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Slainte Mhath

Pronounced SLAWN CHA VA, not slainty math, is from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. There are four members; Bruce MacPhee, Ryan MacNeil, Boyd MacNeil, and Lisa Gallant.

Their first EP, Prophecy, was released in 1996. It contains seven incredible songs: The Prophecy; The Jenga Stick; Jug Jammin'; Blast O' Tunes; Si Bheag, Si Mhor; The Big Jigs; and The Last One. "The Last One", is my personnal favourite after watching them perform it live on the Vicki Gabereau show in October.

Their many instruments include a guitar, Highland Bagpipes, Scottish Smallpipes, piano, fiddle, mandolin, a bodhran drum, and a djimbe drum...just to name a few :)

They tour quite frequently, however, they tend to keep it close to home because Boyd is still in high school, and Lisa is attending college (apparently Boyd likes to attend the out of town shows *grin*). They've been to the West Coast only once and when they were here the only gig they did was Gabereau. Bruce told me he liked it here so hopefully they will be gracing us with their presence.

They are in the process of finishing their second album, "Music for the Kilted Generation", although the release date is still unknown. Might want to check the guestbook frequently, you never know, they might sign it. Hint, hint *grin*

As of late November, the band decided it best that Stephanie Hardy leave the band to persue different vocal occupations. Her voice is amazing, but it was too "pop" for the traditional band. Ryan MacNeil, Bruce MacPhee, my sister, me, Lisa Gallant, and Boyd MacNeil:

Boyd MacNeil, Ryan MacNeil, Lisa Gallant, and Bruce MacPhee sitting on a huge plate of french toast and scrammbled eggs:

Boyd MacNeil and Lisa Gallant at the Celtic Colours Festival a while back:

Bruce MacPhee and Ryan MacNeil at the Celtic Colours Festival:

Official Slainte Mhath page.