Tempest brings Celtic folk rock to The Palms on Saturday, Feb. 23

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Celtic folk-rockers Tempest – Adolfo Lazo (drums), Kathy Buys (fiddle), Kevin Florian (guitar), Lief Sorbye (lead vocals, electric mandolins) and Mirco Melone (bass) – will return to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 general/$18 students. Richard Cash/courtesy photo.

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Tempest fuses Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements into internationally renowned high-energy folk rock. Since forming in 1988, the Celtic rock quintet has also earned a reputation for delivering exuberant live performances. Tempest will bring their high-energy show back to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St. in Winters) on Saturday, Feb. 23 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 general admission and $18 for students. The San Francisco Bay Area-based act has released 17 critically acclaimed CDs and played more than 2,500 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up, with new members’ contributions boosting the band’s musicianship and creativity. Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist Lief Sorbye is 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. Award-winning fiddler Kathy Buys’ experience performing world fusion music with high-energy dance bands and years of playing traditional Irish music in America and Ireland were good training for her spirited contributions to Tempest’s sound. Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, thickens the band’s sound with inventive rhythms and rock-steady beats. Tempest recently added two new members. Hailing from Bologna, Italy, bassist Mirco Melone contributes a big, rich sound to the band. He has a diverse background in rock, jazz and ethnic music, and holds an advanced degree from Italy’s Classical Music Conservatory. Guitarist Kevin Florian, who recently relocated from Chicago, brings progressive rock chops and a spirited stage presence. Tempest’s most recent release is 2018’s “Thirty Little Turns.” Released on Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, the album is a nod to Tempest’s 30th 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 a lively romp through the band’s sonic roots. 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 are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via Eventbrite and The Palms’ website, and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and tempestmusic.com.]]>

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