The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band that features world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. Members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, with Rebecca and David having additionally lived and studied in both Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland. In 2005, Rebecca won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition, and in 2009 she won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. This past October, Rebecca returned to Blair Castle to perform at a televised celebration featuring all former Glenfiddich Champions. In a recent interview with BBC Radio Scotland she remarked, “It was such an honor to be invited back to perform here at Blair Castle alongside some of the best Scottish fiddlers in the world.”
David Brewer is a multi-instrumentalist who has toured with the Scottish super-group The Old Blind Dogs, and with Molly's Revenge across the US, the UK, Canada, China, and Australia. He has been a special guest of the six-time Grammy winning group The Chieftains, and was a key musician for the sound track of the PBS documentary, “Andrew Jackson: Good, Evil, and the Presidency.” David, who is known for being animated and engaging on stage, compliments Rebecca’s award winning fiddling with Irish penny-whistle, bodhran frame-drum, and primarily the Scottish bagpipes on which he is unarguably one of the most energetic and charismatic performers of the instrument in the world today. In regards to their upcoming concert, David says “We’re thrilled to be returning to Carson City as part of our January tour. The Brewery Arts Center is a fantastic venue, and we’re also excited to introduce our new band member, Adam Hendey.”
Having joined The Fire this past July, Adam brings a rich layer of guitar and bouzouki to the group’s sound. Since beginning to play at 13 years of age, Adam has dedicated himself to the music of Scotland and Ireland, bringing an innovative contemporary approach to traditional music with a passion informed by intense study of music theory and a diverse wealth of musical experience. This June, Adam released his debut solo album, Forward, which features appearances by both Rebecca and David.
Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. Between their entertaining and informative stage banter, vast array of instrument combinations and extensive repertoire, including everything from soaring slow airs to intricately arranged dance tunes, these charismatic performers will leave you on your feet with your hands together.
The Fire has headlined at Celtic festivals such as The Pleasanton Scottish Highland Games, The Utah Scottish Association Highland Games, The Portland Highland Games, The Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival, The Northwest Folklife Festival, and has performed at a variety of venues throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The Fire is currently based out of Santa Cruz, California, and has recorded two albums together. For more about The Fire, please visit: www.firescottishband.com.