OXFORD – The McKrells will bring their mix of folk, Celtic, bluegrass and American music to 6 On The Square in Oxford at 7.30pm on Saturday February 26.
According to a press release, Kevin McKrell pioneered American Celtic music in 1979 with Donnybrook Fair. The trio’s 1982 album “Tunnel Tigers” remains a genre landmark with its blend of Clancy Brothers bluster and upstate New York attitude. He honed his style in the 1980s with the Fabulous Newports, a harmony group known as much for its antics, comedy and long list of members as for its smooth singing.
In 1998, McKrell – who has three solo albums to his credit – formed a powerful band under his own name, fusing Donnybrook’s Irish sensibility with a steely world-class bluegrass edge. The McKrells toured louder than Donnybrook, bringing their music – with McKrell’s vigorous vocals backed by the selection of hot string bands – to Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and folk, Irish and bluegrass festivals and concert halls across the country.
He is best known for songs such as “Home in Donegal”, “You and Me”, “I Miss the Rain” and “All of The Hard Days Are Gone”, which were sung and recorded by the Kingston Trio, Furey Brothers. , Seamus Kennedy, The Druids, Dublin City Ramblers, North Sea Gas, Pat McKernan, Bob Shane, Hair of the Dog, Wood’s Tea Company and Get Up Jack.
Off the stage, McKrell is a painter whose works hang in many places in Ireland, Scotland and Italy where he performed. He has sold his work at the Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival and will bring paintings and prints with him to Oxford.
Joining McKrell at 6OTS will be percussionist Brian Melick, violinist Frank Orsini, banjo player Scott Hopkins and bassist Arlin Greene.
Tickets for $20, plus a $2 service charge, can be purchased online at 6onthesquare.org or by calling 607-843-6876 to make a reservation. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
Customers will be required to present proof of vaccination, either by a card issued by the vaccine supplier or by an Excelsior Pass on paper or electronic device. Additionally, anyone entering the venue for a concert must wear a mask, covering their nose and mouth the entire time the person is in the venue, except when eating or drinking.
The performance will also be streamed live online on a pay-per-view basis. Purchases must be made more than two hours before the show to receive the viewing link in time.