The Elders, out of Kansas City, Missouri are aCeltic / Americana / Folk Rock band, made up of: Ian Byrne, Steve Phillips, Norm Dahlor, Brent Hoad, Colin Farrell, and Kian Byrne. Ever popular in Colorado, they are one of the featured bands at the Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park this weekend.
Since forming in 1998, The Elders have set the music scene on its ear, thanks to a skillful blend of American roots rock and amped-up Celtic folk; a cross-pollination of elements that is high-octane and progressive, yet rooted in tradition.
Employing a variety of instruments including guitars, drums, banjo, accordion, mandolin, piano & fiddle, these six gentlemen collectively create music that transcends the stereotypical notion of Celtic music. Powerful four part harmonies, blazing instrumentals and song writing that is unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism.
Their songs are mystical, comical, political and cultural, while covering a wide variety of topics such as poverty, civil war, family bonds, spirituality, love and friendship – They tell us stories of people, places and events - some recent, some distant, some real and some imagined.
The Longs Peak Scottish-Irish Highland Festival has been an annual event for nearly forty years in Estes Park, honoring those of Celtic heritage with music, athletic games, clans and societies, dogs, dancing, and much more. Tickets available here.