"A lot of the instruments I play with are quite louder than an acoustic violin, so I needed something to make the instrument project more. I'm a singer as well and I am used to the microphones slightly distorting the natural timbre of my voice, but something I enjoy about this violin pickup is that it actually picks up and carries the natural tone of my instrument. Its my Great Grandad's violin actually and it's 102 years old with quite a distinctive, rich and open sound, so I was absolutely stoked to find this violin microphone that would pick up on that natural sound."
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A foot-tapping, entertaining, multi-instrument band that also delights with multi-layered harmonies – that is what has been created in THE EXCITING MCGILLICUDDIES! Inspired by The Macgillicuddy’s Reeks, a spectacular and windswept mountain range in County Kerry, the name itself invokes the sound of the fiddle, accordion and tin whistle, performing with equal ease traditional tunes (Celtic airs and rhythmic jigs and reels), original songs and, with their fashion sense, showing a ‘truly exceptional eye-catching style’ (Il Globo - Italian Newspaper, May 2017). Marry this to a band of talented, spirited, experienced musical Australians and you have the perfect combination that ensures a good time is had by all!
The band members are Mick Slocum, the charismatic former member of The Bushwhackers and The Sundowners, Australian bands of renown, supported by the master guitarist and vocalist, Damian Peck and seasoned percussionist, Denis Charles who is equally at home on the bones and the bodhran. These seasoned performers are turned into a marvelous combination of music and song by violinist and vocalist, Elly D’Arcy and the incomparable ‘Il Pirata,’ Alessandro Andrew Parise, hurdy gurdy and nyckelhaprpa virtuoso. With their energetic stage show, The Exciting McGillicuddies are quite comfortable on an intimate club stage, in a pub session or at an international festival.
Thanks to Elly, Alessandro, Damian and Mick, the band enjoys several genres up its musical sleeve, with tunes from the isles and songs, spanning a broad repertoire of Australian Folk, Celtic tunes, and a suitcase full of original songs written by the band members and former collaborators.
A long and successful career for the band is assured, and whilst the group has spent 2017 in and around its home town of Melbourne, recording their debut album ‘Rainmaker’ they fully intend to expand their performing circuit to include the rest of the Australian mainland and South east Asia, with appearances planned for the Singapore Arts Festival and the Bangkok Music and Arts Festival 2018. Do not miss this group – The Exciting McGillicuddies!
MICK SLOCUM: button accordion, harmonica, percussion, harmony vocals, lead vocal on Valparaiso
DAMIAN PECK: electric and acoustic guitars, bass, percussion, harmony vocals, lead vocal on Dog Star, Where do you Go?, Rainmaker, No Sunny Day and Mingulay Boat Song
ELLY D’ARCY: violin, guitar, harmony vocals, lead vocal on Black is the Colour and The Sailing Song (Shore Bound, Lamenting)
ALESSANDRO ANDREW PARISE: hurdy gurdy (Malochet and Valparaiso)
DENIS CHARLES: bodhran, percussion