After ten years, 7 CDs and thousands of miles on the road, Mother Grove have certainly paid their dues. While their CDs are creatively growing and evolving from one to the next and captures their sound very well, Mother Grove’s crown jewel is their live shows; High energy, fun and void of pretension, a Mother Grove show is like an intimate house concert turned up to 11. They interact with the crowd to such an extent, by the end of the evening you feel as if you’re part of the band. You’ll see them smiling, jumping, dancing and laughing on and off stage. All of which make them very approachable and sought after by pubs, festivals and venues all over the country.
Mother Grove will get you up and dancing jig after jig with their unique blend of well crafted original rock music and rousing rocked up traditional songs. But nestled between the hard hitting bagpipes, drums, bass and guitar and the sweet, rocking fiddle, penny whistle and mandolin are creative original rock songs, with lyrics that will leave you singing along, brushing back a tear or even scratching your head.
Mother Grove has built a reputation for their professionalism over the years. Pub owners, festival directors and sound techs have all heralded them as being “the most easy going band on the circuit”. While many bands might disappear after a show, you’ll find Mother Grove milling about, chatting with fans and having as much (or more!) fun as the crowd.
If you’re into rocking Celtic music, upbeat traditional, or clever and well written pop songs, you’ll find it here, for there’s truly something for everyone with Mother Grove.
Arising from the primal heartbeat of Alba, Eire, Britannia and Gaul, to the haunting cries and ancient voices of the Picts, Celts and Norse, comes a fusion of drums, bagpipes and percussive dance that will stir your soul and move your body with it’s ancient and powerful rhythms.
“Pictus“, from the Latin word meaning “painted”, (a nod to the customs and rituals primitive Celts, Picts and Gauls had of tattooing or painting their bodies) Pictus is more than just a “pipe and drum band”, they consider themselves “Neo Primitive”, reviving the spirit of primitive music from the Celts, Picts, Brittans, Gauls, Norse and beyond and bringing it into the 21st Century by incorporating modern musical elements and composition as well as Irish hard shoe dancing.
The spirit of the Bard is also alive in Pictus; they possess an engaging stage presence, a true feel for their ancient, ancestral ways and enough humor, wisdom and storytelling to round out their powerful musical talents. In addition to the great highland bagpipes and drums, you’ll hear Irish penny whistle, doumbek, djembe, Turkish Tupan and more.
PICTUS is a unique, powerful show that’s not to be missed!
St. Louis born and bred, these five local musicians bring an exciting, new element to the traditional music scene. They're best known for their soulful and lively harmonies. Back that with dynamic rhythm guitar, and you have the potent combination know as Clabber Alley.
Clabber Alley features four talented singers. These women have been singing together for close to 10 years now. Their onstage chemistry gives them ability to improvise off of each other, making every show a new and exciting experience. Four years ago, they were joined by a guitarist and friend, whose diverse musical background added an exciting new dynamic.
Named after a tenement that once stood in downtown St. Louis, Clabber Alley is closely tied to their Celtic roots, and this is evident in every song they play. Their songs tell a story of the Celtic people and the strength and heart for which they are most famous. From traditional Celtic love songs to pub music to songs of war, you can expect a diverse range of authentic traditional songs, each with a modern twist. So, if you are looking for is a remarkable Celtic music experience, you need look no further, than Clabber Alley.
Roger Netherton taught himself to fiddle at age 11, and at 12, he found his musical home in the Appalachian old-time style, which originated primarily with the music brought by Scottish and English immigrants to America. Now 16, Roger has placed in national old-time fiddle competitions (including the Walnut Valley Old-Time Fiddle Championship and the Appalachian String Band Festival) and performs regularly with a variety of old-time players in and near his home of St. Louis. His various bands — including Old Missouri (with Rich Egan on keyboard) and Devil’s Dream (with Alice Sanvito on guitar) — can be seen often at dances, festivals, and a variety of other venues in the region.
The John Ford Highland Pipe Band is a private, not-for-profit, musical and social group of men and women dedicated to the art of piping and drumming, as well as the maintaining of the Gaelic Heritage.
Founded in 1969 by Pipe Major, Bill Sandbach, we continue to enjoy providing the Saint Louis region with a premier pipes and drum band.
St. Louis Caledonian Pipe Band
The Central High School Kilties were founded in 1926 by Dr. R. Ritchie Robertson, and are the first all girl drum & bugle in the United States. The corps made its first public performance in 1926 at the Rotary Convention in Springfield, MO. The corps was originally called Ritchie's Scotch Lassis, with the name the Kilties being formally adopted in 1939.
The high standards of personal conduct and musical performance have distinguished the Central High School Kilties as an outstanding parade unit. For over 80 years, the Kilties have traveled all across the U.S. performing for countless crowds. The Kilties have performed at many notable events including: marchingin Kansas City for the St. Andrew Society of Scotsmen, the Sedalia State Fair, in front of President Harry S. Truman and President Gallegos of Venezuela, in the televised coverage of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., the 1961 Orange Bowl Parade, President George Herbert Walker Bush’s inaugural parade in Washington D.C., the 1996 Magic Music days at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and in 2003 The Kilties, as well as the Hillcrest Highlanders, marched in London’s New Year’s Day Parade in front of England’s Queen Elizabeth II and the rest of the Royal Family.
The Kilties have proudly represented Springfield and the Ozarks all over the United States for over eighty years. The Kilties perform year round in numerous parades and events, in addition to countless school functions.
Midwest Pipe Band Association Drumming Competition
A drumming competition features a drummer accompanied by a bagpiper. Come see who will be crowned the winner!
Dance Caledonia, directed by native Scot, Sandra Brown, is a Celtic group specializing in Scottish Traditional and National dance. Teaching includes historical background of the dances, which adds to the learning experience.
Dance Caledonia has been in existence since 1980, and today you will see a selection of dances performed by the students. The group performs in many different venues all over the area and is particularly excited to participate in Missouri Tartan Day"s festivities celebrating Scottish heritage.
For more information, and for private and or group lessons, you may call 636-227-9375 or
We exist to preserve and promote our Scottish Heritage, while engaging in Scottish Country Dancing and also to encourage new membership in the Flower of Scotland Dance Troupe.
We are a friendly, fun loving, and diverse group of dancers, who love to engage others in our dancing, and at demonstrations encourage audience participation in some of the simpler dances, but also encourage anyone desiring to attend our free dance lessons at the Lebanon Library (in Lebanon, MO), from 2:30-4:30 on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.