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The Irish Experience

by The Irish Experience

Driving Celtic and Appalachian music played by electrifying fiddler, rock guitarist, downright doghouse bassist, and master drummer.
Genre: World: Celtic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pipe on the Hob/ Hag at the Churn
4:01 album only
2. Paddy on the Landfill
2:28 album only
3. Grumblin & Growlin
3:34 album only
4. The Butterfly
3:17 album only
5. The Star of Munster
2:40 album only
6. Martin Wynne's #2/ Trip to Skye
5:15 album only
7. Morrison's Jig
3:38 album only
8. Julia Delaney / Dinny O'Brien's / Drowsy Maggie
4:02 album only
9. Rocky Road to Dublin/ Tam Lin
5:59 album only
10. Going Back to Israel
3:43 album only
11. Walls of Liscarroll Medley
5:14 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
What is The Irish Experience?

Could it be "High-impact Celtic music at its finest"?

Or "Refried fiddle, electric guitar, and blazing bodhran"?

How about a festive force? An insatiable jig? Renewed vigor?

Or even, implausibly, a "Blarney Phoenix", that rises up on Saint Patrick's Eve to bring bountiful cheer to all the little people at heart?

We'd like to say The Irish Experience is all of these and more, but really we're JUST A BAND OF MUSICIANS from Seattle who like nothing better than to light up crowds on Saint Patrick's Day.

The Irish Experience play Celtic and Appalachian music on traditional electric instruments:

Joe Bowbeer - electric fiddle
Tom Hotchkin - upright bass
Tom May - electric guitar


Dave Smith - bodhran & zarb
Julian Adamaitis - dumbek

Recorded by Conrad Uno, mixed by Julian Adamaitis and Tom May, and designed by Diana Baker.



"Your CD has literally not left my car stereo since I put it in over a week ago. It's really amazingly good--I think it's perfect driving music for me because it keeps my brain somewhat engaged and keeps my road rage down :) I especially like the tracks 5, 6 and 7 sequence. The electric guitar is really cool." - ErinK

"I heard the tune Morrison's Jig at The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast and decided to buy the CD. I've played it several times already and I like it. It gives me a good time." - JaapW

"After our first set, one excited snowboarder told us that our music will help him through the gnarly turns."

"Folks crowded around us as we played, watching our fingers fly. At one point Tom was spotted dancing a jig as he played the bass. After the show, a young couple said they hoped we could play at their wedding."

"Refried fiddle, electric guitar, and blazing bodhran!"

-- Paula Lynch, Celtic musician and composer

"The Irish Experience is a Blarney Phoenix, that rises up on Saint Patrick's Eve and brings bountiful cheer to all the little people at heart. The Irish Experience is a festive force, an insatiable jig. The Irish Experience is renewed vigor. They perform Celtic and Appalachian music on traditional and electric instruments...The Irish Experience begin the set with a delicate electric guitar when in steps the electric fiddle playing an instrumental version of the 'Rocky Road to Dublin' slip jig. The guitar ends and the fiddle takes off backed by down bass and percussion as the band jumps into a breakneck version of the 'Tam Lin' reel. It stops followed by bass version and back into the reel more fiery than before...When I read the bio of the band, they mentioned how Snowboarders loved their music, and well, I can see that. It's high-impact Celtic music at its finest."

-- Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards



Why this name?
What do you call it when a fiddler from Seattle plays Irish music with a Wah peddle?!

Do you play live?
You can find us at the Irish pubs in Seattle on Saint Paddy's Day.

We love to get the whole crowd dancing -- and the crowd loves it when our bass player dances along while he's playing.

Your influences?
Electric Celtic & Appalachian Rock influenced by The Bothy Band, The Clash, and The Horseflies.

Favorite spot?
In Seattle on stage at a pub on Saint Paddy's Day!

Equipment used:
Traditional electric instruments.



Listen for "Paddy on the Landfill" in the upcoming release of Kill The Irishman.



Morrison's Jig reaches #5 in the iTunes world music song chart. (3/18/2010)

The Irish Experience hits #6 in the iTunes world music album chart. (3/17/2006)

The Irish Experience is one of CD Baby's top-selling albums in digital distribution



Morrison's Jig was licensed by Hallmark for use in a line of St. Patrick's Day Cards With Sound.




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Dan W

The Irish Experience
I love it! Great arrangements, top notch fiddling!

David B

High Energy Traditional Irish Tunes
I found this CD by paging through the $5 CD listings at CD Baby. What a treat. This album pulls me through each track like cruising down a ski slope or rolling through singletrack on my mountain bike. It's exhilirating and inspiring. The electric fiddle is wonderfully expressive and energetic. The Morison's jig is particularly good, and the Julia Delany/Dinny O'brien/Drowsy Maggie lift me out of my chair. Buy this album and two more for only 5 bucks apiece. If you're not sure listen to the samples - what a great resource - and the folks at CD Baby are terrific too.

Jason Fultz

Rocky road to Dublin Tamlin, is simply the best Irish song I have ever heard...
I was searching for some good music to relax to. I decided to look into some Irish bands, then fell on this one doing a google search, and wound up at soundclicks. Rocky road to Dublin Tamlin, is simply the best Irish song I have ever heard. I seen that you had a CD and was bound to get it. :D Good luck to the future!!


I like this CD, but only generally. I am a big fan of Celtic music but I tend to like the more sad-sounding and really fiddle driven tunes. So personally it isn't the best Celtic I've ever heard but it's good anyway.

III, Todd

munch munch!
this really is quite good. they need to have a video.


every track a winner!
I discovered Celtic Rock here in N.H. at the Highland Games, where we get some excellent performers from eastern Canada. Internet searching led me to the Wicked Tinkers and subsequently The Irish Experience, excellent Northwest bands that I hope will tour in New England someday. There is not a bad track on the CD "The Irish Experience".

Anne McKinnon

Toe-tapping gem
This is an upbeat, toe-tapping gem of a CD. Varied but not a mish-mash, this CD will cure your winter blues and blahs!

Jaap Weverling, Amsterdam

A Real Experience
In 2007 I ‘discovered’ Celtic Music. Recently I started to buy CDs from CD Baby. The newest addition to my CD collection, after I heard it first at the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, is the Irish Experience. As I am not Irish I cannot decide about the ‘Irishness’, but this CD certainly is an Experience. It is delightful music to which I can listen any moment of the day.

III, Todd Pettig Cromwellrew

luckily for you, you can get this CD
This CD is great. These guys should be more popular.
Maybe if you're lucky someone will post a video of
Joe Bowbeer doing his feet-planted hip dance or of
Tom attacking his stand-up bass. The music is
infectuous and seamless -- e.g., Mr May is a bang-up
rock guitarist, but he keeps his guitar sound under
control to fit the genre. You will likely find yourself
humming the music to "Tam Lin" throughout the day if you
listen in the morning. Now if these blokes would just
put out a second CD with that other favorite song I
like from them.


Great Irish Dancing Beats!
I just finished learning how to dance to irish music at Lincoln Center's Dance-athon thing and I was looking for some good music to dance to and I found this CD. There are some kickass tracks to dance to on here. I heard that this band plays in Seattle on St. Patricks day. If anyone knows where they'll be for St. Patrick's day 2007, please send me the details! Thanks,
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