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The Pints: Irish Celtic Music From The States!

Updated on November 14, 2011

Tickle Yer Shillelaigh With The Pints, Traditional Irish Celtic Music From Madison, Wisconsin USA

Image courtesy ThePints.Com
Image courtesy ThePints.Com

With St. Patricks Day right around the corner, what better way to celebate it than listening to living Celtic music?

I recently listened to The Pints at a small soiree here in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. This self described, "Two parts traditional Irish Music, one part Whiskey" band thoroughly lived up to their Irish roots as they mesmerized dancers into dancing up and down pounding on the hard wood floors. If your ears are tired of all the worn out pop music ubiquitous today, see The Pints play here in the Midwest, buy their upcoming CD (debuts on St. Patrick's day 2010) or better still, book them to play in your town, Belfast, Chicago, Boston, wherever. My impression of this band was that they played with real heart and cared about their music. Some bands can get people to dance a little, these folks had everyone dancing like their pants were on fire.

Band members include: "Captain" Ray Murphy on drums, spoons, concertina and washboard! Sheri Six on vocals, auxillary percussion aka bodhran and/or tambourine! Jerry MacKill'em also on vocals, Irish bouzouki, guitar, bass and mandolin. Jessie "Lil' Debbie MacDelay"on flute and tinwhistle! Earl O'Cameron on banjo and guitar. Megan McKeggin' on violin and Brian O'Brien on stand up bass. As mentioned above, several members harmonize at once, and they do it well. I was particularly drawn to the sultry, sometimes viscerally throaty vocals of Sheri Six. I would be remiss not to mention that the band has had various members come and go from their 2000 origins of Captain Ray Murphy and Joe Wyatt. The Pints count among their influences:The Clancy Brothers, The Pogues, The Stone Ring, Loreena McKennit, Flogging Molly, Christy Moor, Seamus Egan, Chris Norman, Medeski Martin and Wood, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Altan, Frank Zappa, Dropkick Murphys, and Flogging Molly to name a few!


Health To The Company By The Pints

As founding member "Captain" Ray Murphy puts it:

"I'm trying to keep the music alive introduce the tunes to those who have never heard of Irish music. I feel like Irish music has made me more sensitive to my environment and my deeper self. I feel like I have a better ancestral understanding too. Irish music is so diverse with jigs, reels, sea shanties, rebel songs, ballads, etc."

A few more notes of interest, Sheri Six formerly played in two other bands, Deflowered and Rayging Whoremoans. After a four or five year hiatus from playing the violin, Megan McKeggin connected with The Pints while enjoying a few pints at a local pub, now the fiddle plays her!Jerry MacKill'em introduced the Celtic Bouzouki to the band supplementing or supplanting the bass. Before gracing the Pints with her flute, flautist Jessie MacDelay played in the musicals Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, and Seussical. Earl O'Cameronhas traded in a standard five string banjo for the more succint tones of the Irish Tenor banjo while playing more complicated winding reals and leaping jigs. Bassist Brian O'Brien co-hosts The Harmony Bar's Bluegrass Jam, an open bluegrass jam that meets two Fridays a month, fall through spring in Madison, Wisconsin.

Be sure and check out the Pints official website and their myspace page for more information. The Pints debut CD, First Round is due to be out by March 17, St. Patrick's day here in the States. You can also hear The Pints on WORT Madison Radio 89.9 FM Check their website for more information.

THE PINTS CD RELEASE PARTY TONIGHT!!! ST.PATTY'S DAY MARCH 17, 2010 !!!

7PM AT THE HIGH NOON SALOON 701 EAST WASHINGTON MADISON WISCONSIN

(608) 268-1122

The Pints - Scolding Wife

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    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Back at you Earl!

      Ben

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      Earl 

      6 years ago

      Word

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Lol, thanks Jessie, that was good for a morning laugh, correction made, we'll leave master celebators to pop musicians eh? Glad The Pints are still making music, I'll continue to get the word out.

      Slainte!

      Ben

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      Jessie MacDelay 

      6 years ago

      We definitely don't want to "celebate" St. Patrick's Day... I just happened across this article again, and to catch up anyone who is interested... The Pints are still in session! You can check out what's happening with us and get in contact on Facebook. We are "Pints Madison". Slainte!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!! See The Pints at the High Noon Saloon in Madison, Wisconsin USA today for their CD release party !!!!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      bat! I agree, how can you go wrong with a band named The Pints? I will drink to that the next time I find a pint, which is to say, tonight.

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      Tim 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      The Pints - what an awesome name for a band. Thank You for making us aware of their existence! Looks like they really know how to kick it up a few notches.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thans Mike, they really were fun to see live. I dig in on the flute too, I'm a huge Jethro Tull and Moody Blues fan as well, I also like Kitaro and Ray Lynch but those are more like dirty little secrets that I choose not to reveal very often!!

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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      This was great, Ben! I love hearing a flute, whether it's in Irish Celtic music, New Age stuff or class rock/pop from Moody Blues and Jethro Tull. This was very enjoyable, and I think it would be cool to see the Pints live.

      Thanks, this was very enjoyable.

      Mike

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      JannyC!!! Glad you like them, I once saw a Celtic band when I was in Amsterdam years ago (they were named after a flower? The Geraniums? I can't recall) anyway, it was one of the best shows I've seen in my life, The Pints have that same kind of warm spirit. Thanks for reading!

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Brian thank you for reading and for the heads up about the Facebook page, I was unawares! I also noticed I forgot to bold yer name for some reason, I remedied that. Thanks also for the heads up about the CD preview I'll check it out!

      Ben

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      JannyC 

      8 years ago

      Enjoy this. I love celtic music been looking for new artist to enjoy so thanks for this they got a new fan.

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      Brian O'Brien 

      8 years ago

      Ben, Thanks so much for this article! We have one of our songs from the CD streaming on our facebook page.

      Enjoy! B O'B

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Pamela, glad you liked them! I was really impressed with their music too, I can't wait to hear what their CD sounds like! They are a refreshing change to a lot of the music our ears get forced to listen to as we go about our lives. I'm wondering how they will sound alongside a tumbler of Jameson? I might report back on that one.

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Earl, means a lot, and thank you as well for the heads-up on the edit, consider it co-rrected! Haha! Was a fun party, a lively, hairy, and drunken lot, my kind of folks!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Ben, I like Irish music also. The Pints sound great. Very good hub.

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      Earl 

      8 years ago

      That first vid is called Health To the Company, also, thanks for the write up! fun party eh?

    • Ben Zoltak profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Zoltak 

      8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Hello, hello, The Pints really do cultivate a certain feeling their songs. I'm looking forward to hearing their cd, they were great live!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      I love Irish Music and their voices are so great. There is feeling and a heart in it. Thank you for your great hub.

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