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Glendale, California, United States | SELF

Glendale, California, United States | SELF
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"Wicked Tinkers Article in City Beat, Los Angeles CA"

“…the Tinkers appeared, beating the living hell out of tapan, bodhran, and marching snare drum, while pipes skirled, a didgeridoo wobbled, and a Bronze Age Irish horn bellowed, like the voice of some H.P. Lovecraft aquatic leviathan." - - Mick Farren, City Beat, Feb/2006


Rant CD, 2008
Whisky Supper CD, 2005
Banger for Breakfast CD, 2003
Loud CD, 2002
Hammered CD 2000
Wicked Tinkers CD, 1999



Don't think this is dry, dusty music for museum shelves -- the boys in the band merge the best of modern, almost rock-and-roll energy with the hypnotic, insistent grooves of their Gaelic ancestors. Rare is the bystander who comes away without feeling a surprising, sometimes bewildering connection to long-forgotten, primal emotions ... half-memories of ages past and experiences nameless yet somehow familiar. Wicked Tinkers create music to set your jaw, put a fire in your belly, a glint in your eye and a dance in your feet.

In 1995, Aaron Shaw – piper and founding member – met bass drum player, Warren Casey at The Celtic Arts Center in Los Angeles, California. Playing together, they discovered the simple beauty and power of the music created by these two instruments. “The combination seemed to tap the very soul of Gaelic Music” Says Shaw.

It is the music you might have heard hundreds of years ago at a Scottish wedding celebration; or perhaps around the campfire at a Highland raiding party - a raw, exciting sound that touches you on a primal level. Looking for a way to express this feeling of the ancient within the modern world, WICKED TINKERS was born.

Over the years, the band has evolved to include Keith Jones on snare drum and hand percussion, and later CJ Henderson on didgeridoo and the Bronze-Age Irish Horn – a sound that was lost for over three thousand years. Now this strange and unlikely combination seems to access our deepest connection to a primal place that is both hauntingly familiar and ancient. It is the music of our Celtic ancestors, recreated for the twenty-first century.

WICKED TINKERS bring their vitality and humor to stages across America. They were on national television two times: THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON. Touring for most of the year, WICKED TINKERS continue to make friends and fans from all over the world. They have performed to sold-out crowds at some of the country’s largest festivals and Highland Games, including:

Pipes in the Valley in Hartford, Connecticut
Sonora Celtic Faire in California
Pleasanton Highland Games in California
The Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games in Enumclaw, Washington
The Texas Highland Games in Arlington, Texas
Estes Park Scottish Festival, Colorado
Las Vegas Highland Games, Nevada
The Oklahoma Highland Games, Tulsa, OKlahoma
The Kentucky Scottish Weekend
The Rhode Island Celtic Festival
The Mid-Winter Scottish-Irish Festival and Fair in Pennsylvania.

Some of WICKED TINKERS' biggest fans are kids! The band has performed and instructed for many years at schools for children of all ages.

“heart-swelling music from a group called the Wicked Tinkers” – Mike McDaniel, Houston Chronicle

"Music that truly isn't about being pretty, it's about being forceful and filled with rhythms of life." - Chuck Thurman, The Coast Weekly

"A sound powerhouse!" - Antje Depone, Monterey County Herald

"The Celtic bagrock band ... the bagpipe-and-drums answer to The Clash! ... They play like their sporrans have been set ablaze!" - Dean Bonzani, Flagstaff Live

WICKED TINKERS sound is the distillation of the passion of a people and their music. Like a fine, smoky Scotch whisky, it's a little rough around the edges but unmistakably the real thing.