The Elders are returning to the Colorado Irish Festival this Friday and Saturday. Long revered as one of the most popular bands to play at the festival, The Elders will do two sets this weekend:
Friday, July 11 8:30-9:45pm
Saturday, July 12 6:30-7:45pm
The Elders are a pleasant change from the plastic fairy wings and blarney that have characterized the Colorado Irish Festival the past couple of years. They hark back to a time when the festival honored the culture, history and traditions of Ireland more than green beer and leprechauns. With their authentic Irish roots and true American spirit, the Elders represent a true fusion of what it means to be Irish-American.
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.
Radio embraced several tracks from their previous albums and their latest album “Wandering Life & Times,” released in 2011, resulting in top 25 positions on the national Americana Radio chart.
The band is also familiar to many television viewers, thanks to the more than 130 PBS stations across the nation that aired their "Live at the Gem Theater" Concert Special.
The Colorado Irish Festival commemorates its 20th Anniversary in July 2014. Here is the description from their web site:
"Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; Gaelic sports and Irish step dancing; and the best Irish rock and classic music this side of the Emerald Isle. The 2014 line up promises to be a memorable weekend of great entertainment."