Switchback coming to Orpheum

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The second installment of The Orpheum’s Red Carpet Series will present a dynamic musical duo with Switchback on Friday, September 26th at 7:30pm. The concert will feature a mix of original and traditional Irish music and a selection of songs from Switchback’s catalog of over 300 original Americana tunes. Their music has been described as “breathtaking scenery for your ears.”

Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the award-winning duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers, and festivals around the world for 20 years. Switchback’s concerts are always a crowd pleaser, including stories of their travels, audience participation, and a healthy dose of comedy thrown in for good measure.

It was 1993 when these two talented singer/songwriters formed Switchback and set out on the road to take their "American Roots and Celtic Soul" brand of music to music halls and festivals here in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Italy, The Netherlands, and other countries around the world. They have shared the stage during that journey with music royalty over the years, most notably The Moody Blues, Leon Russell and John Hartford.

The duo has created 13 award-winning Celtic and Americana albums, the most recent titled Kanoka. One reporter wrote, "I was told Switchback fuses Irish, Cajun and Blues musical styles. I wasn't convinced, so I went to check them out. I walked in the door a doubting Thomas and became an immediate fan." True to their eclectic unpredictability, audiences will be surprised to hear the occasional Johnny Cash or Hank Williams tune or be spell-bound by a soulful rendition of “Danny Boy.”

The Irish Music Association presented Switchback with the award for the "Top Duo in a Pub, Festival or Concert" for the USA, Ireland, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Their television specials “The Americana Sessions” and “The Celtic Sessions” have aired on PBS stations around the U.S. The band has also been working with Paul Mertens (who arranged the music for “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin”) on orchestral scores of their original music.

“With Everly Brothers harmonies and FitzGerald’s whirlwind and soulful guitar and mandolin work, Switchback romps and reels with audacity and talent.” - Performing Songwriter Magazine

For more information about the concert on September 26th, please contact The Orpheum Theatre Box Office located at 57 South Kellogg Street, Galesburg Illinois. Tickets may be purchased via phone at 309/342.2299, online at www.theorpheum.org, or in person at The Orpheum Theatre. Please join us for a special night of music and entertainment!

Visit Switchback on the web at www.WayGoodMusic.com.