We play rollicking Celtic and Maritime music at Irish pubs, festivals, and private events around the Pacific Northwest.
Price Range: $300 and up.
Gig Length: 120 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
First of all....we like to have fun!! We are a band that likes to engage the audience in many different ways that include stories, and history behind the music we play. We also share jokes, sing-alongs, and general banter between band members. We are raucous and lively. If we can get you dancing, singing, and clapping along, we know we have had a successful gig.
We are capable of playing Irish and Maritime songs and tunes, as well as Folk Rock and Classic rock. We have a lot of original material, but we are also able to cover well known traditional songs and tunes from the Celtic, American Folk, and Rock realm. We tend to play with compassion and an upbeat outlook.
Instruments we use are all acoustic. That means guitar, Irish whistle, mandolin, and hand drums such as the Irish drum, African djembe, Peruvian cajon, etc. Everything is mic'd for a rich natural sound.
We are also very good at tailoring our set list to a specific event. We generally play for 50 minutes, then take a short break, then on to the next 50 minute set, and so on.
Curlew's Call is -
Jessica McKeegan; Irish whistle, mandolin, and vocals.
Mark Iler; 6 and 12 string Guitar, Harmonica, and vocals
Julie Bennett; Drums and Percussion
Curlew's Call has been in existence for just a few short years. But we have played together for many years in various bands and capacities. Julie (percussion) has played Irish music with Jess (whistle) for more than 18 years. Mark who is Jess's life partner came on the scene about 2007 and became a very positive influence in the local music scene.
We were formally a band called Loch Dhu, which became wildly popular in the PacNW, and produced one cd. We disbanded after one member landed a teaching position. After a two year hiatus, 3 of us reformed as Curlew's Call. We have played many events including the annual Galway Bay Irish Music Festival in Ocean Shores, WA.
All of us have recorded on cd's, whether our own or a friend's, we have a lot of studio time under our belts. But we also have a lot of stage experience and feel at home there.
Additional Booking Notes
Setup; If we are bringing a sound system, we need about 1.5 hours to setup and sound check. If a sound system is in place and run by another individual, then we need 30 to 45 minutes to get everything dialed in. This is after we arrive on site, and barring any complications.
Likewise, at least 1.5 hours to pack up all equipment.
Please note that if we provide the sound system, there is an additional $150 charge.
Upcoming Booked Events
|July 01, 2018–July 08, 2018 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Festival of American Fiddle Tunes|
|July 11, 2018 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Laid Back Attack Pub Crawl - Oly Underground|
|August 03, 2018–August 05, 2018 • 4:00pm - 12:00pm||Camping Ceiligh - Deception pass St Park|
|August 17, 2018 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Olympia Farmers Market|
|August 31, 2018–September 03, 2018 • 12:00pm - 4:00pm||Tumbleweed Music festival|
Past Booked Events
|June 08, 2018–June 10, 2018 • 4:00pm - 4:00pm||Stehekin Folk Music Series, Lake Chelan|
|May 25, 2018–May 28, 2018 • 12:00pm - 7:00pm||Seattle Pac NW Folklife|
|April 29, 2018 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Olympia Farmers market|
|April 21, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Oly Underground|
|April 13, 2018–April 14, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Galway Bay Irish Pub - Ocean Shores|
|March 17, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||St Pats at Pints & Quarts, Lacey, WA|
|March 17, 2018 • 12:00pm - 3:30pm||St Pats at the Pig Bar - Olympia|
|March 16, 2018 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Private St Pats Event - Bonney Lake, WA|
|March 16, 2018 • 4:00pm - 7:00pm||Corporate Event|
|March 14, 2018 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||WA Center for The Performing Arts - Benefit|
|March 10, 2018–March 11, 2018 • 12:00pm - 8:00pm||Cascade Promenade|
|March 08, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Cascade Promenade|
|March 03, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Attending Wailin Jenny's Concert|
|February 24, 2018 • 5:00pm - 11:00pm||Parrot Heads Event - location TBD|
|February 17, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Pig Bar - Olympia|
|February 14, 2018 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Valentines Day - Galway Bay Irish Pub - Ocean Shor|
|February 10, 2018 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Oly Underground - Olympia|
|January 26, 2018–January 28, 2018 • 1:00pm - 10:00pm||Wintergreen Dance Camp and Concert - Bozeman, MT|
|January 21, 2018 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Oly Underground - Olympia|
|October 13, 2017 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Olympia Farmer's Market|
|August 31, 2017–September 04, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Tumbleweed Music Festival, Richland, WA|
|August 25, 2017 • 1:00pm - 11:00pm||Skagit Valley Vinyard Gig|
|August 17, 2017–August 21, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||Curlew's Call/Humor and Heart in Ukiah, OR|
|August 11, 2017–August 12, 2017 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Curlew's Call at The Galway Bay Irish Pub, Ocean Shores|
|August 03, 2017–August 06, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Deception Pass Camping Ceili|
|July 22, 2017 • 11:00am - 2:00pm||Curlew's Call at Olympia Farmer's Market|
|May 26, 2017–June 29, 2017 • 12:00pm - 12:00pm||Curlew's Call in Ireland|
|May 21, 2017 • 11:00am - 5:00pm||Studio Recording|
|March 19, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Cascadia Grill, Olympia, WA|
|March 17, 2017 • 7:00pm - 10:00pm||St. Patrack's Day at the Vogue, Chelan, WA|
Influences & Inspiration
Ur uh....where to start.....I'll just say.....given our member's ages......nearly everything!!
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