MUSICIANS AND BANDS

BAGPIPES ASSOCIATES 

Mike Breidenbach: (651) 387-6142

Scottish and Irish bagpipe music.

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BARRA 

Traditional Irish music since 1999 on accordion, flute, fiddle, bodhran, guitar, octave mandolin, and vocals.  

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BEDLAM BOYS 

John Sjogren: (612) 207-7362

A unique brand of Irish and Scottish folk tunes with some great folk rock thrown in for good measure. Good fun, plenty of toasts, and harmonies to keep songs lingering in your mind.  

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THE BELFAST COWBOYS/ST. DOMINIC’S TRIO

A nine-piece Van Morrison cover band. St. Dominic's Trio is an original music offshoot of the Cowboys.

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THE BELLOWS BROTHERS

A unique combo of uilleann pipes and piano accordion playing Celtic and Continental music.

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BLACKBIRDS

Paul Wehling: (612) 788-3262

Banjo, bouzouki, guitar, fiddle, clarinet, tin whistle, accordion, vocals.


BOILED IN LEAD

Rock’n’reel. Punk-folk. Country music from many countries … Fiddle, guitars, bass, and percussion with power and emotion.

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BRIAN BORU IRISH PIPE BAND OF ST. PAUL

Andy More, Booking/Band Manager: (763) 222-4703

Irish/Scottish bagpipes: Solo bagpipers to full band. A 501c3 non-profit association.

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BRASS LASSIE

Irish and Scottish music, old and new, on flutes, fiddle, concertina, pipes and vocals, featuring a 4-piece horn section plus a three-piece rhythm section.

Laura MacKenzie: 651-398-5055

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BROKEN SPOKE

Chris: (952) 200-8435
Gordon: (651) 214-0906

High energy Irish music with lots of craic! Lots of sign-a-longs and rebel tunes mixed in with a whole lot of entertainment. Pennywhistle, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, flute, guitar and more.

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BUNDLE & GO

(612) 875-1345 or 875-1355

David and Suzanne Rhees offer an eclectic mix of traditional tunes and songs from Ireland and Wales to Cape Breton and beyond, including original tunes and songs on flute, fiddle, accordions, and more.

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CAPTAIN KALIBER 

Tunes galore from four Twin Cities Irish session stalwarts (John McCormick, accordion; Mary Vanorny, fiddle; Bob Douglas, mandolin; Amy Shaw, flute) and one fabulous singer-guitarist direct from Co. Cork (Patsy O'Brien).

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CHULRUA

Paddy O'Brien: (651) 698-2258

Irish traditional music, button accordion, fiddle, guitar/vocals. Tours nationally and internationally.

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CLAIRSEACH

Ann and Charlie Heymann: (507) 647-3333

Award-winning Gaelic harp with cittern, Gaelic and English song, lively dance music with button accordion and wooden flute. A thousand years of Irish/Scottish tradition.

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COMMON REEL

Mary Vanorny and Ryan Johnson: (952) 807-5104

Traditional Irish music on fiddle and piano/flute.

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CURTIS & LORETTA

Loretta Simonet: (612) 781-9537

Celtic harp, mandolin, mandocello, guitar, vocals. Ballads, instrumentals, and more.

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MIKKO COWDERY, IRISH BALLADEER

Mikko Cowdery: (302) 859-3536

With over a hundred Irish favorites, many learned at his father's knee, Mikko's rich lyrical style is complemented with toasts, jokes, and stories from his travels in Ireland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, and across the region.

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TOM DAHILL

(651) 334-2880

Uilleann pipes, vocal, fiddle, and guitar.

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DALWHINNIE

Sherry Ladig, (651) 644-4779

Traditional Scottish music for dances or listening.

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DORAIN

(773) 576-5772

Vocal harmonies and carefully arranged sets abound in this three-piece band. Irish and Scottish tunes and songs arranged for three voices in English and Scottish Gaelic. 

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DOUBLE FIDDLES 

Spirited fiddle music, pipes and song from Scotland, Cape Breton and County Donegal, Ireland, featuring Iain MacGillivray and Chuck Butler on fiddles, and Sue Spencer and Jim Ofsthun on vocals.

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KATE AND JODE DOWNLING

(612) 669-3013

Irish music for weddings, dances for any occasion, on fiddle, flute and whistle.

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THE DREGS 

A combination of improv stage antics and music that will leave you laughing, singing and drinking along.

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DUNQUIN

Sherry Ladig: (651) 644-4779

Dunquin plays traditional Irish exuberant reels and jigs and heart-melting Irish airs on fiddle, wooden flute, and piano for concerts, dancing, and all special celebrations, private or public. Known for gorgeous arrangements of traditional tunes and some award-winning originals in the trad style, Dunquin is in demand at festivals, parties, dances, and weddings throughout the Midwest. Rosa Wells, fiddle; Don Ladig, whistles and flutes; Sherry Ladig, piano and music arrangements.

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THE EDDIES 

Chuck Lentz: (612) 839-0463

Four voices, with occasional guitar/accordion accompaniment, and a playlist of songs of work, love and death in three part harmony.

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EIRA 


A trio/quartet performing music from around the world for voice, strings, and Irish drum. Liesel Wilson (vocals, fiddle, erhu), Sue Spencer (guitar, vocals), Jim Ofsthun (drum, vocals, tin whistle, bouzouki), Mary MacGillivary (fiddle, vocals).

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BETH ENGELKING

Solo singer and guitar/flute player. Performs at a variety of venues, including pubs, coffee shops, nursing homes, Irish Fair. 

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ERIN ROGUE

Robin Brown: (763) 753-6542

Irish and beyond ... playing traditional Irish music in untraditional ways.

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HANNAH FLOWERS 

A harpist and singer who has a love for traditional Irish songs in English and Irish accompanied by the harp as well as tunes and airs.

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FOUR PINTS SHY 

(612) 384-1628

Traditional Irish, Scottish, and English pub tunes, ballads, and shanties with a little bluegrass here and there. Anything from instrumental jigs and reels that will make you dance to a cappalla tunes that'll make you cry. Vocals, bodhran, fiddle, banjo, tin whistle, mandolin, guitar, and other instruments.

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GREENWOOD TREE 

Stu Janis: (651) 402-3252

Greenwood Tree is the duo of Bill Cagley (guitar, mandolin, bodhran, and limberjack) and Stu Janis (hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, and concertina). Musical partners since 1985, Greenwood Tree's unique sound is a blend of lively traditional Celtic-flavored jigs and reels, sweet waltzes, and American folk songs with melodies deftly traded between instruments. 

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DICK HENSOLD

St. Paul, MN (651) 646-658

Northumbrian smallpipes, Highland greatpipes and reel pipes, other bagpipes and whistles.

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THE HiBS

Kate and Jode Dowling: (612) 669-3013

The HiBs bring you the best in Irish traditional music, with Jode Dowling on fiddle, Kate Dowling on flute and whistle, and Patsy O’Brien on guitar and song.

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HOUNDS OF FINN

Pete McCauley (651) 558-6290

The Hounds are a primarily acoustic group performing Irish folk-rock and roots music from around the world, along with original material — topped off with traditional Irish and Scottish tunes.

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INISHMOHR 

InishMohr plays a variety of Irish and Scottish traditional dance tunes including jigs, reels, and hornpipes, interspersed with a few ballads.

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THE INLAND SEAS

Celtic and Americana music combining lush vocals, fiddle guitar, whistle, mandolin, bodhran, and other percussion. Varied mix of tunes from rousing pub songs to emotive ballads and instrumentals. 

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THE IRISH BRIGADE

(651) 283-6821

Vocals, fiddle, guitar, bodhran, bass. Engaging Irish music.

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JOLLY GROGGERS

Grant Adams or Peter Bodurtha: (612) 296-1407 or (651) 210-7216

High energy Irish folk music. Five-piece with dueling fiddles, bodhran, tin whistle, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and more.

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KITTIWAKE

Named for a seabird native to many shores bordering the North Atlantic, Kittiwake plays traditional music from Ireland, French Canada, Scandinavia — wherever the kittiwake flies!  Amy Shaw (wooden flute) and Chris Bashor (guitar). 

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TOM KLEIN

Performance on the uilleann (Irish) pipes for all occasions.

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SHERRY LADIG

(651) 644-4779

Pianist, composer, arranger (all styles).

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THE LANGER’S BALL 

(651) 485-8090

Straight ahead, no-frills Irish ballads with just a hint of razor blades, safety pins, and American rock 'n' roll. 

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LEGACY

Kevin Carroll: (651) 983-6384

Lively, traditional Irish tunes and songs since 2000; three-piece band featuring flute, tin whistle, accordion, mandola, guitar, bodhran, bass, vocals.

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LOCKLIN ROAD 

Sheri O'Meara: (763) 516-1443

For 15 years, Locklin Road has played Irish music (as well as an eclectic variety that fits the venue, from originals to bluegrass, folk and Americana favorites) with vocals, guitars, mandolins, bodhran, whistles, fiddle, banjo and more.  

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THE LOST FORTY 

Brian Miller: (651) 245-3719

A native of the northern Minnesota town of Bemidji, Brian Miller teams up with Wisconsinite Randy Gosa as The Lost Forty. The Lost Forty revives and performs the Irish-influenced songs of men who roamed the Great Lakes region in the days when pine was king.

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MACALESTER COLLEGE PIPE BAND

Mike Breidenbach: (651) 387-6142

The Macalester College Pipe Band is the premier pipe and drum organization in the upper Midwest.

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LAURA MACKENZIE

(651) 398.5055

Traditional wind-powered music on wooden flutes, whistles, various types of bagpipes, concertina, and voice. Solo programs, concerts, and workshops, including: A Celtic Breeze, The Magic of Irish Music and Dance, and more (see website). Ensemble performances: Brass Lassie, Willow Brae, Sproule & MacKenzie, Ross & MacKenzie. Lessons offered on flute, whistle and Scottish smallpipes – inquiries welcome. Laura MacKenzie is based in St. Paul.

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CHAD McANALLY 

(612) 968-4222

Early and traditional music of the Gaelic harp of Ireland, Scotland, and beyond. 

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SHAWN McBURNIE 

Shawn: (763) 913-8189

Scots, Irish, English song, and new music with Northwoods roots.

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KATIE McMAHON 

The Original Voice of Riverdance.

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TODD MENTON

(612) 824-2789

Solo pub songs and traditional songs on guitar and vocal; also bodhran, mandolin, and bouzouki.

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MINNESOTA POLICE PIPE BAND 

Sally Gordon, Band Manager, (612) 280-5351

Established in 1963, The Minnesota Police Pipe Band (MPPB) is now a nationally recognized competition and performance pipe and drum corps.

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MISTRAL TRIO

Chris Bashor: (507) 64691323

Mistral is Liz Anderson, Chris Bashor, and Reed Munson, a Twin Cities-based acoustic trio playing music from Scandinavia, Ireland, the UK, and Canada.

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THE NEW PEARL BUTTONS

The New Pearl Buttons play music of mid-19th century America, Ireland, and Scotland in two configurations: flute, piano and fiddle, or alternately on flute, piano and mandolin/vocals. The Buttons tailor each program to the needs  of their audiences and play for historic sites, special events, festivals and private parties. The music of the American Civil War is one of our specialties, including programs on the Irish immigrant soldier experience and their songs. The band is available in period costume (Civil War era), if desired.

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NORTHERLY GALES 

The Northerly Gales is a Twin Cities-based Celtic/Americana group.

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PADDY O’BRIEN

(651) 698-2258

Hailing from County Offaly in the Irish midlands, Paddy O'Brien is a master of the two-row button accordion and a serious collector: over a lifetime he has amassed a repertoire of more than 3,000 compositions. He shares his knowledge through The Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection, a series of recordings containing 1,000 tunes. 

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PATSY O’BRIEN

Hailing from Cork in the south of Ireland, Patsy has traveled the globe, guitar in hand, accompanying, creating, and recording with some of the giants of Irish music.

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O’ROURKE’S FEAST 

Paddy O'Brien: (651) 698-2258

O’Rourke’s Feast is a lively seven-piece Irish traditional music ensemble: three fiddles, two flutes, button accordion, and piano. Our repertoire includes dance melodies like jigs and reels, but we also play older melodies from the Irish tradition, including hornpipes, clan marches, and some beautiful old slow airs and songs.

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PADDY WAGON 

Tim Flynn, (651) 334-7115

Irish Music with a twang. Acoustic folk/traditional/country. Guitars, fiddle, tin whistle, harmonica, stand up bass and vocals.

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NORAH RENDELL AND BRIAN MILLER

(651) 245-3719

Traditional Irish music and contemporary folk, vocals, flute, guitar.  

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RING OF KERRY

Paul Cotton: (320) 251-0601

All five of Ring of Kerry’s engaging musicians sing and play several instruments.  From the thunder of the bodhran drum to the sparkle of the hammered dulcimer; from the lilt and rhythm of fiddle and guitar to the haunting wails of the flute and pennywhistles, the band has developed a Celtic blend that is animated, ruggedly beautiful and fun. Ring of Kerry is often joined by a troupe of beautifully costumed Irish Step Dancers.

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SINGLETON STREET

Sherri & Chuck Leyda: (763) 972-2341

Singleton Street plays Bluegrass, Celtic, Gospel, and Americana music. Acoustic trio on vocals, tin whistle, bouzouki, mandolin, bass, guitar, and bodhran.

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SISTERTREE 

Dee Brust: (651) 341-0614; Kerri Joy: (612) 615-4461

Celtic/Americana roots inspired duo. Radiant harmonies on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and voices.

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SONA

Hannah Flowers and Mattie Ernst

Traditional Irish duo Sona (pronounced "SUN-a") is a combination of harp, fiddle, and concertina with vocals, performing lively dance tunes, harp melodies, and traditional songs in English and Irish.

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DAITHI SPROULE

651-757-0115

Traditional songs in English and Irish.

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ANDREA STERN 

(612) 722-9790

Celtic harp.

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SWEET COLLEENS

(612) 501-5567

The Sweet Colleens are Dave Bade, Jeff Gram, Jeremy Greenhouse, Scott Keever and Pete Sandvik — accomplished multi-instrumentalists who together fuse their diverse musical backgrounds into a high-energy, infectious, and crowd-pleasing mix of fiddle- and accordion-driven Celtic Americana. 

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TENTATIVELY TEATIME 

Irish and Irish-related songs and tunes on fiddles, bodhrán.

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TILLER BLACK 

Kevin Brown: (763) 656-9482

Traditional Irish/Celtic Rock. With Kevin Brown on guitar, mandolin, vocals; John McCormick on accordion; Mark Donovan on bass; and Paul Donnelly on bodhran, cajon, vocals.

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THE TIM MALLOYS

Equal parts pub and punk, the Tim Malloys fuse traditional Irish music with a raucous Minneapolis sound and sensibility. Mashing up influences ranging from The Pogues to The Suburbs, the Tim Malloys are a bootlegger's dream of punk guitar, manic grooves, and rollicking callbacks.

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TIPPER ROAD 

Eileen Degnan: (651) 641-1859

An upbeat Irish group that brings new life to old traditional songs from the Emerald Isle. The seven musicians of the group play fiddle, tin whistle, flute, bodhrán, guitar, accordion, and mandolin.

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TWIN CITIES CÉILÍ BAND (TCCB)

Tom Lockney: (651) 917-9071

Traditional Irish music for Irish social dancing.

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TWO TAP TRIO

Brian Miller: (651) 245-3719

Traditional Irish music, vocals, fiddle, flute, guitar; also available with Irish dancers.

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UPSET AND CURL 

Traditional melodies and folk tunes from Ireland and North America. 

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MARY VANORNY

(952) 807-5104

Traditional Irish music on fiddle.

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WILD COLONIAL BHOYS 

Irish acoustic rock.

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WILLOW BRAE

Laura MacKenzie: (651) 398-5055

Celtic harpist Andrea Stern and traditional wind player/singer Laura MacKenzie offer concerts and community programs.

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