Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters
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Oct
04
Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters @ Fiddler's Hearth

South Bend, Indiana, USA

South Bend, Indiana, USA

Sep
28
Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters @ The Louisville Irish Fest

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Sep
28
Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters @ The Louisville Irish Fest

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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A Firestarters live show looks absolutely exhausting to perform. "I'd say exhilarating!" laughs Drawdy. "Being able to write my own stuff and have these guys interpret it with such passion is amazing. When you play it six nights in a row, it could get old. But seeing the audience responding to something you've written is inspiring; it gives us all energy." (EW) - CityBeat Magazine, October 2005


Drawdy's Theatrical vocals and lyrical bent is of the big emotional kind, half Mike Scott's romanticisim, and half Luka Bloom's sensuality. The band kicks up it's storms with choppy rhythms and air punching acoustic rockers." - Irish Music Magazine, October 2003


"Although The Firestarters use traditional Irish instruments, and the influence of Celtic music cannot be denied, there is a definite rock element to the group's songs..." "If that sounds appealing at all, you should check out this crew. You won't be disappointed." (DT) - Dayton Daily News, November 2008


"Since the group's inception at the turn of the millennia, Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters have captivated listeners with world, roots and folk rock music, as they address the international need to care for the environment. Hallowed Ground offers a warm, earthy sound and a message about change." - Dave Brown, IMAX Theater, November 2007


Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters have been one of the most asked for artists at the Dayton Celtic Festival since the festival's inception in 2002. The band was instrumental in the festival's successful layout changes in 2009 and the festival committee received numerous compliments about the band's performance from sponsors and festival attendees alike. The band continues to innovate and grow in popularity every year. - Dayton Celtic Festival


Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters give exciting, eye-opening performances at our annual Sunshine Concert Series. Their songs are soulful, powerful, and entertaining; as is the band and their performance. I highly recommend Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters for a powerful representation of authentic Celtic Rock. - Mason Sunshine Concert Series


Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters have been one of the most asked for artists at the Dayton Celtic Festival since the festival's inception in 2002. The band was instrumental in the festival's successful layout changes in 2009 and the festival committee received numerous compliments about the band's performance from sponsors and festival attendees alike. The band continues to innovate and grow in popularity every year. - Dayton Celtic Festival


The Firestarters set the stage on fire with their mix of traditional and original material. The crowd awarded the band with a rare standing ovation, everyone wanted more! - Behringer-Crawford Summer Concert


Thank you for another OUTSTANDING performance at our festival. Your band and your music energized our festival. You are an audience favorite and hopefully we will see you at Old Boston Music Revival next year, and beyond. Thank you for the giving of your time to support our local charities. Your fantastic show made the day of many of our patrons, who continued to sing the praises of your music, showmanship and the band's musical abilities throughout the event. Thank you so much! - Old Boston Music Revival


The Firestarters set the stage on fire with their mix of traditional and original material. The crowd awarded the band with a rare standing ovation, everyone wanted more! - Behringer-Crawford Summer Concert


It has been five years now since I first signed Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters to appear at the Savannah Irish Festival. It was one of the easiest and best decisions I have made for our festival. The Firestarters have since performed four times in those five years and the reasons to bring them back just keep growing. Roger Drawdy has been on a creative tear for some time now and he shows no sign of slowing down. The fire within burns fiercely still and a good band has become a great roots band over the years with Ric Smith, John McBride, Eric Sayer, Mark Milliron and Keri McBride. They light up the stage with original songs, excellent musical skills and pure joy. This band is about passion and engagement with the audience. If you want to make your festival better, sign the Firestarters. They will bring an audience of their own and win the rest. - Jimmy Buttimer, Entertainment Director


It has been five years now since I first signed Roger Drawdy and the Firestarters to appear at the Savannah Irish Festival. It was one of the easiest and best decisions I have made for our festival. The Firestarters have since performed four times in those five years and the reasons to bring them back just keep growing. Roger Drawdy has been on a creative tear for some time now and he shows no sign of slowing down. The fire within burns fiercely still and a good band has become a great roots band over the years with Ric Smith, John McBride, Eric Sayer, Mark Milliron and Keri McBride. They light up the stage with original songs, excellent musical skills and pure joy. This band is about passion and engagement with the audience. If you want to make your festival better, sign the Firestarters. They will bring an audience of their own and win the rest. - Jimmy Buttimer, Entertainment Director


"Firestarters is right: This band's hallmark is it's high-powered energy. It's an energy that never over powers the music or the lyrics, though, and there are lyrics in plenty on this baker' dozen of original Celtic-framed tunes. Drawdy sings lead and plays guitar, with backing vocals from his bandmates, who add fiddle, mandolin, bodhrán, and bass as well. This fourth band recording shows the Midwest-based group's growing skill at serving the music and at serving up music that's worthy to be heard. The group has recently been the talk of Irish festivals. This is why." (KD) - Dirty Linen Magazine, June 2006


"Firestarters is right: This band's hallmark is it's high-powered energy. It's an energy that never over powers the music or the lyrics, though, and there are lyrics in plenty on this baker' dozen of original Celtic-framed tunes. Drawdy sings lead and plays guitar, with backing vocals from his bandmates, who add fiddle, mandolin, bodhrán, and bass as well. This fourth band recording shows the Midwest-based group's growing skill at serving the music and at serving up music that's worthy to be heard. The group has recently been the talk of Irish festivals. This is why." (KD) - Dirty Linen Magazine, June 2006


Discography

Longing for Home, released 1998
Dance in the Heather, released 2000
Emancipated Hostage, released 2001
Touched by the Sun, released 2001
Live Fire, released 2003
Open Seas, Empty Skies, released July 2005
Hallowed Ground, released November 2007
Pour Me Another One, released 2010
Concentric Circles, released 2012

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Roger Drawdy started singing at the age of 7 & began performing professionally at 14. Although he was heavily influenced by the traditional music of his west county Cork heritage it did not take long for him to wander off the beaten path. He started exploring various musical styles including classical, jazz, reggae, folk, & psychedelic rock. You can hear elements of all of these in his original music. Roger has lived & performed all over the world. Being a world traveller has given Roger many rich experiences & insight into the culture & folklore of the various places he's lived & played. Drawing upon these experiences Roger writes songs that express the feelings of isolation & oneness that we all share with the romantic hope of using music to bring people together from around the world in the spirit of peace & love.

Nominated TOP CELTIC ROCK GROUP 2010, 2011, & 2012 by the Irish Music Association, Irish Singer/Songwriter Roger Drawdy and his band the Firestarters play a mix of Traditional and original music with a distinctive sound. "Air punching acoustic rockers" is how Irish Music Magazine described The Firestarters' intensity. Thought provoking lyrics, haunting melodies, and thunderous live performances are the keys to their success. Roger Drawdy & the Firestarters formed in 2000 and have played in numerous venues throughout the US. Drawdy's prolific songwriting promises to take them to the top of the world/roots music scene. Before forming the Firestarters, Roger released two solo albums, "Longing for Home" and "Dance in the Heather." He gained international attention with the release of his track "For Erin's Sake" on the "Trees are Life" CD produced in Dublin, Ireland by the Earth Wisdom Foundation. Together with the Firestarters CD album release have included: "The "Emancipated Hostage" in 2000, "Touched by the Sun" in 2002, "Live Fire" in 2003, "Open Seas, Empty Skies" in 2005, "Hallowed Ground" in November 2007, "Pour Me Another One" in late August of 2010, & the NEW CD "Concentric Circles" has just been released. Look for another Rocking CD from the Firestarters in 2013.

Past venues include:

Savannah Irish Festival Savannah, GA
Dublin Irish Festival Dublin, OH
North Texas Irish Festival Dallas, TX
Dayton Celtic Festival Dayton, OH
Milford Music Festival Milford, PA
Painesville Party in the Park Painesville, OH
Irish Summer Fest Wildwood, NJ
AOH National Convention Cincinnati, OH
Louisville Irish Festival Louisville, KY
Ft. Wayne Highland Games Ft. Wayne, IN
Kentucky Celtic Fest Eminence, KY
Cincinnati Celtic Festival Cincinnati, OH
Notre Dame University South Bend, IN
Whitemarsh Concert Series Baltimore, MD
Ohio Irish Festival Cleveland, OH
Leopalooza Indianapolis, IN
Shamrock Club of Ohio Columbus, OH
Evening in Ireland Augusta, GA
Sunshine Concert Series Mason, OH
Middletown Music Festival Middletown, OH
IMAX Indy Museum Center Indianapolis, IN

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