Concert sponsored by
Celtic Indian Arvel Bird
Friday, March 17, 2023 7:00 pm
$20 Advance, $22 Door, $25 Priority seating in first 3 rows
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The Incomparable Celtic Indian Arvel Bird Brings a Special St. Paddy’s Day Celtic Rock Concert to the Old Town Center for the Arts
You’re invited to join Arvel and his veteran Irish Rock Musicians from around Arizona, as they bring a high-powered start to one of the most heart-pumping holidays of the year.
Celtic Indian fiddle extraordinaire, Arvel Bird, brings St Patrick’s Day to life with his Celtic Tribe Band at the Old Town Center for the Arts on March 17th beginning at 7:00 PM.
Besides pub session instrumentals and classics like Danny Boy, Hector the Hero, and Once I Loved to show off the violin side of sweet Celtic Aires, Arvel will play his own originals such as Rockness Monster, Many Clans, Many Tribes and Dragonfly-Munster. Arvel will be introducing popular songs from the genera such as Whiskey in the Jar, Hills of Connermara, Shipping up to Boston and Sunny Side of the Street. Plus Arvel will add touches of his classical music training.
Arvel’s Celtic roots, from Clan Kennedy of Scotland, are behind his decades of performing traditional Celtic fiddle tunes, including many of his original compositions, thus creating a sonic landscape like no other. This international award-winning musician brings to life the dramatic connection between American and Celtic traditions, stirring up scenes that echo from North American memories. Arvel Bird is a violinist, flutist, and composer. He was named by the prestigious Cowboy and Indian Magazine, as one of the top 4 favorite Native American Musicians, along with Buffy St. Marie and R. Carlos Nakai.
When asked about his diverse background, Arvel explained “I studied classical music for 11 years primarily so I could learn to play the violin and then go my own direction. Celtic music was where I branched out first. It’s much like classical music in that it takes a lot of technique to play. It’s demanding and precise with a lot of ornamentation both with the left hand and the bow hand. Of course, I have played a lot of other styles of music like Old Time fiddle, bluegrass, country, blues, jazz, and rock but I always maintained my chops by playing Celtic music.”
For this special evening, Arvel will be joined by his Celtic Tribe band made up of Curt Arnde – Bass Guitar, Matt Myers – Drums and Percussion, and Scotty Spenner – Guitars.
In 2013, Curt Arndt, feeling the old hunger to make music, Curt retired from the corporate cubicle, pulled his old equipment out of the closet, and began working off the rust, going out to open mic events. He was soon performing with Phoenix musicians and bands in clubs and festivals throughout Arizona. Most recently, Curt has been playing steadily alongside Hall of Fame musician Scotty Spenner, performing with Big Pete Pearson, True Flavor Blues, and now with Arvel Bird and the Celtic Tribe Band.
Matt Myers is an Indiana native who has been drumming since he was 8 years old. He got his start gigging around Indiana as a teen. Matt moved to AZ in 1981 with his band. He has played & recorded with various AZ bands and artists including: Keith Secola; Vince Welnick; The Celtic Rock Saints of Eirinn; Keltic Cowboys; Joe Myers; Tim McDonald; The Fake McCoys; Smoot Mahooty; The Noodles; All Good Things Band; and now Arvel Bird and Celtic Tribe Band.
Scotty Spenner has been playing concerts with Arvel since 2015 and has been playing professionally since he was nineteen, over 50 years. He’s an experienced teacher as well as a performer and Studied music at the University Of South Dakota. He’s long been part of the Arizona music scene playing everything: Celtic, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass, Folk, and Ragtime genres. Scotty was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall Of Fame in 2009, and the Heritage Foundation Blues Hall Of Fame in 2012. He is the recipient of the 2017 Phoenix Mayors Arts Award for music. He performs regularly in the Phoenix metro area with his blues band True Flavor Blues, and with Arizona blues legend Big Pete Pearson. Scotty was also a long-time player for the Phoenix Celtic Rock Band Saints of Eirinn.
Join us for this unique joyful, Celtic Celebration concert, on Friday, March 17th at 7:00 PM. This concert will take you from toe-tapping to foot-stomping, and the opportunity to visit the rich Celtic heritage
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