Garrett Harris 11 a.m., Nov. 22
RIYL: Loreena McKennit
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.