Formed in 1987, the Irish band Altan dropped by ahead of their show at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. They discussed traditional Irish music, the new album (The Gap of Dreams), and played a few songs as well.
Altan celebrated the release of the new album, The Gap of Dreams, when they visited WEXT.
Based in Ithaca, NY, The Grady Girls dropped by to help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some great old Irish tunes. The Grady Girls are:
Nora (fiddle), Marie (flute), Leah (bodhrán), and Saoirse (fiddle) who are based in Ithaca, NY, their hometown, and Oona (fiddle) and newest band member James (guitar), both reside in Saratoga Springs, where they perform as the duo Drank The Gold.
The Irish quartet known as The Druids were in town to play a show with Kevin McKrell. Kevin and Chris Shaw recommended we get the guys in for a visit, and boy did we learn a lot about Irish history and how it continues to be told by the singers and songwriters of today.
Boston-based The Ballroom Thieves were making their way across to Rochester for a show, and on their way, they stopped by to play songs from the new EP, "Paper Crown," and to talk about music. We learned that the band met while searching on Tinder. OK, that part is not true, but... You just never know who might be at an open mic. You'd be well served to stop by one sometime.