Patti started playing the flute as a fourth grader, many long years ago, but when she discovered the penny whistle shortly after having her second child she got hooked on Irish music. It doesn't hurt that whistles are inexpensive and small, and can be kept in cars, on bikes, in book bags and purses---and can be played at the playground, the park, in the car while she's waiting for her very involved and active kids, for dancers, in a boat, and, well.....you get the idea.
More recently Patti has picked up the mandola and guitar and has even sung lead on a few songs, although she is, arguably, the greatest vocal avoider in the band.
A lover of all kinds of music, Patti enjoys nothing better than making music with friends. Band performances, ceilis, church, or playing for her kids' dance school---it just doesn't get any better!
Kevin traces his Irish lineage to his paternal grandparents. His grandfather, John D. "Jack" Carroll,emigrated from Carrigdangan Townland in County Cork, Ireland in the early 1920's. Shortly thereafter, Jack met and married a first generation Irish-American schoolteacher named Agnes Kavanaugh. Kevin's father, Daniel, still talks about how their house was filled with music as they were growing up in rural Minnesota -- Jack on the accordion, Daniel's sisters Eileen and Kathleen on the piano and fiddle, and Agnes and Daniel dancing and singing along in the kitchen.
The Irish have an old saying: "What is bred in the bone will out." Although the ancient syntax seems foreign to 21st century ears, Kevin nonetheless wonders if he was genetically predestined to love traditional Irish music. Two generations after Jack arrived at Ellis Island, his grandson (Kevin) finds himself married to an Irish-American schoolteacher (the former Maureen Kelly) and sharing a home with their three musically-inclined stepdancing children. He thinks that Jack would approve.
David has been playing music since he was given his first instrument, the violin, in third grade. He played trombone in high school, and after high school, picked up the guitar. Recently, he added a mandolin to his repertoire due to its similarity to the violin.
He plays Irish music for the great enjoyment he derives from it and the many people involved in keeping traditional Irish culture alive. Not a single drop of Irish blood runs in his family (it's mostly French and German, in fact). As a result, David's experience with Irish music comes exclusively through his friends: ceilis, dance performances and open seisuns at the local pubs.
David plays Guild JF-30 six and twelve string guitars, a one-of-a-kind Ryan Soltis mandolin, and a more recently crafted Ryan Soltis violin.