C D Launch at Wine Ohs!
C D Launch at Wine Ohs!

February 28, 2015!!!!
(and if anyone can tell me how to turn my picture around, I'd be grateful!)


We're changing the band name to My Son Ted, and....we're putting out a new CD entitled Carmel's Parlour. It'll be out in September 2014!! "Whattya thinka that Bedford Falls?!!!!!"


  • St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 2007 .
  • Joyce on 4th Irish Pub, Calgary.
  • Once again it was another brilliant time at St. Patty's Day. We played from 11:30 - 2:30, had a few hours off, then played from 7:00 PM to 1:00 AM. The band was hot, and the audience was hot, er, warmer! The dance floor was filled with wiggling, jiggling, frantically dancing St. Pattieites. In fact, St. Patrick himself was there. Greetings go out to our friends: Mia, Delicia, Rick, Wanda, Jacquie, Dorothy and Pat. Thanks for coming out and thanks for supporting the band. P.S. Brian thanks RJ, Christie, Colin and Brad.
  • Saturday, June 9th, the Backporch Swing: the "first" folk festival of the year! This was the second performance for Tir Na N'og at Mike Macleod's famous Backporch Swing. The weather was great and we all had a great time. Thanks again, Mike!.
  • On February 16th, 2008, we opened for contemporary folk/roots singer John Wort Hannam at the Cochrane Valley Folk Club. (Or perhaps I should say, John "closed" for us?) In any case, a good time was had by all. The Cochrane Valley Folk Club is a tremendous venue with great hospitality, sound and a beautiful audience. I highly recommend it.
  • Kudos and thanks to all the staff at St. James' Gate Irish Pub in Banff. We played a great couple of gigs there on May 2nd and 3rd. The band was rockin' (or should I say "folkin'") and the crowd was jumping! The only damper to an otherwise fine night was that the Habs lost to the Philadelphia Flyers. Oh well, better luck next year!
  • March 5th, 2010: We would just like to thank Bev and Twyla and all the gang at The Hub in Red Deer, Alberta. We had a lovely time and were treated royally by everyone there. Hats off to The Hub!
  • April 24, 2010: A great little venue for live music is Gitter's Pub in High River, Alberta. Thanks to Donna and all her staff for a lovely evening at Gitter's on April 23.
  • April 17, 2011: People may be wondering what we've been up to of late. A few people have even asked when are we going to play in Calgary next? Well, fear not, Tir Na N'og has not been idle! We have started work on a new album! That's right, our first CD in eight years. We're very excited. We're so excited that we have added another band member in the process. New album, new band member, new band? New lease on life? Who knows? It's a fun ride nonetheless! Shawn Kingston brings along his guitar- playing and singing expertise. You'll hear him, as well as the usual cast on this next album. We're recording at Rocky Mountain Studios in Calgary, under the tutelage on Mr. Rob Smith. If all goes well, we should have it out by the new year. Stay tuned Tirnanoggins!

    July 15, 2011 - The band had a fun time performing at Drumheller for Canada Day. Thanks to all the fine folks who made it a great day. Why, I even ran into one of my old students there!

    - Studio News: We've been chipping away at new and old material for the new record (I love calling them records rather than CDs!). We've got Look For What You Love, Fisherman's Blues and Gumbo soon to be finished. Brenda's Ceilidh, Glad to Be and Everyone's Irish are on their way as well. These of course are Brian Volke originals, with the exception of Fisherman's Blues. This was written by Mike Scott of the Waterboys. We plan to do Roddy McCorley, All Along the Watchtower and Gallows Pole, along with a couple of fiddle sets courtesy of Colin Peters.
  • More Studio News: October 16, 2011. We've got six songs very close to being "in the can" ! This is very exciting for us! You could call this "Part One" of the entire project. The tracks are: Look For What You Love, Gumbo, Glad to Be and Everyone's Irish, written by Brian. As well we have Fisherman's Blues written by Mike Scott of the Waterboys. Look forward to some song snippets on the Myspace site in the coming weeks.

    On March 29, 2012, Brian with Shawn as backup travelled to Lethbridge, Alberta to perform as a finalist in the South Country Fair Songwriting Contest. Brian was there due to the merits of his song "Look for What You Love" (check it out on Myspace). John Wort Hannam was the host and the event was held in a great spot called The Slice. Shawn and Brian were treated to several great compliments including one from someone who compared their guitar sound to Jim Croce's.

    Spring-Summer 2012 - It's been a busy time for members of Tir Na Nog. Six tracks of the upcoming CD were completed at Rob Smith's Rocky Mountain Recording Studio. Rob has since sold his studio and is off seeking adventure in a new chapter of his life. We are planning to record the rest of the CD at another studio in the very near future.

    In July Brian attended a songwriting workshop in Toronto that blew his mind. Entitled Songstudio, this workshop has been going for nine years and is directed by Blair Packham and Rik Emmett. A highlight for Brian was performing "Glad to Be" in front of an incredible backing band led by Mr. Emmett himself at the famous Toronto venue Hugh's Room.

    October 9, 2012 - We had a superb time as the warmup band for the Chieftains' concert at the Epcor Centre in Calgary. In fact, we rocked! If it weren't for the fact that the Chieftains were waiting in the other room, we'd probably still be playing! The crowd was extremely appreciative and we were extremely honoured to be able to play at this event.

    October 27, 2012 - Christie organized a wonderful house concert with Cara Luft on this night. The trio of Christie, Shawn and Brian were the warm-up act. We did a half hour set of Christie tunes, Brian tunes and one Hank tune. After performing we got to sit back and enjoy Cara do her magic.

    March 2, 2013: On the recording front, we would like to thank Rob Smith from the former Rocky Mountain Studios in Calgary, for all of his fine efforts. We recorded six songs with Rob. He has since moved on to other opportunities and we have resumed recording with John Thiel of Horizon Music in Calgary. To date we have almost completed one track, "Carmel's Parlour" and begun a cover of the Hank Williams tune, "I'm So Lonesome".