The Rogues Website
"OUTSTANDING!" -- DIRTY LINEN MAGAZINE
If there is such a thing as a cool and cutting edge Celtic band The Rogues define it! Lend your ear lad's and lassie's to a treat you will not forget! This band can do it all, from traditional Celtic to toe stepping pop with a wee taste of Ireland to remind you of where it all came from. This music is an absolute a joy to hear!
If the 78th Fraser Pipe Band sat down with the Waterboys, the Chieftains, the Rolling Stones, and the Dave Matthews Band, and then asked some friends from a symphonic orchestra to join them at the table the resulting sound might begin to resemble the ROGUES. Over the past 16 years the performances of this CeltRock Folk Classical group have electrified audiences on two continents. They have added to their ever-growing family of fans -- affectionately known as the Rogue Army -- at music festivals, theaters, Highland Games, renaissance festivals, clubs, pubs, and corporate events -- anywhere that presents top-quality, high-energy music. This has even included regular rotation on satellite radio station, XM. Their hard won road successes have established them as artists with bona fide international acclaim. Renowned for their musical skill, quick wit, and engaging stage show the ROGUES have mastered the art of creating an immediate connection with their audiences. The ROGUES are fast becoming a household name with music lovers around the world, loved by young and old of all backgrounds.
In December of 2009 the ROGUES defeated nearly 65 other bands from all over the world to win the 1st Battle of the Celtic Bands. Their win meant they appeared at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on St. Patrick's Day, 2010. Shortly after their win the ROGUES recording of "Bonny Portmore" was chosen to appear in the 2011 film, The Irishman, starring Christopher Walken and Val Kilmer. A week later the ROGUES were invited to perform in Chicago at the prestigious Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park. The ROGUES have performed at numerous large venues including the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, the North Texas Irish Festival, CeltFest Chicago, the Chicago Highland Games, and the Texas Scottish Festival, among many others. They have shared the stage with the Battlefield Band, Bad Haggis, Natalie McMaster, and Seven Nations to name but a few. They have also hosted their own exceptionally well-received variety shows, "Celtic Crossroads", which included performers from all over North America and Europe. The ROGUES even appeared on the red carpet with Robert Duvall at the premier of his film, A Shot at Glory. With a unique, multi-instrumental sound that crosses the musical landscape to include traditional and original rock/pop songs, film soundtrack music, and Irish-based foot-stompers, the ROGUES are proving they have the creativity and the drive to conquer the combined worlds of Celtic, Rock, Folk, Pop, and Classical music.
The ROGUES have produced nine albums and two DVDs. Ceili Magazine called "3 LBS. of RAGE", the newest album, "The best Celtic rock CD produced this year and one of the best Celtic music CDs … period!" Dirty Linen Magazine called "American Highlander", "Outstanding" and chose it to appear on their Editor's Choice CD with such legendary performers as Billy Bragg. Few bands like the ROGUES provide both the highly polished instrumentals that only elite musicians can perform, and the rousing songs that inspire crowds to sing. Indeed, listen to the audio tracks provided on this site's music player and you will see that the ROGUES are several exceptional bands in one.
The ROGUES continue to show their support of members of the military in need. They have raised thousands of dollars for individual veterans, the Air Force Aid Society, and Operation Ward 57, the amputee ward at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre. To this end the ROGUES started their ongoing series of fundraisers called DEAKSTOCK in 2007.
Note: Depending on budget, availability, and the type of show you require the ROGUES can appear with 4 to 8 musicians and tailor a show to meet your needs.
NELSON STEWART -- Lead Vocals, Piano, Electric/Acoustic Guitars, Accordion, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Bodhran, Tenor Drum, Doumbek, Djembe
RANDY WOTHKE -- Scottish Snare Drum, Drum Kit, Bodhran, Djembe, Doumbek, Vocals, Piano
COREY WALDEN -- Electric/Acoustic Fiddle, Vocals, Bass Guitar
LYRIC TODKILL -- Highland Bagpipes, Vocals, Guitars, Piano, Whistles
DOUG MacRAE -- Highland Bagpipes
EWAN BROWN -- Highland Bagpipes, Vocals, Whistles, Guitars, Drums
JIMMY MITCHELL -- Highland Bagpipes
TYSON KIPFER -- Bass Guitar
The Scottish Rogues (1995)
Hollerin For Haggis (1996)
Live in Canada, Eh? (1997)
Off Kilter (1999)
Made in Texas CD (2003)
Made in Texas DVD (2003)
US Air Force Constitution Hall DVD (2007)
American Highlander (2008)
3 LBS. of RAGE (2010)
The ROGUES can be purchased on iTunes, eMusic, and CD Baby. Also, many of their songs are streamed on their website (www.therogues.com)