Arminta & Blaq Lily
Celtic Fusion: Compared to The Cranberries meet The Corrs meet Garbage among others, we are a quality, dynamic, classy, hardworking, unique, marketable, inspirational, dedicated (to name a few) female fronted band with a captivating image that makes people stand up & take notice.
We have been able to create our own stye of music by bringing elements of Tradionsal Irish in our mix that crosses genres of age & ethic groups.
No one would have been suprised if Arminta Schwab had become the 1992 Women's Powerlifting Champion. Arminta was poised to break the existing records in her weight class. While the competition was still several months away, she auditioned for the then popular sports television series "American Gladiators." Leading in a head to head competition, Arminta suffered an injury so severe that it ended, not only the television show audition but her powerlifting career and dreams of World Records as well.
Arminta's life changed direction at that point. Not one to sit around and feel sorry for herself, she turned her considerable energy toward her childhood love...music. Developing her voice with the same dedication she had developed her body, Arminta explored many different styles of music. Fronting bands ranging from Gothic to Folk, it became evident that her talent was extraordinary.
In 1999, Arminta and husband/guitarist Mikel formed the band Blaq Lily, to back her dynamic vocals. Arminta and Blaq Lily have played in venues all over the United States. Together, Arminta and Mikel have produced 5 independent CD projects with cuts that have received radio air play on specialty radio, college and commercial stations, as well as internet music stations. Their song, Smile, the leadoff cut from their second release charted on several stations. The most notable being KQ92 Minneapolis, MN.
Their 4th album, Still Waters, was a 2001 finalist in the Just Plain Folks International song writing and album contest. Arminta's song "Lonely", from the same CD, Recently received honerable mention in Bill Board Magazine's world songwriting contest.
Since gaining the attention of Kristi Lee of the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom morning show during a St Patrick's day performance in 2001, Arminta and Blaq Lily have opened for Cheap Trick and America plus played two Q95 fourth of July shows at the prestigious Murat Temple in Indianapolis.
Arminta and Blaq Lily have also gained the attention of local television with multiple appearances on FOX59, WISH TV Channel 6 and WRTV Channel 13 morning newscasts.
In February 2002 Arminta and Blaq Lily introduced their latest CD Dreamwalk at Utopia to a never equaled club record audience.
This edge Neo-Celtic group has produced 5 CD's that have sold all over the world, won recognition for their songs on the national level and performed over 500 live shows throughout middle America since 1999.
Everywhere they play the crowd response is tremendous. Combining carefully selected, instantly recognizable cover tunes, their own verson of traditional Irish tunes with their own catchy award winning originals, their performance is electric. Some have said that they are reminiscent of The Cranberries.
Arminta - Lead vocals, wooden recorders, tin whistle, Native American wooden flutes, harmonica, percussion.
Mikel - Acoustic & Electric Guitars, vocals, Mandolin
Greg Mrakich - Drums & Percusion
Bo Wallace- Bass Guitar
Niki Hurrle - Keyboard & backing vocals
Mark Conway - Guitar, Djembe