The band you've long known as Tir Na Nog has morphed into a new band, or at least, a new name. While leafing through a Clancy Brothers songbook, Brian discovered a song title that piqued his interest:  My Son Ted 

"This is a version of Mrs. McGrath which in 1913-1916 was the most popular marching song of the Irish Volunteers.  It is probably the first anti-war song".



My Son Ted's brand of Celtic eclectic folk rock fusion has charmed audiences in Calgary and southern Alberta since the band's inception in 1999. With a combination of original songs, traditional material and esoteric interpretations of some oft-heard pieces, My Son Ted loves to energize and uplift.

Founded by Regina songwriter/guitarist Brian Volke, the band's current line-up coalesced in about 2006.  Calgary singer/songwriter Christie Simmons joined the band at that time bringing her folk roots and heartfelt voice. Robert J McConnell, a cowboy at heart transplanted from Toronto, joined in 2000. He has been rock steady on bass as well as friendship. Colin Peters, who has lived in Alberta and BC is masterful at filling in the gaps on the fiddle, while always ready to jump in with a tune or two. Originally signing on as a bodhran player, Brad Uphill, originally from Kimberly BC, has gradually been expanding his percussive purview. Shawn Kingston joined the band in 2011, bringing his Mark Knopfler/Jimi Hendrix stylings along with his David Crosby style voice.

My Son Ted (as Tir Na Nog) has been a mainstay at the Water Valley Celtic Music Festival since it began in 1999. As well, MST has performed at the Lethbridge Folk Club, the East Coast Kitchen Party at the David Thompson Resort in Nordegg, Alberta; the East Coulee Spring Fest, the Cochrane Valley Folk Club in Cochrane, Alberta; the Room Full of Sound Concert Series in Okotoks, Alberta; as well as numerous pubs, clubs, living rooms and functions in Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, High River, Drumheller and Banff.  In 2012 the band was priviledged to perform at the Epcor Centre in Calgary, as the warmup act for the Chieftains.

In 2003 the band released Home Again, a CD comprised of Brian's originals and some of the band's best trads. Cuts from the album have been played on CBC, CKUA, KTAO and Accuradio.

The band's followup CD is soon to be released, with September 2014 slated as the release date. Entitled "Carmel's Parlour", it features Brian's originals which deal with performances (Everyone's Irish, Glad to Be), pastimes (Brenda's Ceilidh, Carmel's Parlour), transcendence (Look For What You Love) and the merry effects of aging. As well, some of our favourite covers (Fisherman's Blues, Gallows Pole) will be there.
 


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