Micah Babinski – Border Pipes, Mandolin
Micah is an experienced player of reelpipes, smallpipes, and highland bagpipes. He began his piping career in Oakland, CA under the instruction of Scottish piper and drummer Liza MacAdam.
On the traditional side of piping, Micah has won many competitions throughout the years, most notably the prestigious George Sherriff Amatuer Invitational competition in Toronto, Ontario in 2006. Micah has played in several bagpipe bands, including Prince Charles of San Francisco, Simon Fraser University, and Dowco Triumph Street Pipe Bands. He has also performed in ensembles alongside guitar-driven rock groups, Renaissance Faire band Tartanic, Taiko drummers, and a Balanese Gamelan.
In addition to performing Micah is a published bagpipe composer. Several of Micah’s compositions have been featured on albums by Dram & Go, Tartanic, solo bagpipers, and top level bagpipe bands. Micah lives in Portland, OR and works in the geospatial information technology field.
Rachel Bowen – Fiddle
Rachel Bowen is a versatile fiddler, violinist, and violist who has performed with a number of bands and orchestras in both the Portland area and her native California. She studied classical violin and Scottish fiddle in her youth, later exploring other traditional fiddle styles at various fiddle camps and studying with teachers including Suzy Thompson and Darol Anger.
Rachel was a longtime member of the eclectic Portland-based folk-fusion group Kendalin, with whom she released two albums: Opening (2010) and Rising (2016). She also performed with local Celtic rock duo Castletown. Rachel currently plays violin with Tilikum Chamber Orchestra, and has previously performed on violin and viola with Oregon Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra and the American Philharmonic of Sonoma County (now the Sonoma County Philharmonic). Also a wonderful composer of tunes, Rachel brings lovely original melodies to the band repertoire.
Anton Emery – Guitar, Banjo, Flute
Anton Emery is a masterful guitarist acclaimed for his stunning arrangements of Celtic music. Playing finger-style on a steel-string acoustic guitar, he performs a body of music traditionally performed on fiddle, flute, and bagpipes, giving it a fresh voice while losing none of its rhythm, feel, and magical quality.
Anton studied extensively with players such as Tony McManus, Al Petteway, Robin Bullock, and Steve Baughman. His repertoire ranges from traditional, driving jigs and reels, to gorgeous slow airs, harp tunes, and unusual pieces from less-well-known Celtic sources in Galicia and Brittany.
His debut solo release, “Noone Lasses,” was selected as one of the top Celtic recordings of 2010 by Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. Minor 7th Acoustic Music Reviews wrote “Anton Emery’s debut CD ‘Noone Lasses’ has all the qualities of that rare album one finds in an obscure record shop that instantly becomes a lifetime favorite!”