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The Musicians


Lara Garner

Lara Garner, the founding member of Celtic Sands, is versatile as both a folk and classical musician. She plays Celtic harp, tin whistle, Irish flute, recorder and bodhran and is a classically-trained pianist. She has performed in pubs, restaurants, concert halls, churches, castles, cathedrals, gardens, and stately homes. She has lived and performed in both Paris and Rome. As a pianist, Lara has played the major piano chamber music repertoire and is the founding member of the Amethyst Trio, Trio Con Spirito & Klezmerama. She has also played many stage shows both locally and in Europe. She also writes her own original music. Lara taught herself to play the harp after a series of persistent dreams in which she heard and saw herself playing the harp.She owns four harps, the latest of which is a double-strung harp made to her specifications.

Alina Polonskaya

Originally from Ukraine, Alina is an accomplished classical violinist who has played all over the Bay Area. Alina's passion for fiddling has led her to pursue different genres of folk music, including the eclectic folk/rock/trad Irish mix of Celtic Sands. Alina has been playing with Celtic Sands for the past four years. She brings a full and luscious tone to the sound of the group, adding intricate improvisation and beautiful harmonies. And, she makes the band members all laugh with her funny stories and charming ways...even though she tends to be late for rehearsals...but always comes armed with food for the band..right on, Alina!


Michael Mullen

Local fiddle legend and multi-instrumentalist Michael Mullen adds his Scottish fiddling expertise and hot Celtic Irish playing to the group. Known for his whirlwind technical feats and intricate rock improvs, Michael adds an unmatched vibrancy and energy to traditional Celtic music. Besides being a virtuoso fiddler, Michael is also a master of octave mandolin, guitar, plays viola and sings. Having played with the local Celtic band Tempest off and on for the past 20 years, he is also seen regularly at the Scottish games and festivals rockin' out in his Trio for One show. Its always a joy listening to Michael weave his magic into the band. You can't NOT like Michael!


Musicians who also play with Celtic Sands

Pamela Conneley

Pamela is a renowned award-winning Classical opera singer, as well as a guitarist and banjo player. She brings superb musicianship to the group and an incredible love for everything Celtic and Irish. Honoring her Irish roots is so important to her that it lead her some years back to becoming a citizen of Ireland. She plays and sings Irish, Classic rock, Classical. Pamela played with CS for the past year.



Steve Fink

Steve can't be parted from his many guitars - most notably, bass! He loves playing all kind of percussion with Celtic Sands, as well as bass guitar. Having worked in the performing arts for over two decades (including film and television), Steve also has experience as a bassist in multiple genres including classic rock, R and B and folk music. Steve played with Celtic Sands for the past year.


Dave Sahn

Dave plays all styles of traditional folk music - including Irish, Scottish, American and Old-Timey. As a local session player, Dave can be found at many of the Irish sessions in the Bay Area on a regular basis. He brings a great love of folk music and an expertise in Irish guitar to Celtic Sands. Dave plays a purely traditional sound. Dave also sings nicely, so the others tend to put up with his quirky nature and inscrutable jokes.



Greg DeLaune

Greg is a self-taught guitarist, vocalist, and song writer originally from New Orleans. While he has practically no formal musical training, his Louisiana heritage and extensive world travel have fed his voracious musical curiosities and deeply influenced his love of lyrical folk and folk-rock music. When he is not singing, Greg organizes and hosts regular music events at his home, building community around his the love of music, while engaging with and learning from the rich mix of talented musicians in the Bay Area.



Tricia Callero

As an original member of the band in 2006, Tricia sometimes joins the band to perform with her pure and ethereal voice, uniquely suited for celtic music. She is an actress as well as a celtic singer and has been performing for the last 10 years with the Spindrift Theater in Pacifica. She has performed in shows such as Camelot, Sweeney Todd and the opera Madama Butterfly. She has been the Miss Pacifica every year at the Pacifica FogFest, when she dons her striking mermaid costume. Lara and Tricia first met back in 2006 when she sang with Celtic Sands's in the group's very first gig at "The Castle" in Pacifica. The group didn't even have a name back then! Since then, she has performed with CS all over Northern California and been on multiple TV appearances with the band.