2022 ARTIST LINEUP
The brain child of a future banker and a drop out bartender, The Narrowbacks are a fresh voice for songs and stories old and new. The Narrowbacks have brought their Irish American Odyssey from the stages of the Bowery Ballroom and the Stone Pony to the Kansas City Irish Festival and everywhere in between. They built their following in the barrooms of New York City with modern covers of old classic Irish songs but have grown to performing their own original canon of Irish American stories to the rock clubs and festivals of the North East and Mid-West. Make sure to follow them @thenarrowbacks on Instagram, Facebook and Spotify!
” Their music is literally and figuratively electric, and it sounds best live. ” – Colleen Taylor, Irish Echo
“Like Dropkick Murphy’s songs with less aggression, better vocals and more of a singer-songwriter air about them.” – Matt Inman, Relix Magazine.
The Young Dubliners (sometimes shortened to the Young Dubs) is an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1988. Their style of music has come to be called Celtic Rock for the fusion of Irish traditional music with modern Rock and Roll. The Young Dubliners have released nine albums, starting in 1993 and have provided soundtracks for several movies and commercials. They have toured the United States and Europe since 1994, supporting the likes of Jethro Tull, John Hiatt, Chris Isaak, Jonny Lang, Great Big Sea and Collective Soul. The Young Dubs consistently play at all major venues and festivals and have had national TV audiences thru performances on CBS Early Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Members include lead vocalist and guitarist Keith Roberts, violinist Chas Waltz, drummer David Ingraham, guitarist Justin Pecot, and bassist Ethan Jones. Their repertoire consists mostly of original rock compositions and Irish folk songs with a rock twist. Their inﬂuences include Thin Lizzy, The Pogues, The Waterboys and U2.
“(the songs) range from stadium-friendly extravaganzas to more intimate but equally outspoken pub-sized opuses. Lead singer Keith Roberts’ powerhouse vocals front a maelstrom of ﬁddle vamps, howling guitars and frenzied drums. But even so, the hint of rueful melancholy that lies at the heart of traditional Celtic music survives, transformed yet triumphant.”
Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens. Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Following his mother’s advice to always follow your dreams, Tynan decided to launch a solo career, and has achieved the fame and adoration that could have existed only in the farthest reaches of his dreams.
Tynan’s singing offered the gentlest consolation at the funeral of President Ronald Reagan in the summer of 2004, when an international TV audience of more than 35 million heard him sing “Amazing Grace” and Schubert’s “Ave Maria,” at the personal invitation of Nancy Reagan. Ronan is also famous for his performances of “God Bless America” at Yankee Stadium during the seventh-inning stretch, which he says have been nothing short of unforgettable. In 2006 he started an affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres hockey team and has performed “God Bless America” at many of their games.
Ronan’s ability to simultaneously console and inspire is well-documented. In the wake of 9/11, the men and women of the New York Police Department and New York Fire Department and their families have been able to count on Ronan Tynan’s abiding concern and beautiful voice. Ronan has performed at benefits and memorial services for New York’s Finest and Bravest, and his singing softened the sorrow of many in the wake of the tragedy.
Andy Cooney has nine Carnegie Hall sellouts under his belt and also filled The David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center with The New York Tenors. His outstanding voice and dynamic stage presence have long been a favorite among young and old alike. His talent and versatility provide the ability to deliver a song directly to the hearts of his audience; Andy is surely one of the greatest singing sensations on the Irish Music scene today. Christened Irish America’s Favorite Son by The New York Times, it is a title he richly deserves.
Andy Cooney is one of The New York Tenors, along with New York Italian Tenor Christopher Macchio and New York Puerto Rican Tenor Daniel Rodriquez, a trio which has been receiving high critical acclaim for a number of years. Andy has recorded 19 albums to date, including Bright Brand New Day with Phil Coulter and his Orchestra. Andy and Phil frequently tour together and in March 2017, completed a three week tour of the US. Cooney’s latest CD, Irish Country Skyline, was released in the summer of 2016 as a journey back to his Country music roots. This release has been getting huge airplay all over Ireland and the UK with his hit singles On The Eighth Day and My Rose of Ballinrobe, both his own compositions.
2020 turned out to be an unusual year where the Coronavirus shut down the music industry. During 2020, Andy managed to release 4 new singles during the Coronaviruses pandemic, “Take Me Back To Dublin”, “We’re All In This Together” with his son Ryan, “Come Tennessee Me Tonight” with Country Music legend Larry Gatlin and his latest single release in November 2020, “The Waltz of the Angels”. Andy Cooney is also known for his Cruise of Irish Stars which annually draws over 1,000 Irish and Irish Americans on a Caribbean Cruise enriched with the finest Irish entertainment including the great Ronan Tynan.
Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones are known throughout the world for their quality musical presentation of Irish patriotic songs and traditional music featuring top class fiery introductions from their lead singer, songwriter and storyteller, Derek Warfield.
An outstanding singer, stage personality, composer and historian of the music and song tradition, Derek Warfield is a legend wherever Irish roots have been put down. He enjoyed phenomenal success for some 40 years with the Wolfe Tones, including best-selling albums, number one hits, television appearances and shows in Carnegie Hall, New York and the Royal Albert Hall, London. Added to that, Derek has been prolific as a solo artist, with an astonishing twelve albums in just over a decade.
Ten years on from the begining of his solo career, the man often described as ‘Ireland’s greatest ballad singer’ is bringing an old tradition with a young sound to his legion of fans across the world.
The Young Wolfe Tones feature some of the finest Irish musicians and singers from a younger generation and bring guaranteed excitement, fun and passion to every performance.
Tom Comerford was a founder member of The Whole Shabang, one of the most successful, hard-working and respected Irish bands on the North American scene through the 1990’s. Since 1999 he has continued to work as a full-time entertainer, albeit in a solo capacity, and this allows him a certain amount of flexibility. Whether entertaining a group of visitors to Ireland, performing at a corporate event, or flying high at a festival, you’re going to experience Tom in his natural habitat.
No stranger to touring, Tom still takes to the road with enthusiasm, entertaining not just in Ireland, but through the UK, Europe, and America. You’ll also find him appearing with Andy Cooney, Ronan Tynan and more, on the annual Cruise of Irish Stars, and as a matter of fact – in 2022 these three guys are appearing at the East Durham Irish festival, AND they’re on the same bill at Carnegie Hall in New York City on December 12th.
Kilmaine Saints is a band formed on good whiskey and bad intentions. The brainchild of two members of a Harrisburg Pipe & Drum band, this project was originally created with the sole intent of getting them free beer at St. Patrick’s Day shows in the central PA area (and might I add- mission accomplished). After incorporating the help of fellow members from the pipe band and other notable musicians from the area, they soon realized they were in for one hell of a ride. Since 2009 they have continued to pound through blistering, high-energy live sets that keep people singing along, stomping their feet, lifting their pints and shouting for more. With several hundred shows at pubs and festivals from New Jersey to California, critically acclaimed releases under their belts, national and international airplay, and an ever-expanding and extremely loyal fanbase, it’s no wonder the world is starting to stand up and take notice. In short, The Kilmaine Saints are equal parts Irish swagger, Scottish pride, and whiskey. This explosive Celtic rock band from central PA will steal your heart, your spirit, and your pint when you’re not looking.
Described as Celtic/Americana, GET UP JACK takes the great Irish folk music of yesterday and merges it with the energy of American roots music, forming an incredible combination of outstanding vocals and
GET UP JACK has released three albums that have been critically acclaimed and award-winning. Their 2nd CD, “Alive And Well, Volume I” was named “2015 Album of The Year” by Celtic Radio, and their version of “The Spanish Lady” was voted “Traditional Song of The Year”.
McLean Avenue Band are an Irish American band, based in Hudson Valley and Westchester County, New York. They have taken the Irish American music and entertainment scene by storm with their wonderful arrangements of pop, rock and folk songs, intertwined with Traditional Irish tunes and upbeat melodies, played on fiddles, banjos, bodhrans (Irish Drum) button accordions and acoustic guitars. These song arrangements are ideal for celebration events like weddings and parties, as well as festivals and concerts.
The band formed through a regular weeknight get together (A.K.A. “session”) of local talented Irish musicians, in a bar on, yes, McLean Avenue, in the Woodlawn area of New York city. Hence the name McLean Avenue Band. That was over 10 years ago.
It didn’t take long however, for word to spread about this super-group of Irish musicians and suddenly they were a sought-after group for events from weddings to festivals to party celebrations all over the tri-state area and up and down east coast.
Today, the band’s musical roots remain firmly in the Irish Music genre, however, they are constantly adding new covers to their repertoire. The addition of brass instruments and Broadway signers to the group, creates a huge song list for their client to choose from. Indeed, this band are as comfortable playing Top 40 hits as they are playing Irish ballads like Danny Boy.
The Byrne Brothers are a multi award winning family band and Irish dancers from Dublin and one of the biggest names in traditional Irish music today. They are Luca 17 on Accordion, Finn 15 on Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar, Dempsey 12 on Bodhran & Whistle and Dad, Tommy on Uilleann Pipes, Bagpipes, Fiddle and Guitar. All County Champions on their instruments and Ulster Champion Irish Dancers. Having moved to Orlando Florida in 2018 they became the youngest ever Cast Members of Walt Disney World while performing at Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.
With 30 million views, half a million shares, over 51,000 followers on social media, front cover of The Irish Music Magazine, toured 44 US States and 2 Caribbean Cruises, The Byrne Brothers are making a great name for themselves in America and all over the world as a festival headlining band!
Deirdre Reilly beautifully personifies the dramatic influence that Irish music has had on today’s American Country scene. Born in Holyoke, Massachusetts to a mother from County Cork and a father from County Mayo, Ireland, Deirdre began performing at age five. As a teenager she sang with her step-father’s show band and traveled around New England and parts of New York with her own band. Deirdre’s talents were revealed on a national level at age eighteen when she toured the United States with Paddy Noonan’s Irish Variety Show. In 1989 Deirdre auditioned at the Berkeley School Of Music in Boston, Massachusetts for talent scouts from the Opryland Show Park in Nashville, Tennessee.
After hearing Deirdre sing, there was little deliberation among the scouts about offering her a contract to perform in their most popular show “COUNTRY MUSIC USA” for the coming summer season. Deirdre eagerly accepted that contract and was well on her way to exploring a world of music that she innately was destined to pursue. That summer led to three consecutive seasons at Opryland Show Park where she quickly began to open many doors in the music industry.
Ninemile House is a high-energy Celtic Rock band, created by cousins – Michael, Brendan, Joe and Steve Hall. The band gets its name from the Ninemilehouse Pub, County Tipperary, Ireland, where the cousins’ fathers (Milo and Brendan Hall) played music back in the day before making there way to the US.
Since 2015, Ninemile House has played hundreds of events – festivals, pubs and private events – in the NY/NJ area. The band takes traditional irish tunes and adds its own flare to create an upbeat, foot-stomping experience that will leave you wanting more.
The full band members consist of:
Michael Hall – Vocals, guitar, bodhrán, harmonica and banjo.
Joseph Hall – Vocals mandolin, guitar, harmonica.
Brendan Hall – Vocals, tambourine.
Steven Samone (he’s basically a Hall) – Vocals, keyboard.
Conor McKeown – Drums.
Patrick Heaney – Bass.
James Sattler – Fiddle.
In response to the scarcity of live Irish music in their local Brooklyn neighborhood, a group of Irish-American musicians came together to form The Canny Brothers Band. From that simple concept the group has grown over the years to become one of the premier Irish bands on the New York City music scene. The band regularly plays festivals, parties, and pubs in the tri-state area, but especially enjoys playing East Durham Memorial Day Irish Festival in the Catskills and the Great Irish Fair in Coney Island. They have released three well-reviewed albums, including original material, that have gotten national radio airplay and international notice.
The band’s mission is to keep Irish songs and culture alive – and to celebrate their Brooklyn roots.
The Diddley Idols are Queens NYC Native, Dave Barckow (Eileen Ivers) and Dubliner, Louise Barry (Celtic Angels). The New York based duo with the full band sound. After a chance encounter in 2012, Dave and Louise’s undeniable chemistry made them inseparable and together they formed the World Record holding “The Diddley Idols” in 2013, dropping the “American” from Dave’s previous title. As two lead vocalists, they added Dave’s foot operated drum kit and guitar and mandolin and Louise’s ukulele and percussion to finish out their sound.
Their high octane mix of pop and Irish traditional tunes and all the party rock you can handle will having you singing and dancing all night long. Dave’s energy and ability to chat to anyone make him a crowd favorite while you can often find professional dancer Louise doing a step anywhere there’s space. Preferably on top of a bar. A live “tour de force” and “proof that great things really do come in small packages!”
Master storyteller and singer/guitarist Seamus Kelleher started his music career in his hometown of Galway Ireland in the late 60s where at age fifteen he was the opening act for international touring groups like Thin Lizzy.
He came to America in 1975 and since then has toured across the US and Europe performing over 7000 shows in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Excelsior in Rome and festivals across the US and Europe.
Most recently, he was the lead guitarist with Philadelphia’s legendary Celtic Rock band Blackthorn. He now performs as a solo artist traveling the US and Ireland.
Throughout his career, Seamus battled depression, anxiety, and addiction. When not on tour, he uses his gift of music, humor, and an uncanny ability to engage his audience, to tell a compelling story, helping those who struggle with their mental wellness.
Seamus is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine where he teaches courses on mental wellness and suicide prevention. He is also a co-founder and board member of the Suicide Prevention Alliance.
Seamus’ shows are not for the faint of heart. He will keep you on the edge of your seat for hours so fasten up and enjoy the ride!