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Tinkers offer wicked fun Friday

COURTESY PHOTO - The Wicked Tinkers bring drums, pipes and high energy to Forest Grove this weekend.The Wicked Tinkers are bringing their thundering drumbeats, wild piping and all the energy of a Tribal Celtic explosion to Forest Grove this Friday, Sept. 11.

They’ll perform at 7 p.m. at EF Nursery, 43461 Hiatt Road, as part of a fundraiser for the Forest Grove United Church of Christ, whose members include the parents of the group’s bagpiper, as well as EF Nursery owners Tom and Lori Epler.

Grounds will open at 6 p.m. to offer a beer/wine garden and food (no outside beverages permitted). Cost is $15 adults, $10 children 12 and under.

The group was formed in 1995 when piper Aaron Shaw met bass drum player Warren Casey and percussionist John MacAdams at the Celtic Arts Center in Los Angeles. According to the band’s official page, the Tinkers have been “pioneers of the growing Tribal Celtic Movement” and the band has been playing “haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes and irresistible tribal drums as a professional touring band since its conception.”

However, over the last 20 years, the ensemble has come a long way. Several years back, they added the mesmerizing hum of the didgeridoo (a long pipelike wind instrument developed by indigenous Australians) and the Bronze Irish horn.

The group has also appeared on some notable shows, including “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and in the fourth season of the TV show “Arrested Development.” They’ve released eight albums to date.

So sit back and be transported to a much earlier age, when fierce, hearty battle cries ripped through the air. Or better yet, jump up on your feet and sync up your body to the ancient cadence of the long-lost accents and melodies of Scotland and Ireland...and Australia.

Tickets are available at the Forest Grove Farmers Market, the Forest Grove United Church of Christ or EF Nursery the day of the event. For more information, call the FGUCC at 503-357-9121.