Kilted  Spirit

Meet the band...

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**While we are typically a four-piece band, we also have a keyboardist, a bodhran player, an additional fiddler, a bagpiper, and Irish dancers to fit your every need.

Colleen Collins on vocals, guitar, Irish flute, and tin whistle, is a classically trained guitarist with a powerful and expressive voice, a crisp guitar style and an impressive touring resume who has performed and taught guitar for many years. 

Coming from an Irish and Scottish heritage, Colleen felt compelled to perform Celtic music at an early age. She studied Irish flute technique at the Arizona Irish Cultural Center, where she also became a member of the Celtic choir, "Celtica!". Her influences include Irish singers Karan Casey of Solas, Mary Black, Susan McKeown, Niamh Parsons, and Scottish singers Eddi Reader and Julie Fowlis, as well as Irish flutists Kevin Crawford of Lunasa and Matt Malloy of the Chieftains.



 Eily Hallagan,on fiddle and vocals, has been playing the violin since the age of nine, and has received a degree in both Music Performance and Theatre Arts. She was chosen as one of the top violinists to play for Isaac Stern in celebration of his eightieth birthday. She performed for several years in orchestra and chamber ensembles, and taught violin at a private academy for gifted children. Specializing in Irish fiddle and folk music, she has a particular interest in cultural music and rich history of strings throughout the history of performance.

Eily is also a music teacher at a private school in Scottsdale, where she teaches general music to Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School students, and conducts the school orchestra. She is also owner of Sweetwater Strings, who contracts musicians to play at weddings and other events.





Christopher Moreno
 is a classically-trained guitarist who  performs Irish bouzouki, guitar and electric stand-up bass  with Kilted Spirit. He has studied with guitar virtuosos Christopher Parkening, Manual Barrueco, and David Tannenbaum. He has performed at Irish pubs across the city, though is versed in all styles of music from  Spanish guitar to punk rock to bluegrass.  

 

 





Rob Commer, on drums and vocals, has enough energy to power a fleet of locomotives. An inspiring force that stems from the soulful beats and the power and passion of his performance.

After he was born on May 10, 1975, his mother carried him in a conga bag to his new home on Cadence Street. He started beat-boxing in the 4th grade and playing drums in the 8th. In high school, Rob discovered jazz which helped to define his keen sense of timing and his signature approach to the drum set in any musical setting. Rob has traveled around the globe in search of rhythm, studying with some of the best such as Kuang Sing Chang in the Repubic of China, Ojimbe Basutoo of Africa, Gian Jmebgan in India, and Shamu the beat-boxing Orca in San Diego California.

When you listen to the drumming of Rob Commer, emotions will connect and rhythms will soar as you air-drum along... even if you've never heard the tune before.


Russell Durrance, on keys, is a fourth generation musician continuing the tradition of his great grandmother, grandfather and father. He has been playing piano or keyboards for as long as he can remember. He studied piano and music through private lessons for over 20 years. He loves to play all styles of music including Jazz, Blues, Rock, Country, and of course Celtic folk and modern Irish. Russell even played keyboards on the ocean! He led and played in the ship’s rock band while serving in the US Navy. Locally, he has performed as a member of numerous bands, playing a wide variety of genres. Russell adds a mix of interesting keyboard and organ layers to the already varied Kilted Spirit repertoire.







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