Traditional Irish Music
The River Drivers have just released a new and original single called “Cumann na mBan” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising and the Irish women who clasped hands across class boundaries to help lead the fight for an Irish Nation. They were activists, nationalists, feminists and socialists whose ultimate sacrifices were, for far too long, overshadowed by their male comrades in arms.
The River Drivers is an acoustic band from Bucks County, Pennsylvania that has cultivated a passion-infused style drawing from Celtic, Americana and Mountain influences. The band includes Kevin McCloskey (vocals, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass), Mindy Murray (vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, drum), Marian Moran (tin whistle, low whistle, concertina, harmony vocals) and Meagan Ratini (fiddle, Irish flute, tin whistle, drum). Their high energy music with its themes of social justice and hard-working men and women can be heard at festivals throughout the US and Ireland. Their self-titled debut album has garnered great reviews from major international Celtic and folk music journals including No Depression, fRoots and Irish Music Magazine and is now being played on radio stations from coast to coast and in Europe and Ireland as well.
Kevin cut his teeth playing at a Trenton pub alongside his father, Irish tenor Tommy McCloskey, and “Irish Billy” Briggs. He developed a passion for songs portraying the plight of working people and all the places they toiled. He brings the intensity of his hardcore punk past to the River Drivers.
Mindy played the local college folk circuit before heading to medical school in West Virginia where she witnessed firsthand the struggles of day-to-day life in Appalachia. The music of the mountains and the miners infused into her repertoire.
Whenever Marian can break away from the office world, she steals back to her family’s rugged coastline village of Ardara, County Donegal to recharge at its nightly sessions and many music festivals.
Meagan learned how to play the flute and dulcimer when she was quite young, eventually picking up the fiddle and the tin whistle. Working with the New Jersey Folk Festival in college, Meagan was introduced to the world of Irish music by some of the best trad musicians in the region. Meagan, with the rest of the River Drivers, will be playing on the main stage at the 2016 New Jersey Folk Festival in a few short weeks.
Visit www.theriverdrivers.com for more information and upcoming concert schedule.
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