The Lads and the Lasses
Fiddle and whistle.
Jay is the fiddler and musical creative force behind the band. His
arrangements and original compositions set the band apart.
A fugitive from the world of classical music, including a degree
from the Chicago Musical College, Jay fell in love with Irish music years
before Riverdance was in fashion.
Jay studied Irish music with Noel Rice (of Baal Tinne fame)
at the newly-formed
Irish American Heritage Center on Chicago's North Side.
Also a fugitive from music school, Martha is wanted for failure to
complete her classical music degree by four credits. Her Irish
musical training includes many hundreds of hours listening to
James Galway with the Chieftains, Altan, Boys of the Lough, and Baal Tinne.
Another continuing influence is Fiona Ritchie's weekly radio series.
Guitar and vocals.
Harmon took an early liking to Irish music, and
has been playing it almost as long as he's been playing guitar. Harmon's
energy and unique blues/rock background in rhythm guitar brings a dynamic
energy to the band. A chance meeting with Jay has helped bring
Irish Music to this part of Minnesota.
Harmon's biggest musical influence has been Altan.
Bodhran and sound reinforcement.
Joe is originally from Northeast Minneapolis, where he
learned traditional Scandinavian music from his father
(who performed on guitar with Ernest
Iverson). Joe's other passion is Irish music, also part
of his heritage. Besides lending
bodhran to the band, Joe is the sound master,
making sure our live performances and recordings are true.
Fiddle and vocals.
Sarah is a multi-talented instrumentalist as well as singer, actress, and artist.
The youngest member of the band, she has been playing since age six.
She is a member of SEMYO
(Southeast Minnesota Youth Orchestras), and
Honors Choirs of Southeast Minnesota.
Her biggest influence has been
and Oisín McAuley.
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