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Tuatha Dea / Press

“Stirring both the heart and soul:Tuatha Dea satisfies one’s musical cravings.This kind of style is also dominant in other tracks like the poly-rhythmic induced The Hunt(corners). The track starts with percussion then escalates into a melodic devotional chant piece. There is also the traditional inspired Mulligan Stew that should have been used in TV series like Merlin. The remaining tracks bend on the folk/rock side. The female vocals are strong reminiscent of Stevie Nicks and Annie Lennox. I think this is great because I really like singers who sound like women and not like little girls. Songs like Falling Down, Celtic Woman (Mavis McGee), Tonight and the heart hurting Skye Boat Blues will leave you contemplating lost loves and missed soul mates in fishnet stockings and thick black mascara. Call this an aside but I really love everyone’s fashion style here. Tuatha Dea is a band that is both beautiful to the eyes and ears. A perfect companion for a long rainy night with a single c”

“There’s something to be said for the raw talent of clan patriarch Danny Mullikin, of course; without a bedrock upon which to build, fate couldn’t have taken the group as far as it has. Still, Mullikin told The Daily Times this week, it’s been a journey he and his family never saw coming. “The whole thing was totally inadvertent,” he said. “We started as a drum circle — myself, my son, my daughter, my wife. We were all friends before we were musicians, and we used drums for unity. We started out going to different festivals just to play and working with the Girl Scouts, and as we started playing out more and more, we started integrating more things in." Fueled by the mystique of the Smoky Mountains at their backs, the members of Tuatha Dea communicate with the primal spirits of fans. The hypnotic rhythm of the percussion, which wraps like tendrils around shrill barks from a flute and long blasts of a didgeridoo, casts a wide net, Mullikin said — performers and audience”

“Earlier this year, the drumming and singing family from Gatlinburg, TN known as Tuatha Dea released their latest album called The Tribe. This CD is a tribal effort (pun intended) by Tuatha Dea, Celia, Spiral Rhythm, Murphey’s Midnight Rounders, Damh the Bard and Wendy Rule. When all these talented musicians get together to do an album you know it is going to be something amazing. I had the pleasure of seeing Tuatha Dea on stage at Heartland Pagan Festival at Camp Gaea over Memorial Weekend. They played music from all their CDs plus a piece or two that aren’t or won’t be on a CD. They began their concert with “The Hunt” (their quarter calling song), and ended with “Mishiamagu”, everything in between was just awesome and got people up and dancing, stomping their feet, clapping their hands and just having a great time. My only regrets about the concert, I had left my camera in my tent. Tuatha Dea took the idea behind The Tribe and ran with it. They have created a website for”

“The "Calling All Drums" event will begin at 3PM with an open house, where refreshments will be served. The group will then move to the meadow for a butterfly release to be held in memory of the victims of 9/11 and in honor of the emergency personnel who served that day and during the aftermath. Tuatha Dea Drum Nation will then facilitate a community drumming circle led by Damasqhs, who is also the founder of the local Tuatha Dea Celtic Tribal Drum Ensemble. "Our goal is to serve the community through the interaction and exchange of the drum's energy," he says, adding that such events help to break down barriers "while promoting self confidence, team-building, self-expression and overall personal health through the power of rhythm." Prior drumming experience is not required, and everyone is welcome to participate equally. "Everyone has a drummer in them," Damasqhs says.”

“Featured Local Artist: Tuatha Dea Drum Nation Saturday, September 4th 10am – 4pm Tuatha Dea Drum Nation is a local group of drum circle facilitators coming to the Great Outpost to play and engage the public in a Drum Circle Facilitation. Participants will have the opportunity for a truly unique hands-on experience. Drums will be provided, and people of all ages are welcome to participate and enjoy a fun, exciting and interactive event! Tuatha Dea’s goal is to serve the community through the interaction and exchange of the drum’s energy in an effort to break down barriers while promoting self confidence, team building, and self expression through the power of rhythm. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of drumming!”

"Tuatha De Danaan" has been used as the theme song to Stan Cottrell's Great Global Friendship Run campaign.

“Irish Heritage Month celebrated with bands, dancers Wednesday, March 10th, 2010 Pellissippi State Community College celebrates Irish Heritage Month on March 16 with Celtic music and highland dancing. The community is invited to join students, faculty and staff for the free festivities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Goins Building Auditorium at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. Following Red-Haired Mary, the Sevierville-based Tuatha Dea Drum Nation presents an eclectic mix of Scotch-Irish music. The group does its own “punkish” renditions of such classics as “Whiskey in a Jar” and “Loch Lomond.” The performance is 12:45-1:45 p.m. For more information, contact Gayle Wood at (865) 539-7160 or gwood@pstcc.edu.”

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