MPK, aka "Mama and the Preacher's Kids," is made up of 7 family members. Pastor Ron Johnson acts as master of ceremonies and is the Scottish historian. Deb Johnson, aka Mama, writes some of the original songs for the group, sings, and plays violin, classical and electric guitar. Preacher's Kid Dawn Wolf, an adult daughter, is a songwriter, vocalist, and plays flutes, whistles and bass guitar. Maranatha Elmhorst, Preacher's college Kid, is a songwriter, vocalist, highland dancer, and plays keyboard, guitar, and bagpipes. Joanna Johnson, Preacher's other college daughter, writes songs, performs Celtic vocals, highland dancing, and plays violin. Preacher's Grandkid Noah Wolf, writes songs, sings, composes tunes, and plays djembe, bodhran, drums, accordion, and keyboard. Vince Elmhorst, Maranatha’s husband, is the sound tech for the band, and runs a 20 channel board.
Pastor Ron Johnson: MC
Vincent Elmhorst: Sound tech
Dawn Wolf: Flute, whistles, bass guitar, vocals, songwriter
Deb Johnson: Band Leader, guitar, violin, vocals, songwriter
Noah Wolf: Piano, accordion, djembi, Bodhran, drums, vocals, songwriter
Joanna Johnson: violin, Highland Dance, Celtic vocals, songwriter
Maranatha Elmhorst: piano, bagpipes, Highland dance, vocals, songwriter
Dr. John Turner 10 times National Scottish Fiddle Champion and head of Jink and Diddle School of Scottish Fiddling. National Scottish Fire Judge www.jinkdiddle.com Our youtube video, The James in Spate was written by Dr. John Turner and used by permission Fiddletree Music. It is one of our favorite tunes. Melinda Crawford National Scottish Fiddle Champion and Scottish Fire Judge and instructor at Jink and Diddle; Ed Pealman, Scottish Fire Judge and tours with his family band, The Highland Soles; Colyn Fischer, National Scottish Fiddle Champion and Instructor at Jink and Diddle; David Gardner, instructor at Jink and Diddle; Ric Blaire Band;
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 60 - 120 minutes
Anyone who comes to an MPK concert is in for a treat. We are a three generation family band whose sense of humor has not been surgically removed. Most of the Celtic songs we sing are original. Some of our songs are fun loving yet always family oriented. Some of our songs have a powerful message this world needs to hear. Always in-between are the Scottish fiddle tunes, both traditional and original that keeps the blood flowing so no one falls asleep. Anyone is always welcome to dance to the Highland Fling with us! Joanna is our extremely talented, award-winning fiddler who is also a beautiful classical violinist with a major in music performance. Maranatha, our accomplished pianist, will be graduating shortly with a degree in music performance. Our drummer, Noah, is a fine musician on multiple instruments having studied piano for 11 years under a graduate of the Chicago Conservatory of Music. He is currently working towards earning his music degree. The whistle and flute player has been studying her instruments for over 20 years and is the mother of Noah. The grandmother is the band leader, fiddler and guitarist who takes ALL the credit for the musical genes in this family:)
MPK Christian Celtic Band is trustworthy and we deliver on our promises. We provide high quality Celtic music that is always family oriented. We arrive early to gigs and our attitude is one of service. We thoroughly enjoy people and performing for them.
Power source on stage with multiple plug ins and power source 50-100 feet from stage for mixer. We bring our own sound system.
We bring our own sound system and tech. We can perform with or without stage. If stage is provided, should be at least 12-15 feet length and depth about 12 feet. We do not have our own lighting. If outdoor gig, would appreciate cover over stage. We can bring our own canopy tent to cover our mixer. We have a 100 foot snake.
We perform our albums. Alternate between a song with vocals and fiddle sets and dance sets.
CDs For Sale
2006: 24 gigs
2007: 24 gigs
2008: 24 gigs
2009: 24 gigs
2010: 15 gigs
2011: 15 gigs
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