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Barleyjuice, Tuatha Dea, SYR & Lift Irish Band

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Barleyjuice With six studio albums and a double CD collection in their sporrans to date, these five spirited yanks are currently one of the most beloved celtic rock bands in the USA. Frontmen Kyf Brewer and Keith “Swanny” Swanson lithely cover lead vocals, guitars, accordion, harmonica, mandolin, bouzouki, and bagpipes.

Backing Brewer & Swanson are a mad trio of characters: captivating fiddler Alice O’Quirke, whose classical roots stray to Irish & bluegrass in the middle of the most authentic jigs & hornpipes; drummer John Tracey, a powerhouse of driving decadence; and hopping bassist Eric Worthington, musical snake-charmer of the deep and dulcet.

Tuatha Dea is pure primal energy with a Celtic and World twist. The bands eclectic sound blends the tribal vibe of primitive drums with conventional and non conventional instruments such as guitar, fiddle, bass, modern and Native American flutes, Didgeridoo, DRUMS and more as well as a myriad of vocal styles to create a truly unique sound. Tuatha Dea is a Gaelic phrase adopted from the Celtic mythology of the Tuatha de Danaan whose literary history originates in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. If you are looking to categorize their sound….how about some APPALACHIAN CELTIC TRIBAL GYPSY ROCK!

SYR is an up and coming group based in the Columbia area that has grown out of traditional Celtic music roots. Their sound has evolved into upbeat, rhythmic original songs, as well as their own adaptations of  more traditional tunes. Solid vocals backed by a good rhythm section and accentuated by a fiery fiddler, Syr is a band to watch and listen for in the future. TDS is pleased to have them return to this year’s lineup. Here’s a cut from their latest CD. The title of this tune is Unto the Gallows.

Lift Irish Band is a vivacious Trad trio based out of Orlando, Florida in the USA. Their music combines dynamite traditional Irish playing edged with brilliant splashes of Americana, Jazz, Funk, Breton, and Greek styles. Alternating between songs and tune sets, the triad pumps out lines and lyrics that are driving, soulful, sassy, eloquent, and heartfelt.