Kinsale is the name of a beautiful seaside town in County Cork, Ireland, but the name has a more poignant significance: At the Battle of Kinsale in 1601, the defeat of the Irish Aristocracy initiated radical changes in Irish Culture and Society, including the fragmentation and decline of Irish Music. Because the Battle of Kinsale was a significant moment in Irish History, the band feels the town name is an appropriate choice for a traditional Irish Music band. The members of Kinsale believe they are helping to preserve and promote Irish Music, as well as sharing in its constant evolution.
Kinsale, previously known as the Windy Gap, has been performing together since May, 1997. The members include Terry O'Neill (fiddle, mandolin, backing vocals), Drew Vervan (guitar, lead vocals), and Lucien Walsh (bodhrÃ¡n, double bass, backing vocals).
The trio regularly performs at festivals, ceilidhs, private functions, and local Baltimore clubs (most often at J. Patrick's Irish Pub). Their festival credits include the Takoma Park Folk Festival, the Harford Community College Folk Music Fest, the Glen Echo Irish Festival, the Allegheny Multi-Cultural Festival, and the Baltimore Irish Festival.
Kinsale is a traditional Irish music band; they perform energetic versions of Irish songs and dance music. Sometimes, they stretch that definition a little and include new material from Ireland's ever-evolving music traditions. At a Kinsale performance, you might hear the band's spirited reel sets and the "Star of the County Down," but you may also hear something from Solas, the Waterboys, the Pogues, or U2.
To learn more about Kinsale, visit their website at www.earth-dragon.net/Kinsale.htm
Check out the artist's website:
1. Mcalpine's Fusiliers
2. Star of the County Down
3. Windy Gap Reels
4. Leaving of Liverpool
5. Queensland Drovers
6. Slip Jigs (the Butterfly/boys of Ballisodare)
7. Freeborn Man
8. Whiskey in the Jar
9. Reel Beatrice Set
10. Fields of Athenry
11. Jigs (trip to Sligo/tell Her I Am)
12. I'll Tell Me Ma (with Lord Macdonald's Reel)