Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Irish Volunteers and The Irish Pride Dancers Open the 15th Annual Summer Concert Series at Farnsworth Park in Altadena Saturday, July 9th at 7:00 PM
The Irish Volunteers are a traditional Irish band new to the L.A. Irish music scene. The group is made up of John McKenna on accordion, Timothy Moynahan on tin whistle, Mike Manning on guitar and Sean Manning on lead vocals. They have combined their years of experience in Irish music to make a sound that is unique to their American Irish experience. The name of the Irish Volunteers goes back to the brave men that have fought for a free Ireland since 1798. The Manning’s own Great-Grandfather was an Irish Volunteer himself, serving in the New York 15th, of miners and engineers during the American Civil War. The most famous Irish Volunteer regiment of the time was of course the Fighting Irish of the 69th . New York .John McKenna , musician and actor by trade, is the son of Irish immigrants and hails from New York’s own , The Bronx. John’s love of his own up-bringing has carried on the family tradition of playing the small accordion, or “the box” as it is known. His skill with it gives the band it’s rich ethnic sound. John also plays the Irish drum or bodhran, and lends his fine Irish pipes to lead and back-up vocals.
Timothy Moynahan, second-generation Irish American and the band’s spiritual Director of Music grew up singing and playing Irish music with his four brothers and parents in the Orange County section of Southern California. An expert trombone player and an international reggae star with that instrument, Tim’s additional prowess on the penny whistle, or Irish tin whistle, roots the fellas in Irish flavor. Timothy also writes and sings original music for the band.Mike Manning brings his nearly 50 years of guitar work and Beatle’s inspired licks to give the Irish Volunteers their base in the folk/rock style. Together with his brother Sean on vocals the pair started a duo , Those Manning Boys , in 2001 and have collected and performed some 80 traditional Irish tunes in their repertoire. The Boys joined forces with John and Timothy in 2010 and have formed The Irish Volunteers. The name came from the fact that nobody was getting paid much to play, but has evolved once again into a force to be heard. “Faugh an Beallach,” or “Clear the Way “for the Irish Volunteers.