Since forming in 1988, Tempest has
delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of
high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and
other world music elements. The last 20 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Areabased
act release twelve critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs. It’s
also enjoyed an evolving line-up that’s enabled its musicianship and creativity to rise
with each new member-something highlighted by the group’s current roster.
Hailing from Oslo, Norway, founding member and lead singer/electric mandolinist
Lief Sorbye is recognized as a driving force in the modern folk-rock movement. Fiddler
Michael Mullen, a favorite with the fans, is the original fiddler for the group. Bassist
Damien Gonzalez, a native Californian, is also an accomplished drummer and
didgeridoo player who may occasionally breathe fire. Native of Devon, England, and a
former member of the UK’s folk-rock band Equation, guitarist James Crocker combines
a deep-rooted British folk sensibility with a life-long rock experience. Cuban-born
drummer Adolfo Lazo, an original Tempest member, colors the band’s sound with
Signed to WEA-distributed Magna Carta Records, Tempest's releases have received
worldwide acclaim. The group's brand new CD Prime Cuts is a true career retrospective
featuring their most requested songs, along with some juicy new material. The release
also includes a second disc featuring the 2 hour DVD Tempest Through The Ages.
Tempest is regularly featured at prestigious festivals including The Philadelphia Folk
Festival, Denmark’s Skagen Festival, Britain’s Cropredy Festival and The Winnipeg
Folk Festival. The band is also a mainstay at countless American Celtic festivals.