Kilted  Spirit

Meet the band...

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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.  



  










Freddy Flores on drums is a native of Phoenix, Arizona.  He was born into a family that had a great love of music and dancing, and was exposed to many types of music from an early age.  After four years of playing saxophone in elementary school band, it was in high school that he discovered his love for playing drums, and was playing professionally by age 17 in bars throughout the Phoenix area.  He played his way through college at Northern Arizona University with classic rock cover bands, and continued playing in original rock bands through his early adult life.  

A job transfer in 2005 took him to Las Vegas, where the vast and diverse music scene of the casino circuit found him playing many different genres of music.  This brought about his first experiences playing country, R-n-B, top 40, jazz, and experience in tribute acts to Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Elvis Presley, U2, Johnny Cash, and Ozzy Osbourne/Black Sabbath.  He was able to become an established drummer on the Las Vegas Strip, and throughout the casino circuit of Southern Nevada.

Freddy has continued to play music since relocating back to Phoenix.  He has been married to his college sweetheart Kimberly for 25 years, and they have three children.  He is also a huge fan of all Phoenix sports teams...Go Cardinals, D-Backs, Suns, and Coyotes! 













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