Sons of Malarkey
Description: Sons of Malarkey (SOM) have a foot in Irish Trad and a foot in Celtic Rock and are the perfect mix of the two. Founded in 2009 their smooth vocals and fantastic music captures you from the first note. What started out as jam sessions around kitchen tables has grown to a strong live band that performs around the Pacific Northwest. SOM has always been a band that has a strong love of the traditional (trad), but they also love the modern elements as well.
Hometown: Portland, OR USA
Description: Heather Dale is a Canadian musician, who writes songs inspired by ancient legends. Rooted in the Celtic folk style, Heather often blends modern instruments (synths, cello, electric guitar) with her more traditional Irish flutes, harp and bodhran drum… whether it's wild Greek fiddle playing on her “Medusa”, or thundering Led Zeppelin-style drums on “Mountain”.
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
Description: Maggie Drennon is a premier voice in Celtic singing, a long standing influence in modern folk music. She has toured Ireland with the renowned Furey Brothers and is a noted historian of Celtic songs. She was a member of Ceili's music traditional Celtic from 1989 to 1995. She then co-founded the Celtic rock band SixMileBridge, touring nonstop and rocking festivals nationwide. With a solo performance that is meaningful yet light hearted, Maggie is deeply devoted to sharing these traditions with American audiences. Maggie blends ancient Gaelic history with rare Celtic songs, and a beautifully romantic presentation. Most of all, she brings us the soaring voice that will inspire your heart!
Hometown: Upstate NY
The Sorry Lot
Description: The Sorry Lot are a seven piece Irish Folk and Ballad band from Napa, California. They deliver lively renditions of traditional drinking songs, as well as a few modern ballads and original tunes, while keeping the music true to it's roots in the pubs and bars of Ireland. Birthed from a passion for Irish Folk music, and named after a snarky comment from a British bartender, The Sorry Lot formed in 2007 as a St. Patrick's Day side-project with members from several local bands. The project quickly became the main focus as more members were recruited and a desire grew to perform year-round. The Sorry Lot can now be seen playing regularly at pubs and Breweries in and around their hometown, and are constantly expanding their library of traditional and original songs.
Hometown: Napa, CA USA
Description: English-language folk songs presented with rich vocals and harmonies, combining traditional and contemporary folk influences.
Hometown: Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
Description: Modern traditional with many influences including rock, world and Pibroch (ancient pipe music of Highland clansmen)
Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland
Description: Songwriter Des Wade's songs reflect his Irish upbringing His style is Celtic & Western – some songs float into the mystic while others are as close as the nearest bar stool.
Hometown: Dublin Ireland
Description: Since forming in January 2012 ,The Buachaills have gone from being an informal session group to playing in Croke Park for the All Ireland football final.They are now one of the most sought after Trad and Folk bands in Ireland and have played many noted venues such as Thomond Park and Fraher Field in Waterford. The band comprises of Eoin Murphy on Vocals, Guitar and Mandolin, Aaron Dolan on Uilleann Pipes, Whistles and Vocals, James Fleming on Bass, Guitar and Vocals and Chris Carey on Drums and Vocals. Sharing stages with the likes of The High Kings, Finbarr Furey, The Wolfe Tones and Bressie these lads are known to have audiences of all ages on their feet. The Buachaills are currently applying the finishing touches to their debut album titled “At Your Call”.
Hometown: Cork Ireland
Description: McCrae's Battalion is a Celtic/Folk/Rock band based out of San Francisco, CA. The band, who has been around since 2011 features members originally from Scotland, Ireland as well as the United States. Inspired by acts such as Bob Dylan, The Clash and The Pogues McCrae's Battalion's sound ranges from fast fiddle-led dance songs to slow celtic/folk numbers.
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Description: Ken Elkinson is a Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist with over 30 CDs to his credit in a variety of genres including ambient, new age, solo piano, holiday, dance, jazz funk and now Celtic.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA USA
Description: The Gleasons, one of the most enjoyable and energetic bands in the Milwaukee area, have been creating music since 2002. The Gleasons' repetoire consists mostly of their own original tunes, with some cover songs and traditional Celtic music with their own twist; it all blends together into a mixture of traditional Irish, Americana, rock, bluegrass, and American pop. The band takes their musicianship and songwriting very seriously but they also know how to have fun.Their energetic live shows will have you dancing and singing along to songs about Ireland, love, and nights at the pub with dear old friends.
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI USA
Description: Celtic Boogie, Folk'n'Roll, Pipes-Punk
Hometown: Pfäffikon ZH, Switzerland
Marc Gunn is a rhythm and folk musician inspired by Celtic culture, science fiction, fantasy, and cats. He breathes new life into the autoharp, which continues to surprise musical veterans and fans a like for it’s unique sound and spirited energy. It’s like a satirical jam session between The Clancy Brothers and Weird Al Yankovic. It’s Celtic music, the traditional and the twisted. He is the Chief Editor of the Celtic Music Magazine and host of the award-winning Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.