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The Elders

Take a group of Kansas City musicians with a passion for Celtic music, an Irishman with a love of all things American, and you get a cross-pollination of elements that is high octane and progressive, yet rooted in tradition. What they have come to discover is something unaffected by fads or trends. You might call it “arsekickin’ music from the heartland." Robert Oermann of MUSIC ROW Magazine calls The Elders “a band to shout from the rooftops about."

Since forming in 1998, The Elders have brought their musical mix of amped-up roots rock, powerful vocals, blazing instrumentals and top-notch songwriting to festivals, pubs and theaters across the United States and Ireland. Through it all their four studio albums, two live albums and DVD have become sales staples at festivals and gift shops across the US. The band is now poised to break wide open with their latest release, Racing the Tide, featuring the first Triple-A Radio single "Send a Prayer." The band is already familiar to many television viewers, thanks to the more than 100 PBS stations that have aired their "Live at the Gem" Concert Special.

The Elders are fronted by charismatic Irishman, Ian Byrne from County Wicklow, and backed by a group of wicked-fine Kansas City musicians. Band members include guitarist Steve Phillips (The Rainmakers), bassist Norm Dahlor (Tommy Shaw Band), violinist Brent Hoad, drummer Tommy Sutherland, and keyboardist Joe Miquelon (Asleep at the Wheel). All are well-known veteran musicians having played in numerous recording and touring bands before forming The Elders.

These six gentlemen create original music that transcends the stereotypical notion of Celtic music and they deliver it with passion and fire. The songs are mystical, comical, political and cultural, while covering a wide variety of topics such as poverty, civil war, family bonds, spirituality, love and friendship. They tell us stories of people, places and events - some distant, some recent, some real and some imagined.

The band tours as headline performers at festivals in major cities such as Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Denver as well as secondary markets in the north-east, south-east and mid-west regions. They will wind up their fourth tour of Ireland in March, 2007 just in time for the 5th annual “Elders Saint Patrick’s Day Hoolie" at the Uptown Theatre in Kansas City.

The Elders have had airplay at over 120 radio stations across the country and have been featured live on Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour. The single "Send A Prayer" is currently being serviced to Triple-A Radio by Upstart Entertainment out of Los Angeles, CA, with an emphasis on major market public radio, NPR and syndicated shows like World Cafe, Acoustic Cafe and Thistle and Shamrock.

Celtic Radio Reviews:

November 14, 2009: Gael Day
Since forming in 1998, The Elders have set the American music scene on its ear, thanks to a skillful mix of amped-up roots ro...

December 19, 2014: A Celtic Christmas
What's better than a Christmas album, you say? Well, a Christmas Compilation Album!<br /> <br /> I have to adm...

November 26, 2012: Together for Christmas
Christmas season brings along nostalgia, a remembrance for times when we were young with our families gathered round the Chri...

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Browse our library of The Elders music:

Alive and Live in Ireland

American Wake

Gael Day

Live at the Gem

Live at the KCPL Plaza Lighting Celebration

Marc Gunn's A Celtic Christmas

Pass It On Down

Racing the Tide

Story Road

The Elders

The Elders Hoolie

Together for Christmas


Wanderin' Life and Times

Listener Comments

Member Name: CelticRadio
Date Posted: 02-Dec-2014
Comments: The Elders are probably one of my personal favorite groups. They've got this awesome tour DVD that the and personally sent to Celtic Radio about 10 years ago. I remember one of the group members encourage me to go along on the tour, but I declined with a lot going on in my life raising kids and such.The DVD is about their Ireland tour. Did anyone here go on that tour, they had about 50 fans or more it seemed.

Member Name: ogdenmusic
Date Posted: 22-Nov-2014

Comments: Awesome group and music. Great live performances!!Review on The EldersVisit Artist Page

Member Name: togo
Date Posted: 06-Dec-2011

Comments: Saw them at Newport, RI a year ago and I would concur with the messages above. They need to go on your must see list! Fantastic musicians who put on such a very entertaining live show.

Member Name: anointedma
Date Posted: 05-Dec-2011

Comments: Over several years of getting to know them and their music,I am impressed at the quality of both.. Their latest CD 'Wanderin Life and Times" is my favorite of their alblums...Can't wait to see them live again,The live concert is a gift...See them soon...

Member Name: clavelle
Date Posted: 12-Mar-2009

Comments: Elders New Cd "Gael Day" to be released St Patrick's Day...To all Elders fans out there.... and new folks, who don't know they are Elders fans yet, the new CD is released officially on St. Patrick's day. I believe you can pre-order online now at www.eldersmusic.com.Watch out for the fab anthem - Luck of the Irish (seriously, its gonna blow your socks right off your tootsies), and lots lots more wonderful new music.It's been a long time coming, three years since the last studio album, and I think it's going to have been well worth the wait! I get my copy on Saturday at the Elders annual Hoolie in Kansas City... I can hardly stand the wait.


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