Saturday, August 4, 2012

Tammany Talk: Irish band feeling lucky with steady gigs

English: Vector version of a design from the B... (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Casey Crosby of the Crescent City Celtic Band describe the Slidell-based band as 99.9 percent Irish, with a wee bit of Cajun. That takes into account Frank Williams who plays upright base and accordion; and Jake Alford who plays guitar, harmonica and accordion.

There also is Jeff Shaw of Covington on fiddle, mandolin and lead vocals, who Crosby calls a “real musician” with 20 years’ classical violin experience. Crosby, of Slidell, lends guitar and vocals to the group and plays a “guitjo,” a six-string guitar that looks a banjo.

The group has been playing modern and traditional Irish pub songs, of the usual hand-clapping, toe-tapping sort, Crosby said, for the past two years. They once played together in the Tuesday night jam in Slidell that was then called Casey and the Rusty Strings. But some of the members loved Irish as much as they loved bluegrass and Cajun and “one day we decided to be a band,” she said.

Call it the luck of the Irish, but so far they’ve played two Abita Springs Opry, including St. Patrick’s Day weekend; the Washington Parish Fair; the Celtic Nations Fest; The Kerry Irish Pub and Matt Murphy’s Irish House in New Orleans; and with acclaimed Celtic balladeer Danny O’Flaherty, who she said, “Gave us a shot.” They have two CDs, including “Live at Kerry’s.”

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