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.
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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
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
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.
Member Name: Rindy
Date Posted: 28-Dec-2008
Just listening to the Cleveland Celtic Podcast with Wendy Lee here on Highlander Radio and it was the Elders band. I sure like this band. They get my toes tappin that's for sure! Slainte
Member Name: dbmkjm6724
Date Posted: 01-Feb-2008
First time I saw The Elders, we were playing the Great American Irish Festival at Frankfort Fairgrounds Upstate NY. From the opening song to the last, the crowd was stomping and clapping and singing along. They have so many great songs,it's hard to pick a favorite. One of the high moments for me was the way they brought us all together as one,in this great U.S.A. and went into "Soil and Sky". A must see Live. Donn Mostyn KYNDRYD
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