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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.

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!


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...and well...you name it...this lady can do it all!



Steve Fink

As the newest member of Celtic Sands, 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 joined Celtic Sands in late 2016 and never looked back!


Michael Mullen

Local fiddle legend and multi-instrumentalist Michael Mullen joins Celtic Sands when possible to add his expertise and hot Celtic 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 virtuose 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. We love Michael and wish we could play together more often!