NEW! AmeriCeltic Patches!
Fully Embroidered - Made in USA
Colorful and Large, 4 inches tall by 3 inches wide
Our new AmeriCeltic patches are finally here! Celebrate your rich Ameri-Celtic history and heritage with these embroidered patches with our logo, a coat of arms that commemorates your MIXED, Scots, Irish, Welsh American heritage! Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the thirteen colonies of mostly Scots, Scots-Irish, Irish and Welsh who joined with many others from many other countries, and together fought tyranny to assert our Independence from the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
These patches are made in the U.S.A., fully embroidered in full color and are a large, 4 inches tall by 3 inches wide. They fit on chest pockets, sleeves, sashes, backpacks and just about anything else that you can imagine.
There are three ways to get your AmeriCeltic patch:
• Make a donation to www.AmeriCeltic.net of $30 or more, and among your choices of premiums, you can choose one of these AmeriCeltic patches. Check out our Premiums
• Purchase in person at our AmeriCeltic booth at one of the upcoming Celtic Festivals.
We'll also toss in a few AmeriCeltic logo stickers for you or your children to decorate notebooks or anything else.
About the AmeriCeltic Logo Design
We've had many questions about our AmeriCeltic logo. The design is similar (but not the same as) a traditional coat of arms, and quartered, to give equal respect to four major parts of most Celtic American's ancestry. Of the over 300 million Americans now alive in the U.S., about 60% have a quarter or more, Scottish, Irish, Welsh--or mixture of more than one of these--heritage. The last quarter commemorates the great sacrifice the early emigrant ancestors of many Americans in creating this nation. It's the circle of 13 white stars on a field of blue, created by Betsy Ross (a fine Scottish name) for George Washington's (whose mother was Scots-Irish) order to her to design and sew the first United States flag. Forerunner of all the later US flag designs, Betsy Ross's design celebrates the original thirteen American colonies who first fought for U.S. independence. People of mostly Scottish, Irish or Welsh heritage stood up to the then world's greatest empire and they succeeded.
These same people wrote most of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, based on their own experiences and those of their Scottish, Irish and Welsh ancestors at the hands of the too often less than egalitarian-minded English Aristocracy of the 18th and 19th Centuries, to try to create a better nation and set a good example for other nations to eventually follow. Many nations did. The thirteen colonies that became the first U.S. states, were settled by mostly Scots, Irish, and Welsh. (Most English people had little reason to leave England!) Two-thirds of George Washington's armies, more than half his officer corps, and the entirety of the infant rebel US Navy were all the same. Washington, Jefferson and other founders were all of at least half Scottish ancestry. In the war of 1812, often called 'the Second War of Independence,' it was pretty much the same, with the addition of French descended pirates. The French had been our strongest allies in our Revolution, so Lafitte's efforts on our behalf carried on a tradition.
Come and say 'hi' to us at our tent at upcoming festivals! We always have beverages and refreshments for our friends, supporters and guests!
Charmas New Album, Stark Raving Celtic
Enjoyable, Eclectic and now Available!
Instrumental madness, blue ballads, and comedy fuel this rare blend of Traditional Celtic and Modern Fusion Music
The Santa Cruz collective band, Charmas, has a co-marketing agreement with AmeriCeltic, and if you make purchase here, a portion of your purchase will go to support AmeriCeltic and it's charitable Mission.
In past 18 months, Santa Cruz collaborative Charmas has successfully used Kickstarter to fund their albums, Songs of the Sea, which proved to be a landmark collection, and now Stark Raving Celtic. Stark Raving Celtic features twenty Central California musicians, wielding an astonishing variety of folk-, rock-and percussion-instruments, who are give the album exceptional creative variety. The result can be heard on Charmas' brand new album Stark Raving Celtic, which features original Celtic music and performances by 20 past and present members of Charmas as well as notable guest performers.
Stark Raving Celtic includes several lovely tune sets, but there are not many Scottish/Irish/Celtic bands who compose original songs about their life experiences in the traditional style, and although we liked all the tunes and songs well, for us, these four original songs stood out.
We've been to many Scottish Highland Games, and so we especially appreciated the humor and liveliness of The Highland Games Song, by Elise MacGregor Ferrell, and the extra vocal effects of the lads singing it. It should be the theme song of California Highland Games in general!
Speaking of Scottish Games, the bagpipes there can be overwhelming, but the bits of bagpipes that Elise plays in several tracks of Stark Raving Celtic fit pleasantly with the instrumental arrangements and medleys.
The Dreaming Tree, composed by Elise as a elegy for the authentic and tragic life story of 'Kathleen of the Great White North', is made all the more poignant by the distinctive voice of emerging star Lee Corbie-Wells. Keep your eyes and ears open for more from Lee.
Brains S.A., written by guitarist Jim Powell about an evening at a pub of that name in Cardiff, Wales, brought to mind a couple of memorable visits to a pub we used to know in St. Paul, Minnesota, as well as an old song by a long-ago favorite British group ('The Inn of the George and Dragon' by Herman's Hermits). I couldn't help but smile when Jim mentioned the Welsh dragon breathing fire down my back.
Jonny Hardie's Tumble, composed by Elise for Old Blind Dogs fiddler Jonny Hardie, was a lovely tribute and a rollicking tune, made exceptional by the wonderful, rich tenor-baritone voice of lead vocalist Aaron Clegg. Aaron is among the best we've heard. His natural, strong voice is accompanied by emotion, especially humor, you can feel, and his excellent enunciation stands out over the accompanying instruments.
We can heartily recommend Stark Raving Celtic to anyone as an enjoyable, eclectic experience.
To hear samples of any the Stark Raving Celtic tracks, click on this CDBaby Player link, Charmas Stark Raving Celtic Player, and scroll down to select that Track.
Check the Music Players for all Charmas recorded Celtic music on their website at https://charmasband.com/charmas-full-band-for-stage-showsfestivals
Charmas performs traditional and modern Celtic ballads, drinking songs, sea chanteys, comedy songs, instrumental dance music, and Celtic rock. For more info. and Charmas audio samples check www.charmasband.com.