DRUID SISTERS is an eclectic world fusion dance band that pulls its flavors from around the world!
Claudia Paige, drummer/percussionist and founder of the Druid Sisters, started the band to mix musical cultures together. She starts from the heartbeat and drums up your dancing spirit with world funk grooves, adding hand drums from Africa and Pakistan and layering rhythms from around the world. Adding Celtic fiddle, gypsy cello, dreamy trance vocals, Native flutes, deep bass and hypnotic didjeridu gives you an eclectic musical mix that you will love to dance to.
“Druid Sisters" will lift your spirits and take you on a high tribal journey with bone-shaking rhythms and luscious world flavors. You won't want to sit down!
Druid Sisters will be performing throughout California and the Pacific Northwest in 2019. The band is also planning an international tour in summer/fall 2020 to Portugal, Spain, UK and the Netherlands. The tour will showcase material from a new album currently in production.
About the Members
Druid Sisters founder, Claudia Paige is a highly-sought-after drummer who has played with premier musical artists of the 21st century, including Jerry Garcia, Linda Perry, Bonnie Raitt, Tito Puente, Benny Rietveld (Santana), Narada Michael Walden (Aretha Franklin), Randy Jackson (Jean Luc Ponty) Hollis Gentry (Stanley Clarke), Ray White (Frank Zappa) and many more. She has shared the stage with BB King, Ben Harper, George Clinton, Tower of Power and more. Claudia has a very eclectic drumming style, incorporating hand drums from around the world into her drum kit. With years of experience in live performance, recording and music scoring, Claudia has been sponsored for international tours by the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Loft Concerts, and the United Nations and has performed in eleven countries and forty-eight of fifty states in the U.S. Claudia is a published BMI artist as well as an independent recording artist, and she was named in Sweden Rock Magazine and Sister Rock as one of the best 25 female drummers in the world. She has worked with many renowned recording studios, such as Motown Records, Capitol Records, Fantasy Records, Skywalker Sound and Lucas Films. Claudia's drumming has even been used in several indie and full feature films.
Claudia's music writing partner is Cyoakha Grace, a haunting world/trance four-octave vocalist and songwriter. Cyoakha plays Indian harmonium, Native flutes, melodica, didjeridu and hand percussion. She has played all over the world at festivals such as the Adelaide Fringe in Australia, Sussex Faerie in England, Burning Man, Faerieworlds and more. She has shared the stage with Patti Smith, Jefferson Starship, Shooglenifty, band members from Santana and more.
Kathy Buys, Celtic fiddler, has been playing for over 30 years. From age 5 to 18, Kathy studied classical music and played with orchestras like the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. She has also had the honor of playing under renowned conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas and Jahja Ling and performs currently with the popular US band Tempest.
Myra Joy, gypsy cellist, has collaborated with musicians and ensembles such as Kitka, The Black Brothers, Hans York, Melanie O'Reilly, the pickPocket Ensemble, and Hamed Nikpay. Myra's style blends classical, gypsy, folk, jazz and contemporary into her playing.
Druid Sisters Band Members
Claudia Paige, drums, percussion, harmony vocals
Cyoakha Grace, lead vocals, harmonium, didjeridu
Meredith Anderson, guitar
Kathy Buys, Celtic fiddle
Myra Joy, Gypsy cello
Nancy Meston, violin
Sample of past gigs
Woodstock West Festival, San Francisco, CA with Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and the Holding Company
Faerieworlds, North Plains, OR with Delhi 2 Dublin, Beats Antique
Berkeley World Music Festival with Maria Muldar, Thomas Mapfumo (Zimbabwean)
Santa Barbara Soulstice Festival
Oregon Country Fair
Mateel Center with Shanna Morrison
Earth Dance, Laytonvill, CA with, It's a Beautiful Day, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Barry Melton
Benbow Summer Arts, Main Stage
Druids Sisters Family
Jan Martinelli, bass (Holly Near, Tammy Hall
Ariane Cap, bass (Cirque du Soleil, Victor Wooten)
Krystov "DIDJERI-DOC", didjeridu
Nii Sai, African guitar master from Ghana
Marcie Brown, Gypsy cello (Cirque du Soleil)
Doug Smith, keyboards and percussion
Marcos Defliri, African guitar
Booi Volk, Mandolin
Mana, tribal belly dancing
Tatseena, belly dancing, percussion
Tricia Godwin, acoustic and electric guitar
Kate Aragon, bass
Sample of the Druid Sisters music! MP3s available for purchase