"Callanach is a friendly, outgoing, and TALENTED group of musicians who deliver original kick ass Celtic Rock Music. Led by the charismatic kilt-wearing Ryan Rovito on acoustic guitar and mandolin, Callanach are up for a good time. Book 'em if you can...."
“I’m always a bit sceptic when bands claim they do something new with Celtic music. After all, how many innovations can still be made, and does it really make a tried-and-true concept better? Well, in this case, Callanach do bring something new to the Celtic music table, and it’s good. Right from the start, it’s clear their music is full of energy, while still retaining that underlying melancholy so typical to Celtic music. Still, Callanach sound sufficiently mainstream that even those who aren’t fans of Celtic music can enjoy it. The song “Donnie” in particular would not sound out of place on the radio. That said, the female vocalist isn’t exactly my favourite… except on the last song of the album, the protest song “The War”. In it, the synergy between her and the male lead singer works really well, and this is perhaps the direction Callanach should take in the future. All in all, Walk On Up is a great first effort by a band to keep an eye on.”
“Callanach is a young and fresh Celtic rock band hailing from Rochester, NY. They have been chosen our band of the month since their debut album “Walk On Up” is a very good addition to any Celtic Rock collection. The band was established around fiddler Marissa Ruper. Thus, the fiddle plays a major role on their music, but it’s perfectly backed by banjo, electric guitar, bass and drums.Let’s take “Irish Pubs”, the opening track. It’s the definitive pub song. It lists almost every pub in Ireland! Even if Callanach are not a Celtic punk band, it could be said that this catchy song could become a Celtic punk standard....Callanach don’t need pipes to make people dance, that’s for sure....If you were thinking that Celtic rock bands are predictable, check out Callanach.”
“Callanch is a band with a multi-talented blend of musicians who bring traditional Irish/Cheltic ballads and fast pace rock to life! If you want to stomp your foot and swing your date, this is the band for you! With Marissa's hard driving fiddle, you can't sit still! What a great show they put on for our AOH party and we can't wait to have them back!”
"Callanach is very entertaining and delighted the crowd with a variety of music. Their energy level caught the attention of vendors and shoppers alike. There was positive feedback from everyone who had the good fortune to be present for their performance."
"Any band that flies under the "Celtic rock" banner is aiming to be a pub pleaser, and Rochester-based Callanach certainly lives up to that. But one must wonder: How much are they Celtic, and how much are they rock? Well, Callanach is built around fiery fiddler Marissa Ruper, so they have that base covered. And backing her are the blasting trio of electric guitarist Abe Ruper, electric bassist Aaron Powell and drummer Jim McGowan. In the middle, standing tall, is singer and acoustic multi-instrumentalist Ryan Rovito. You do the math."
"Celtic rock band Callanach will perform at the Upper Jay Art Center on Saturday, Feb. 23......The band’s name is a Gaelic word meaning “loud,” but Ryan Rovito said that doesn’t translate into abrasive. 'I like music that can change my mood,' Rovito said. 'This will be a very high energy show......Presently, the band has one E.P. and one full length album, “Walk On Up,” and is hoping to record a new album this spring. They are also beginning to get noticed on a larger scale, too. Their song "Irish Pubs" was recently nominated for "Best Celtic Rock Song in 2012" by the Celtic Radio Music Awards. It is currently in the top three running, and listener votes will determine the outcome......"