November 14, 2009
Since forming in 1998, The Elders have set the American music scene on its ear, thanks to a skillful mix of amped-up roots rock, augmented with powerful vocals, blazing instrumentals and top-notch song writing.
The line up consists of a group of wicked-fine Kansas City musicians with a passion for Celtic music, and a charismatic Irishman with a love of all things American. This combination makes for cross-pollination that is high octane and progressive, yet rooted in tradition.
These six gentlemen collectively create original music that transcends & endures - music that is unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. 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 speak of generations of immigrants, and address their heritage through songs and stories of history, characters, places and events - some distant, some recent, some real and some imagined.
The Elders continuously attract capacity crowds throughout the US and abroad. Their fan base is ever-expanding, consisting of people of all ages, from all walks of life, many who follow the band from gig to gig, sometimes driving for hundreds of miles to see their energetic performances.
The Elders are fronted by Ian Byrne from County Wicklow, and backed by 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.
Celtic Radio Comments:
The Elders have done it again with their release of Gael Day. Singing their ballads of rocking Celtic rhythm with a touch of pub music, Gael Day is a fine collection of some of the best songs to come out of this group yet. Galway Day, Ghost of Ontario and Raging Sea are some of our favorites. The album has a distinctively seafaring theme, and like those men of a hundred years ago all of the songs are originally written by the Elders.
And that is the best way to describe this album, refreshing like the salty mist from the break waves of a clear crystal day! The Elders are masters of their instruments - drums, keyboards, accordion and guitars - the sound and quality of these recordings are beyond perfection. You'll be singing along in no time and wanting to see these fine folks in concert at the first opportunity they come to your town. 5 Stars for Gael Day!