Dust Rhinos

Dust Rhinos

 Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN
BandRockCeltic

Butt Kickin' Celtic Rock. Using traditional airs, reels, and jigs the Rhinos conjure up the Ireland of olde and then, like a shillelagh wrapped in a potato sack, they knock the bejeebers out of that lovely image and unleash a freight train loaded with banshees & the furious ghost of Cuchulainn.

Biography

If your band consists of fiddles, mandolins, and something called a bodhran, and your audience looks like it could hold its own at a soccer hooligan convention, youd bloody well better be able to use those instruments to mercifully bludgeon that rumbly bunch with a Celtic sonic assault that will leave them pounding on the bar, picking each other up off the Guinness-soaked floor, and screaming for one more song.

It also wouldnt hurt if your combined weight is roughly that of the Canadian womens hockey team in full gear.

Fortunately the Dust Rhinos have both. Theyre big men with a monster sound. A sound rooted in an ancient time and a faraway place. Using traditional airs, reels, and jigs the Rhinos conjure up the Ireland of olde with leprechauns, shamrocks, tweed caps, and sure and begorrah. And then, like a shillelagh wrapped in a potato sack, they knock the bejeebers out of that green and lovely image and unleash a freight train loaded with banshees and the furious ghost of Cuchulainn.

From basement pubs to festival stages the Dust Rhinos have been bringing their particular brand of punk flavoured Irish trad to venues large, small, and otherwise since 1992. Blossoming from a trio of buskers to a 5-piece Celtic rock juggernaut, the Rhinos have tread the boards with acts as varied as The Dropkick Murphys, Gaelic Storm, Alabama, Leahy, the Barra MacNeils, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Whether a house concert, pub night, or festival (Dauphin Countryfest, Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Grey Cup Festival and counting!) the Rhinos controlled chaos will get people out of their seats, on the dance floor, and clamouring for One! More! Song!

With influences that include the Pogues, the Oysterband, Spirit of the West, the Clash, and Peter Gabriel, its no wonder the Rhinos have a powerful, yet multi-faceted and layered sound and playing style. An aggressive, but subtle sonic assault. Ever seen a ceilidh break out in a mosh pit? Or vice versa? Expect it at a Rhinos show. As their loyal and ever-growing fan base can attest, when the Dust Rhinos are on stage, the only thing that wont take you by surprise is how much fun youre having.

Discography

The Day After the Night Before - 2009
Second Set (EP) - 2007
Up Your Kilt - 2004
Sociable Live - 2002
Got Guinness - 2000

Set List

The Dust Rhinos have a huge repertoire and can play anything from a 2 hour concert to three 45 minute sets.

We play a combination of Originals, Celtified cover songs and original arrangements of traditional Celtic and East Coast music.

A 30 minute Live at the West End concert is available in whole or in part for booking agents and artistic directors by contacting Blair at dustrhinos@dustrhinos.com