Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally renowned hybrid of high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements.
The San Francisco Bay Area-based act has released 16 critically acclaimed CDs and played more than 2,000 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.
On Saturday, Feb. 24, Tempest will release their newest album, “Thirty Little Turns,” with a show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St. in Winters). The concert will start at 8 p.m.
Released on Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, “Thirty Little Turns,” is a nod to Tempest’s thirtieth year as a band. The collection of original and traditional songs draws musical and lyrical influence from Scotland and Ireland, Norway, Germany, Mississippi and beyond and is an exuberant romp through Tempest’s sonic roots.
Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist Lief Sorbye is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit with Golden Bough.
San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award-winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high-energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a natural fit for Tempest.
Northern California’s own young Indian-American progressive guitarist, Ab Menon, skids to a flaming stop on the Tempest stage, replete with flying dreadlocks, dazzling string stylings and a sense of ticklish fun.
Bassist Josh Fossgreen’s innovative bass textures add a rich dimension to the Tempest soundscape. Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band’s sound with inventive rhythms and rock-steady drumming.
Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg Folk Festival in Canada. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals.
Tickets for are $20 and are available online via Eventbrite and The Palms’ website, at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland and at the door if the show is not sold out.
For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and tempestmusic.com.