The Bloody Tinth

The Bloody Tinth

 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

The Bloody Tinth takes the best of the Scottish-Irish music tradition and cooks it over an open American fire: virtuosic fiddle tunes are set to a rock beat, original tunes resemble the story-songs of old, and every moment is flavored with high-spirited moxie.


In 2008 siblings, drummer Michael Sams and violinist Rachel Sams-Schott raised a Guinness and resolved to collaborate on a project that would toast their shared love of Scottish-Irish influenced acoustic rock.  When the brother-sister duo met Ryan Gorsuch (guitar and lead vocals), Joe Kendall (mandolin/guitar) and Nick Lorenz (electric bass) a strong, playful, super-charged sound emerged - a perfect representation of the personalities that were involved.

The new five-piece struck gold when they learned that the all-Irish Ohio Volunteer 10th infantry, formed in Cincinnati at the start of the Civil War, was nicknamed "the Bloody Tinth". 

The Tinth regularly performs in all the major cities of Ohio and appear in pubs and festivals in Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Young audiences love the rock, traditionalists dig the Irish fiddle, and all ages enjoy the fire and fun that is The Bloody Tinth.


Elevator - online release 2013

Good Ship Rising - released March 2011

Set List

The Bloody Tinth works closely with owners, event coordinators and volunteers to provide the best possible entertainment at the most reasonable cost while varying vocal with instrumental tunes to keep audiences wildly engaged all night long.

Tradtional Tunes:

Angus Campbell
Dark as a Dungeon
Drowsy Maggie
Fields of Athenry
Galway Girl
Harvest Home
Haul Away Joe
Haste to the Wedding
Hills of Connemara
I'll Tell Me Ma
Jerusalem Ridge
The Leaving of Liverpool
Long Black Veil
Macleod's Farewell
The Night Pat Murphy Died
St. Anne's Reel
When Will We Be Married
Whiskey in the Jar
Wild Rover
Wind that Shakes the Barley

Contemporary Music:

Bang on the Ear - The Waterboys
Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
King of Pain - the Police
Laid - James
Lovesong - The Cure
One - U2
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Stoned Me - Van Morrison
Strange Boat - The Waterboys
Tuesday Morning - The Pogues

Original Works from "Elevator", released 2013