With a lifetime of touring and performance experience between them, musicians Josef Crosby and Victor Gagnon have joined forces to create something new – a sound that’s rooted in tradition, but in the voice and spirit of today.
Pigeon Kings draws from Celtic and Rock influences, but they’re not Celtic Rock; there are traditional elements, but they are by no means a traditional band. With elements of Americana and Bluegrass threaded in, they have a sound and persona all their own, without gimmicks or pretense.
This is a group of extremely serious players with a high energy stage show, backed by unique compositions, honest lyrics and the experienced showmanship of career musicians.
Her sublime voice is a thing of beauty that stops people in their tracks. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, Dublin Folk singer-songwriter Aoife Scott has become a force to be reckoned with on the Irish folk and traditional scene.
With an impeccable pedigree as a member of the legendary Black Family, which includes her mother, Frances, and her aunt, Mary, Aoife is steadily rising to the top of the traditional and folk music scene, while garnering acclaim and recognition both here and abroad as she hones her craft.
Fans of IFTA award-winning TV series, 1916 Seachtar na Cásca, will have been seduced by Aoife’s evocative singing, which packed a powerful emotional punch throughout all seven episodes of the landmark TV series. Other acclaimed TV appearances include BBC’s Imeall Geal, TG4’s An Nollaig Linn and Ceol na nOileáin, and Fleadh TV Live, and Aoife also featured as a presenter on “The Windmill Lane Sessions”, the contemporary Irish music programme for TG4.
Aoife gained invaluable international experience when she spent a year touring worldwide as lead singer with The Outside Track, whose marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. She has also performed with some of the finest acts on the folk and traditional scene both here and abroad, including We Banjo 3, Full Set, Sharon Shannon, Séamus Begley, Altan, Cherish the Ladies, Declan O Rourke, John Prine, and of course, the Black Family.
Even ahead of the launch of her debut album, Aoife has become an accomplished performer and headline artist. She embarked on her first sell-out US tour alongside Frances Black last year, where she was highly praised for her engaging performances. She was invited as an official showcase performer at the National Folk Alliance in Kansas City, and she also performed with the RTE Concert Orchestra as part of Culture Night. Other international appearances include performances at the National Celtic Festival in Australia, Mood Indigo Festival in Mumbai, and Germany’s acclaimed ‘Irish Folk Festival’ Tour. Aoife has also toured with her band to worldwide destinations, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, India and the US.
She represented Ireland in Udine, Italy, in the Minority Language competition, Liet International, a multilingual alternative to the Eurovision Song Contest. She was featured in an NPR documentary on the event, which was broadcast to an audience of 26 million people in the USA. Her solo career was assuredly launched when she won the coveted Fastrack to Feis competition, which over 1,000 artists entered, and played support at the London Feis to Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, amongst other acts.
Aoife, who speaks both English and Irish fluently, has been immersed in the music scene from an early age, from listening to her grandparents, mother, aunt and uncles making music around the fire, to observing the backstage workings of festivals both here and abroad. She moved to the west coast of Ireland several years ago, and her passion for the native Irish language spoken there is reflected in her choice of songs, including the first single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” from her forthcoming debut album, ‘Carry The Day’.
This eagerly-anticipated debut is a folk album that is heavily influenced by Aoife’s passion for traditional music, and it contains a selection of stories the socially-aware singer wanted to tell, some personal, and others historical and socially-themed. Covering modern day female warriors to real-life heroines from the 1800s, two stand-out tracks include “Fásaim” which outlines Aoife’s thoughts on her brother’s marriage, to “We know where we stand,” a timely song for the 100th anniversary of 1916, which questions whether the men of that time even knew what their sacrifice would mean for Ireland?
Aoife’s plans for 2016 include the launch of her debut album at the Temple Bar Tradfest in Dublin in January, followed by a nationwide national tour. The singer and her band will also embark on a six-week German tour, and will travel to the US for some summer festivals.
Brand new Irish band Billow Wood (formerly known as Flat Out) are a male/female four-piece who fuse their unique brand ofinstrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies. Billow Wood are influenced by Irish and mainstream music and are now moving in a new direction often accompanied by a bass and drums. They are creating their own unique sound! A blend of folk, indie, pop and rock.
These four members are often outnumbered with instruments on stage with Mark O’Donnell on fiddle and guitar, Harry Lawlor on Harp and guitar, Ciara O’Donnell on Bodhrán, flute and whistles and Bríd O’Donnell on accordion. Nevertheless their blend of instrumentation and vocal harmonies is a sound not to miss!
Cassie and Maggie
“2016 Live Ireland Radio’s “VOCALISTS OF THE YEAR” “NEW GROUP OF THE YEAR”, Chicago Irish-American Newspaper’s EMERGING ARTIST RECORDING OF THE YEAR winners, Galaxie Radio Rising Stars, Independent Music Award “World Song of the Year” nominees, multiple Canadian Folk Music Award, East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia Award nominees, Nova Scotian sisters Cassie & Maggie “are among the top musical acts in demand on the Irish/American/Canadian scene”- Irish Music Magazine
Exciting and innovative, they have found a perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While staying true to their Nova Scotia Celtic roots, they have explored and tested the boundaries of traditional music.
“Be it their foot percussion and step dancing accompanying driving Nova Scotian sets, their perfect blend of sibling harmonies, added to a stunning interplay on various instruments, a musical evening spent with Cassie and Maggie is a great night, altogether” -Irish Music Magazine. Their new album, The Willow Collection “showcases not only their musical ability, but the depth and variety of their musicianship.” IMM Cassie and Maggie are an unbelievably gifted duo… the train is just gathering steam and leaving the station on these new stars. It is going to be a glorious journey, and it is already well-begun.” –Live Ireland Radio- Dublin, IR
Colin Farrell Band
The Colin Farrell Band is an exciting new traditional Irish trio featuring renowned fiddle player, composer and recording artist Colin Farrell, along with highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalists Alan Murray on bouzouki, guitar, and vocals, and Dan Lowery on flute, guitar and vocals. Having Individually established themselves as some of the top entertainers in Irish Traditional Music today, the three of them deliver a fresh and fiery presentation of tunes and songs that highlight both their exceptional instrumental virtuosity and their love and respect for the tradition in which their music is rooted.
Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry, Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles). Labelled as the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News) Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene. Since the release of their EP in April 2015, and album “River Waiting” in July 2016 they have received fantastic reviews at home and internationally. They have already gathered a big following in the UK, Ireland, Europe and the USA. Songlines magazine made Connla their “must see act” for the tour of the UK and stated “A band this young shouldn’t be this good”. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes, have helped them create a sound which is very identifiable as Connla.
The Drowsy Lads
The Drowsy Lads thundered onto the Irish music scene in the Midwest a dozen years ago and have become favorites at pubs, clubs, festivals, universities and concert halls.
Ohio brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and lifelong friend Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of “we dare you to hold still” Irish dance tunes as well as a full emotional gamut of songs. They’ve won the affections of audiences ranging from casual music-lovers to those steeped in hardcore Trad.
The Drowsy Lads were featured at Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua series for three years, were guest artists with the Otterbein University Orchestra, and packed Wilmington’s Murphy Theatre for an unforgettable evening.
The Lads are lighting up Irish festivals these days, including Milwaukee, Dublin, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Louisville, and have been pleased to share live sets with the likes of Slide, John Whelan, Full Set, Socks in the Frying Pan, and lead dancer of Riverdance Joe Moriarty.
The band is adept at rallying pub-goers into rollicking nights, and have countless times at Columbus’s infamous Byrnes’ Pub, as well as at Natalie’s, Claddagh, Ramblin’ House, Wolfe’s Ridge Brewing, and even Brady’s Pub in Dunboyne Ireland.
It gets even more varied with performances for Irish Dance School’s yearly big ceili dances, the occasional house show, and at Hollywood Casino. The Lads flex and deliver to their audiences.
Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhrán.
The Lads are fond of creating their own spirited arrangements and offering occasional original compositions, and even mixing in some bits of Bluegrass or Classical. But these never get in the way of their obsession with the pure old musicality of traditional Irish tunes and songs.
If Joe Strummer, Shane MacGowan and Bruce Springsteen survived a drinking session through the 5 boroughs of New York City,the hangover would be called The Narrowbacks.
The Narrowbacks are the sons of Irish-immigrants who found each-other over whiskeys and late-night sing songs at their local pub in the Bronx. As a six-piece band, they deliver a raucous show with driving punk rock in its heart and the soul of an old Irish folk band.
Over the past 5 years The Narrowbacks have built a strong reputation throughout the East Coast through a feverous tour schedule, live show and countless late nights with fans and friends they’ve made. Sharing the stage with such bands as The Dropkick Murphy’s, Frank Turner, Anders Osbourne, Gogol Bordello, and Flogging Molly; The Narrowbacks are geared up to release their sophomore album ‘Arrogance & Ignorance’ on October 15, 2016.
‘Arrogance & Ignorance’ was recorded at AutoPilot Studios by producer and guitarist of Hidden in Plain View, Rob Freeman. The full length album is a geniune look through the eyes of a working band that is filled with upbeat anthems, catchy sing alongs and fired up punk throwbacks.
Stone Clover was founded by Detroit natives Pauly Brady and Taylor Izak in 2009. Pauly met Taylor while working as a full time brewer living above Detroit’s landmark Irish pub the Old Shillelagh. They began creating a style of music that borrowed from traditional Irish, punk rock, metal, and folk – a genre they affectionately named “Paddy Slag”. After growing into a five-piece line-up, Stone Clover was already packing pubs and clubs within their first year of performing. Local and regional festivals began to take notice, and the band quickly worked their way up to becoming a crowd favorite headlining act. Stone Clover has been consistently playing close to 100 shows a year, winning over friends and fans with their high energy performance, infectious original music, and jovial banter. The band is currently recording their second album of original material, titled “Thick as Thieves”, scheduled to be released in 2018.
Whiskey of the Damned
Whiskey of the Damned is a five piece, Celtic influenced rock group put together by Ireland native Eoin McCarthy. Located in Milwaukee WI, Whiskey of the Damned are a group of talented musicians dedicated to playing high energy, raucous concerts filled with an unmistakeable mixture of American and Irish rock. Described as a mix of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s, and Flogging Molly, you do not want to miss this act perform live.
Alair was formed in the summer of 2005 and is a 3-piece celtic group consisting of fiddle, flute, harp, percussion, and vocals.They play a blend of Irish and Scottish tunes, incorporated with a touch of jazz, rock, and world music. They put a fresh, modern, and highly energetic feel to their arrangements of traditional tunes, as well as creatively adapting music from groups such as Solas, Natalie MacMaster, and Loreena McKennitt.Alair has performed in such venues as the Indianapolis Arts Garden, the Music Mill, Indy’s Irish Fest, the Broad Ripple Art Fair, and Fionn MacCool’s Irish pub. In addition, they have performed at many weddings, house concerts, and private corporate events. This past St. Patrick’s Day 2007 they had the honor of performing as guest soloists with the Anderson Symphony Orchestra.
Indianapolis Ceili Band
The Indianapolis Ceili Band is an ensemble dedicated to the preservation of the traditional Irish ceili band style. A Ceili (pronounced Kay-lee) is a social gathering with traditional music, dancing, singing and storytelling.
This talented ensemble seeks to involve audiences in the Irish culture by inviting them to learn simple ceili dances and strives to develop camaraderie, a sense of family and create an enjoyable atmosphere at every performance. The band was formed in 2009 and features some of the finest traditional Irish musicians from the Indianapolis area. The band is a member of the international organization Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and competes in the Midwest Fleadh Ceili Band Competition every year.
The Irish Airs
The Irish Airs have been a staple in the Irish music scene in Indianapolis for more than 25 years. Lead by Irishman Brian Cunningham on guitar and vocals, The Irish Airs are the only band to have performed at every Indianapolis Irish Festival since the tradition began in 1995. The band’s lineup is rounded out by Wyatt Watkins on fiddle, T.H. Gillespie on keyboards, and Brian’s son Chris Cunningham on bodhran, mandolin, and percussion. Along with performing at the Indianapolis Irish Festival every year, the Irish Airs have performed at some very notable venues around Indianapolis including the Indiana Roof Ballroom, the Rathskeller’s Biergarden, and the Hilbert Circle Theater. They’ve even made their way across the Atlantic for a tour across Ireland with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir that included a stop at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. This is one of Indianapolis’ can’t miss Irish music acts!
Katherine Nagy is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Ireland and has lived in many places including Puerto Rico and Spain. After leaving Ireland as a child, she spent every summer visiting family in Galway and Dublin. These memories and influences are reflected in her lyrics and melodies.
She released her first EP “Gypsy Lady” in March 2017 and her single “Dark Night” in June 2017. She is currently working on music for another release in October 2017. She performed her song “Gypsy Lady” on the IndyStyle Morning show on Saint Patrick’s Day 2017 and her songs have been featured on the award winning “Irish & Celtic Music Podcast” and on Chicago Irish Radio.
She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and three children. She has performed locally at Flat12 Bierwerks, The Rathskeller Biergarten, Bier Brewery and Corner Wine Bar.
She graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN with a business degree and worked at a consulting firm in Chicago after college. During this time she began writing lyrics and music, however took a pause from performing as she started a family. After over a decade break, she recently decided to pursue a lifelong dream of recording and performing her original music.
Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance
The Richens/Timm Academy is one of the most recognizable and respected names in the world of Irish dance. It is the most established and accomplished school in both central Ohio, central Indiana and now Wyoming. The Academy’s rich history began over 35 years ago when Ann Richens ADCRG, a native of Dublin, Ireland, began traveling to Columbus from Dayton, Ohio to share her passion for Irish dance. After her prized pupil, John Timm, captured the 1993 Senior Men’s World Championship title, they partnered and the school became the Richens/Timm Academy. Following Ann’s passing in 2011, Richens/Timm is now directed by John and his wife, Heather Timm. The Richens/Timm Academy currently serves locations in Dublin, Columbus and Dayton, OH, Indianapolis and Tipton, IN, and a sister school in Casper, Wyoming.
St. Pat’s Day Rogues Pipes and Drums
Dressed in their saffron kilts, emerald green hose and Irish caubeen caps that pay homage to the uniforms of Irish military bagpipe bands, the St. Patrick’s Day Rogues Pipes & Drums pride themselves in presenting an extensive repertoire of traditional Irish tunes and Irish – American favorites.
The Rogues were founded in 2009 by a group of musicians who shared a passion for the Great Highland Bagpipes and wanted to promote music grounded in the Irish heritage of many of the members.
Musical experience among the members ranges from decades of performing in both marching and competitive bagpipe bands, college bands, military bands and drum & bugle corps as well as members who may be newer to their instruments but share in the passion for Irish music.
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