DROWSY LADS \\ THE SPAIN BROTHERS \\ EMISH \\
MCCARTHYIZM \\ CRIKWATER \\ JOHNNY HART & THE MESS \\
BLARNEY BUNCH \\ WHISKEY THIEF \\ NORMAL STREET ENTRANCE \\ TOM KEEFER & CELTIC CROSS \\
GREATER BUFFALO FIREFIGHTERS PIPES AND DRUMS \\
OWEN Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN \\ KINDRED \\
RINCE NA TIARNA IRISH DANCERS \\ CLANN NA CARA IRISH DANCERS \\
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\\ DROWSY LADS
The Drowsy Lads thundered onto the Irish music scene in the US over 15 years ago and their fire and camaraderie has won over both casual music-lovers and those steeped in hardcore traditional. 2018 brought the release of their fourth album, Everyone In, and the distinction of “Best Irish American Band of 2018.” With an undeniable genuineness that flows from their live performances, the future continues to look bright for these Lads... Boasting 5 multi-instrumentalists, 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 and songs that have packed festivals, theaters, pubs, and halls everywhere they’ve played.
Second generation singer/songwriters, Liam and Mickey Spain grew up in the mill town of Manchester, NH in a household steeped in folk music and musicians, and the brothers began performing as a duo in the early 1990’s. Mickey’s rich baritone voice and Liam’s mastery of stringed instruments made them a very sought after act and story goes. On one fateful night, the sons of legendary Irish folk singer, Tommy Makem, happened to catch their act. The two sets of brothers quickly formed a bond over their shared love of the music and in 2002, Liam and Mickey joined forces with Shane, Conor and Rory. Touring as The Makem and Spain Brothers, the band headlined venues and Irish festivals across the United States, up into Nova Scotia, on Caribbean cruises and across the sea to Ireland. They recorded four CDs along the way, and shared the stage with some of the greatest in the business. After 15 years together, the band decided to part ways. Liam and Mickey have now returned to performing as a duo, concentrating on original compositions as well as traditional and contemporary folk songs.
Emish is an award winning, high-powered Americana folk-roots inspired trio with Celtic influences. For over a decade, these New York natives have thrived as a nationally touring band taking with them their versatile musical background, foot stomping energy, engaging performances and mastery of their instruments.
Born in the days before alternative was a marketing term, McCarthyizm soon became a band known for blending 60’s garage and 80’s underground rock with strong melodies and intelligent lyrics. Add some raucous rhythm and a tasty measure of Celtic flavoring and you’ve got a cocktail with a punch that delivers one helluva good time, all the time.
Rooted in the rustbelt Irish American neighborhood of South Buffalo, NY, Crikwater have become one of the leading Irish American Traditional Folk Bands in Western New York. Boasting four multi-instrumentalists and an energetic live show, The pub-scene veterans offer up a mix of fiery fiddle tunes, rowdy pub sing-a-longs, elegant ballads & original songs, and their music conjures scenes of gritty smoke filled Irish pubs, whiskey, pints of stout, and good craic.
Johnny Hart and the Mess celebrate the history of rock n roll with a modern twist. Their riff driven sound and vocal collaborations carry on the tradition of their biggest influences while paving the way for a new form of rock n roll in the modern era. The band is very energetic, passionate and driven both at live performances and in studio.
For nearly four decades, The Blarney Bunch has been entertaining throughout Western New York. Specializing in Traditional Irish music and throwing in some rock and country just to mix it up. With their love and ability to play all types of music they are sure to show everyone of all ages a great time.
\\ WHISKEY THIEF
High energy music with southern country and Celtic soul! Whiskey Thief is pioneering their brand of music across Western New York. Coming from broadly varied backgrounds, these musicians have a fresh approach to their music bringing Celtic roots to the surface of their undeniably country grass sound. Celtic band? Yes! Country band? Absolutely!
\\ NORMAL STREET ENTRANCE
Normal St Entrance is a Buffalo NY based Irish-American virtuosic folk band. (yes, virtuosic folk is a thing…) Normal St Entrance focuses on complex arrangements highlighting the classical training of the members. Spanning the range from bawdy drinking songs to foot stomping virtuosic fireworks!
\\ TOM KEEFER & CELTIC CROSS
Hailing from the Bonnie Shores of Loch Ontario and firmly dedicated to preserving Scottish and Irish heritage through song Tom Keefer delivers music from his ancestors James Reid of Glasgow, Scotland and Clifford Foley from Irish South Buffalo, NY. Tom has opened for international acts the Red Hot Chili Pipers, Enter The Haggis and the National Dance Company of Ireland as well as headlining and been a main stage performer at many Celtic festivals. Having played all over New York, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Canada! Don't miss out on the fun!
\\ OWEN Ó SÚILLEABHÁIN
Owen Ó Súilleabháin is a singer, composer, and teacher, and believes in the power of art to awaken our most dynamic and creative forms into being. He has worked with some of the greatest artists in the world such as director Steven Spielberg, actor Russell Crowe, violinist Nigel Kennedy, The Chieftains and poet David Whyte. Owen and his brother, Mícheál ‘Moley’ Ó Súilleabháin, are two brothers from one of Ireland’s most esteemed musical and artistic families. Singers, storytellers, poets; their beautiful harmonies, stories of life experience, mixed with a wild sense of humor, make you feel at ease, in awe and entirely entertained.
KINDRED is the husband and wife team of David and Felicia Meyer. Schooled in theatre and classical music as well as folk and popular song, they bring a compelling stage presence to their wide ranging repertoire capturing the hearts of audiences throughout the United States and Canada. With Felicia Meyer's incredible voice and guitar, and Dave Meyer's dynamic and versatile cello playing, KINDRED brings to life both old and new music in the Celtic tradition.
\\ GREATER BUFFALO FIREFIGHTERS PIPES AND DRUMS
The Greater Buffalo Firefighters Pipes and Drums are a group of career and volunteer firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS providers and civilian friends of first responders representing WNY's great firefighting family. They are here to honor their fallen brothers and sisters. They also appear at many of the parades, dedications, memorials, funerals, weddings, fund raisers across WNY.