“ABSOLUTELY LOVED WHAT YOU BROUGHT TO OUR CELEBRATION!  IT WAS AWESOME WORKING WITH YOU -- I HOPE WE CAN DO IT AGAIN. YOU GREATLY ADDED TO THE FEEL OF THE FESTIVAL.”
SESQUIFEST, LONDON

NORTH AMERICA'S CELTIC BAND

Drawing favourable comparisons to Wolfstone, Afro Celt Sound System, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, symphonies, and Japanese taiko groups, and consistently providing performances from Grade 1 bagpipers and other world class musicians this American/Canadian group has electrified audiences on three continents for many years.  They have added to their ever-growing family of fans at music festivals, theaters, Highland Games, military bases, renaissance festivals, clubs, weddings, memorial ceremonies, and corporate events -- anywhere that presents top-quality, high-energy music. This has even included shows with world-renowned violinist/composers Lindsey Stirling and Alison Krauss, as well as airplay on TV and radio, and shows at non-Celtic venues such as the World Music Festival in Quebec, Canada where they kicked off the 6 day event to widespread acclaim (they've played this festival 6 years in a row and counting).  In 2017 they became the "St. Paddy's Band" of Rogers radio stations nationwide when they recorded Celtic versions of contemporary songs for airplay, 2018 saw them perform at festivals in Scotland including one of the largest Highland Gatherings in the world, and 2019 will see them begin appearing with international Japanese taiko group, Nagata Shachu.  Their hard won road successes have established them as artists with bona fide international acclaim.  Renowned for their musical skill, quick wit, compelling storytelling, and engaging stage show the AMERICAN ROGUES have mastered the art of creating an immediate connection with audiences who can't stay in their seats.  They are equally known for their epic, multi-instrumental sound that crosses the musical landscape to include jigs, reels, hornpipes, ballads, originals, covers, soundtracks, patriotic and military music, Irish foot-stompers and more.  The AMERICAN ROGUES are fast becoming a household name with music lovers around the world, loved by young and old of all backgrounds. 

Our drummer, Catherine, performing Japanese taiko style.

In December of 2009 six members of the American Rogues competed as members of the Rogues against nearly 65 other bands from around the world to win Irish Brewing Company Strangford Lough's 1st Battle of the Celtic Bands.  As a result those six members then appeared at the Monte Carlo Casino & Resort in Las Vegas on St. Paddy's Day, 2010.  In October of 2012 the Rogues split.  Nelson Stewart and other members of the band continued to perform as the American Rogues.  Randy Wothke and other musicians continued as the Rogues.  Following Wothke's departure as drummer, and the addition of his replacement, the incredibly gifted Catherine 'Hammer of God' Hauke, the AMERICAN ROGUES began playing higher profile shows than ever before, including tours of Japan, Guam, Italy, and Spain as well as the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo (billed as the largest annual indoor event in the world), Constitution Hall in Washington, National Tartan Day in New York City, Pebble Beach Golf Club, the Baltimore Golf & Country Club, the 150th Antigonish Highland Games, the Ohio Celtic Festival, the New Hampshire Highland Games, etc.  They even kicked off the Maryland Music Awards.  Many venues immediately rehire the American Rogues for the following year.

The AMERICAN ROGUES have released several recordings and a DVD.  Ceili Magazine called 3 LBS. of RAGE, 'The best Celtic rock CD produced this year and one of the best Celtic music CDs... period!'.  Few bands provide both the highly polished instrumentals that only elite musicians can perform, and the rousing songs that inspire crowds to sing, laugh, and cry.  Indeed, listen to the audio tracks provided on this site's music player and you will see that the American Rogues are several exceptional bands in one.

 

RELEASES
AMERICAN HIGHLANDER 
3 LBS. OF RAGE 
LIVE IN WASHINGTON CD & DVD 
BANG THE DRUM 
G.O.A.T. 
SKYE BOAT SONG (OUTLANDER THEME)

OVER THE SEA 


 The AMERICAN ROGUES have also been invited to perform with the United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra at Constitution Hall Washington, D.C.,, the venue where U2, Frank Sinatra, and Earth, Wind, and Fire have performed. Performing before a large audience the band impressed long-time fans and newcomers alike. With the success of this concert the AMERICAN ROGUES hope to take the musical scores they had professionally arranged and perform with symphonies around the world. The world class musicianship and talent that the band brought to the Air Force show has always been a hallmark of the AMERICAN ROGUES and the group is comprised of musicians with well over 200 combined years of musical experience and multiple gold medals from the World Pipe Band Championships held in Scotland each year.

The AMERICAN ROGUES continue to show their support of military Veterans.  The AMERICAN ROGUE family and staff includes former members of the Army, the Marines, the Air Force, the Military Police, and the Navy, including the SEALs.  They have helped raise thousands of dollars for individual veterans, the National Navy SEAL Museum, the U.S. Air Force Aid Society, Homes for Our Troops, the Warrior Alliance, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Operation Ward 57 (on whose board of directors Nelson Stewart sits) at Walter Reed National Medical Center. To this end frontman, Nelson Stewart, originated an ongoing series of military fundraisers, including DEAKSTOCK, which Nelson conceived to help a close friend who is a Veteran.  The American Rogues have performed for the troops in Italy, Spain, Japan, Guam, Guantanamo Bay, CFB Borden, and CFB North Bay, and they regularly volunteer to perform for WWII and Korean War Vets at Honor Flights in Washington, D.C.  They've even performed at the feet of President Abraham Lincoln on the National Mall where they honoured the Vietnam, WWII, and Korean War Memorials.