March, 2016's Farewell Tour continues with the Farewll Tour Part II this coming March! Speculation on whether the
YankCelt Band would return is over. The boys will be back for a 27th tour in March 2017.
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.
Please explore the web site, and learn more about the YankCelt Band, and where we will be playing to celebrate St.
Patrick's Day 2016. 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.
ONE OF THESE YEARS, WE'LL BE RIGHT!
Last year felt right for us to say thank you and good-bye to all. Yes, 2016 would be
the last run for the YankCelts. As the months passed, each of us were approached
and encouraged to give it another go. Even Mixie Clarke in Galway had friends
telling him that he'd be going across the Atlantic for another stint! Luckily, we find
our spirits and our health telling us 'why not?'.
So here we are, feeling very good about this decision. The YankCelt Band Farewell
Tour continues with Part II and hopfully we'll have something left on the table for
But, as the headline above reads, "ONE OF THESE YEARS, WE'LL BE RIGHT".
We all look forward to seeing you in March and all the "told you so!" chides!
Please check out the schedule page for this year's tour schedule!
|Bo Fitzgerald and the
TheFarewell Tour Part Two