For Highland boys, it’s about tradition |

For Highland boys, it’s about tradition

Wolfstone closes the Celtic Festival Saturday night.
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Various musical genres, including folk rock, Irish vocals and Grateful Dead-style vocals, will be heard during this weekend’s Celtic Festival and Marketplace.

Traditional Scottish folk music will be performed by Wolfstone, a group that adds hard-driving rock to the mix.

“There’s so much Celtic music; the closest cousin to our Scottish Highland music is Irish,” said fiddler and vocalist Duncan Chisholm, who formed Wolfstone in 1987.

“Most of the stuff we do is original, based in that traditional style,” Chisholm said Monday from Scotland. “We are all Highland boys. We’re all brought up with a great gift of Highland music. We’re proud of our tradition. It’s what we’re part of – part of our history. We like expressing pride in our tradition. Rock ‘n’ roll has the same kind of energy, common spirit.”

Wolfstone had a summer schedule of popular gigs in Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Wales, Scotland and the United States.

“The music has a general spirit around it, a liveliness. It crosses all language barriers,” Chisholm said. “When we play in Spain, 95 percent of the audience doesn’t speak English, but they want to dance. Audiences enjoy themselves wherever we go.”

– Carol Feineman

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