The Irish Creme Band, with its clan of acoustic musicians, has plenty of energy; enough to move a small fleet of motor vehicles. It’s a fuel that burns steadily, ignited by the rhythms of jigs, reels, sea chanties, and hornpipes and readily powered by the passion and power of vocals of Celtic and folk ballads. From the traditional to the obscure, you sing along and tap your foot even if you may have never heard the tune before.
Since hitting the Oregon music scene, the group has continually expanded its line-up, which also includes a whole “Pick’in on Christmas” series.
Band member Aleta McGee, lead vocalist, sings with clarity and packs along a guitar and bodhran, Joe Ross swings a mean mandolin, concertina and during the holiday season, often mesmerizes with his hammered dulcimer, Carla Rutter pulls out the stops between five flutes, the favorite being “the giant paper clip”, Al Foster picks a banjo, mandolin and concertina, and Bill Ilari drives the beat home with “Twiggy” his electric double bass.
Irish Creme plays in the casual “pub style”; the groups’ collection of Celtic and folk music naturally entices the audience to laugh, join in on the choruses, talk and banter. The band also finds it just as easy to serve up a music meal in the “concert style setting”; the listener can be captivated by melodic stories of distant lands, lovers and travels; traditional and contemporary.
The Irish Creme Band is on a permanent hiatus; time is just not available for us to “work” as we have.
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