Kris Colt

from Kris's website:

Kris Colt is an American Celtic folk rock vocal artist, who is proud of her debut CD release, The Voyage, A Mystical Journey, distributed by New York's Dara Records.

     She brings with her the historical tradition of the story teller, with a focus on the Celtic peoples of the British Isles, after they arrived in America, one of the most important movements in our nation's history.  She believes that an understanding of the past gives us the strength and creativity to face and conquer the future. 

     As a songwriter, along with her co-writer, Brenda Thomas, folk rock original songs like Black Rose (the story of a young black Irish immigrant street teen and her infant's struggle to survive), and Has Anybody Seen Mary?, (the tale of lost children as they enter the port of New Orleans), are typical of her work "Mary"  was chosen to be performed in conjunction with an appearance of the San Francisco Irish Consul General.

     In Celtic tradition, she explores the passions of the "other world" with original songs like Spirit of the Woodland and the title track from her CD, the rockin' sea shanty, The Voyage, inspired by family tales of her Welsh sea captain ancestor, Nathan Gaythan Thomas.  Fevered Welsh gypsy style pieces in her live show celebrate another line of the lead singer's Celtic roots.

     Her voice is strong and clear with a lyrical style, and she truly is a shamanic storyteller and a modern bard.

Kris Colt and The Black Rose Band have played with a number of national Irish and Scottish folk and rock acts, with one of her favorites being a Saturday night concert appearance, opening for the nationally known Fenians, at the world-famous Roxy Theatre on the Sunset Strip!

     Kris brought her lyrical folk singing style to the main stage with a concert appearance at the very trendy
Knitting Factory on Hollywood Blvd., just next to Mann's Chinese Theatre.  (Her red mini kilt came out for this Valentine's show!!) 

   Taking it on the road, performing for such musical festivals as the
Sam Hinton Folk Festival, in La Jolla, she also gave an Irish folk song workshop she affectionately named "Love To Lament."  She also has an upcoming November 6th, 2004 Samhain concert for the San Diego Folk Heritage music series, where she recently had the privilege of performing with the legendary Kingston Trio, for a very special day of music sponsored by the Christian League.

     Kris and her band made their stand on the
Green Derby stage, for two days of traditional Irish fun and frolic alongside The Young Dubliners, The Fenians, Sligo Rag and the Whooligans, for Southern California's premiere, Great American Irish Fair.

     Father's Day weekend,
Black Rose had the thrill of being one of the five featured bands for the 2004, San Diego Highland Games, and were also chosen to perform in concert at the San Diego Moonlight Amphitheater.

     You might have seen Kris Colt and her band weave their mystical spell at one of the group's favorite haunts, such as Hollywood's Molly Malone's, Brennan's Irish Pub or even the swanky Lunaria, where they have opened for a number of  celebrity guests, in addition to a solo appearance at the glamorous Palace Theatre at Hollywood and Vine.  

     Kris and Black Rose have also been known to appear at folk powwows like The Newport Folk Festival, opening the event at the fair stage at the historic Greek Amphitheatre.

     While in Nashville TN, Kris performed solo as a featured guest at the songwriter's mecca, The Bluebird Cafe, and selections from her CD, The Voyage, have received national airplay across the United States and Canada, on 130 stations and reached # 26 on the NAV music chart. 

The Black Rose Band has been sponsored in concert by Music Connection magazine and have been the sole musical act for the Irish-American Bar Association's Saint Patrick's Day Banquet for three years in a row, having the honor to, once again, perform for the Irish Consul General.

     For the Celtic New Year's celebration of Samhain,
Kris Colt appears annually at An Claidheamh Soluis (The Celtic Arts Center), where she is also a member of the performing Gaelic Choir, as recently seen on PBS, under the direction of the legendary Ken O'Malley, and soon to be performing September 10th at the Anson Ford Amphitheater, opening for Solas.

     The Robert Burns (the bard of Scotland) birthday dinners are another annual performance celebration Kris and the band love to participate in.

     Kris Colt and her band were special guests this year for the new St. Patrick's Irish Fair, at the Fairplex in Pomona, the first annual South Coast Celtic Festival, at the Brother's of St. Patrick, in Orange County, the Universal City NOHO Arts Festival and the first annual Southern California Fringe Arts Festival.  They particularly had a terrific time performing for the Weekend Celtic Concert series, sponsored by ACS.

     Kris has been featured acting, dancing and singing in such Equity theatres as L.A.'s
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, working with the great Gower Champion, the Shubert Theatre in Century City, as well as both the famous Curan and Orpheum theatres in San Francisco, for the Legends Company in Las Vegas and with the San Bernardino Civic Light Opera.  She has also appeared as a singer and dancer for television and film.

     In concurrence with the huge folk rock revival taking place in the grass roots scene across the country, Black Rose is on the cutting edge.  Kris is proud to work with all her extraordinary band mates, Phil Ernst, on guitar, Tessa Alburne, on vocals and flute, Steve Ayvazian, on vocals and percussion, and Ed Lindgron on the classic Irish harp.  While Kris herself, as lead vocalist, also plays the guitar and ancient Irish bodhron drum.  Together they spark the stage with flames of musical fire!  This is sure to be an exciting time.