The Teetotallers ft. Martin Hayes, John Doyle and Kevin Crawford
Show Description"The banter was thick and fast, both between the musicians and with the audience, which presents another aspect of live music that makes it so appealing to so many; especially, I would argue, with traditional music. And, finally, there was the shared love for straight-up presentation of melody and song that had brought these musicians together in the first place, and which is best witnessed in the body language of their playing that you see most ‘in the flesh’ at such a concert."
-Paul O'Connor. JMI. (Journal of Irish Music)
“A dream team”
-Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo, The Wall Street Journal
What do you get when you combine Ireland's Traditional Musician of the Year (TG4 Gradam Ceoil) award winner for 2008, a key member of the acclaimed band Lúnasa since 1998, and a Grammy award nominee for 2009? The Teetotallers.
Three of the most praised and popular virtuosos in Irish traditional music today, fiddler and violist Martin Hayes, flute, whistle, and bodhrán player Kevin Crawford, and singer, guitarist, and bouzouki and mandola player John Doyle performed together essentially on a whim at the 2010 Sebastopol Celtic Festival in California. But that whim turned into something wondrous for the audience and especially for the three musicians.
Out of that informal, inspired encounter has emerged a formal, formidable new trio now, the Teetotallers, whose potent brand of Irish traditional music is meant to be drunk deeply and repeatedly. The Teetotallers represent a breathtaking summit of talent, skill, and imagination that will captivate followers of Irish traditional and other roots music everywhere. A debut album and tour by the trio promise to be among the musical highlights of 2012.
Expect the extraordinary.