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Ceili Rain

Ceili Rain is a celtic music influenced Syracuse, New York based band led by Bob Halligan, Jr, founded in May 1995. As the group’s founder Bob Halligan, Jr explains, in Gaelic, the word "Céili" (pronounced kay-lee) means "party", specifically one with live musicians, dancing, and general merriment for an all-ages crowd. "Coeli" is a form of the Latin word for "heaven". Rain is English, meaning downpour. Thus, according to Halligan, Ceili Rain is a "downpour of heavenly partiness."

Personnel

Current members

  • Bob Halligan Jr (May 1995-present) — Lead Vocal, Guitar
  • Raymond Arias (1997—present) — Guitar
  • Bill Bleistine (2003—present) — Drums, Percussion
  • Matt Mason (2005-present) — Bass
  • Joe Davoli (2007-present)- Fiddle
  • Burt Mitchell (?-present) — Pipes, Whistles

Ex & Occasional Members

  • Buddy Connolly (May 1996-occasional) — Accordion, Keyboards
  • Skip Cleavinger (Dec 1997-occasional) — Pipes, Whistles
  • John Dreibelbis (2005-occasional) — Pipes, Whistles
  • Tyler Duncan (2005-occasional)-Pipes, Whistles
  • Phil Madeira (Jan 1996-May 1996) — Accordion, Keyboards
  • Tim Lauer (May 1995 - Jan 1996) — Accordion, Keyboards
  • John McGillian (occasional) — Accordion, Keyboards
  • Susie Monick (occasional) — Accordion, Keyboards
  • Gretchen Priest (?) — Fiddle
  • Chris Carmichael (May 1995 - May 1996) Fiddle, Cello
  • Rick Cua (1995-1997) — Bass
  • Bob “Buff” Harmon (1995) — Bass
  • Andrew Lamb (1998-?) — Bass
  • Lance Hoppen (1997-?) — Bass
  • Daniel Grimsland (Sep 2002-2005) — Bass
  • Paul Grimsland (?) — Guitar
  • Naoise Sheridan (?) — Guitar
  • Bruce Wallace (?) — Guitar
  • Tony Hooper (May 1995-1997) — Guitar
  • Rocky Marvel (?) — Drums, Percussion
  • Mark Hagan (?) — Drums, Percussion
  • Nick Buda (?) — Drums, Percussion
  • Lang Bliss (?) — Drums, Percussion
  • Nick Distefano (1995) — Drums, Percussion
  • John Daneluk (2003) — Drums, Percussion
  • Chris Eddy (2000) — Drums, Percussion
  • Robbie Spangnolitti (2004) — Drums, Percussion
  • Jim Hoke (May 1995) — Pipes, Whistles
  • Diane Davitch (1995) — Pipes, Whistles
  • John Brown (1995) — Pipes, Whistles
  • Diane Davitch (1995) — Pipes, Whistles
  • Hunter Lee (?-1997) — Pipes, Whistles
  • Matt Fisher (1997) — Pipes, Whistles
  • Sarah Hart (?) — Pipes, Whistles

Discography

Albums

  • "Ceili Rain" (Punch Records) — (1997)
  • We're Makin' A Party LIVE! — (1999) Recorded July 30, 1999 at Schouler Park, North Conway, NH directly to D.A.T. from house mixing console.
  • Erasers On Pencils— (2000)
  • No You, No Me (Cross Driven Records) — (2002)
  • Change In Your Pocket — (2004)
  • Anthology: 1995-2005 (Tag Artist Group) — (2005)
  • Whatever Makes You Dance — (2006)

Video

  • Anthology: 1995-2005 (DVD) (Balance Studios) — (2005)
  • Like A Train: 2005 (Music Video) (Music Video of the Year UCMVA Awards)— (Balance Studios)(2005)
  • Hallways of Always: 2006 (Music Video) (Music Video of the Year UCMVA Awards)— (Balance Studios)(2005-2006)
  • STOMP: 2005 (Music Video) — (Balance Studios)(2005)

Bob Halligan Jr. solo

  • Sprung
  • Window In The Wall (1991)

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