St. Patrick's Day in these parts just wouldn't be the same without Irish rockers The Elders. 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.
Kansas City , MO – St. Patrick's Day in these parts just wouldn't be the same without Irish rockers The Elders. The group joined Steve Kraske in studio to talk about their long career, their latest recording and their upcoming hoolie. And to be sure you're in the mood for March 17th, the Elders perform an in-studio tune or two to get your feet tapping.
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.