Young Dubliners

Dublin natives Keith Roberts (vocals, guitar) and Paul O'Toole (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica) formed the Young Dubliners in the early 1990s after meeting one another in a Los Angeles pub. Roberts had been tweaking some Irish ballads of his own and opted that a band would be in order. O'Toole obliged, as well as Brendan Holmes (bass). They introduced their hearty rock sound on the Rocky Road EP in 1994; their first studio album Breathe appeared a year later, as well as new member Charles Waltz (violin). Their live shows had a jam-like appeal, similar to the vibes of Phish and the Dave Matthews Band, therefore, the band excelled. The live effort, Alive Alive O, was released in 1998, but Waltz left for other musical opportunities. Founding member Paul O'Toole also departed, but by 2000 the Young Dubliners had expanded into a septet and independently released the critically acclaimed Red on their OmTown label. Actor Gabriel Byrne got the band to write the theme song for his short-lived television show Madigan Man. Their life on the road kicked into high gear, too. The Young Dubliners spent most of 2001 touring Europe with Jethro Tull. They also performed at the 2002 Olympics ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah. That same year, the Young Dubliners scaled back to a five-piece with Roberts, Holmes, the returning Waltz (violin) and newcomers Bob Boulding (guitar) and Dave Ingraham (drums). Absolutely appeared in June and a joint American tour with Seven Nations and Great Big Sea followed. In 2005 the group released Real World, which featured an appearance by Tull frontman Ian Anderson. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, All Music Guide

Over a decade ago, on a cold, snowy January night in 2002, three complete strangers met in a Dover, New Hampshire pub. Record collections were compared, bands were discussed and beers were consumed; by the end of the night, fueled by alcohol and a shared dream of playing Celtic punk music full-time, The Pubcrawlers were born.

A year passed, more members were added and, on the strength of their uncompromising DIY ethics and an early demo that they now pretend doesn’t exist, the band soon started seeing their name popping up on punk rock blogs and Celtic / Irish punk music message boards all across the Internet. It wasn’t long before they were in the studio recording their first full-length album, 2005's Another Night on the Floor, which was released to the international punk rock circuit to great critical acclaim. Shortly thereafter the Pubcrawlers made their first overseas trip where they played a set at the legendary Holidays in the Sun Festival in Morecambe, UK, where they shared the stage with such legendary punk acts as The Business, Cock Sparrer, Sham 69 and many more, as well as contemporaries such as Neck, the Dead Pets and others.

The story almost came to an end in 2007 when two founding members, Kevin (mando/vocals) and Chad (guitars), as well as Tony (bass), all left the band at the same time for various personal reasons. Unwilling to see all of their hard work go to waste, however, the few surviving members set about replenishing the ranks with what slowly solidified into the band's current lineup. With the addition of Travis on bagpipes, Brian on vocals, Dana on guitar, AJ on bass, Ron on guitar/banjo/vocals, Tyler on mandolin and Emily on fiddle, the band returned stronger (and larger, at a whopping ten members) than ever, and marked the occasion with the release of 2008's One Too Many Again, the band’s second studio effort. Once again the record was very well-received, appearing on several "best-of" lists around the world and garnering a great deal of critical praise.

In January of 2012 the Pubcrawlers celebrated their 10th anniversary by releasing their third album, Vintage Brews and Punkabilly Blues, a split record with Portland-based punkabilly band and good friends The Outsiders. In October of that same year they released Rogues, Outlaws & Drunks, their fourth album, to strong reviews and critical acclaim.

The Pubcrawlers have spent the past decade carving out a solid niche for themselves in the Celtic folk punk world and the next ten years are looking just as promising.

Guns of Brighton

GUNS OF BRIGHTON BIO



“GUNS OF BRIGHTON” ARE A TRADITIONAL PUNK THREE PIECE BAND COMPRISED OF SEASONED VETERANS OF THE BOSTON AND NORTH SHORE MUSIC SCENES. THEY WRITE SOLID GUITAR HOOKS AND CATCHY CHORUSES FULL OF HEARTFELT LYRICS AND SOARING VOCAL HARMONIES.



MAIN SONGWTRITER MARK DUCHANE (MARKIE D) HAS PLAYED IN SEVERAL NOTEWORTHY BOSTON BANDS INCLUDING, “GONE BABY GONE”, “FULL POWERED HALO” AND “FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHTS”. DOING STINTS ON THE ACCLAIMED “VANS WARPED TOUR” IN 2005 AND A TOUR WITH FORMER HITMAKERS “MATCHBOX 20” IN THE 1990’S. HIS FONDEST MEMORIES OF THE BOSTON SCENE INCLUDE PUNK MATINEES AT “THE RAT”, PLAYING THE WBCN ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RUMBLE AND RECORDING AT “FORT APACHE” STUDIOS IN CAMBRIDGE.



DRUMMER ANT AUBREY GAINED QUITE A REPUTATION AS PART OF BOSTON FAVORITES “MY OWN WORST ENEMY” AND TOURING SURF ROCK STALLWARTS “THE WEISSTRONAUTS”. THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS HAVE LED TO HIM BEING CALLED ONE OF THE BEST HARMONY SINGING DRUMMERS IN THE AREA BY “THE NOISE”, A WIDELY READ BOSTON ROCK MONTHLY.



THOUGH ORIGINALLY FROM VIRGINIA, BASS PLAYER LEE HOLLAND MOVED TO THE BOSTON AREA AND HIT THE GROUND RUNNING AS A SOUGHT AFTER “MATT FREEMAN” – STYLED BASS PLAYER. JOINING “GUNS OF BRIGHTON” IN JULY OF 2012, HIS INFECTIOUS RUNS ADDED A MUCH NEEDED DIMENSION TO THE SOLID SONGWRITING ALREADY PRESESNT IN “GUNS OF BRIGHTON”



COLLECTIVELY, “GUNS OF BRIGHTON” HAVE BEEN BUILDING A SOLID LOCAL FOLLOWING. THEY LOOK FORWARD TO FURTHER BUILDING ON THIS THIS FAN BASE AS WELL AS TOURING REGIONALLY IN THE MONTHS TO COME.



THERE IS BUT ONE QUESTION BOSTON PUNK ACT “GUNS OF BRIGHTON” HAS FOR THE PEOPLE OF BOSTON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA... “DO YOU WANNA HEAR THE SOUND OF GUNS?” IF YOUR ANSWER IS AFFIRMATIVE, THEIR DEBUT ALBUM “A SELFISH CALL TO ARMS” DROPS IN LATE FALL OF 2013, SO BE ON THE LOOKOUT!

Barroom Heroes

We are the BarRoom Heroes named after a song by the Dropkick Murphys. Established Dec 2007. We have had a few lineup changes over the years but brothers Jake (15 guitar/vocals) & Nick Bell (13 bass/vocals) are the original members. Davey Dryer (17 drummer) joined March of 2012 and has added lots of energy earning him the nickname "Animal". We had a show shut down by the cops in June 2009 (we where 10 & 11!). Ken Casey & DKM caught wind and stepped up doing some interviews in support. The Press nicknamed us "Band of PUNK brothers". From there we started doing benefits. Punks For Aprincess fundraiser show Sept 2010 (ongoing punksforaprincess.com) was our break to meeting some great Booking Agents (Beantown Booking & Brass N Ammo) and other bands (Lenny Lashleys Gang of One, Beantown Boozehounds, The Scrapes, The F.U.'s, Bob Cenci of Jerrys Kids and many more). We've played some great venues Harpers Ferry, Landsdowne Pub, Church of Boston, Beachcomber, McGreevys, Midway Cafe, Firehouse 13 and many more. Nov 2010 we opened for Lenny Lashley's Gang of One (formerly of Darkbuster) CD release party at McGreevys, March 2011 for the Dropkick Murphys at Tsongas Arena, Dec 2011 for The Street Dogs at The Paradise, March 2012 we where back at Tsongas Arena for The Claddagh Funds Block Party and met Danny O' for the first time. Also same week opened for The Mahones at Fete, RI. March 2013 Ken Casey invited us out on tour with DKM to Electric Factory in Philly, 9:30 Club in DC and Terminal 5 in NYC. April 28th we were invited to do Dropkick Murphys benefit at the House of Blues, Boston for the victims of the Boston Marathon. We shared the stage with The Old Brigade, The Parkington Sisters, Big D and the Kids Table. To be part of something so grand is unexplainable and to be part of the healing and raising $ for the Claddagh Fund for the victims felt great. That show was about raising $ and to start the Boston process of healing. We are having a blast and looking forward to whatever may come in the future... BOSTON PROUD... BOSTON STRONG.

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Young Dubliners with Pub Crawlers, Guns of Brighton, Barroom Heroes

Thursday, July 25 · Doors 7:00 PM at South Shore Music Hall