The Screaming Orphans, the four Diver sisters who hail from Ireland’s County Donegal, have been performing together since the early 1990’s. The Diver sisters have built an international reputation that sees them touring throughout North America and Europe. In 2016 they will appear at Celtic festivals in the United States and have embarked on a 17 city tour in Germany billed the “Irish Heartbeat Tour”. The band then return to the States on May 26, 2016 to perform at the “Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture”, a major festival highlighting Irish culture at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.
The Diver sisters call Bundoran in Ireland’s County Donegal home. Bundoran (Bun Dobhráin in Gaelic translating into “the foot of the little water”) is on Irelands NorthWest coast near one of the few remaining Gaeltacht areas in Ireland and having spent their early years living here has contributed to the band’s musical style. The Screaming Orphans have been described as having a unique sound rooted in the Celtic tradition combined with the musical influences to which the ladies from Donegal have been exposed during their career. Since their early days they have performed with Sinead O’Connor, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel and the legendary Celtic band “The Chieftains” among others.
In interviews the band have cited the musical traditions of their home town and point to Gaeltacht born performing artists as early influences. One of these artists are the band “Clannad”. Clannad are from the Irish speaking community of Gweedore not far from where the Divers grew up. A family band also, Clannad are said to have put Irish music and the Irish language on the map in the 1980s. A noted member of the Clannad clan, the international superstar Enya, struck out on her own successful career.
In a 2015 interview with “The Union”, running up to their performance at the Celtic Festival in Nevada County, California, the band referred to their early influences: “We sing the old songs that our mother sang, some original pop songs which we refer to as ‘new Irish songs’ and the rest are well-known Irish songs and tunes that we have changed up a bit. It all makes for a great dynamic live show”.
With their modern take on the traditional sounds of Ireland the band have become a stunning presence on the Festival circuit in the States. Ranking with the major Celtic performers such as Albannach, Rathkeltair, Gaelic Storm, Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul. The Diver sisters will be rounding out their 2016 tour with a swing through more than 13 states performing at over 20 Celtic Festival venues including such major festivals as the Celtic Fling at the Mount Hope Winery in Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County, Dayton Ohio Celtic Festival, Irish 2000 Music and Arts Festival in New York’s elegant Ballston Spa near Saratoga Springs, Waterloo Iowa’s Irish Fest and the major Irish festivals in Boston, Chicago and Colorado to name but a few.
On November 19, 2016 the Screaming Orphans will be performing in Florida at the Dunedin Celtic Music and Craft Beer Festival along with "Enter the Haggis", "Off Kilter" and "Seven Nations".
Check out their website at: www.thescreamingorphans.com