If you look up the word “Callán” in an Irish-Gaelic dictionary, its definition is straight forward: “ruckus”.
Formed in 2007, Callán is a Pittsburgh-based Celtic quintet that boasts fresh arrangements and a unique sound. With Scottish pipes and Irish dance tunes, their music highlights Celtic musical traditions, but breathes new life into those traditions with modern, original compositions and even jazz influences. “Comprised of artists with interestingly diverse backgrounds, they are simultaneously honoring and expanding tradition,” says 90.5 FM WESA’s Bob Studebaker.
Callan’s latest album, “Uneven Though the Ground”, showcases the quintets range and repertoire as noted in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the band “trains it’s blend of ringing acoustic instruments on traditional music and originals by Sheila Liming, a sweet-voiced singer and Scottish piper…”.
Their debut album, “The Road to Fort Duquesne,” takes a 21st-century approach to classic Celtic repertoire, described by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as Callán’s fight to bravely “carve out a niche for their unique sound.” Callán raises a ruckus throughout the region!
- Sheila, Cara, Kip & Steve