Keltik Kharma

Chris Vitas: Electric violin | Fred Benedetti: Guitar (electric) | Jeff Pekarek: Bass guitar | Duncan Moore: Drums

Genre: Acoustic

RIYL: Loreena McKennit

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Inception: San Diego, 1990

Ex-Band Members: Lou Fanucchi, Accordion

Influences: Jean-Luc Ponty, Loreena McKennitt, Enya


Founded by violinist Chris Vitas and guitarist Fred Benedetti, Keltik Kharma started as a duo known as the MIDI Bros., performing a variety of styles of music including Celtic with MIDI instruments. Eventually, Vitas and Benedetti went back to their acoustic violin and guitar roots, playing traditional Celtic music with a twist. Later Keltik Kharma incorporated Celtic airs and fiddle tunes into the repertoire, calling it Green Jazz.

Other Keltik Kharma albums feature ambient new age tunes, including a new full-length released June 30, 2013.

Accordion and mandolin player Lou Fanucchi passed away in May, 2017.


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