Ring of Kerry is a bursting-with-energy Irish music group that captures the hearts of listeners. All five of its engaging musicians sing and play several instruments. With sounds that range from the thunder of the Irish bodhran drum to the sparkle of the hammered dulcimer; from the lilt and rhythm of fiddle and guitar to the haunting wails of flutes and pennywhistles, the band has developed a blend that is animated, ruggedly beautiful and fun. These musicians get close to their audience, joking, ribbing and laughing along but are respectful and friendly. Audiences always react with great enthusiasm!
The members of the group have a wide breadth of performance experience which makes them versatile. With full sound system, they are sometimes a raucous pub band enticing their crowd to sing along, stomp their feet and slosh a frothy beer while at other times they serenade the audience beautifully, strolling from table to table completely unplugged with acoustic instruments. However, they specialize in and excel at playing energetic and engaging stage concerts.
“Ring of Kerry is in love with the music that the Irish and Scots took with them as they made their way from the Old World to the New. Here are tunes sweet and raucous, rough and smooth; tunes for dancing or drinking or loving or even working; songs about railroads and robbers, farms and pubs and the odd battlefield. The accents here might be mid-American, but the sentiments cross oceans and centuries with ease. This is living music, played live and lively, so raise your glasses and dance and sing along.”
–Russell Letson, a contributor to Guitar Magazine wrote the preceding for Ring of Kerry’s Live-in-Concert CD, “St. Paddy’s Eve”
“Ring of Kerry is a fun, energizing Celtic music band that draws large crowds of appreciation. They were a great addition to the Millstream Arts Festival!”
–Entertainment Chair, Millstream Arts Festival
“Ring of Kerry wowed our audience with a one-of-a-kind, full-house energy that was as captivating as it was real.”
–BoDiddley’s Deli, longtime host of the acoustic music concert series
“This group made us feel the spirit of Ireland as children danced and their grandparents stomped their feet to the sounds of Celtic music.”
–Good Earth Food Co-op Summer Festival
“Ring of Kerry plays joyfully and attracted the biggest crowd we’d had in all the years we’ve been having music in the park. Everybody had a good time.”
–Munsinger-Clemens Botanical Society
The following is a sample introduction you might use when introducing Ring of Kerry to your audience:
“These five impassioned musicians play music born of the emerald fields and craggy cliffs of Ireland that are made spectacular and beautiful by the timeless battering of the sea.
Please feel free to clap your hands, stomp your feet and sing along as this delightful band plays music that reflects the character and traditions of the Celtic people. A music that travels ’round the world in search of high adventure.
Please welcome RING OF KERRY!”
Ring of Kerry can provide its own PA system. If the venue (especially ones such as large outdoor events) would like to provide the system, please contact G. L. Berg for the band’s specific needs.