Gold Country Roots
10/31/2008 05:00PM ● Published by Super Admin
Coloma Celtic keeps this unique music of the Golden State alive. In the tradition of folk music, Coloma Celtic is a group of four friends: Jenny, Alan, Dan and Jim, each of whom are, in the words of Dan Little, “serious amateurs,” devoted to the tradition and the beauty of the music of the Gold Country. Coloma Celtic doesn’t conduct formal practice sessions. They get together and they play, and it all just comes together. The life of folk music depends on the skill of the players, the experience and the interaction of the musicians with one another. This group’s skill and experience comes through lyrically in their musical interactions. The music is a living conversation between the musicians – every time they perform a piece, the piece evolves, just as it did in the days that folk music was new.
Coloma Celtic has the ability to transport the listener to a different time and place with their Gold Country Celtic music. Each member of the group has been playing Celtic music since 1979 – they have played together in different groups at different times – but they have been playing together as Coloma Celtic since 1999. This is a group of old pals who are getting together to tell a new story together, or perhaps retell an old one.
Coloma Celtic plays a variety of venues, big and small, throughout the Gold Country. You will find them at Marco’s Café in Coloma one evening, or entertaining rafters some afternoon after a day on the river. Recently, they played the main stage at Georgetown’s Founders’ Day celebration, and nine times per year you will find them playing at state parks. They are often found at the Coloma Outdoor Discovery School entertaining and educating the kids and exposing a new generation to the beauty that is the folk music of our region.