“The best band to come out of Ireland in years” - Patrick Johnston
— Michigan Irish Music Café. Detroit USA
The Druids Bio
Award Winning Irish Band
The Druids Folk Band from Co. Kildare & Wexford, Ireland burst on to the music scene early in 2008. After nearly ten years The Druids are now an integral part of the Irish Folk Scene
Their songs carry the story of Ireland, songs and stories which are delivered with passion and conviction. The Druids have completed tours of Ireland, Scotland, UK, Denmark, Belgium, Spain and up to three tours a year in the USA. Having toured constantly over the past number of years The Druids are now becoming a well established group. Their live show is a must for all lovers of Irish song music and history. It is both entertaining and educational. The Druids are now regulars on the festival tours of the states.
Over the past few years The Druids have featured at the following festivals in the USA,
Fairfield Irish Festival in Connecticut,
New Jersey Irish Festival
Peekskill Irish Festival New York,
Lower East Side Irish Fair New York,
The Irish 2000 Saratoga Albany,
Motor City Irish Fest Detroit,
Buffalo Irish Festival, New York
The Kilt Fest New Jersey,
Milford Irish Festival Connecticut.
The Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival .
Riverside Festival Liverpool
The Ploughing Championships
St Patrick's Festival New York
St Pats Mons Belgium
Patchouge Irish Festival Long Island New York ,
2012 Leinster Entertainment Award. Folk Award
2013 Best Folk Act Sin E Radio Folk Awards
2015 Best Folk Album Sin E Radio Folk Awards
2016 Accommodation from The City of Berkeley Detroit , For their contribution to Irish Culture .
2017 Best Live Act Irish Folk Awards
2018 Award From Kildare Association of New York
2019 Best Irish Folk Band, Motor City Irish Festival
Mick O’Brien (Wexford now living in Newbridge)
Mick has been described in recent times as “The Best front man” in Irish Music. His story telling and analogues before songs build a profile about the song and at all times captivates the majority of an audience into THE DRUIDS experience. Mick who comes originally from Ballycanew Co. Wexford (now living in Newbridge) has been around the block in terms of music, travelling the world with many groups. His love of songs is translated to the audience.
Zak Moran (Kildare)
Zak is the youngest member of the band, he comes from a back ground of music. He has developed old style of guitar playing which lifts the band to new levels and heights. Zak is a gifted musician and very passionate about Irish Music, he played his first show with a The Druids when he was only thirteen years old. It was destiny that he would become a full time member.
Gary Lawlor (Kildare)
Gary comes from a long line of music with his father Mick Lawlor a very well known Musician around Kildare and surrounding areas. Gary has been described as one of the leading and most powerful singers on the Irish music circuit to date. He is the engine room of the band with strong rhythms and a strong presence. His vocal is powerful and clear and takes our listeners on an emotional trip through song.
Gary O Brien(Kildare )
Gary also comes from a long line of great singers and musicians His father Colm is a very well known Kildare balladeer . Gary is a multi instrumentalist, he has studies music at 3rd level and can read the dots. He played with both Gary Lawlor and Zak as well as Denis in a number of bands over the years. It was inevitable that he would join The Druids at some point.
Denis Moran (Kildare)
Denis is also a multi Instrumentalist and a drummer of note. He also has a massive family history in music , in fact he is Zaks uncle . He played in many bands over the years from The Highway Men with Gary O Briens Father to Emerald with Gary . Denis bring his experience , passion , commitment and huge talent to the outfit.
What is been said about The Druids;
"I firmly believe this band can entertain and play anywhere" (The Irish Voice Newspaper).
“When I seen THE DRUIDS play in New York’s lower East side I was as excited and as worked up as when I seen The Clancy Brothers in 1966” (John Mc Donagh WBAI RADIO NEW YORK)
“THE DRUIDS held the audience captive with their songs ."(Fairfield Irish Festival, Connecticut, USA)
“THE DRUIDS stunned our festival with their Irish songs, the audience went home educated, entertained and enthralled.” (Hudson Valley Irish Festival, New York, USA)
“Irish Based Band THE DRUIDS play what’s in their hearts they are a talented outfit” (The Glasgow Echo).
“THE DRUIDS had a sold-out audience wrapped around their finger from the first song, Pure Class” (Patrick Johnston Michigan Irish Music Café Detroit USA)
"These four-gifted singer/songwriters/musicians bring a voice to the people of today’s Ireland, and a new life into the ballads of the past. The Irish soul burns bright in the powerful and exciting music of The Druids” (Dan Dennehy AOH Hudson Valley New York)
“Even Americans love The Druids music, because everyone wants a hero or a song to believe in” Corey Killgannon New York Times. NYC
“THE DRUIDS live gigs are a must for everyone who loves great Irish songs” (Kieran Kelly Dublin City Fm)
“I love these lads approach to their music they have invested their hearts and souls in their songs” (Clem Ryan KFM Radio)
“THE DRUIDS have hit the ground running, they are singing with style and passion they will raise your hearts and sprits. Let the PEOPLE SING “(More Than 90 Minutes Celtic Magazine)
With a Wexford man fronting the outfit THE DRUIDS are the real Deal (The Wexford Echo)
“THE DRUIDS are the best Irish band I have ever seen”
Eliza Butler Radio Free Eireann WBAI New York.
“No current band better exemplifies a commitment to educating folks about Irish History, combined with high energy performances as The Druids. If you are looking for a high octane folk band that will knock it out of the park each and every time, you won’t find anyone better.” Matthew Nelligan Irish 2000 festival Saratoga New York USA
“The best band to come out of Ireland in years” Patrick Johnston Michigan Irish Music Café. Detroit USA
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