Kirsta's Scottish/Irish roots are the inspiration behind KIRSTA & THE KELTS!
Covering a growing list of the best of timeless Celtic pop including Simple Minds, Deacon Blue, Annie Lennox, Jethro Tull, Amy McDonald, U2, The Waterboys, Paulo Nutini, Del Amitri, Rod Stewart, The Proclaimers, Gerry Rafferty & KT Tunstall.
Based in St Albans, KIRSTA & THE KELTS provide 100%-live sound for venues, events and private hirers wanting something a bit different from the usual pop covers set lists.
Fronted by Kirsta Johnston on lead vocals and woodwind, the KELTS can be hired in 3 formats:
TRIO (with keyboards & guitar) - perfect for smaller budgets, smaller areas or where volume is limited.
QUARTET: (with keyboards, bass, drums & guitar) - for typical pub & club bookings.
QUINTET: (the quartet, with added sax & harmonica) - the luxury set-up for bigger budgets & occasions!
There's a version to serve every need & budget, whether a wedding, a birthday party, a lively pub, a festival or even a cosy event if a full-on band isn't required.
We can also personalise other formats of the act if needed, but still always remaining with the overall Celtic pop theme behind Kirsta and the Kelts.
JEZ GUEST - TENOR SAXOPHONE, HARMONICAA
While he's known for playing sax with The Kirsta Johnston Band, young Jez grew up also learning flute, harmonica and guitar - really only because his brother already played and owned those instruments. Jez has recorded and performed with household names Will Young, Rebecca Ferguson, Alexandra Burke, Cliff Richard, Alfie Boe and Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet ...and 'the bloke from Whitesnake, can't remember his name'. He likes pretty much any type of music, apart from rap, and currently also plays with a couple of big bands, jazz bands and a function band.
PAUL DAVIS - BASS, KEYBOARDS, BACKING VOCALS
Paul's interest in music began as a 7 year old, discovering Tubular Bells - and he's a big fan of keyboard wizards Keith Emerson (RIP) and Jean Michel Jarre. So it's no surprise his favourite music leans towards new age, electronic and cinematic scores. But he can still play a mean bass on Mustang Sally! He's played publicly with more than 100 musicians over the past decade (from bands as diverse as Iron Maiden and Blue) and is the original bassist with The Pimps, house band for Pimp My Band open-mic nights in St Albans.