Larkin and Moran Brothers
Behind the Music, by Mike Larkin
The Larkin and Moran Brothers started in 2002 when young Kevin Moran joined brother Terry and the Larkin Brothers; Dan, Mike and Joe, and altered their previous life as the Larkin Brothers and Terry Moran.
It was said to be a tactic by Terry to gain a blood ally against the Larkin's- who at the time ironically found difficulty in not killing each other. But really it was suggested by Mike Larkin to replace Mike Murphy on bass as he left for a short period to start his band 'Leave'. When Murph returned he opted to play mandolin and the one time folk quartet became a full fledge Celtic rock band.
Since then they have continued to evolve as a band but one constant that has follow them since their early days is the electricity they project when performing. They are widely considered as one of the most followed and sought after Irish/Celtic music band in the Midwest. Based in Chicago- Shay Clarke of the Irish American News has said that 'The Larkin and Moran Brothers have a sense of fun and energy that is rare these days (in Irish music)...
Dan Larkin - The oldest among all brothers and driving force of the band, Dan plays rhythm guitar and sings. His influences come from listening to the classic Irish Folk Bands like the Clancy's and Dubliners. The others in the band say this is due to his advanced age as he is the only one among them who saw the Ed Sullivan show during its initial run?.
Mike Larkin - He is the jack of all trades when it comes to playing instruments (banjo and guitar) but he mostly plays the bodhran and sings. Mike loves telling stories which gives the other band members a few second to retune and down a pint. Mike's Musings are legendary among fans and he writes them from a secret place where he does his best thinking and the acoustics are very favorable.
Joe Larkin - Two words can describe brother Joe - raw energy.
Joe plays harmonica, guitar and lends lead vocals on a few songs. He is also the band's resident philosopher and has a degree to prove it.
Terry Moran - Terry is a very talented musician who has mastered many instruments including the mandolin, guitar, tin whistle and banjo. Terry's influences come from the likes of Planxty and the Pogues as well as metal bands of the 1990s. He also lends his vocals to many a song. The oldest of the Moran brothers, his wisdom comes from years of communication with the Dalai Lama (so he's got that going for him).
Kevin Moran - Terry's younger brother, Kevin's provides our sound with a deep rich bass. While he prefers the songs to be fast and can be heard on stage yelling 'On the sh--!' his favorite bed time songs tend to be ballads. Kevin is also in charge of keeping everyone in the band in line and operates under a cloud of fear?.
Mike Murphy - 1976 -2008 - Murph started with us in 2000 when he was our first bass player. He then played mandolin and accordion. He sang a great version of 'Spancil Hill' but his greatest music can be heard through his original pop band- 'Leave'. Murph was killed by a hit and run driver on June 6, 2008. Words can't describe the loss we feel for our dear 'brother'.
Dan Larkin Jr. - Dan's son, a recording of him exists singing 'Whiskey Your the Devil' when he was 9 years old. The band would often threaten Dan Sr. with a call to the authorities because of it. Danny plays lead guitar and button accordion. The band hopes he replaces his father soon, really soon...
Neal Sullivan - The newest member of the band and along with Dan Jr., the 'Twin Towers of Youth', Neal plays fiddle. In keeping with the band's trend of close friends and family- Neal is a cousin of the Moran brothers. His music talents were first brought to the band when in his early teens he played fiddle on the 'Band o' Brothers' track 'Drag Me Away'. As the newest member of the band he is also responsible for shining Joe's shoes before each performance and running for Guinness in between songs.