Banish Misfortune is our group of musicians from western Massachusetts, and we play traditional music from Ireland. Our instrumentation includes fiddle, concertina, mandolin, flute, bouzouki, whistle, accordion and guitar, with which
we serve up rousing sets of jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes, polkas, airs, and the occasional inspired song or accompanied Irish poem!
We regularly play in concerts and festivals throughout western New England, as well as every Sunday at The Northampton Brewery from 5:00 to 8:00 pm! And, we were voted one of the "Top 5 Bands in the Valley" in the 2015 Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam!
Special Treat! Click here to see a beautiful 4-minute music video, the finale of a
captivating 45-minute documentary about butterflies in Ashfield, MA, made by our
good friend John Body and featuring our music (among others) throughout!:
We're available to bring old world comfort to any social gathering, whether
a wedding ceremony (fiddle & guitar), the cocktail hour of a wedding reception,
a birthday or retirement party, or a business event (full band). Please visit us on Facebook, and for rates and bookings please contact us at (413) 586-4997 or email@example.com.
~ About the Band ~
David Brule (fiddle), a published local author fluent in Irish Gaelic and several other languages, brings his love of Irish poetry and lore to the band. Sean Burke (mandolin, bouzouki), born in County Mayo, Ireland, roots the groups sensibilities with his genuine approach to the music and remarkable repertoire of heartfelt songs. Tim Donoghue (concertina) is legendary among local Irish musicians, with
a keen wit and a wellspring of songs tucked in his back pocket, from bawdy to beguiling. Kira Jewett is an acclaimed All-Ireland Fiddle Champion and interim principal at Holyoke's Paulo Freire School for Social Justice. T.J. Ezold (flute, accordion, banjo, whistle), Berklee College of Music grad and professional pilot, sets tunes aloft with his multi-instrumental, soaring musicianship. Ellen Redman (flute, whistle, concertina) is a music instructor at Smith College, member of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and founder of Smith’s Wailing Banshees.
John Tabb is a renowned accordion player throughout western New England, revered and beloved by all who know him. David Meuser (guitar) is a college writing instructor who instills his accompaniment with his lifelong affection for Irish music and culture.
More upcoming appearances in 2018!:
"There are no strangers here, only friends you haven't met yet."
-- William Butler Yeats
Our first-ever CD,
"No Strangers Here,"
is now available at
all our shows, and
at CD Baby.com!