Raves and Reviews
"A little bit of gypsy and solid musicianship is at the heart of the trio Celtic Sands."-------Jean's Magazines, April 2009
"Lara Garner lit up the stage each time she told her audience a story, each time her virtuosic fingers
found tone and light on piano, harp, whistle and bodhran, each time she smiled while playing music that
she loves."------Jean's Magazines, April 2009
"The exceptionally talented musicians [of Celtic Sands] are already shining". -------Celtic Mp3 Music Magazine, May 2008
"lyrical, bonny...there is nothing plainspoken about the beauty of Celtic Sands:
theirs is a dazzle of poetry and fun."
"The music fell like dance slippers, velvety, plush and wanting for more"
"Each song climbed in deep and proud, making feet tap and all eyes glisten"
"The color of bells, the waltz of the ethereal harp, a dramatic display of step dancing on fiddle,
a bit of the earth sturdy and clean, and intricate strings played like a whisper."
----------Jean Bartlett, Pacifica Tribune December 13, 2006
2014 Lara, Alina, Dave & Tricia on Marin TV on St Patrick's Day weekend
2014 Lara, Alina, Torin & Greg on St. Patrick's Day weekend
2013 Lara and Dave, joined by Susan Worland at Hakone Gardens
2013 Lara, Dave, Alina & Greg at station SCTV studio
2012 Lara, Dave, Alina & Tricia at Sanchez Concert Hall
2012 In Medieval Garb with Sean
The Band in 2011 - Lara, Jon, & Anna Washburn with Andy Meyerson on drums at Dublin St Pat's Festival
2009 Lara, Ben & Tim Achuff
2008 concert - Lara, Ben, Jon & Tricia
In Pirate Gear: Lara, Ben, Tricia & Guitarist Gawain Matthews
Celtic/Rock Fusion Band - concert in 2009 in Redding, Lara, Ben & Jon Mendel, joined by singer Peter Daldry & Jim Foley on drums
The Band in 2008 - Lara with Fiddler Ben Roberts and Guitarist Greg Jones (both on first CD "Wild Horses")
The First Band in 2006 - Lara Garner with Fiddler Martha Bootzin and Guitarist Dave Vinson
Client Comments for Celtic Sands
"Greetings to your Celtic Sands members,and tell them that there are some big fans in Germany. Till then, Heiko"---sept 2009
"Tonight's concert in Orinda was pure delight. Just the right
intimate setting for your music...your playing was wonderful and
the four of you appeared to enjoy performing for us as much as we
did listening to you. I look forward to hearing you again when you
play Celtic music in a few months. Thank you for a charming evening."
-----Gloria, Orinda, Ca July 2010
"Celtic Sands was BEYOND unbelievable!!
I WILL recommend them in the future and use them ourselves!!
They were wonderful and added a definite WOW factor to our party!!
We can't thank them enough for their friendliness, professionalism,
and of course their amazing talent!!
------Kay F., Livermore, CA April 2008
"You guys were great! Everybody had a fantastic time. Thanks again!"
---- Julie P, Elk Grove, CA, St Patrick's Day, 2008
"Hiring Celtic Sands was one of the best things we did!
We absolutely loved them in every way."
---Kristine S., Lodi, CA July 2008
"We had such a jolly evening and in large part -
as always - I attribute it to the music!!!
Celtic Sands was the perfect touch!!!
Thank you from all the McLarens!"
----- Elie M., Half Moon Bay, CA 2009
"Lara, I am SO very thankful for your band coming to perform here in Redding. We enjoyed it so much and it was a GREAT way to end the year. Once again, I thank you all with all of my heart for coming to Redding- it was a great concert and a great way for World Languages Club to get more into the community. Thank you immensely, Christa" ------Redding, June 6th, 2009
"Thank you for performing for the College of San Mateo! It truly was a lot of fun and many of the students and faculty enjoyed your music and peformance!
We have gotten so many rave reviews from faculty, staff, and especially students about Celtic Sands! I will definitely book you all again when we have
another Diversty Week Event. Thank you again for your amazing performance!-----Ginamaria, College of San Mateo, Ca May 2009
"Thanks a million for a wonderful performance! It was perfect, and everyone enjoyed your music!! Please keep us posted on any of your public performances.
Thanks again!!" ---- Kathy, San Jose, August 9th, 2009
"Celtic Sands was BEYOND unbelievable!! I WILL recommend them in the future and use them ourselves!! They were wonderful and accomodating
and added a definite WOW factor to our party!! We can't thank them enough for their friendliness, professionalism, and of course their amazing talent!!
We were honored to have them be a part of our very special day!! The THANKS goes to them!!!" ------Kay F., Livermore, CA April 2008
"I can only give you an A++++. Your music was fantastic and was the crowning point to the wedding. I had so many wonderful comments on your
song and the arrangements and music choices. I have been planning this wedding for my daughter's entire lifetime in my mind and you were a very
important part of it. Thank you and your group from all of us."------Susan W., Cameron, Kiely and JP, Hollister, CA June 2008
"Hi Lara. Thank you so much for your fabulous music on our wedding day. You received terrific comments from our guests to which both Helen and I
were thrilled. I hope we didnt wear you out when the ceremony was over, it just seemed to take life of its own with us all gathered around the piano.
I love music and having that sing song, to me it was one of THE best highlights of my wedding. Again, thanks to you both. Happy St Patrick's Day!
Warm regards, Noreen & Helen"---San Francisco, CA February 2009
"I heard your rendition of King of the Fairies on YouTube. What a beautiful job you did on the recorder! That is a great tune! It really sounds great.
Your band sounds super and I wish you all the best."-----John T., Front Royal, VA August 2008
"You guys were great! Everybody had a fantastic time. Thanks again!"
---- Julie P., events coordinator, Elk Grove, CA, St Patrick's Day, March 2008
"Celtic Sands was wonderful! The music arrangement and selections was perfect for our Irish Clan and was enjoyed by all. Thank you for helping to make
this a memorable celebration and we look forward to our next family reunion with you!" -----Kathleen, Los Gatos, CA Nov. 2008
"You added the most perfect aura to my ceremony. One of sweet sentiment and whimsical fantasy that I wasn't expecting but really brought the entire
ceremony together. Please accept my husband's and my thanks for your hard work and for sharing your talent with us and our families and friends."
----- Alison G., Santa Clara, CA, Feb, 2008
"We had such a jolly evening and in large part - as always- I attribute it to the music!!! Celtic Sands was the perfect touch!!!
Thank you from
all McLarens!" ----- Elie M., Half MoonBay, CA 2007
"Yours was a very lyrical and perfect trio for our event and I will gladly give your information out to anyone who would like to hire musicians in
the future. I hope you will consider playing for us in the future and I will be checking your website for events you are performing at so I can see
you again. Thanks!" ----- Brian M., Half Moon Bay, CA, St Patrick's Day 2007
"Everyone I spoke to really enjoyed your music. Thank you for being part of our ceremony" ----- Ani V., San Francisco, CA, 2007
"Thank you so much for a wonderful wedding ceremony!! You have been an amazing individual to work with. Chris and I are incredibly grateful for your effort
and determination to provide us with a fantastic wedding experience. Truly, your trio surpassed even our highest expectations. Your presentation, sound and
appearance were all in perfect harmony. We were awed and our guests enjoyed every minute of the evening. Please feel free to use us as a reference. Thank you
again for facilitating our special day in a such superb fashion. We feel so blessed."----- All the best, Heidi & Chris, San Francisco, CA 2007