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When virtuoso Irish playing jumps the pond running naked through the wide open fields of bluegrass/Americana JigJam is born. This Offaly and Tipperary born band have started The first wave of attack in the new Irish invasion of Americana with two new members from Glasgow injecting the magic of Scottish folk music!
‘Foot stomping’, ‘high energy’ and lots of badass is what you’re in for when you see this musical powerhouse live in concert. Founding members from Offaly Jamie McKeogh (Lead singer and guitar) and Daithi Melia (5 String Banjo and Dobro) were joined by Tipperary born Gavin Strappe (Mandolin and Tenor Banjo) in 2016. This year they are joined by two Glasgow boys in Calum Morrison (Double Bass) and Danny Hunter (Fiddle) to make up this iGrass (Irish Bluegrass) quintet.
Described as ‘The best Irish band in bluegrass’ and ‘sparkling, infectious’ these lads have been hailed as ‘Ireland’s answer to New Grass Revival’.
Minnesota-based harpist Stephanie Claussen is a performer, teacher and arranger with interests that span the Celtic and classical worlds. Claussen obtained her B.M. in harp performance from the University of Minnesota. She has released multiple albums and a book of harp arrangements published by Mel Bay. In 2018 Claussen competed for, and won, the title of 2018 US National Scottish Harp Champion. When not making music, she enjoys repainting her walls and drinking English Breakfast tea out of a real teacup.
Dick Hensold is the leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, and for the past 20 years has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. Based in St Paul, MN, he is a full-time musician, passionately presenting the traditional music of Scotland, Cape Breton Island, and Northumberland, as well as Nordic folk music, early music, and traditional Cambodian music. He is also an active composer, studio musician and theater musician, and his solo Northumbrian smallpipes CD Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes was released in 2007.
Adrienne’s musicality reveals a transcontinental experience, seeped in old-world style but with a young, modern energy. Born in Dublin to a family steeped in Irish culture, and immigrating young to a unique Irish pocket in St. Paul, MN, Adrienne has feverishly sought and soaked up her traditional roots. She has studied Irish music, dance, and language from the age of 4 under the tutelage of Norah Rendell, Cory Froelich, Seán Gavin, Brian Miller, and Dáithí Sproule. She holds multiple titles in flute, whistle, piano, and song from the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil, qualifying in nearly every event for the All Ireland Music Championships eight years running.
Debuting at the age of 9 on stage in Get Up Your Irish, and as a leading band member of Kickin’ It Irish and the Celtic Holiday Hooley, she has performed at Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Stepping Stone Theater, the Ordway, the O’Shaughnessy and at Orchestra Hall. Adrienne is currently a student of Music at the University of Minnesota and works as an instructor with both the Center for Irish Music and O’Shea Irish Dance.
Several years ago, certain events took place… It’s a convoluted tale involving mutual friends, random acquaintances, outright strangers, coffee shops, and pubs, the telling of which isn’t even consistent among those of us who were there. But this is known for certain – in early August 2014, those who would go on to become The Northerly Gales were together for the first time at the Dubliner Pub in St. Paul, MN for Shanty Night.
And what a fantastic ride it has been! From garages and basements to headlining regional festivals, they’ve had the chance to make music for many wonderful people. They’ve played all over the Twin Cities, from the Dubliner, Charlie’s, and Merlin’s Rest to the Celtic Junction, Irish Fair of Minnesota, and the Cedar Cultural Center. They’ve travelled all around the Midwest to share their music. They’ve shared the stage with many wonderfully dedicated local, regional, and international musicians. And TNG released “Together,” their first album, in 2017 as part of the Irish Fair of Minnesota’s Irish Arts Week!
With soaring melodies and driving rhythms, TNG puts their own high-energy spin on Celtic Folk and Americana. Innovating and original in their own ways, while respecting the traditions that have borne this music through the years. They compose, they arrange, and they put on a rocking show.
The long and the short of it is that the Gales are always ready to rock. Whether you’re looking to tap your feet, forget your troubles, or just share a pint over some great tunes, look no further than The Northerly Gales.
Dáithí Sproule, well known for his pioneering guitar styles, deep knowledge of Irish song, and his place in the internationally acclaimed ensemble Altan, is a brilliant musician and a virtual font of cultural knowledge and lore. He has been a major force behind the success of traditional Irish music in today’s popular culture.
Multi-instrumentalist Laura MacKenzie has received an abundance of honors and awards for her work in traditional music, both Irish and Scottish, and is quite unique in the diversity of her instrumental skills. For many years Laura has been at the heart of the revival of Irish music and dance in the Upper Midwest, and has performed across the nation.
Sproule and MacKenzie have been making music together in various ensembles for decades, and now present a wonderful concert duo, featuring a rich gamut of traditional Irish and Scottish music and song, plus Dáithí’s recent compositions.
“A gem of a recording…this CD by master musician Dáithí Sproule and Laura MacKenzie is a beauty…some of the finest traditional music you will hear” – Irish American News
Formed by Scottish Accordionist Neil Gunn, The Gunn Slingers have exploded on to the Minnesota ceilidh scene. They play a mix of traditional Scottish tunes with hard groove and high energy to create a night of dancing and craic you will never forget.