McNando Celtic Band

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Marco Celli : violin, vocals, bansuri (Indian bamboo flutes), Irish and Scottish flutes and whistles, djembè, imbutofonia, guitar, tanpura and live acoustic loops 

Everything is played at one time and rigorously live, with rhythmic parts, music backgrounds and riffs performed and self-recorded live (loops).


McNando is a project, inside the contemporary folk and world environment, which is unique and overwhelming: visionary, oniric, hypnotizing, full of energy and poetry at the same time. McNando gives us, through an original and perfectly blended sound, traditional songs and his own compositions, accurate reamangements building up live acoustic loops and improvisation, melodic songs with a pinch of madness, meditation and delirium.

McNando displays a repertoire of traditional Irish, Scottish, Breton and ethno songs and themes originally arranged. acoustic music performed jauntily and absorbingly, rhythmically hypnotic, strongly visual and with a great sound impact. McNando revives the energy and spirit of folk and ethnic music with a personal approach and an up-to-date sound, combining his passion for music with humour and fun. Songs and tracks are accompanied by music and rhythms performed, self-recorded and played live during the concert. The sound goes from evocative to tribal, from traditional to experimental; the resulting effect is that of a complete “band”! McNando has performed in various festivals, theaters, outdoor locations, whole-night events, exhibitions, artistic set ups, theme parties, readings and stage plays, Irish and Scottish dance performances, numerous pubs and of course live jam sessions in Ireland. The songs and tracks are presented with Irish humour and wearing a ...kilt!


Marco ‘McNando’ Celli hass been presenting his musical project since the late 90's. Firstly with the folk-rock duo ‘The Wonderful Ogive’, then with the quartet ‘Spriggan’ and the traditional Irish music trio ‘Interplay’, lastly (in different formations) with McNando. Almost self-taught on the violin, he learnt directly from the Irish 'legends' Martin Hayes, Tola and Mary Custy, Zoe Conway, Daire Bracken and Malachy Bourke. Subsequently he gave lessons in folk violin privately and at the folk music school Brintaal Celtic Folk for two years. Presently (mostly in conjuction with his concerts) he holds Irish Scottish and Breton violin workshops. He learnt bansuri and Hindustani vocal music at the Conservatory in Vicenza. Moreover, he collaborated and performed live with the dada-noise band Tervisex and the Acrobat U2; he took also part (with his trio) in a stage performance of contemporary and Scottish dances based on the music selected from his cd ‘Spifferi’, he collaborated with maestro Luciano Borin and the Nova Cantica Choir of Belluno in presenting the musical ‘Celtic Tales’, he played live on silent movies and an acrobatic performance, many are also the Scottish style weddings he played for. Marco lives in Bassano del Grappa ( Vicenza ).

At present, together with the main solo career, he collaborates in special projects with Monica ‘Monx’ Giò (bodhran). He's been presenting for a few years the ‘Bugàzna’ ethno-noise project. He's been collaborating since many years now, for concerts and workshops, with the Scottish and Irish dance group Scotia Shores and lately also with the Fairy Ring (Irish dance).