My Three Kilts aint your grandpa’s Celtic music. They have as much in common with the Ramones as they do with The Dubliners. Combining traditional Celtic influences and instrumentation with punk rock influences, ideals and attitude, they play a unique brand of Celtic/Pub/Punk. Their shows are punctuated with blasts of music and interactions with the audience.
My Three Kilts have been the dog’s bollocks of the NC Celtic scene
since 2007. They have built a steady following from the mountains to
the coast. The band has been honored to take part in many festivals and shows spanning from NC all the way to PA.
I grew up listening to Kiss, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, and country music on AM radio. Strange combination, aye? That was all replaced later by Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. In addition, the Ramones, Sex Pistols and all sorts of punk rock got plenty of air play in my cassette player. I guess that’s where the speed, attitude, and aggression come from that are integral parts to My Three Kilts.
I came to Irish/Celtic music late in life when I started getting into my ancestry. But, that’s when it all started making sense to me. Even though the things I grew up listening to were radically different from the traditional songs that My Three Kilts started playing, I could see the similarities in the music in the political leanings, the hooks, the sing-a-longs, the “us against them” mentality.
Obviously, some of the old guard may not like the influences that I bring to My Three Kilts, but I always like taking the piss out of a few folks!
I was born and raised in Southern California with grandparents hailing from the Shetland Isles in Scotland. I grew up listening to traditional Scottish tunes on pipes and drums. Eventually growing to love local punk music from such bands as, Guttermouth, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and Face to Face to more well known bands like Social Distortion, Bad Religion, and Suicidal Tendencies. I took up playing percussion in Jam Bands with influences like The Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd, then eventually moved on to play a traditional drum kit . After 34 years of being in Southern California I followed the rest of my family to the East Coast, finally making my way to Garner NC. I got to know the local music scene and eventually stumbling into Tir-Na-Nog Irish pub, met My Three Kilts and the rest as they say…is history.