Members of Hawaii Irish Dance were disappointed when Celtica Pipes Rock canceled their annual show at the People’s Theater in Honokaa earlier this year due to the pandemic. Celtica Pipes Rock, an internationally renowned band with members from the UK, Europe, and the US, has been performing annually in Hawaii for five years. Hawaii Irish dancers have joined them for their shows on the Big Island as well as Oahu.
Without this year’s live show, Hawaii Irish Dance found a way to celebrate the release of Celtica’s new album, Celtic Spirits, in a safe, socially distant way, featuring Hawaii’s beautiful and unique scenery, as well as pay tribute to the band and the fun that their latest album has brought to everyone’s lives during the stay-at-home orders.
Celtica Pipes Rock writes on their website: Right now, we just got from our friends on Hawaii Island this absolutely amazing video! Conducted by the brilliant Lynn Scully the Hawaii Irish Dancers dance to “Jigging on the Rock” from our new album Celtic Spirits. Great dancing, many good friends, who participate, and the terrific landscape of Hawaii: This video brings sunshine and lust of life directly from the Pacific Ocean…Thank you so much for this cheering greetings!
Hawaii Irish Dance is proud to be a member of the Drake School of Irish Dance family. One of the most prestigious Irish Dance Schools in the United States, Drake School of Irish Dance was founded in 1990 in Atlanta by Dublin Ireland native, Karl Drake. Drake Schools have expanded globally with numerous locations throughout the United States as well as Mexico and China. Drake Irish Dancers have a record of competitive achievements to include Regional, National Champions, and World Medal holders.
Celtica’s history started in 2009 when several European and US-American musicians got together in Phoenix, AZ to record their first CD Rising. The combination of the traditional sound of Scottish bagpipes with the power of a Rock Band promised to become a recipe for quick success.
Read our interview with Celtica’s Duncan Knight about canceling their 2020 tour of Hawaii and other pandemic chaos.