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áthas on Tour All Over Milwaukee

Hello American readers in the Midwest. The band Athas is making rounds around Milwaukee this month. You should not miss the amazing talents of each member. I stumbled upon them last March 2010. I am excited to hear that they are spreading the joy of Celtic music around the United States and the world. Thanks to harpist Scott Hoye for posting the updates of the band.

This is an aside but I am amazed to learn that guitarist Jeff Ksiazek played jazz on saxophone  for two decades before switching to guitar! Amazing.

Heather Lewin-Tiarks: fiddle, viola
Amy Richter: bodhran, percussion
Jeff Ksiazek: guitar, bouzouki

I like it when a video highlights the the most important aspect of music: musicians playing their instruments.

Find them in facebook: https://www.facebook.com/athasmusic

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/athas

http://www.athasmusic.com/

Biography
áthas lights the dance floor on fire with a combination of traditional and newly composed Irish dance tunes. Fierce fiddle, driving bodhrán, and funky guitar riffs come together to lift listeners’ feet, drinks, and spirits.

Although approaching the tradition from various musical backgrounds, the band found each other and their voice as an ensemble while playing in Irish sessions around Milwaukee throughout 2005. Spending their time between tunes laughing and joking inspired them to make music together and their name, which is the Irish word for joy and happiness.

The band’s blend of exciting music and fun-loving attitudes quickly earned the admiration of Milwaukee’s Irish set and ceili dance communities, as well as audiences throughout their hometown stomping grounds. áthas has become a favorite act at Irish music’s premier event, Milwaukee Irish Fest, gathering praise for the excitement of their stage shows and the energy they display playing in the dance tent.

áthas is a band firmly rooted in the traditions of Irish music, constantly seeking inspiration from the past masters and passing on their knowledge by teaching throughout Milwaukee. The band remains receptive to new influences, and continues to impress audiences with their new compositions as well as their
passion, energy, and love for making music.

Influences:

Comas, David Munnelly Band, Teada, Different Drums of Ireland, Dervish, Planxty, John Whelan, Leo McCann, Seamus Begley

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8 thoughts on “áthas on Tour All Over Milwaukee

  1. I love the rhythmic taping of the feet that works great with the bodhran and it’s driving beat. It’s right across Lake Michigan from me too…still a long way to go but so much closer than others! I will keep a watch here for them hopefully sometimes soon!

    • I made a little bobo there. I didn’t realize facebook will fold a band bio when it is more than 50 words. It has been fixed now :) I wish they arrive near you so you can see them Christi. I already mailed this article to the band so I am sure they will see your comment ;)

  2. Well you’ve a new fan anyway! Love the YouTube vid. I’m really into trad and can’t believe I haven’t heard of you before. Maybe you’ll come and play in the Cobblestone in Dublin someday!

    • Thanks for the kind words! We’ve actually sessioned in the Cobblestone a couple times when we’ve been over–great pub and great tunes!

  3. Guys, Jeff will be joining us for an interview soon. It is amazing to see how fans and artists can interact in this site.It is always a source of joy for me to see that we are becoming a community…a music community where everyone contributes to the growth of Celtic music. Much love to you all!!!!

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