Fall 2015 News - Rukus and Tip The Velvet

Due to contractual reasons, Empty Hats must part ways for a few months every Fall. Demetrius and Looney Lucy head over to The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and perform as Rukus, and Giacamo travels to The Ohio Renaissance Festival to play with Tip The Velvet. Both bands play the Empty Hats tunes you know and love, with the addition of curious and different tunes you might not hear Empty Hats play by themselves.

Empty Hats will be playing together again come November. Until then, come see us!


Current Shows

What Our Fans Are Saying

“You were really great at The Villages on St. Pat’s and tonight’s Tartan Day Celebration!”

– Kathy Robarge

“Saw you in The Keys a few years back on Sugarloaf. You were great!”

– Ray Nizer

“When my eldest son was a baby we saw y’all at The Bay Area Renaissance Festival. It was the first and only time I got to see the band. I bought a CD and would play it all the time. When my son was about 4 months old he would sleep any time I played Cyrus in the Moonlight. He is now almost 10 and I just played it for him again tonight and by the time it was done he was yawning. Some things just stick with you – like my love for your music. Hope to see y’all again soon. It’s been too many years.”

– Danielle Bray

“You guys are the coolest band to a 14-year old.”

– Kalika

“Their music brings a smile to my face, a tear to my eye, and twists my heart into a celtic knot”

– Gary C.

“Saw you all the first time at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire for Irish Weekend. Awesome show. I usually listen to metal music, but I plan on adding some Hats to the collection!”

– John P Akins

The Band


Hailing from New Jersey, Carl Asch has studied classical guitar at The American Institute of Guitar, Languages at SUNY-New Paltz, and the art of street and stage performance by traveling the world with nothing more than a guitar and a set of juggling clubs.

Asch has delighted audiences all over the United States, as well as Paris, London, Milan, and Seville. Today, he weaves his many skills together with his unique gift for personally touching each member of his audience. Carl Asch will enchant and uplift you.

(Ask him about the time he got arrested in Milan!)

Darin Graves has a passion for music and loves to play anything with strings. He has been playing fiddle for 17 years. His love for Celtic music has been growing since 2005 when he joined his first Irish band.

Darin enjoys playing at local Irish sessions along with playing at coffee shops sitting in with other bands. Over the years Darin has had the privilege to play with several different Irish bands. Each one helping to improve himself as a musician and a person.

At times Darin may work in the recording studio as a utility musician filling in the desired sounds wanted by the artist. Darin is also the owner of Structural Healing Center in Tampa, FL. He specializes in Structural Energetic Therapy. This therapy helps people get out of acute and chronic pain.

Born with red hair, natural rhythm, and the gift of gab, Lynda uses all three when performing and playing the bodhran.

Being an actress and a comedienne for over forty years (oy vey!) has served to enhance her presence onstage and in front of audiences old and young.

Vitality, passion, and humor are the three words to describe her core values. “Love through laughter” is her mission statement!

Gary has been a professional director and musician since the last century. He has been Artistic Director of various Renaissance Festivals including the Colorado Renaissance Festival and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

On the stage, Gary has directed many of Shakespeare’s works, as well as Larry Bograd’s “Ludlow”, Lee Blessing’s “A Walk in the Woods.”, and “Catch Me If You Can” starring MASH’s Jamie Farr.

As a musician, Gary has performed with Empty Hats since its inception.  As performing is his first love, it is always a pleasure to perform this high energy Celtic music with Carl, Lynda, and friends.

We Are Empty Hats

Empty Hats is an enthusiastic, passionate, and charming band that surprises and delights fans from ages 3 to 93 with their acoustic blend of traditional and original celtic music. These merry musicians travel all over the country performing at Renaissance Faires, Pubs, Concert Halls, and more. From playing a rollicking tune for Henry VIII to serenading the hosts of NBC’s Today Show, the music of Empty Hats has spanned centuries. Contact us for booking info, or just to say “Hi”!

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