Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day: Birmingham Six & The Kilmaine Saints
A rockin’ good Irish time
October 3, 2015 · 8:00pm
A double dose of Irish music with Birmingham Six and The Kilmaine Saints for our Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Celebration!
It’s the indie rock of Irish music. In the vein of The Pogues, Flogging Molly and The Tossers with the spirit of the Wolfe Tones and Clancy Brothers.
Birmingham Six (five members actually) take their name from the six men wrongfully jailed for the Birmingham Pub bombings in 1974 and have been performing for audiences since 2006. With two full length releases, Iron Rations – 2008 and The Kessel Run – 2012, the Six put on an energetic, tight live performance that has allowed them to be a supporting band for many internationally touring acts that include Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones, The Wolftones and The Tossers. They have been called “the indie rock band of Irish music” as they mix original music with their own arrangements of traditional Irish songs in their live shows. Birmingham Six’s upcoming 2014 release tentatively titled “Born in a Puddle of Gasoline,” is their first all original and long awaited full length album.
The Kilmaine Saints
The Kilmaine Saints is the brainchild of Jon (bass, bagpipes) and Mike (drums), two members of a Harrisburg Pipe & Drum band that conspired to create a Celtic rock band in 2009. Soon to follow was Brendan (vocals), Liz (fiddle), Billy (Banjo, Bozouki, Whistle, bagpipes), and Dave (guitar). Thus, the Saints were complete, and a campaign of mayhem, music and whiskey began.
Since their first show, the Saints have continued to pound through blistering, high-energy live sets that keep people wanting more. They’ve played hundreds of shows in pubs and venues all over the NorthEast U.S. They have several large Irish festivals under their belt and are regulars at.
July of 2010 marked the release of their debut album “The Good, The Plaid & The Ugly”, after which the accolades and legions of fans have continued to grow. The album received glowing praise from every site that reviewed it, and was ranked in the list of Top Celtic CD’s of 2010 on several of these sites. September of 2012 saw the release of the Saints second studio effort, “Drunken Redemption”, a hard-hitting follow-up to their debut CD. June 2014 brought an EP, “Untraditional”; a collection of classic traditional Irish songs… but with the Saints signature sound and twist on them. With a growing collection of songs in their catalog ,t’s a good bet you’ll hear one of their songs being played anywhere that pints are raised & the whiskey is flowing.