- McKinney, TX
- Celtic Music
- Travels up to 1500 miles
String Theory is a Celtic Folk band and classical trio that was recently ranked the #4 best Irish Band in Texas by the Dallas Observer. They are perfect for St. Patrick's day events, weddings, Irish pubs and Celtic festivals, and retirement communities.
They play high energy Irish tunes and have performed in all the leading local Irish pubs/festivals and venues to great reviews.
With bachelor/masters degrees in music, the band also can play classical music at wedding preludes and ceremonies, or more refined events. With classical finger style guitar, flute, piccolo, mandolin, and violin they can add that touch of class to any ceremony and then kick it up celtic style for a cocktail hour.
I surprised my husband with live music on our wedding day and I am so glad I chose String Theory Irish Band! The music was beautiful during the ceremony and we had them play afterwards for the cocktail hour. My favorite memory from the whole wedding day was dancing to Fields of Gold with my new husband. Sarah Copus' voice is just magical and I am amazed at the beautiful compositions with Violin, Flute, Guitar, and Harp! I hope to go see them live and relive the best memories of our wedding day!
What to Expect
String Theory is great as a St. Patricks Day band. We play lively and exciting Irish dance music as well as a mix of songs, and some slower Danny Boy type ballads.
We also play pubs and can play 3-4 sets of music that is great as a Thursday night background music, or as a Friday/Saturday main event.
The band also specializes in weddings. Being both Irish musicians and classically training artists, they can play a very formal wedding ceremony with any Vivaldi, Bach, or Mozart you wish, and then play a cocktail hour, first dance, or reception with high energy celtic music and song.
String Theory is a new celtic folk band that specializes in high energy Irish/Scottish trad tunes and songs. Recently ranked one of the top 5 Irish Bands in Texas by the Dallas Observer, the band features Jesse Ramirez on guitar and mandolin, D/FW fiddle legend Linda Relph, Nathan Kennedy on fiddle, Bill Zauner on upright bass, and Matt Cook on vocals and bodhran.
The band premiered in 2015 with performances at The Celt and Trinity Hall in North Texas and has since had over 50 shows between those two pubs. The have also performed in many other venues, festivals, retreats, and weddings. They performed in 2015 at the O’Flaherty Retreat, and were featured in the upcoming McKinney CELTic Festival and Sherman Celtic Festival in spring/summer 2017. They were a featured performer at the North Texas Irish Festival in 2016 and again in 2017, as well as Irishfest Atlanta in 2016. The Band was the headline performer at the 2016 City of Allen’s Shamrock Shindig St. Patrick’s festival. They also have an active Celtic wedding schedule.
Jesse is a Celtic finger style guitarist and has a masters in guitar performance from UNT and is currently a professor of music at Mount Royal College as well as a high school guitar teacher in the Garland TX ISD. He played in the Celtic Ensemble at Texas Tech with Roger Landes during his 4 year undergraduate degree. Linda Relph is a world class fiddler, and has been a part of some of the most successful Celtic bands in the Southern United States including founding The Kildares. Nathan is a national award winning Irish fiddler who was the first youth from Texas to compete in the world championships of Irish music, the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo Ireland. He also plays with the TIMES Session Players with Ken Fleming as well as a number of classical orchestras and chamber groups. Nathan was concertmaster of a Texas State winning orchestra, as well as one that won an International championship at the Mid-West clinic in Chicago.
Bill is an upright bass player and has played in a variety of genres from celtic to jazz and classical. He attended Texas Tech where he performed with Chris Smith and Roger Landes' Celtic Ensemble and graduated with a degree with honors in music performance as well as music education. He was a member of the Lubbock Symphony for 7 years, and Midland Odessa Symphony for 7 years. Bill is an Orchestra Director for the Lewisville ISD. Matt Cook is the bands lead vocalist. He also plays Bodhran, mandolin, and octave mandolin. Matt is also a highly sought after sound engineer and does sound for high profile venues and shows.
String Theory just released a CD self titled. This CD is the inaugural release from the band and is a true musical delight. It features the amazing Celtic finger style guitar of Jesse Ramirez that will remind many of the work of the legendary Randal Bays. It also features world class Irish fiddling from Nathan Kennedy. Matt provides great vocals and bodhran beats and low strings are featured through out. It includes many upbeat Irish dance tunes to get your toes tapping, wonderful folk marches and waltzes that shows the bands impressive classical and Celtic training, and some of the most haunting Irish airs you have heard
Additional Booking Notes
We have all our own sound equipment and lighting equipment and can set up three separate sound stages for an event.... perfect for a wedding cerimony, cocktail hour, and reception.
Upcoming Booked Events
|January 02, 2018 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
Wedding Play List – Instrumentalists
• Adiago from Sonata No. 6 – Mozart
• Air fro Water Music - Handel
• Air from Orchestral Suite No 3 – Bach
• Amazing Grace
• Ave Maria
• Cannon in D – Pachelbel
• Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis
• Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
• Largo - Handel
• Meditation from Thais – Massenet
• Open Arms, Journey
• Panis Angelicus, Frank.
• Rain from Four Seasons – Vivaldi
• Spring/Summer from Vivaldi
• Wedding March
• You’re my Best Friend, Queen
Fast Irish Instrumental Tunes – Play List (Sample - we have over 200 we play)
• Rolling Waves, Willie Colemans, Sliabh Russell (jigs)
• Glen Road to Carrick, Ships are Sailing, Malcolm Finlays (reels)
• Dowd’s #9, Bag of Suds, Tamlin (reels)
• Banish Misfortune, Castle Jig (Sean Ryans), My Darling Asleep (jigs)
• The Golden Keyboard, Blacksmiths Daughter (reels)
• Musical Priest, Lord MacDonald, Frank’s (reels)
• Mother’s Delight, Stanford Collector, Sunny Banks (reels)
• Silver Spear, Cup of Tea, Hunters House (reels)
• Dance at Kinvara, Patty Byrnes Barndance (barndances)
• Hare’s Paw, Limerick Lasses, Maid in the Cherry Tree (reels)
• Guns of the Magnificent 7, Martin Wynnes #2, Skylark (reels)
• B Minor Polka, Little Diamond, Rambling Sailor (polkas)
• Within a Mile of Dublin, Good Morning to your Nightcap (reel)
• Air – Limericks Lament, The Coolin, Danny Boy
• Rights of Man, Peacocks Feather (hornpipe)
• Spotted Dog, Lilting Banshee, Stan Chapman’s (jigs)
• Fields of Athenry
• Mairi's Wedding
• My Lagen Love
• Red is the Rose
• Scarborough Fair
• She Moved Through the Fair
• Suil a Run
• The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
• The Parting Glass
• Toura Loura Loura
• The Wraggle Taggle Gypsies
• Westering Home
• When Irish Eyes are Smiling
• Will you Go Lassie Go
Influences & Inspiration
Irish: The Chieftains, Danu, Dervish, Solas, Lunasa.
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