DUNEDIN — Seven Nations will perform Friday, May 31, 7:30 p.m., at the Scottish American Society Hall, 917 Louden Ave., Dunedin.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. Visit www.eventbrite.com/o/dunedin-haggis-celtic-concerts-17796254829. Tickets also may be purchased at The Celtic Shop of Dunedin, 354 Main St., Dunedin.
Seven Nations is known for a passionate, tender and rollicking style that encompasses everything from roots and traditional folk to dance and fusion-rock. The band is also famous for a relentless touring schedule, sometimes spending more than 300 days a year on the road.
Touring full-time since 1994, Seven Nations has performed in Europe, Canada, Puerto Rico, and virtually every state in the United States. They performed an entire show with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Dublin Irish Festival as well as performing at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a New Year’s Eve concert at Scotland’s Royal Mile and at the New York City Marathon.
The band’s most recent album, “Tales from the Eighth Nation,” was released in April 2014.
“Seven Nations – the name refers to the seven original Celtic nations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Galecia, Isle of Man, and Brittany – officially began in 1993 in New York City with a standard lineup of drums, guitars and bass,” said lead singer and guitarist Kirk McLeod on the band’s website. “We soon introduced bagpipes into the show, and over time the number of songs utilizing bagpipes grew until it became obvious that they were integral to our emerging sound.”
It’s been two decades and over a million miles logged on the road for Seven Nations since their inception and they’re just getting started. With a highly anticipated return to their roots of festivals, touring and recording, this indie band is poised for another amazing decade.
“Most of the band members grew up playing Celtic music, and we’ve been performing original compositions since we began,” McLeod said. “Our instrumentation, and bagpipes and fiddle mostly, give us a distinctive sound and that’s what makes us different.”
Seven Nations is equally at home in front of 40,000 cheering fans at an international festival or with 150 fans in a small Dunedin club. The band’s hybrid sound and transient live show highlights the depth and complexity of their music.
"We are lucky," McLeod said. “We come from two unique cultures. We love American pop and rock and roll, but we also love our Celtic roots. We want to touch everybody with our music, and so far, we have been very, very fortunate."
In Support of Dunedin Cares, bins will be provided at the entry for donations of non-perishable items.
The concert is part of the Dunedin Haggis Celtic Concert Series.
The series was created to bring the best of Scottish and Irish traditional music to Dunedin. Launced in May 2018, to date the series has presented a number of touring performers to the city. For information, visit www.facebook.com/HaggisCelticConcerts.