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Angus Mohr rocks Colorado Tartan Day

Written on 10 April 2017   By   in Celtic music, Festivals

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Photo by Michael P. Thompson

Angus Mohr at Colorado Tartan Day 2017     Photo by Michael P. Thompson

Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish culture and heritage. Here is Colorado, we celebrate it on the weekend closest to the official date of April 6. Colorado Tartan Day Festival is an event where we wear the kilt, represent our clans, enjoy the food and drink of Scotland, and mostly just have a great time with our friends of Scottish heritage.


Of course, music is an important part of that celebration, and Angus Mohr has been a supporter of that tradition for many years now. The band describes themselves as playing “Highland Rock and Roll” and they definitely fulfill that description.  Angus Mohr revitalizes traditional Celtic music’s brogue with an American blues accent while rejuvenating rock ’n roll’s broad spectrum with bagpipes and pennywhistles. No one is ever going to mistake Angus Mohr for a cover band. Sure, they play songs like “Foggy Dew,” the 1916 Easter Rising ballad, and “Whisky in the Jar,” a sixteenth century tale of love and betrayal, and their set list is peppered with songs penned by Dylan, Pink Floyd, Johnny Cash, and the Ramones. But you’ve never heard “Ring of Fire” or “I Wanna Be Sedated” until you’ve heard it with the pipes’ spiraling keen.


They kind of defy description, but they’re definitely entertaining and get the crowds rocking and dancing. Their next live performance is at Odyssey Beerwerks Anniversary Party – all day Saturday May 20. Make plans to be there.

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