Pigeon Kings draws from Celtic and Rock influences, but they're not Celtic Rock; there are traditional elements, but they are by no means a traditional band. With elements of Americana and Bluegrass threaded in, they have a sound and persona all their own without gimmicks or pretense.
This is a group of extremely serious players with a high energy stage show, backed by unique compositions, honest lyrics and the experienced showmanship of career musicians.
Joe began his career as a reluctant student of classical violin, but was able to parlay his mother’s insistence into an impressive career as a musician, co-founding the critically acclaimed Celtic/Roots band Scythian. Together, they went from playing on the streets for pocket change to headlining festivals all over the country - with a few stints abroad – and playing for Presidents, Popes and the very best fans anyone could ask for.
Shane grew up in Manchester, England in a household steeped in traditional Irish music. Starting at 7 years of age, he quickly learned to master the mandolin, before progressing to the banjo and fiddle. Shane was All Britain & All Ireland Champion on numerous occasions, and has been performing since the age of 12 with a veritable who’s who of Celtic music, all around the world.
Andrew is a world traveler and Washington DC based drummer/percussionist who loves exploring the range and versatility of the drums. He has toured extensively, both at home and abroad, and his creative approach to the drums has been described as the perfect balance of power and sensitivity, bombast and finesse.
Born and raised in Belfast, Ireland, Ciarán began playing traditional Irish music on the tin whistle at the age of 8 with the Francis McPeake School of Music. He then traveled the world playing music, including a 4-year stint performing in Dubai. In addition to guitar, Ciarán is also a master on the bodhrán and bouzouki, lending Pigeon Kings some homegrown Irish virtuosity