Bo Fitz and the YankCelt Band was formed in 1990 and the original ensemble includes: Bo Fitzgerald, Jeff Sullivan, Craig Eastman and Guy DeVito. In 1998, Steppenwolf's Ron Hurst joined the band on drums. Billy Klock later replaced Ron and has been an integral part of the sound since 2001. In 2004, Singer and Accordian player Mixie Clarke of Galway, Ireland was asked to make a guest appearance with the band, and he has been making the trip across the pond from Ireland for all the band's St. Patrick's Day appearances since!
The YankCelt Band derived its name from the unusual Celtic style produced by this ensemble of American and Irish members. The blend of traditional Irish music with threads of rock, jazz and other rhythms sets The YankCelt Band apart from most other Irish music. Since it's formation in 1990, The YankCelt sound has been steadily evolving and maturing. The band has grown in popularity and has developed a large following due, in part, to rare opportunities to see them perform as a complete musical unit. This rare combination of Irish music sung and played with traditional and contemporary instrumentation by these seasoned musicians’ promises to deliver many delightful sounds to whoever has the good fortune to be listening! In 2010 the band was honored to have it's music used in Mount Eagle Productions independent film "The Turkey Bowl", winner of the Northampton Film Festival.
The band will be performing five shows in March, 2015 as they celebrate their 25th year together. Please explore the web site, and learn more about the YankCelt Band, and where we will be playing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2015. We look forward to seeing you at some of our shows! Join the party - once you hear the band, we're sure you'll be back for more!
".....the YankCelt Band, the local Irish American super group...." Tom Shea, The Springfield Sunday Republican, August 16, 2009.