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Benefit Event: TEMPEST Celtic Rock Show – Cheers to 30 Years for Us BOTH!

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


This is a special show with the amazing, electric Celtic Rock band from California, TEMPEST!

This show is a benefit concert to support Oddfellows Playhouse here in Middletown, a youth theater company and our own community arts programming at The Buttonwood Tree. Save the date!    APRIL 5 

Band’s Website

Besides the incredibly lively music of Tempest, we’ll have games, food, beverages and fun and the lively dancers of the Mulcahy Academy of Irish Dance  Join us! 


This event will be held in the beautiful space of First Church of Christ at 190 Court Street, Middletown. Plenty of free parking and lots of room to dance! The space is handicap accessible.  FOOD and BEVERAGES will be available.



• Lief Sorbye – Vocals, Mando Guitar, Acoustic & Electric Mandolines
• Adolfo Lazo – Drums
• Kevin Florion – Guitars
• Kathy Buys – Fiddle
• Mirco Melone – Bass

Sample video of the band: https://youtu.be/aflI7TUjGw8

Celebrating more than 30 years of Celtic Rock!
Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy Folk Rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 30 plus years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release seventeen critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,500 gigs. It’s also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled musicianship and creativity to rise with each new member.

Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist, Lief Sorbye, is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. He started Tempest after years of touring and recording on the folk circuit. San Francisco fiddler Kathy Buys brings her international award winning playing to the Tempest stage. Her experience performing world-fusion music with high energy dance bands combined with many years of playing Irish traditional music in America and Ireland makes her a perfect fit for Tempest. And straight from Bologna, Italy, we welcome the big, rich bass playing talent of Mirco Melone. Mirco has a diverse background in rock, jazz and ethnic music, and holds an advanced degree from Italy’s Classical Music Conservatory. And recently relocated to the Bay Area from Chicago, we are delighted to introduce Kevin Florian‘s progressive rock guitar and lush stage antics to our fans! Cuban-born drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, thickens the band’s sound with inventive rhythms, and rock-steady drumming!

Signed to Sony-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest’s releases are acclaimed worldwide. This year, the group celebrates its 30th Anniversary with the latest studio CD, Thirty Little Turns, a collection of inspired new original and traditional material — with a cheeky surprise or two.

Lief Sorbye, the founder of Tempest, has introduced unusual instruments into their own blend of world folk music. Keeping the spirits of the audience and the band uplifted through energetic and entertaining performances that span the spectrum from Celtic and Folk Festivals to Rock Clubs has always been the ultimate goal for Tempest.



Tempest website: www.tempestmusic.com

Tempest Facebook: www.facebook.com/TempestCelticRock/

Tempest YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/tempestcelticrock


This event is sponsored by:


Serving a fantastic late night menu til midnight! The Finest underground GastroPub in CT!

Life Family Chiropractic

Harding Development Group

Middlesex Music Academy

O’Rourke’s Diner



Doors at 7 pm.   Plenty of free parking off Court St, Broad St. and Washington St.


April 5
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


The Buttonwood Tree
(860) 347-4957


First Church Middletown
190 Court St.
Middletown, 06457 United States
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