The Angry Brians
SATURDAY & SUNDAY
With their own style of Celtic Fusion, these vagabond scholars of malcontent command a level of energy unparalleled to those within the genre. Combining the raw drive of Dropkick Murphy’s and the energetic complexity of Flogging Molly, The Angry Brians unapologetically thrust the genre from out of the light, into the darkness of mainstream.
Their original songs and reinvented classics will burrow deep into your subconscious, leaving you grinding your teeth at night trying to rid your mind of that hook and relentless beat.
Hailing from the county of Kern, The Angry Brians travel all over the west coast seeking only a moment of your time to reconsider how you interpret the world of music. So if you’re willing to be a bit open minded, hold on tight because before the day is through, you will all be Angry Brians too.
The Angry Brians is a combination of musicians from various bands and genres who came together. Walter Baldwin and Douglas Kirk who played with a group called ‘Loveday,’ were the first members of the band. After the addition of bagpipes, bass guitar and drums. It was obvious that they had struck a chord with their various musical styles and had developed their own sound. A couple of guitarists joined the practice, but then Rich Cheney joined and his style of playing enhanced the band. Rich had previously played guitars and vocals for various hard rock groups. His guitar styles of grinding, hard rock rhythms somehow complimented the Celtic sound quite naturally.
The newest addition, Highland Piper/Whistle player Chelsea Joy, adds a youthful energy to the stage. She’s always playing, whether it be with Tehachapi Mountain Pipes and Drums, Pasadena Scottish Pipes and Drums, or just sitting in with some fellow musicians, Chelsea puts her heart and soul into it. Chelsea was a natural fit with the guys in the band. A fresh addition to an already amazing sound!!
For the last few years under the name “1916” they toured around the state of California and Nevada, playing many Celtic festivals, from Sonora & Pleasanton to Irvine & Los Angeles. They’ve shared the stage many times with such acts as “The Wicked Tinkers”, “Tempest”, “Sligo Rags”, “Blackeyed Dempsey’s”, “Bad Haggis”, “Brother” etc.
Rich Cheney ~ Guitar, Lead Vocals
Chelsea Joy ~ Bag Pipes, Whistles, Vocals
Doug Kirk ~ Bass, Vocals
Walter Baldwin ~ Drums, Percussions, Vocals