Clandestine Celtic Band
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ReD (2008)

Track list:
Wobbly Wheel Set
Ballad Of Accounting
Craig Gallagher's
Pontevedra Set
Bittern & Crake
Sexy An Dros
The Hare Reels
The Ewe & The Sound
I You We

Music from Home (2001)

Track list:
Long Journey South
Shetland Tunes
Breton Tunes
Telfer Jigs
Both Sides the Tweed
Back to Chico
Bugs in the Beer
Miss Amanda Mae

To Anybody at All (1999)

Track list:
The Bush Reels
Black Eyed Susan
The Telfer Jigs
A World Turned Upside Down
The Tidy Cottage
Back to Chico
Lonesome Heaven
The New Reels
Miner’s Lullaby

The Haunting (1997)

Track list:
Dunlavy’s Castle
The Haunting
The Baby Tunes
The Nobleman’s Wedding
The Slip Jigs from Hell
Lexie McAskill
The Cruel Sister
Miss Amanda Mae

The Ale is Dear (1996)

Track list:
Atholl Highlanders
Polka Set
Drover’s Lad
Gravel Walk
Tornado Song
The Ale is Dear
Cullen Bay
Saucy Sailor
Paddy’s Set
Rocky Road to Dublin
Lucy Cassidy



Clandestine started in 1994 by EJ Jones as a bagpipe and drum ensemble. The band has evolved into a tight Celtic and folk ensemble, blending thoughtful vocals with powerful instrumental arrangements. The band finds its roots in the traditional music of Ireland, Scotland & Brittany, as well as finding new songs in the modern experience. Each member brings a radically different palate of musical influences to the table: From Gregory's love of outlaw country music, to Al's affair with 14th Century dance music, to EJ's hardcore classical Bagpipe band experience, to Emily's bent toward the dark, Clandestine, when put together, is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Individual bios follow:

Al Cofrin
Irish Cittern/Guitar/Bagpipes/Vocals
Multi-instrumentalist Al Cofrin performs on Irish cittern, folk guitar, and medieval bagpipes. He is a Riverrun Records recording artist, and is also the director of nationally known Istanpitta Early Music Ensemble. Al’s musical background comes from extensive performance in the folk and classical arena and from his academic music background from University of Texas in Jazz Theory and Rice University Shepherd School of Music. His performance in the folk Celtic genre brings a high energy drive to the stage which has become a perfect match for Clandestine’s unique sound.

Gregory McQueen
Gregory has been playing the fiddle for longer than he will admit. His passionate playing ranges from tenderly lyrical to fiery and breathtakingly original. The challenge of playing with the Highland pipes and crossing the bridge of traditional and original songs has been a very rewarding experience for both Gregory and the audience.

Emily Dugas
Emily Dugas started school for music, but shortly after admission, abandoned it all for the glamour of science. After a while realizing that the lab was fun, but still not the right place, she dabbled in punk bands, roadie work, pyrotech, and singing the occasional wedding. She started playing bodhran in a women's chorus out of necessity to keep the (lovely) ladies in time. After meeting EJ Jones in a completely undignified place (a bar) she was convinced to come and meet with the members of Clandestine to see if the fit would be comfortable. So, to make the short story rather long, Emily now sings lead, writes songs and it really quite witty for the band. She also makes a mean salsa and thinks that this Sonic bids idea needs some road testing before it gets two thumbs up.

EJ Jones
Highland Bagpipes/Irish Flute/Smallpipes/Whistles/Vocals
EJ Jones had the dream of playing bagpipes in a folk band as a teenager, when he was competing with the Hamilton Pipe Band in Houston in the early ’90s and learning the formal music with which he still studies. In 2000 he was ranked in the Professional category of the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association and in 2006 he placed first in the Houston Highland Games Professional Piobaireachd event. EJ began making Scottish smallpipes in 2003 and played his own instruments on Ed Miller’s 2006 release Never Frae My Mind and Robert Earl Keen’s What I Really Mean. EJ released a solo album The Willow in 2002 and was a guest piper for the band Seven Nations briefly in 2005.