About the Band


Sportive Tricks - Celtic Music with a Kick

A Southern California Folk Band with a heavy Irish influence, Sportive Tricks takes great delight in giving traditional music a rousing twist. They also play many original tunes, both serious & silly. The band started as performers at the Renaissance Faire in 2009 but their music only hints at these beginnings. Tricks’ music leans towards bands like Great Big Sea and Gaelic Storm with influences ranging from The Chieftains to Flogging Molly. Inspired by the rich traditions of Irish, Scottish, & English folk, Cape Breton music, and sea shanties; Sportive Tricks combines traditional instruments with new arrangements, high energy, and a dash of humor for a foot tapping, hand clapping good time.

Sportive Tricks plays year round at pubs and concerts as often as they can. 



Welcome to Fall!

Happy Autumn!
We’re looking forward to cooler days, longer nights, and darker stouts and porters.
This Fall brings two important changes for two of our band:
Jeremy La Mantia, our whistle player and bass vocalist, has been working as a substitute teacher for the past few years. Now he is realizing his dream of teaching music and has accepted a full time position as a middle school music teacher for the Fountain Valley School District.
Kurt Hanna, our bodhran player and baritone vocalist, is set to embark on one of the greatest journeys of life. Kurt and his sweetheart, Maire, are getting married this October.
Don’t worry though; Jeremy and Kurt aren't leaving the group. They’ll still be around to share their talents.
The rest of us will be taking October to learn and rehearse new songs. Our next gigs are in November and we’re looking forward to introducing some great new material then.
Stay tuned for more updates.