Friday, May 2, 2014

The Celtic Tradition -- Keeping the "Auld" Tunes Alive


Linda Danielson, Janet Naylor and Joe Ross have played together in a wide variety of settings over many years. Linda and Janet are part of the English-Scottish dance band Flying Haggis, and Janet and Joe released a highly-acclaimed album called “The Harper’s Reverie: Irish Music of Turlough O’Carolan” in 1998. A few years later, all three of the musicians collaborated on a children’s music album, “The Crazy Zoo: An Animal Songfest.” Today, the trio is simply The Celtic Tradition

In solo, duo or trio settings, the musicians have appeared widely at concerts, festivals, fairs, pubs, restaurants, coffeehouses, weddings, receptions and special events throughout the region. Their music ranges widely through the songs and tunes of Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England, with excursions into the Scandinavian countries and northern Spain. Keep up with The Celtic Tradition on Facebook.

Linda Danielson plays for Scottish country dancing, English country dancing, and contra dancing with bands headquartered in Eugene, Seattle and Portland. She’s appeared on KLCC’s Front Porch Revue. She also fiddles for a cowgirl band, The Slow Ponies, based in Yoncalla, and for the Annie Rhodes Band, country music out of Cottage Grove.  One of her most unusual musical memories involves playing for Scottish country dancing at a grand hotel in Tokyo, the night before the Tokyo Scottish Highland Games. She also teaches privately. Linda, along with David Stuart Bull and Chico Schwall, will soon open their 27th season of “A Celtic Holiday.”

JanetNaylor has played solo for many summers at the Caledonian Games in Athena, OR., the Celtic Highland Games in southern Oregon, and at Ye Merrie Greenwood Faire in Washington.   She toured for many years with Celtic storyteller Rachel Foxman for the Oregon Committee for the Humanities.  She has performed Celtic music with the bands Sheila na Gig and The Oregon Country Dance Orchestra. Janet’s played Renaissance music with Terra Nova Consort, and currently plays with Americanistan, a Middle Eastern group.  She’s also been a Celtic harp judge, and has won national Celtic harp awards for performing, composing and arranging. She teaches Celtic harp at her home.


For Info or Bookings, Please Contact:

Joe Ross

Tel. 541-673-9759 or 670-9120


No one can resist Joe Ross’ invitation to have fun while he’s performing his interactive “edu-taining” shows with many different instruments. Born in Virginia and raised a “military brat” in Japan, his music career started on electronic organ player in sixties rock/soul bands. Bluegrass and Celtic music entered his life in the 1970s at University of Oregon. Ross has played in many bands over the past four decades, from Celtic to Country, Latin to Hawaiian, and Gypsyjazz to Bluegrass. Current bands include Umpqua Valley Bluegrass Band, Alamojo Western Swing Band, The Liberty Players, and Keynotes Polka Band. Joe’s eight albums span various genres and emphasize originality, eclectic influences and tastes. Joe also presents a storytelling program (Folk Tales of Old Japan), teaches at Absolute Music in Roseburg, and writes regularly for music magazines, blogs and websites.  He works full-time to share the “enjoyment, fun and camaraderie of making music together.”