In 2008 siblings drummer, Michael Sams and violinist Rachel Schott sat at a local pub gushing about their shared love of Irish traditional music mixed with American rock. After a pint or two (or five) of Guinness the two decided to take the plunge and collaborate in an Irish-influenced American rock project.
Ryan Gorsuch (guitar and lead vocals) and Joe Kendall (mandolin/guitar) had been playing as an acoustic duo since high school it took just one rehearsal with Michael and Rachel for the band to double in size.
A super-charged, fresh approach to the genre of American-Irish rock was born in their initial weeks together. The only thing they needed was a name. When someone pointed out that the Irish regiment of the Ohio 10th Volunteers had been nicknamed 'The Bloody Tinth' they knew they'd struck gold. It perfectly represented both the proud local history and the sharp edge of their music.
Amos Hopkins had the first starring role as The Bloody Tinth's bassist but Nick Lorenz joined in March 2010 and fit like a glove.
The band regurlaly performs in all the major cities of Ohio, and in pubs and festivals in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
Young audiences love the rock flair, traditionalists dig the Irish fiddle, and all ages enjoy the bounce and flair that is The Bloody TInth.
Ryan Gorsuch - guitar and vocals
Rachel Schott - violin and vocals
Joe Kendall - mandolin and guitars
Michael Sams - drums
Nick Lorenz - bass
Good Ship Rising - released March 2011
Good Ship Rising
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The band played the socks off of the pub. So many times throughout the night everyone in the bar ...
The band played the socks off of the pub. So many times throughout the night everyone in the bar was clapping and stomping it started to almost compete with the band. They played a lot of traditional favourites set to a more rock beat, including “Whiskey in the Jar” and “The Night Paddy Murphy Died” (written in Newfoundland, but I think it still qualifies as a traditional), but also some covers you wouldn’t expect, like “It Stoned Me” and “Santeria”. There was never a dull moment while they were on stage.
Halfway through the night the band took a break, announcing their new cd, “Good Ship Rising”, was for sale. At $10 it was a steal, so I picked up a copy on the way to the head.
Unlike their stage show, the album is filled with “folk and traditional” songs (except “The Fields of Atherny”, which they give due credit for). I would like to have seen a nontraditional cover I think, because for me that’s part of their persona as a band. I’ve only seen them once though, so my perception may be off. The album is well balanced in terms of instruments and vocals. The drums and bass keep the beat but aren’t overpowering and you can really hear the vocalists. The fiddle is often at the forefront, just as in the show, but you can also hear the guitars. It’s good for a first album, firmly establishing them as an Irish band with a traditional repertoire of songs. I definitely suggest listening the it if you have any kind of appreciation for Irish music, be it strictly traditional or Celtic punk like Flogging Molly.
Finally, a bit about the band. They’re mainly out of Ohio, so seeing them at NIBs in Indiana was a treat. If you’re in Cleveland or Cincinnati you’ll have many more chances to see them then I will. The only member I’ve personally met was Rachel Schott, their amazing violinist, who I talked to between sets. I was a bit drunk by that point. If she noticed she didn’t show it, though I wasn’t the exception in the bar to be sure. The bios on their website are pretty funny, so if you haven’t gone there yet I highly suggest it. The bands name is taken from the “Bloody Tenth”, the 10th Ohio Volunteer Infantry regiment of the Union Army in the American Civil War, which was composed mostly of Irish Americans.
The Good: Great live performance: lots of fun especially if you’re in the right pub. Their first cd is filled with classics; while there may not be any Top 40 hits it’s definitely worth buying. Besides, if you’re cruising this blog you’re not looking for Top 40 hits anyhow.
The Bad: They only have one album out, and it only came out this month. They’re unknown enough that you won’t find any torrents, so you’re stuck buying it (it’s $10 though, so how about forgoing that cheeseburger and stop whining). If you don’t like Irish music you’re also out of luck. But then again, if you don’t like Irish music you’re probably an inbred heathen.
The Verdict: The Bloody Tinth is a great band: good on cd, better in person. If you’re anywhere within an 12 hour drive go see them live, even if you need to get a hotel room.
Bloody Tinth Appear at Nine Irish Brothers
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Get Ready for a GREAT BAND The Bloody Tinth travels all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio to Nine Ir...Get Ready for a GREAT BAND
The Bloody Tinth travels all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio to Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette on Saturday, February 16! The Bloody Tinth is an enormously talented and energetic Celtic rock band with plenty of moxy and a penchant for off-beat fun. This band does an amazing job of covering all the Irish standards we hold near and dear to our hearts, but they are still original and fresh. They even throw in a couple of gems from yesteryear (such as "Laid" by James) for good measure. This is a band with no pretense that will blow you away--lots of energy and enthusiasm, lots of talent, and lots of fun.
Oh yeah: A little bit about the name: At the start of the American Civil War, Cincinnati's Irish boys answered the call for volunteers and marched to battle as the Ohio 10th Reg. They were so fierce and brave in battle that, by the time the war was through, they were nicknamed The Bloody Tinth. Also fierce, this band counts Black 47, Flogging Molly, the Dropkick Murphys, Van Morrison, The Waterboys, the Police, and the Cheiftains among their eclectic influences.
Get here early because they bring a crowd! If you can't make it tonight, that's okay. They'll be playing across town on Friday.
The Bloody Tinth works closely with owners, event coordinators and volunteers to provide the best possible entertainment at the most reasonable cost while varying vocal with instrumental tunes to keep audiences wildly engaged all night long.
Dark as a Dungeon
Fields of Athenry
Haul Away Joe
Haste to the Wedding
Hills of Connemara
I'll Tell Me Ma
The Leaving of Liverpool
Long Black Veil
The Night Pat Murphy Died
St. Anne's Reel
When Will We Be Married
Whiskey in the Jar
Wind that Shakes the Barley
Across the Universe - The Beatles
Bang on the Ear - The Waterboys
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
King of Pain - the Police
Laid - James
Lovesong - The Cure
Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
One - U2
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Stoned Me - Van Morrison
Strange Boat - The Waterboys
Tuesday Morning - The Pogues
The Bloody Tinth is no stranger to the raucous Irish pub scene buthas performed at many family-friendly events and festivals such as the St. Augustine Celtic Music Festival, United Irish of Dayton Celtic Fest, Cincinnati Celtic Fest, Goettafest at Newport on the Levee Kentucky and the City of Cincinnati Park Board. In July 2010 the band performed for the Ancient Order of Hibernians National Convention, and later that year for the world-champion McGing Irish Dancers.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.