Ed engages his audiences with historical notes on the music of Scotland … and always invites his listeners to join in the song. His performances reflect both his continuing love for his homeland and his musical connections to his adopted home in Texas.
Wick born Hugh Morrison is at home with the real Scottish dance band style of music heard in many “Ceilidh dance halls” across Scotland. Scottish ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) music is defined by the rollicking, cheery accordion and fiddle melodies played by the likes of Sir Jimmy Shand & his Band, with whom Hugh Morrison chanced to study. Unlike its better-known relative, Irish button accordion, Scottish button accordion retains the hard-driving, working class rhythms of its origins in public dance halls. In addition to his grounding in ceilidh playing, Morrison is equally adept at the complex tunes of modern Celtic music.
Jed Marum is a popular performer and songwriter of American Roots and Celtic music. Bringing a mix of traditional and original songs to audiences throughout the US, Jed is known as a refined singer and a gifted storyteller. Since 1999 he has published over a dozen albums, licensed music to several film and TV projects and he works over 150 shows each year. You can hear in his music, the blending of American, Scottish and Irish cultures. In his songs you will relive the stories passed on from generation to generation.
Beautiful harmonies and imaginative arrangements of classic Scottish and Celtic songs are the hallmarks of The DramBeauties. The “old sangs”…the ones that grandmothers taught their granddaughters about The Isle of Skye, Bonnie Prince Charlie and other interesting characters and legendary places are the songs The DramBeauties love to sing. They take these much loved and much sung songs and make them their own. Due in large part to the extensive choral background of each member, their voices blend together beautifully….and it was an interesting twist of fate or bit o’ luck that brought them together! They met two years ago in Harlingen, Texas at the annual Burns’ Night Supper. This annual gathering of the MacLeods always ends with a ceilidh, and that evening as they sang until the wee hours of the morning, while sipping glasses of Drambuie, The DramBeauties were born… they even named the group that very night! The two years that followed that fateful evening have been busy ones, for although it was obvious from the start that their voices blended well, it was also obvious that much work was needed! This has not been an easy task since Sarah lives in Boston, and Muffee and Jackie live in Texas! However, love of the music and a desire to perform it well has spurred them on to keep a regular rehearsal schedule.
Based on the music of Jed Marum and Hugh Morrison, Lonestar Stout takes a new and refreshing look at Celtic tradition. They bring a warm and spirited mix of songs and fun to their performances – offering the music of Scotland, Ireland and America – from beautiful historic ballads to rowdy pub-style classics and ripping tune sets! You can hear in their music, the blending of American, Scottish and Irish cultures. In their songs you will relive the stories passed on from generation to generation. It’s a show marked by great stories, easy humor and gifted musicianship. Since 2005 they have been entertaining crowds at festival, club and concert venues around the US with their unique blend of original and traditional music that, as one music critic put it, “is somewhere between the Pogues and the Chieftains!”
Joe Romeo performs a mixture of Celtic songs and tunes from the 1700’s to the present both in English, Irish and Scots Gaelic, accompanied alternately by the Scottish Small Pipes and the Irish Bouzouki. Joe studied singing with Shae Black of the famous Black family of Ireland, Bouzouki with Alan Murray of Glasgow, Scotland, and music theory with Ron Anthony, guitarist to Frank Sinatra. He began playing the Small Pipes in the early 1980’s when they were rescued from extinction.