Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of Switchback have been playing their brand of Americana music for over twenty years. Brian and Martin play an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass. Their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos such as the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said of Switchback: "Their vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique...there is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo."
Switchback provides a unique and exciting Americana show featuring many original songs with a distinct Celtic influence. Their concerts appeal to a wide range of audiences.
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Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers. and festivals around the world for over 20 years. Switchback concerts feature a combination of Irish music and original songs from their catalog of over 300 tunes.
Switchback plays an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, and their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos such as the Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said of Switchback: "The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique...there is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo."
Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, drawing praise from such traditional players as Matt Malloy of the group the Chieftains. Ireland has taken Switchback to her heart, with performances at art centers throughout the country and appearances on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). At the same time, their music is modern Celtic, with songs capturing the Irish of today as accurately as the Pogues and singer-songwriters like Christy Moore.
But to pay attention only to the Celtic side of Switchback would be a disservice to the unique American roots music crafted by FitzGerald and McCormack. Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines chose to work with Switchback in producing three of their albums and considers the duo one of the most important acts playing Americana music today.
Switchback tours throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Netherlands, playing over 200 engagements a year. Their television specials “The Americana Sessions” and “The Celtic Sessions” have aired on PBS stations throughout the U.S. The band has also been working with Paul Mertens (who arranged the music for “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin”) on orchestral scores for some of their original music.
On top of their busy tour schedule, Switchback regularly presents outreach programs for schools, community events, senior citizen groups, and special needs audiences. They offer outreach programs on Celtic music, songwriting, and music appreciation as well as music residencies.
Unusual, honest, heartfelt, humorous, personable, talented, spiritual, and spirited -– these all describe the band Switchback.
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