Switchback brings Irish tradition to Bowlus


March 7, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Brian FitzGerald and McCormack have written many Irish songs that ring as true as the ancient ballads of Finn McCool’s time and yet, as Irish-Americans, their sound carries a musical distillation that rings Irish but with a slight bluegrass resonance.
With over 20 years of life on the road, Switchback continues to grow and hold audiences spellbound. So relax and let the music of FitzGerald and McCormack take you Travelin’ Down an Irish Road.
Switchback will present “Traveling Down an Irish Road” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center.
Tickets cost $20 for orchestra and $17 for balcony seating, with student tickets selling for half price. Call (620) 365-4765 or visit bowluscenter.org for details.
Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots.
Their television specials “The Americana Sessions” and “The Celtic Sessions” have aired on PBS stations throughout the U.S.
The band has also been working with Paul Mertens (who arranged the music for “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin”) on orchestral scores for some of their original music.
On top of their usual tour schedule, Switchback regularly presents outreach programs for schools, community events, senior citizen groups, and special needs audiences. They offer outreach programs on Celtic music, songwriting, and music appreciation as well as music residencies.


PHOTO: Switchback, the duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, will present “Traveling Down an Irish Road” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Bowlus Fine Arts Center. COURTESY OF WAYGOODMUSIC.COM

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