Drawing on the rich repertoire of East Coast Celtic tradition of intricate instrumentals, sea shanties, Irish and Scottish songs, and original compositions, Celtic Rant have forged a polished sound around the guitar, fiddle, pipes, mandolin, and excitingly robust vocal harmonies. Celtic Rant is a trio from Nova Scotia that delightfully delivers trad tunes, brings folk lyrics to life, and gives a nuanced sense of home in original songs. They are funny and self - aware creating lovely onstage comaraderie. With storytelling stringing the show together, Celtic Rant demonstrates exquisite talent on various instruments and stunning vocal harmonies. As music educators they weave a strong sense of history and significance into their music and are able to provide workshops as a secondary part of their performance engagements.
Celtic Rant consists of Victor Fraser on vocals, guitar, tenor banjo and fiddle, Rob Wigle on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, and Rob Greene, who also does vocals and plays bass guitar, fiddle and pipes.
Victor Fraser - Acoustic Guitar
Victor Fraser, the grandson of the late Little Simon Fraser of Meat Cove, Cape Breton is a disciplined musician who has experience with diverse styles and genres. His first love is Celtic guitar and song. Victor’s original melodies and flat-picked interpretations of traditional tunes are integral components of the Celtic Rant sound and style.
Rob Wigle - Guitar & Mandolin
Rob Wigle grew up in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia, where the ocean, honest working people, and stories of the common folk were part of everyday life. Inspired at a young age by anyone who could play an instrument or sing a song, Rob has been exploring roots music for as long as he can remember.
Rob Greene - Guitar, Fiddle & Pipes
Rob Greene comes by his musical ability honestly; his father is a guitar player and his grandfather was a Cape Breton fiddler from Reserve Mines. Robs love of Celtic music runs deep and has been a constant through most of his life.
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- "Celtic Rant's live show covers every possible path along the Celtic music tradition, from original compositions to sea shanties, traditional jig sets, and Clancy Brothers covers. Playing almost a dozen instruments between them, the trio sang in resounding and effortless harmonies. They include first-class storytelling between songs, honouring the other great Celtic tradition." - Inverness Oran