Heralded as ''one of the top Celtic folk-rock bands in the world'' (The Washington Post) and acclaimed for their masterful musical fusions, award winning original songs and fiery live shows, this extraordinary groups music combines the beauty and tradition of Celtic music with the vibrancy of North American and World roots music in a powerful, meaningful blend of cultures and continents.
Lenahan tours extensively in North America and Europe. They recently sold out two concerts at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, kicking off the prestigious ''Island: Arts from Ireland'' cultural series. The members of Lenahan perform on over a dozen different instruments in true Irish tradition including bagpipes, fiddle, bodhran and tin whistle.
Band leader Tom Lenahan's personal roots in traditional Irish music and American and World roots music influence his songwriting, resulting in original favorites like bagpipe reggae song "Islands in the Storm," "Look to the Mountains," the "Quick Chek Reel," "Dirty Lane," "Coat & Tie," "Marie," and "New York Lullabye." Tom has received five ASCAP Songwriter Awards in as many years.
"A rare example of total energy...a tight, talented, rollicking...fresh & exhilarating" is how Irish Edition music critic Jamie O'Brien describes Lenahan. The band is led by singer, songwriter, guitarist & bagpiper TOM LENAHAN, who has been called one of the "founders of the American Celtic rock movement." Tom has been making waves on both sides of the Atlantic for over a dozen years.
Tom Lenahan's personal musical influences range from Irish music legend Tommy Makem to folk rockers such as Thin Lizzie, Fairport Convention & early Pogues to Blues greats Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson & Elmore James and Reggae prophet Bob Marley. One of Tom's artistic goals includes writing a song in every musical style and still having it be "Celtic." His music and stage presence are irrepressible and Time out London has said, "Wonderful...Lenahan infuses his music with a rare fire, energy and passion."
Fiddler and guitarist CLARENCE FERRARI has influenced the band with his "Fast, floating fiddle," and his diverse musical influences ranging from Bluegrass to Ethiopian to Country, Jazz and Classical. A veritable prodigy, Clarence began playing the fiddle at the age of four and won his first Old Time Fiddle contest in Nashville when he was six. He joined Lenahan at the age of nineteen and has delighted fans from London to California ever since. The New York press has called him "A fiddling flame thrower!"