“The folk tradition is alive and well in these beautifully crafted, modern interpretations.”Rob Reinhart – “Acoustic Cafe”
Nessa is a Celtic fusion group led by multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, Kelly McDermott, known for her virtuosic flute technique and beautiful, soulful voice.She is joined by co-founder/multi-instrumentalist Rob Crozier to research, arrange and perform the music of Nessa. This hard-working team re-imagines the ballads and dances of the U.K. and Europe, uniquely blending elements of classical, folk, jazz, funk and world music to create rich, complex musical hybrids.
“Kelly is stunning, as is Nessa. Thank you for your deeply beautiful music. It is haunting.”Sunny Wilkinson – WORLd renown jazz singer/recording artist/educator
The band moves audiences with funky reels, “barn burner” jigs, and deep, soulful renditions of the old ballads.Nessa has elements ofglobal fusion a la Loreena McKennitt, the energy of bands like Solas and a depth and dimension similar to Brian Eno.
“These world class musicians bring the energy of world music, the thought provoking nature of folk music and the edge of rock to create something that is truly unique.You’ll leave the show captivated by Kelly’s beautiful voice and the stunning music of Nessa.” Trinity House Theatre
Since Nessa’s eponymous CD in 2014 the group has performed for festivals, performance arts series, theaters, clubs, libraries, and listening rooms from Madison to Chicago to Detroit to South Bend to Cleveland and many towns in between.
As Nessa’s leader, it is Kelly McDermott’s passion for ancient Celtic lore and legends of the U.K that feeds the musical vision of the group.The eclectic blend of the musicians of Nessa and their various backgrounds create a unique sound that is truly “fusion”.
“McDermott, through her endearing demeanor as a singer and her captivating performance style, creates an avenue for the audience to engage with the music on a deeper level.”Current Magazine
“Nessa put on a fantastic show for The Music Village’s benefit concert series. The audience delighted in the band’s virtuosity, variety of music and friendly banter. The show was a feast for the eyes and ears: traditional and eclectic instruments, sounds and rhythms from Celtic to rock. ” Josh Aerie – Director of the Music Village (South Bend, IN)
Nessa’s leader, Kelly McDermott, was featured on NPR’s “Stateside” with Cynthia Canty to support the latest Nessa EP “Travel Walk to CelticA”!