Andrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music, and by the age of 10 had begun learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. By age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships. He is also a master of the low whistles and mandolin and is equally proficient in American idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. Finn has toured with Scotland’s Paul McKenna Band and with the popular Celtic music and dance revue Celtic Dances, and in 2016 released two acclaimed albums of Irish music, Roots and Branches. He is currently touring with guitarist/singer/bouzouki player Alan Murray, who hails from Glascow, Scotland. Both Finn and Alan have performed, toured and collaborated extensively with the best contemporary names in Celtic music.
These multiple award-winning young men, hailing from Hannover, Germany, haven’t looked back since taking first place in both the International Contemporary A Cappella Competition and the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival in 2008. They are purely acoustic singers and vocal percussionists, taking a cappella back to its roots. Vocaldente refrains from the use of technical support of any kind – the typical pop sound, normally associated with microphones and special effects, is achieved exclusively through the voice. The guys take their audience on a captivating and entertaining journey from the Roaring 20’s, to 60’s rock, to contemporary pop and the latest hits. They have won international fans through their precise arrangements, tight harmonies, choreography, charming personalities and light-hearted humor.
Take two trumpets, one French horn, a trombone and a tuba – put them in the hands of virtuoso performers – liberally add some humor – and you have the St. Louis Brass. Originally founded in 1964 by members of the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Brass is one of America’s longest standing brass quintets. They offer an entertaining performance which includes popular tunes of the Americas, jazz standards, classical selections, works of today’s composers, light-hearted pieces for narrator and brass, and a tongue-in-cheek musical history of brass instruments. St. Louis Brass has had over 75 pieces written or arranged specifically for them, and have toured internationally during the group’s past forty years.
True to its name, the International String Trio has honed an expansive repertoire embracing nearly a dozen musical styles from far-flung lands. Using their instruments as passports, the trio unlocks the doors to a global array of tunes drawn from jazz, folk, popular, classical, film and other sources. Their riveting performances encompass a breathtaking range of styles, including Gypsy swing, old-time Appalachian, traditional Irish reels, burning bluegrass, virtuosic classical, klezmer, tango and popular songs from film soundtracks. The trio plays over 150 gigs a year including concert halls, jazz clubs, jazz festivals, and universities.
Triple Play is consists of three outstanding and versatile musicians who formed the group in 1999 after years of history playing together in various capacities. The trio is led by Chris Brubeck (bass, trombone, piano) and features Peter Madcat Ruth (harmonica, jaw harp, percussion) and Joel Brown (acoustic guitar). With all three contributing vocals, the trio showcases a vast repertoire of Delta blues, Tin Pan Alley standards, New Orleans grooves, jazz gems and incisive originals. Collectively they bring a rare level of joy, virtuosity and American spirit to the jazz, blues, folk and classical music they perform. Chris Brubeck also tours with the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and is a successful soloist and composer in his own right.