Ban Cara is an all female Celtic band with equal amounts of drive and moxie. The band was formed out of the Los Angeles based "Samhain, the Story of Halloween" show, produced and directed by Aedan MacDonnell. Responding to many requests from fans of the show, the multi-talented MacDonnell decided to morph the annual Halloween show's success into year round craic (that's "fun" in Irish). Ban Cara, Gaelic for "female friend" drew standing room only crowds at their very first appearance at the 2018 Big Irish Fair in Orange County. This dynamic group has a unique blend of traditional and modern Celtic music, with great vocals, lots of energy, original arrangements, and superb instrumentation consisting of fiddle, guitar, harp, percussion, accordion and keyboards.
Doreen Wiley - vocals
Ashleigh Hill - vocals & guitar
Maddie Eaton - fiddle & vocals
Aedan MacDonnell - Celtic harp, keyboards, accordion & vocals
Speyside is a traditional Celtic band with a contemporary sound, hailing from the Southern California area. It's driven by the rousing fiddles of Chris Peoples and Longo Chu; the virtuosic cello of David Aks; and the sizzling keyboards of Aedan MacDonnell. You won't be able to sit still when this hot new group takes the band stand. Speyside also specializes in playing for wedding ceilidhs.