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current band members
(clockwise from top right) James O'Shea, Sheree Green, Tom Davis, Judy Davis, Carol Metheny, Steve Steele, and Larry Dulin

The General Guinness Band
Traditional Irish Music and Dance

4643 Olentangy Boulevard • Columbus, Ohio 43214 • 614/263-0264

Traditional through and through. Repertoire heard nowhere else.

Performing together since 1980, the General Guinness Band combines Irish ballads with energetic fiddle tunes and Irish step dancing. As they weave ballads and dance music into a single selection, the band's riveting instrumentals, complex arrangements, and step dancing intensify their vocal renditions of numerous hard-to-find songs going back nearly 500 years. These richly told stories in song also incorporate humor and provide insight into the charming lore and myth of the Irish. The variety of instruments played includes fiddle, tin whistles, Irish flute, guitar, bodhran (Irish drum), and Irish bouzouki.

Updated 04/2/12

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"...in their own way, [The General Guinness Band] are lords of the dance -- without glitz, fog machines, or canned music."
The Kalamazoo Gazette


Introducing James O'Shea

Featuring vocalist
James O'Shea
from Kilkenny, Ireland


She Left with the Piper CD cover
Swingin' on the Gate CD cover
Rocky Road to Dublin CD cover

Excerpts [mp3; 4.7Meg] from Rocky Road to Dublin


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