One of Canada’s most exciting and innovative Celtic bands, Orealis successfully blends traditional and contemporary influences and instrumentation, forging a unique upbeat sound that pulls from the realms of Celtic, jazz, rock and world music.
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In the years since its creation, Orealis has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most exciting and innovative Celtic Bands. Their fresh, evocative music, a magical blend of traditional and original material, has delighted concert and festival audiences across the country and in the US. Their varied Repertoire ranges from Haunting ballads and slow airs to driving instrumentals and songs performed with energy and enthusiasm. It is not surprising that the group has shared the bill with such diverse acts as Shane McGowan and the Popes, The Pogues, The Waterboys, Gypsy Kings, Runrig, Luka Bloom and Richard Thompson.
The Heart and Soul of Orealis consists of Kirk MacGeachy and Dave Gossage. Kirk, originally from Scotland and the founding member of the band provides the rich mellow vocals and rhythm guitar and Bouzouki-Guitar work, while Dave brings to the band his fiery flute and whistle playing and electric guitar pyrotechnics. Kirk and Dave are joined by Dave’s brother Bill, on bass and in some shows by another brother, Thom on percussion and Drums.