5 Second Rule

5 Second Rule

 Richardson, Texas, USA

5 Second Rule is an eclectic acoustic band. Core backgrounds in folk, rock, and Celtic set the foundation for inventive excursions into jazz, world music and classic rock. Their dynamic instrumentals and tight harmonies create a unique sound that audiences are embracing with great enthusiasm!


5 Second Rule is an energetic acoustic band from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Their core backgrounds in traditional folk, rock and Celtic music set the foundation for inventive excursions into jazz, world music, and other realms including classic rock and Cajun music! Performing both traditional and original material, their eclectic blending of styles is well crafted and has had local audiences raving since coming on the scene in 2008. 5 Second Rule brings a range from folk to contemporary rolled in with an updated energetic trad feel. Their lineup features Michelle Feldman (fiddle), David Lovrien (whistles, sax, keyboards), Mike Tidwell (guitar, bouzouki), Paul Dryer (mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Rick Holt (drums, percussion). All the boys join in for vocals. Their unique arrangements and driving sound keep the audience guessing what they will come up with next!

5 Second Rule has been performing at festivals, clubs and special events in the Southwest including North Texas Irish Festival, Austin Celtic Festival, WRR Picnic in the Park, State Fair of Texas, Dallas City Arts Festival, Desoto Creekfest, Cowtown Celtic Festival,  Oklahoma Celtic Festival to name a few. Their inaugural performance was at the Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas TX with the Lone Star Wind Orchestra and have made numerous appearances on WRR Classic Cafe as well as WFAA Channel 8 News Daybreak. They are consistently ranked #1 Celtic Band in Dallas by ReverbNation. 


"Buttered Side Down" - Toe-tapping fiddle tunes, poignant original songs and mixing pop tunes with traditional Celtic styles are the trademarks of this new acoustic band based in Dallas.

We’re very excited about releasing our first CD, “Buttered Side Down.” Recording it was a real challenge with all our busy schedules, but the hard work was worth it! The title of this album is a reference to Jennings’ Corollary to the Law of Selective Gravity (related to Murphy’s Law, of course), which states, “The chance of the bread falling with the buttered side down is proportional to the cost of the carpet.” But unlike Murphy, we have been lucky and blessed to find each other and make music we love. We hope you enjoy the songs, tunes, and “Irish sandwiches.” Bon apetit!

Set List

5 Second Rule performs a blend of originals, covers and traditional music. Our original material is steeped in traditional music, but influenced strongly by our backgrounds in rock, jazz and bluegrass. We have created unique and interesting arrangements to our covers. We have been performing since 2008 and have loads of material for a variety of audiences. Influences are Flook, Steely Dan, Solas, The Beatles, Danu, Luar na Lubre, Sharon Shannon and Vince Guaraldi...to name a few.

Sample list of tunes/songs: 

Bengal Bay
Farewell to Erin
Reelin' In the Years
Galway Girl
Norwegian Wood
Sheila Coyles
Across the Great Divide
Banish Misfortue
Music for a Found Harmonium
Black Water
Paddy Fahy's
Ashokan Farewell
Muineria De Santalla D'Ozcos
Man of Constant Sorrow
Fermoso Universo
Bolen's Fancy
Christmast Eve
My Cup of Stars
...and more