Merci beaucoup, Toulouse!

Oct. 13th 2020: It was wonderful to rock the stage again! Though under strict Covid-preventive measures, it made everybody feel “normal” for a while, we could see your smiling faces behind the Corona-masks. A very special thank you to Esther Gisserot, who made something happen that was close to impossible! We are looking forward to seeing you again when the pandemic is over! Stay safe and healthy!

Pictures by Christian Audiau.

Ready for Toulouse!

Mille Grazie Trieste!

Sept. 27th 2020: We really enjoyed to be back on stage after the 9 months break! It was such a wonderful evening at Trieste, completely dry, no wind, and an amazing audience – for a while it made us forget all the Corona-madness in the world . Like a young fan expressed it, with tears in her eyes:” Thank you so much it was the 1st time that it really felt like a NORMAL concert again…!” Yes, for us defintely, too!

Duncan back at Vienna!

Sept. 22nd 2020: Nearly 9 monthes after our last concert (at Mumbai), Duncan arrived at Vienna to rehearse for the 2 shows in 2020. It was great to play together after such a long time, and even better to talk in person and have some beer together. In these Corona-times these “normal” things feel really special and outstanding. Lukas took the picture – that´s why you see 3 beer…;-)

Celtic Spirits-stage banner has arrived!

In spite of all Corona-uncertainties, the preparations for the most likely  only 2 shows this year have started. Lukas and I proudly present the new Celtic Sprits-Stage banner, 3 x 6m/ 10 x 20 ft; Fingers crossed, that we can play at least these 2 shows…!

Exploring locations for the next video-shooting…

A big part of the preparations for the 2 up coming Celtica-concerts (Triskell, Italy, Sept. 26th and Graalfest, France, Oct. 9th) is preparing the video-shootings in Italy, France and Austria.: Writing the scripts, organising the crew and finding inspiering locations!

Celtic Spirits: Top in Belgium!

Aug. 22nd 2020: In the September-edition of the Belgian Fok-magazin “Le Canard Folk” you can find Celtica´s new album Celtic Spirits as the top album of the month! “An excelent album of this genre!” We are very glad about this appreciation!

Celtica now also on Instagram!

Aug. 14th 2020: Now you can stay in touch with your favourite Celtic rockband even faster: Just go to https://www.instagram.com/celticapipesrock.official/ and see the latest news…

New Celtic Spirits-stage banner!

As we have at least 2 concerts in fall (in spite of Corona we haven´t lost our optimism…;-), we started to prepare our new Celtic Spirits-live show. Here is  the draft for the banner, 3 x 6m, adapted from the CD-cover. Do you like it?

Visiting Friends 04: Skiltron!

“Visiting Friends” is a serial of interviews with musicians and bands we know personally from touring. We asked them about their current situation and about their plans for the near future. This is the 4th episode, featuring Skiltron and Emilio Souto, mastermind and guitarist of the Folk Metal band from Argentina.

New official facebook-page!

As our official Celtica-Pipes rock-fb-page (and also my, Gajus Stappen, personal page) was shut down without notice on Wed. July 15th, we have lost all shared content, likes, subscribers and messages! Most likely it is permanently…So we have created a new fb-page: https://www.facebook.com/Celtica-Pipes-Rock-110758404049380/?modal=admin_todo_tour Please like us and/ or subscribe (again), share it and invite friends! The fb-likes are an important indicator for a band´s popularity! Please help us with a quick, but powerful click!

Official facebook-page locked!

Since this morning the official Celtica-Pipes rock-fb-page has disappeared, also my (Gajus Stappen) personal profile and all shared content! We don´t know what exactly has happened, if it is temporary, if it is permanently locked or even already completely cleared. We just got a message that our account or some activities were violating the fb-policy, that´s all. If anybody has an idea how to bring back our page please let us know!  It is a disaster…

“Visiting Friends” 02: Jane Espie, the Phantom Piper!

“Visiting Friends” is a serial of interviews with musicians and bands we know personally from touring. We asked them about their current situation and about their plans for the near future. This is the  2nd  episode, featuring Jane Espie, the Phantom Piper. Please tell us for the next episodes, what questions you want us to ask, and what you would like to know about an artist.

“Visiting Friends” 01: Paddy Murphy!

“Visiting Friends” is a new serial of interviews with musicians and bands we know personally from touring. We asked them about their current situation and about their plans for the near future. This is the very 1st episode, featuring Paddy Murphy, one of the best Irish Speed Folk-Celticrock-bands in Europe. Please tell for the next episodes, what questions you want us to ask, and what you would like to know about an artist.

Celtica are “Visiting Friends”!

“Visiting Friends” is a new serial of interviews with musicians and bands we know personally from touring, from sharing stage and back stage area; We asked them about their current situation as all summer festivals got cancelled due to Corona and about their plans for the near future. It will start on Thursday July 2nd with Paddy Murphy, one of the best Irish Speed Folk-Celticrockband in Europe.

Facebook: more than 2000 followers!

We have crossed the 2000-followers-mark on Facebook and we want to thank each of you for your decision, to “like” the fb-page of Celtica – Pipes rock! After leaving all followers of 10 years to Celtica Nova we had to start from zero in September 2019. We are very happy that even after the cancellation of all gigs because of Corona we could still reach so many people and motivate them to subscribe to get the latest news about Celtica. Some people may say that 2000 followers is not a very impressive number; Well, for us it is not about “numbers” but people who share our taste of music, who enjoy the energy and who we -to a large part- know personally and see more as friends than fans – the Celtic Spirits all over the world…

“Celtic Spirits” on the way to the US & Canada!

Good news for our friends and fans in the USA and Canada: Postal traffic from Europe has opened again! Tomorrow I will send from Europe a load of Celtic Spirits-CDs to our US-distributor, and she will send all individual orders in the USA. All orders from Canada will be sent from Europe directly to Canada tomorrow as well. If you intend to order our new (or previous) t-shirts, girlies or tanktops, please do it TODAY to have your item sent in the load tomorrow! Thanks for your patience, now it is just a matter of time till you have your copy of Celtic Spirits and/ or your Celtic Spirits-shirt! https://celticarocks.com/shop

“Celtic Spirits” T-shirts, Girlies and Tank Tops available!

We just got the new Celtic Spirits-Tshirts, girlies and tank tops! You find the Celtica-logo, the “Bagtar”, over the Celtic knot from the CD-cover on classic black background. Availabe in our web shop in small till 3X large.

Web shop Tutorial

In the internet, there are all kind of video-tutorials, so here is also one “How to buy Celtic Spirits at the band´s web shop”. Thank you, Nicolas O., from Vienna, Austria, for clear and easy instructions! 😉

Celtic Spirits for the Village Voices

It was a pleasure and a honour to present the singers of the Village Voices their personal copies of Celtic Spirits. Conducted by Andrea Wiesinger, the choir made great recordings for this album. Of course, we respected all Corona restrictions like e.g. keeping distance at this “little party”! Support the band and purchase Celtic Spirits directly at the Celtica web shop: https://celticarocks.com/shop

Celtic Spirits: CDs arrived!

Today I got 3 large boxes with several hundred copies of Celtic Spirits! It was great, to hold the album the 1st time in my hands…In Germany, the orders on our web shop got sent already yesterday, all other  web shop-orders in Europe will go out like planned on  Monday May 18th. Unfortunately it is still not possible, to send any packages to the USA. The distribution in all other stores and platforms (Amazon, etc.) starts in June.

Celtic Spirits: Teaser

Celtic Spirits: Order now at our webshop!

Now you can buy Celtic Spirits directly at our webshop! There you will find all information about the album as well as sound samples of each tune. You will get the brand new album in digital version just a few minutes after you have paid by Paypal: We´ll send you your download-link for the whole album as high quality MP3s and wav-files. Our special Corona-offer: As compensation for the varying delivery times you will also get the download-link when you order the album as physical CD! In Europe we will ship your copy on May 18th, in the USA as soon as it is possible again. The distribution in all other stores and platforms (Amazon, etc.) starts in June.

Celtic Spirits order start on Wed. April 29th!

We work on a way, that you get the full album “Celtic Spirts” in digital form immediately when you order it to make up the due to Corona extended delivery times. Please we give us 2 days to sort out the technical problems till Wed. April 29th!

Celtic Spirits: Mix down finished!

Today we finished the mix down of the brand new album “Celtic Spirits”: We are very proud  and happy  as it sounds absolutely fantastic! After nearly a full year of preparations like collecting ideas and making the compositions, the actual recordings, arrangements and mix down took more than six, very intense months. Due to the Corona-crisis the last weeks got more complicated, but right now the 13 tracks get the last technical fine tuning. As soon as the CD-pressing plant  has got all files they´ll tell us the exact date, when we will get the 1st copies. Within the next days we´ll announce when and how you can pre-order “Celtic Spirits”: Be the 1st to get it! 😉

Jigging on the Rocks – new video

Just a quick video for “Jigging on the Rocks”, one of the tunes from the new Celtica-album “Celtic Spirits” (release spring 2020). When I, Gajus, was on Gran Canaria already some years ago, I thought that Roque (=Rock) Nublo is a spectacular place for a video-shooting – and now we could film some scenes up there! So Rock Nublo is the reference for the title, but also “Whisky on the Rocks” was an influence…;-) Please go to “Videos”…

1st Drum Recording for “Celtic Spirits”!

For the first of two drums-recording sessions for the upcoming Celtica-album “Celtic Spirits” the top notch studio gosh-Audio was booked again. The sensational team around Stefan Kolber, with Tom Goethe at the sound controls created once more a world class drum-sound. Lukas Schlintl was the 1st time at a recording studio the drummer of Celtica: a truely awesome drummer with a perfect combination of feeling, power and perfection! Picture by Diana Makalova

Mumbai!!!

Exactly 10 years after our start in the pretty much very (wild) West at Phoenix, Arizona, Celtica got invited to the very East: We are very excited to perform at Asia’s largest college cultural Festival, in Mumbai, India, on Dec. 26th! We will make a road movie of this outstanding tour, so please have a look on our website and YouTube at end of December… Namaste! https://www.facebook.com/iitb.moodindigo/

Ready to rrrock Trieste!

Sept. 25th 2020: Ready to rrrrock Triskell at Triest/ Italy! After intense rehearsals we are absolutely hot to rock the stage at Triest…! CU tomorrow!

Alternative concert at Toulouse!

Sept. 10th 2020: As compensation for the postponed Graalfest we will play a concert “Graalfest OFF” at the l’Usine à Musique at Toulouse on the same weekend (oct. 10th+11th)! The exact day will be announced soon. It looks good at the moment that we still will come to France in 2020…!

Also Graalfest postponed to 2021!

Sept. 8th 2020: The increasing Corona-infections in France forced the promoter to postpone Graalfest to next year. Now we have left only1(!!) concert in 2020: at Trieste/ Italy in less than 2 weeks, on Sept. 26th. The preparations are the same for 50, 10 or just 1 concert – we want to bring a “perfect” show on stage, and we will film at least parts of this performance for music videos. We don´t know the exact situation and the specific Corona-restríctions, but one thing is absolutely sure: It will be a very, very special show for us…

Interview for Graalfest

Aug. 18th 2020: This interview was filmed already end of May 2020. In the meantime the Corona-crisis has caused many changes. We are very sad, that Covid-19 has delayed some important administrative processes that made it impossible for Ernesto to play with us at Graalfest. We still show you the interview so you can see, how much we all are looking forward to play this festival, and you might understand better how it feels for an artist when he finally can´t participate… But the good news is, that Aya Georgieva will play with us at Graalfest!

Visiting Friends 06: Hawaii Irish Dance!

Aug. 6th 2020: Hawaii, the paradise in the Pacific! Wonderful beaches, palm trees, surfer on incredible waves, pine apple, gentle music…And pubs, bagpipes and Irish Dance! Aloha and welcome to Visiting Friends episode 6 with Hawaii Irish Dance!

Visiting Friends 05: Ye Banish Privateers!

The Swedish pirate-band takes us 300 years back in time for an imaginary journey through the harsh life at sea during the early 18th century. The mix of rude folk and punk music invites you to dance and sing along, while the gripping ballads will make the toughest pirate heart soft.

Visiting Friends 03: BarbarÒ`Rhum!

“Visiting Friends” is a serial of interviews with musicians and bands we know personally from touring. This is the 3rd  episode, featuring Barbar`O`Rhum, Pirate-band from France. Please tell for the next episodes, what questions you want us to ask, and what you would like to know about an artist.

New music video: Granuaile, Live at Mumbai/ India!

Here is a really remarkable live video, filmed at our performance at Mood Indigo, Asia´s largest cultural college festival, on December 26th 2019. This concert was pretty unique: It was the 1st Celtica-show ever in Asia, it was the 1st time in new line up, most likely the last live-performance of Celtica till  October 2020,  the only gig with Geza Frank – and one of the best audiences we ever had! Enjoy the colours of India, the enthusiastic audience and at the very end some crazy scenes, when we walked through some busy streets of Mumbai, fully dressed in stage outfit, with bagpipes… a bit “Celtic Bollywood” 😉 “Granuaile” is released on the new album “Celtic Spirits”, available at https://celticarocks.com/shop

People from all over the world about “Celtic Spirits”

Would you really believe us, if we tell you how great our new album “Celtic Spirit” is…? So we have asked people from all over the world for their opinion…

Aloha: Jigging on the Hawaiian Rocks!

Wow: Right now we just got from our friends on Hawaii this absolutely amazing video! Conducted by the brilliant Lynn Scully the Hawaii Irish Dancers dance to Jigging on the Rock from our new album “Celtic Spirits”: Great dancing, many good friends, who participate, and the terrific landscape of Hawaii: This video brings sunshine and lust of life directly from the Pacific Ocean…Thank you so much for this cheering greetings!

TV-Interview CitySOUNDS

Nice interview with Gajus at the private station WNTV, he talks also about the “sectret of the Celtica success”. Sorry, only in German…

New video: Atholl Highlanders, Home office version

We made this little video to give all our fans and friends an impression of Celtica at home office as our live performances got cancelled due to Corona-restrictions all over the world…Pleae find it on this website at “Video”. The full version of “Atholl Highlanders” will be released on the upcoming album “Celtic Spirits”, in May 2020! Stay safe, healthy and confident – we are looking forward to see you all again when this Corona-madness is over! 🙂

Introducing Ernesto Góngora

We are very happy to introduce Ernesto Góngora as the new 2nd piper of Celtica! Ernesto is an incredible bag piper playing with amazing sound, stunning perfection and –most important!- impressive musicality. Being Mexican citizen, he is the first bagpiper from Mexico, Central- and South America to win the All Ireland Solos Championship in Dublin. Gajus, after recording with Ernesto bagpipe, flute and whistles for the upcoming album “Celtic Spirits” : “Working with Ernesto was one of the most creative and satisfying experiences in my whole life. I´m very thankful and glad about the music we created, and I can´t wait to perform with Ernesto as a new band member the Celtic Spirits- show live on stage!”

New Celtic Spirits-design for the Celtica-logo

Like in the previous years, the well established Celtica-logo gets adapted to the current album and live show. The new “Celtic Spirits”-design attracts attention by the large celtic knot in the capital letter and the Celtica ornaments on the t-sword. Iron, recognisable by the rusty spots, reflects the extremely durable iron the Celts made for their swords, and which was highly coveted by the Romans(!). Musically the title “Ferrum Noricum” on the new album refers to that as well.

Thank you, Mumbai!

What an adventure, what an experience! We really enjoyed our 1st show ever in Mumbai/ India/ Asia! Hopefully soon some pictures, and also the full video, that we shot at Mumbai for the 1st tune of “Celtic Spirits” (we don´t even have a name yet, but we played it at Moody… should be ready in 3-4 weeks…stay tuned!

Peter has gone.

We met Peter, an absolute avid Celtica-fan, the 1st time in 2012 after our concert, and since than  we were over all the years in contact till the end. Our first emotion was compassion with his fate,  but once we got to know him a bit better it soon turned into admiration and friendship. It was impressive indeed to see how his brilliant mind handled it to be prisoned in an invalid body. In his last eMail from begin of January he had so many plans, e.g. how to help to make Celtica more popular in Germany, and he was looking forward to hear the new album and to meet “his group” at the next concert. 11 days ago he was brought to the hospital because of pneumonia, but just 4 days ago there was an unexpected serious problem with his heart. Mentally fully aware he suddenly had to face his soon death. He wanted to fight for his life and rejected morphine for a long time. He was listening to the music of Celtica till the end as it gave him comfort and confidence. Against all medical prognosis he survived another night, and so it was possible for me to tell him a few words on the phone. Soon after that his body lost the fight, and on Saturday around 2:30am he passed away. We are left behind in disbelief and grieve with the members of his family for an outstanding person.

Great Recordings with The Village Voices!

Thanks to Village Voices for great recordings! A big thank you to all the singers of the Village Voices and especially to their conductor Andrea Wiesinger for the amazing recording session last Saturday. Within 8 hours we created amazing choirs for the upcoming Album “Celtic Spirits”…

Brand new “old”Facebook-page online again: Please “Like”!

After a short interruption the previous Facebook-page “Celtica – Pipes rock” is online again – but without the old contents and without the old likes (both has moved to the new Celtica-US-FB-page). Please like us (again) as having already over 25.000 likes we have to start it from the scratch again…Thank you for your support/ likes!