Eclectic Celtic:Tuatha Dea from Gatlinburg, TN

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Genre: Scots/Irish, Celtic, Tribal eclectic mix


Damasqhs –
Vocals, Djembe, Djuns, Bongos, Guitar, etc.

Rebecca Holman –
Vocals, Bougaraboo etc.

Tesea Dawson –
Vocals, Flute, bass, keyboard Djembe, etc.

Brandon Mullikin –
Bass, Guitar, Djembe

Tyler Neitz –
Gutair, bass, keyboard, various percussion, etc.

Chris Bush –
Native American flute, penny whistle, bass, djembe, djuns, et

Stirring both the heart and soul: Tuatha Dea satisfies one’s musical cravings.

Bagabi inspires what is beautiful and primal. It is like being transported into a world during the time of dinosaurs.  The use of didgeridoo further enhances this experience and I feel my imagination open up. It gives you that weird sensation especially when you listen to this track with the lights out. I like it when a song gives me goose bumps. It means it has achieved something greater. Music is supposed to be like this-something that  touches the soul. The African inspired chanting and the eerie deep male vocals (think Brendan Perry) further enhances the effect.

This kind of style is also dominant in other tracks like the poly-rhythmic induced The Hunt(corners). The track  starts with percussion then escalates into a melodic devotional chant piece. There is also the traditional inspired Mulligan Stew that should have been used in TV series like Merlin. The remaining tracks bend on the folk/rock side. The female vocals are strong reminiscent of Stevie Nicks and Annie Lennox. I think this is great because I really like singers who sound like women and not like little girls. Songs like Falling Down, Celtic Woman (Mavis McGee), Tonight and the heart hurting Skye Boat Blues will leave you contemplating lost loves and missed soul mates in fishnet stockings and thick black mascara.

Call this an aside but I really love everyone’s fashion style here. Tuatha Dea is a band that is both beautiful to the eyes and ears. A perfect companion for a long rainy night with a single candle.

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Formed in 2009 by Lead Vocalist Damasqhs, Tuatha Dea has an eclectic sound incorporating tribal drumming into the Celtic music genre.

Tuatha Dea first began with a group of close friends gathering together once a week to drum for kicks in 2009. Soon after the band began to write original music and playing at local social gatherings. As they began to build a small local fan base it was decided to try their hands at taking the show out into the public eye. They eclectically mix Scotts Irish, new age, traditional and modern day music to produce a unique variety and blend of rhythm and melody. As the fan base grows, the group continues it’s evolution and is constantly re-defining it’s perimeters. More info on Tuatha Dea will be coming soon and keep your eye on our website!


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