The Kilt Lifters

A bit of the Emerald Isles on the Hawaiian Isles! The Kilt Lifters progressive Irish and Celtic rock band celebrates our island nations with their eclectic and electric Celtic rock sound. With rocked out traditional and original tunes, paired with beautiful classic  Scottish ballads and Irish traditionals, The Kilt Lifters bring a modern twist to the Celtic music we all love.

The Kilt Lifters feature the inspired musical arrangements of Chris Carr on guitar, flute, and lead vocals, the talented Morgan O’Shaughnessey on violin and Nyckelharpa, and Joe O’Loughlin on drums.

From the Big Island to Oahu, The Kilt Lifters performs throughout Hawai’i and at festivals throughout the US Mainland. Please check our schedule for upcoming events. For event bookings, please contact us through our contact form.

Chris Carr - Vocals, Guitar, Flute
Chris has spent most of his lifetime studying guitar and music, pulling from an incredible variety of inspirations which have culminated into his unique progressive folk sound. From the Big Island of Hawaii, Chris performs, instructs and produces music, his instruments include: Guitar, Bass Guitar, Flute, Piccolo, Cow Bell, Piano, Hand Percussion.
Joe O'Laughlin - Percussion
Hailing from Kona, Joe brings the rhythm and structure to the Kilt Lifter’s sound. Joe is a lifelong musician and experienced Celtic drummer, involved in numerous music projects.
Morgan O’Shaughnessey - Fiddle, Nyckelharpa
Morgan lights up the stage with his energetic performances on fiddle and the unique instrument, the nyckelharpa. Morgan also composes and performs music soundtracks for video games and is a private music instructor.
Art Stephano - Bass
Bassist, multiform musician, instructor, and producer, Art maintains his studio in West Oahu.  For creative partners, students, and colleagues, Stephano draws from his classical experience and training.  Educated at West Chester University, Art has dedicated his life to music as an instructor.  As a seasoned performer, he is involved in several music projects that span genres from jazz, to classical, to Celtic.


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Mississippi and Alabama Rocked!

Now that we’re back to the land of volcanoes and waterfalls, we wanted to extend a huge thank you to all of the amazing people of Alabama and Mississippi. Southern Hospitality is REAL. Everyone we met extended the greatest hospitality. We absolutely loved visiting your beautiful corner of the country and we are already making plans to return to the Gulf Coast.

A huge thank you to The Peoples Room of Mobile for hosting us! A special thank you to the board, the fans and all of the musicians at Highlands and Islands Scottish Festival. Thank you to The Jollies for all of their support and for the rollicking great music! Our deepest thanks to the generous and talented, Mr. Red McWilliams for being such a support to our merry band since the very beginning. Your friendship means so very much to us.  A good time was had by all! We can’t wait to come back to the Gulf Coast!!

A Great Year for The Kilt Lifters!

What a year it has been for The Kilt Lifters, and it just seems to keep getting better! Earlier this year we enjoyed a hugely successful spring season with more shows than ever.   We performed at several new, gorgeous venues and met so many new friends and fans. We had such a positive response from our season that we have already lined up a great schedule for 2019. This summer I toured around Ireland and had the unique opportunity to play in local pubs and meet so many outstanding and kind people. It was truly an experience of a lifetime.

Just as I was settling into my fall project of completing our next EP, I got the news that we had been selected to be featured in Irish Music Magazine! This was truly unexpected and we are so honored to be included in such a prestigious publication alongside some of the greatest musicians in the Celtic genre. To top it off, the publication tapped our good friend, Hamish Burgess of Maul Celtic, to perform the interview, so we got the opportunity to have a fun chat with an old friend. Our minds are just blown. Thank you to all of you who have been such a support to us and have helped us to make this all happen. We are truly touched.

On top of it all, we were thrilled to complete The Kilt Lifters’ first official music video, Raise A Glass to You.  We had so much fun filming this, and we are eternally grateful to our friends at Scully’s Pub for graciously allowing us to film on site, and all of the fine patrons who volunteered to participate in making the video happen!

Our 2019 outlook is bright and we cannot wait for all of the exciting things on the horizon! Look for our new EP after the new year, featuring our original title track, Pour Another Round. Our St Patrick’s Day season is set to be as busy as ever as we perform along with Hawaii Irish Dance. In late March we will be holding a birthday bash at Scully’s Pub to celebrate half a century on this marvelous marble in the sky. We will again be performing at the Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Honolulu in April 2019. This summer we have been invited to perform the 40th annual Tacoma Highland Games. We are thrilled to make it back out to such a great venue in forested Frontier Park and see our dear friend, Red McWilliams. During the fall we have been invited to perform on CeltCruise to Alaska, and you are all invited! Join us on this 7-day Celtic vacation to the beautiful Inside Passage with Celtic music and events with people who share your love of Celtic culture.

Again, thank you to everyone who has been with us on this journey. We look forward to raising a glass with you all very soon!

The Kilt Lifters head back to the studio

It’s that time of year again, and the Kilt Lifters are headed back into the studio to record a pair of EP’s.  We’re extremely grateful to Dave Mulligan for granting us the use of Fat Dragon Studio at Waiki’i Ranch.  It’s always a great experience going into the studio and having the band together enjoying the great energy and high spirits.  Robbie Calvo will once again be producing the new EP’s.  Robbie has not only been a huge support to the Kilt Lifters, but also a great friend.   Robbie’s work on the first EP, “Jack in the Green“, was beyond any expectation.  The EP’s are set to be released approximately 6 months apart, with the first targeted to be available mid-March.  The first EP will be titled, “Friends Old and New”

The Kilt Lifters review studio takes

Tacoma and onwards

The Kilt Lifters have just returned from an exciting whirlwind trip to Tacoma, WA for the 2017 Tacoma Highland Games.  We had the pleasure to meet up with and play alongside our longtime friend, Red McWilliams, who was managing entertainment for the games.  It was a great event, with performances from the Jade Dragon Pirates, songwriter Ginger Ackley, and Seattle area locals, Celtic Treble.

Now that we’ve returned from our last major event for the season, we are looking forward to getting back into the studio to record a pair of back to back EP’s for release next year.

This has been such a fantastic year for us, and we’re grateful to each and every one of our Friends Old and New for their tremendous support.

-The Kilt Lifters


Tis the season..

Aaaand, we’re off!  The St. Patrick’s Day season has caught us in full swing.  March 1-April 30 have been declared Celtic Days here in Hawaii, and it seems that despite the loss of the St. Patrick’s Day parade here on the Big Island, the Celtic community is thriving more than ever.  This, of course, is due to all of the amazing folks that are a part of the Celtic community out here on the islands.  Our good friends over at Hawaii Irish Dance have been enjoying a steady stream of dedicated new dancers, and are heading toward a long list of performances of their own.  Even as I write this, they are dancing their feet off at the Community Center in Waimea.  We have scheduled several performances with Hawaii Irish Dance here on the Big Island, and it’s been so great to put together shows with Lynn and her Big Island dancers!  Following the frenetic St. Patrick’s Day weekend schedule, we’ll be gearing up for the Highland Games on Oahu next month!!!  Hope to see you all there!

2016 Celtic Bash

November has been a busy month for the us.  We just finished executing what we hope will be the first of many Celtic events here on the Big Island.  I have to say, the Celtic community here in Hawaii is the greatest.  They are collectively the friendliest, most supportive group of people I’ve ever met.  It’s an odd thing to be in the most remote place in the world and have such an enthusiastic group for such a niche.   The Celtic Bash included performances by the Big Island chapter of Hawaii Irish Dance, our local band besties and rabble rousers, Celtic punk band: Craicealite’  Celtic, and of course, The Kilt Lifters.  It was a notable performance for us, as it was our first live show with our mercenary rhythm section.  I have to say that those guys (Michael Suprenant on drums, and Brian Crist on bass) are some of the finest players on the island.  They are consummate pros, and there’s a reason they are so in demand.  Craiceailite’ rocked the house with a fresh lineup.  They really put on a great performance, and personally I loved their new lineup.   The entire event was rounded out by Hawaii Irish Dance, who really made the event feel like an event.  Here’s looking forward to the next one…

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