Ockham's Razor

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Ockham's Razor

Ockham's Razor creates a musical experience, not just a gig with Celtic fusion that blends influences of Celtic and Irish tradition with rock, pop, gypsy, punk, jazz, bluegrass, and folk elements to carve out a unique and indelible niche in the Celtic folk genre. Ockham's Razor includes the audience in the show by getting off stage, into the audience and getting them dancing, singing along to the songs and breaking down that 4th wall that many bands put up between themselves and the audience. This creates a memorable experience for the the audience instead of a forgettable evening of "Who was that band?"

“I saw this Seattle Irish Band performing with the Chieftains a few days and it DEFINITELY convinced me of just how excellent they were. The crowd was almost more enthusiastic listening to them then they were for The Chieftains, the main act. After hearing them, I just had to get their album.”

Ockham's Razor fans

Their music appeals to a wide demographic. Ockham's Razor performs at all-ages festivals where they have little kids dancing with their parents, college bars where the audience is rocking out and jumping around and regular pubs and music venues where the age ranges from 21 well into their 80's and they come to enjoy the actual music. Ockham's Razor believes the older audiences enjoy hearing the traditional songs re-invented in a new way and the young people enjoy that the music has a modern sound.

Celtic MP3's.com states "Mixing traditional Celtic music with their own brand of energy, the band has been hailed for bringing "kind of a Gaelic-Celtic flavor with an interesting pop sensibility" to the Celtic music world. In fact, they are known for adding a youthful twist to traditional Celtic songs."

Ockham's Razor caters their set-lists to the venue and audiences they are performing to. They understand some venues prefer more acoustic music where others are designed more for punk rock. They've designed their music to be flexible to the venue and audience. Just let them know what your venue prefers.

The Yakima Folklife Festival said “A high energy group with a modern Celtic influence in their style that is fun to listen to and fun to watch. Comments to me from festival-goers included, "Turbo-Celtic" and "Ethno-Punk".

Ockham's Razor style

Hailed as a "cross between the traditionalism of The Chieftains and the hard stomp of The Pogues", Ockham's Razor has brought their hard stompin' Celtic rock and interactive shows to audiences throughout Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho. Ockham's Razor has performed over 400 shows including two West Coast tours, a full 10,000 miles U.S. tour, opened for Irish music luminaries, The Chieftains and internationally known bands the Young Dubliners, the Paperboys and Enter the Haggis and organized the Great West Coast Craic - Celtic rock experience.

The Fremont Solstice Festival stated that Ockham's Razor "is a Celtic fusion band, specializing in traditional and original material, presented in a new and often surprising way. They are bringing new ideas into traditional Celtic music without compromising the original intent of the songs."

One of their albums was chosen by Scottish Celtic Radio as Album-of-the-Week in February 2008, another album was named one of the Top 14 Celtic Music Albums of 2010 by Celtic MP3s Magazine, and Ockham's Razor music has garnered high praise and airtime on radio stations from Canada, the United States, Ireland, Scotland, England, Australia and Germany.

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4 responses to “Ockham’s Razor”

  1. Karen Brady says:

    “Mixing traditional Celtic music with their own brand of energy, the band has been hailed for bringing “kind of a Gaelic-Celtic flavor with an interesting pop sensibility” to the Celtic music world. In fact, they are known for adding a youthful twist to traditional Celtic songs.” – Celtic MP3’s.com Review – Karen J. Brady

  2. Matthew Cobb says:

    “Thanks to the bands rousing performances over the last month, the Irish spirit of Doyle’s Public House is livelier than ever.”
    “[This band] has earned the establishment’s respect by consistently wowing audiences with their refreshing sound, including traditional songs of the Celtic culture.” – University of Washington Ledger, Matthew Cobb

  3. America & Rocky Schaaf says:

    “[This band] is a group of young and talented musicians with an Irish rock sound, interwoven with haunting notes and energetic rhythms. They interpret traditional folk tunes in a progressive and stimulating way that leaves the audience listening. Their generous nature is part of the experience; the audience feels like part of the band.” – America & Rocky Schaaf – PAWS Benefit (Seattle, WA)

  4. Nick Huges says:

    A high energy group with a modern Celtic influence in their style that is fun to listen to and fun to watch. Comments to me from festival-goers included, “Turbo-Celtic” and “Ethno-Punk”. Whatever your terms of endearment, they were a great new group and bear watching as they move toward a bright future. – Nick Huges, Chairman of the Yakima Folklife Festival

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