Blarney Rebel Band

This year marks the 14th appearance at the Great American Irish Festival for area Blarney Rebel Band, making them GAIF’s longest tenured act. Hailing from the Celtic hotbed of Central New York, BRB performs all types of traditional Irish music, from rollicking pub songs to traditional folk fare, from rousing sea songs to moving ballads, from stirring rebel songs to hand-clapping jigs and reels. Their unique blend of out-of-the-box music, audience interplay and comedy has morphed into a genre called “Unique blend of out-of-the-box music, audience interplay and comedy;” a name that is not catching on at all. Their debut studio CD “Buy My Soul” has sold all over the world, with one cut, “Stand With Me Boys,” earning No. 1 in the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast Best of 2009 Listener’s Poll. Their 4th CD, “Pile High the Pennywall,” is an ambitious collection of original material penned by all five band members. They were recently named by the worldwide Irish and Celtic Music Podcast as one of 2015’s Top 20 Celtic bands.