Highland Way - Brian, Paul, Sharon, Bob, Jim, Glen
Playing everything from High Energy Festivals to Performing Arts Theaters, from Scotland to Nova Scotia, Ireland to California, Highland Way are uncompromising professionals. These seasoned studio session musicians bring that same polished energy to stages around the world. With their huge repertoire they know how to tailor their performance to the audience. A native Scot, Brian Caldwell is well known for his wonderful ability to charm any crowd while his energetic and driving rhythm guitar blends flawlessly with the rest of the band. Joining Brian are Paul Graham Castellanos (on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo), Sharon Whyte, on accordion and keyboards, Bob Sale on percussion and drums, master of guitars Jim Soldi, and Glen Fisher on bass. Highlighting Celtic music from Scotland and Ireland, with originals and the occasional popular cover, Highland Way create the ultimate show.
Brian Caldwell - Lead vocals / rhythm guitar / bodhran / manager
As the founding member of Highland Way Brian is an enthusiastic and energetic singer and rhythm guitar player. Immersed in Celtic music while growing up in Glasgow, Scotland and having specialized in sound engineering at the prestigious Strathclyde University, Brian hit the road. Now residing in North San Diego County in California, he regularly plays solo, as a duo with the Clachan Boys, or fronting the five / six piece Highland Way. Brian has successfully lead Highland Way to some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including the largest indoor theater in the USA, the 3000 seat Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, the Redlands Bowl 5000 seat amphitheater and many others. When not performing, writing or producing under the ‘Highland Way Productions’ label you can find him shooting world class photos, walking his dog or riding waves .
Paul Castellanos - Fiddle / mandolin / guitar / banjo / strings....
Lead Fiddle / mandolin / banjo/ bass and most anything with strings. Paul's been playing fiddle and mandolin for over 30 years. Somewhere in that time he also picked up guitar, bass, banjo and keyboards. Paul's an accomplished song writer and arranger having played with 'The Chieftains', 'The Young Dubliners', 'Blended Spirits', 'Ken O' Mally', and regularly performed in LA's oldest Irish Pub Molly Malone's with 'Garrison White', and 'Glen Cornick', original bass player for 'Jethro Tull'. He's also joined 'The Wolftones', 'Willy Clancy', Tommy Makem', and 'Billy Connelly'.
Jim Soldi - Bass/ guitars/ vocals
A veteran performer, songwriter, and sought after studio musician, Jim's touring schedule has taken him to over 30 countries throughout the world and he has performed with a roster of artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Loggins, B.J. Thomas and Brooke Shields, to name just a few, at the Grand Ol' Opry, the Forum, and Royal Albert Hall. His T.V. appearances include:
Austin City Limits, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Nashville Now, the Wogan Show on BBC TV, the Pat Sajak Show, and the Joan Rivers Show. He digs his wife Sharon and his dogs Alton, Maxx and Rogan, always in that order. Johnny Cash said it best: "Jim Soldi is the best guitar player in the business."
Sharon Whyte - Accordion / keyboard / vocals
Sharon Whyte (accordion, keyboards, vocals) has long established herself as the go-to player for sessions and live performances, backing artists such as Kenny Loggins, Eric Johnson, America, Kim Carnes, Juice Newton, BJ Thomas, Chris Hillman, Billy Ray Cyrus, Suzy Boggus, Dan Seals, Jamie O’Neil, Albert Lee, Ty Herndon, Collin Raye, Jordan Pruitt and many others, as well as touring with original groups and playing corporate events throughout the US, UK and Canada. With a background starting in classical music, her playing styles encompass all music genres – from Celtic to Zydeco to Rock. A highly sought after studio musician, her studio credits include numerous CDs, commercials, and compositions for music libraries, and movies, including Tom Selleck's latest western Monte Walsh. She was most recently featured on the “Gypsy Swing Allstars” CD, featuring John Jorgenson. She also charted, transcribed and performed in “Primal Twang – The History of the Guitar,” featuring multiple world-class guitar greats, which is available on DVD and won the 2010 Rome International Film Festival for best documentary.
Bob Sale - Drums, percussion
Bob's dynamic rhythm creates as much energy as it does subtle nuances.He has had the honor of working with many excellent artists including, Rick Elias, Eric Johnson, Albert Lee, Peter and Gordon, and Ben Vereen. He also played on the soundtrack to the Tom Hanks movie, “That Thing You Do!” Bob's excited to be working and getting back to his Celtic roots with Highland Way.
Glen Fisher - Bass/ Standup Bass
Glen Fisher has worked as a bassist, composer, arts education consultant, and musical director all over Europe, South-America, and USA for the past 25 years. He has been tagged 'the poster child of versatility' by KSDS Jazz 88.3FM. At 45, he's a veteran band leader and musical director, and a virtuoso sideman as well. Fluent in four languages, he teaches and composes in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and German. Glen studied at the University of California at San Diego and the Vienna Academy of Music in Austria.