From Kitchens to Kings
Jan 30, 2014
It was the spring of 1990, and a storm was brewing in the kitchens of Newfoundland and Labrador. It wasn’t a snow storm like the Atlantic Provinces are known for, but a storm of an entirely different sort – a musical one! This was the year that guitarists Con O’Brien and Ronnie Power teamed up with multi-instrumentalist and vocalist D’Arcy Broderick and bassist Larry Martin to form The Irish Descendants.
Casting aside their trade in the fishing industry, The Irish Descendants packed up their instruments and left their homes with a single goal in mind - to take the music that they lovingly performed in their kitchens to the stages, pubs, and concert halls of Newfoundland. It was a year later when their first CD, Misty Mountain Shore, sold over 15,000 copies that they realized their music was destined to be heard beyond the shores of their beloved Island.
Their local radio station, OZFM, has branded them as the “Kings of Celtic Music” and it’s not hard to see why. Since the release of Misty Mountain Shore, The Irish Descendants have received Gold Status (sold over 500,000 units) with their third album, Gypsies and Lovers. In 1996, they received an East Coast Music Award for Entertainers of the Year, as well as a Juno Award for Best Roots Traditional Group. The band has also had the honour of performing for the Queen of England, as well as the heads of state of Ireland and Spain, as part of the 500th Anniversary Celebration of the discovery of Newfoundland.
While the line up of the Irish Descendants has changed over the years, their vigour for touring has not. It is not unusual for the band to perform close to 300 shows in a year. They tour extensively across North America headlining Celtic festivals in Milwaukee, Boston and Chicago. They have performed at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and have headlined The International Festival of the Sea in England. Currently they are touring in support of their Rise Again Vol. 1 album that was released in March 2011.
This February, the Irish Descendants will be continuing their musical mission by bringing their traditional sound to the Peace Region, not once but three times! Don’t miss your chance to see these Canadian Kings of Celtic Music in Fort St. John and Grande Prairie.