About Celtinental Music...

Celtinental Music is a booking agency run by Miki Nelson, offering select award winning Celtic musicians for concerts. These artists have performed in all sorts of performance situations from large festivals with an attendance of thousands, to large and small concert halls, and intimate smaller venues. They are the embodiment of their tradition, and their awards reflect their all around performance package of mastery of their instruments, experience, fun, humor, charm, and rapport with their audiences, plus an indefinable ingredient that sets them apart as true showmen!

 

Miki is a veteran of Celtic concert production under her own concert production company Tir na nOg, as well as independent concerts with the Seattle Folklore Society and others. She also occasionally helps book other agencies' artists independently.

Miki became interested in Celtic music after playing Renaissance music and dance, then getting into English music and dance forms, and finally finding Celtic music and dance, and went to the UK in the mid '70's to further her interest. Ireland had many memorable moments; one was meeting a young Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn in the Cellar pub in Galway, and another was while hitchhiking through Limerick and getting a lift with an old farmer, and getting to listen to him sing "Like A Rhinestone Cowboy" along with Glen Campbell, an experience she will never forget! Yet another was heading off to Dublin down a rural road in the early morning on foot while it was still dark, and getting a lift from another old farmer in a donkey cart, off to sell his milk in big steel cans in the back of the cart. All was still and silent except for the donkey's hooves, until the sun came up and suddenly the fields turned brilliant green, and birds began singing in the hedges, as the little donkey clopped steadily along.

 

In Scotland, she went on small UK tours with the fairly new Silly Wizard and a young Johnny Cunningham, and in London hung with folks such as Steeleye Span, one of the major influences on English folk rock. (And there are stories about those days as well!)

 

Miki's concert production company Tir na nOg presented in concert folks such as Andy Irvine, Dave Swarbrick and Simon Nicol, Martin Carthy, Patrick Street, Silly Wizard, De Danann, Kornog, Battlefield Band, Gabriel Yacoub of Malicorne, Bleizi Ruz, Andy Stewart and Manus Lunny, Capercaillie, Boys of the Lough, Relativity, Tannahill Weavers, and more.

 

When not booking artists or producing concerts, Miki also performs Celtic music with her husband Brian in the band Feire Warning, and even had the pleasure recently of being asked to perform with the seventh Dr. Who, Sylvester McCoy, at a Dr. Who convention.