Our first-ever CD,

"No Strangers Here,"

is now available at

all our shows, and

at CD!


         Banish Misfortune is our six-member group 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 3:00 to 6:00 pm! And, we were recently voted one of the Top 5 Bands in the Valley in the Valley Advocate 2015 Grand Band Slam (see below)!

         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

Some other 2015 appearances:

  • The Taste of Amherst, Amherst Town Common, Saturday, June 20, 1:00 pm
  • The Summit House Sunset Concert Series, Skinner State Park, Hadley, Thursday, July 9, 7:30 pm (the very first concert there in six years!) For tickets and concert information, please visit
  • The 2015 Valley Advocate Grand Band Slam, Saturday, September 12, 8:00 pm, The One Bar, Northampton. Via some inexplicable, hilarious prank of the faeries, we've made it into the FINAL ROUND of the GRAND BAND SLAM, and will battle it out Irish-style in aggressive defense of all qualities virtuous! Tix and info are at
  • The Iron Horse "Halfway to St. Patrick's Day" Event, Thursday, September 17, 7:00 pm (doors open 5:30). We'll be opening for an evening of rollicking fun from Dicey Riley! Tix and info are at
  • "Mutts and Mimosas" Brunch, Quonquont Farm, Whately, Sunday, September 20, 11:00 am~2:00 pm, sponsored by Dakin Animal Shelter. Bring your dogs (and yourselves) to breakfast! Adorable fun for a worthy cause. For tickets and information, please visit
  • The Fitzwilliam Inn, Fitzwilliam, NH, Saturday, December 12, 6:00~9:00 pm; historic, colonial-era inn (c. 1792) with fabulous fare and spacious, cozy rooms for the night:
  • ***NEW YEAR'S EVE!*** First Night Northampton, December 31, Two shows: 7:00-8:00 pm and 8:00-9:00 pm, Friends Meeting House, Gothic Street ("First Night Buttons" required)