Veteran Celtic rockers Seven Nations to play at Street Beat |

Veteran Celtic rockers Seven Nations to play at Street Beat

Daily Staff Report
Special to the Daily

VAIL – With an infectious, explosive sound that melds bagpipes and fiddles with blazing electric guitars and drums, Seven Nations has earned critical acclaim and a devoted fan base in their 14 years on the music scene. They bring their hard-driving Celtic rock to the Street Beat stage tonight at Checkpoint Charlie as this free winter concert series continues.

Originally formed as a rock ‘n’ roll band in New York City in the early ’90s, Seven Nations found its Celtic inspiration when it added bagpipes and tin whistle to its arsenal during a concert in 1993.

“Individually, most of us in the band grew up playing Celtic music as kids,” said lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod. “We’ve only been doing our own music since the early ’90s, but we always used those Celtic instruments, bagpipes and fiddle mostly, and that’s what makes us different.”

Since its formation, the band has sold over 125,000 albums and appeared on ESPN, CNN and CBS. It played at the torch lighting ceremony at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and performed on New Year’s Eve on the Royal Mile in Scotland for a crowd of more than 40,000. Eagle, Summit and Lake county residents may register each week for the Volvo grand-prize drawing of a 2007 Volvo V50. Out-of-town guests can register weekly for a chance to win a return trip in the Volvo Vail Grand Prize Guest Giveaway Vacation with deluxe accommodations. Parking in Vail Village is free of charge after 3 p.m.

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