The Killdares

The Killdares

 Dallas, Texas, USA
BandRockCeltic

Blending traditional Celtic playing skills, power-pop accessibility, and straight up rock n' roll hooks, the band uses the unconventional pairing of screaming, fire-driven fiddle and bagpipes with the wail of electric guitar, bass and drums.

Biography

*See Career Highlights Below

NOT JUST A BAND - AN EXPERIENCE!

Originally formed in 1996, The Killdares have come to be known as one of the hottest, cutting edge bands in music today - Celtic or otherwise. World-class musicians from all over the U.S., they have come together in Texas to create and perform a brand new version of hard-driving, alternative Celtic rock music.

Blending traditional Celtic playing skills, power-pop accessibility, and straight up rock n' roll hooks, The Killdares have created a fresh new sound that's blended with enough commercial edge to be instantly recognizable, always engaging, and appealing to fans of all ages. Their live shows are filled with an infectious energy so powerful that it has been known to move people to tears. Even die-hard fans of purely traditional Celtic music have embraced the band's powerful genre-bending sound.

Expanding the definition of "Celtic", the band uses the unconventional pairing of screaming, fire-driven fiddle and bagpipes with the wail of electric guitar, bass and drums to create brilliant arrangements of traditional tunes and original compositions. This distinctive sound combined with the band's incredible stage presence is nothing short of awesome.

"I love the idea of combining something as beautiful and melodic as a traditional fiddle or bagpipe with crunchy American rock n' roll guitar, and having it work," says founding member Tim Smith.

Joining the likes of Don Henley (The Eagles), Phil Collins (Genesis) and Fred LeBlanc (Cowboy Mouth), Dallas native Tim Smith handles lead vocals and drums with amazing nonchalance, while the beautifully expressive electric and acoustic guitar playing is aptly handled by Brek Lancaster. Add to this the 6-time National Fiddle Champion, Roberta Rast, and competition piper Matt Willis on the haunting Great Highland bagpipes, and you have all the right ingredients for a truly amazing
Celtic Rock / World music / AAA / Rock-and-Roll extravaganza!

Since first appearing on the music scene over 10 years ago, The Killdares have gone from local pub performers to national touring headliners, sharing stages with an incredibly diverse range of national and international artists.

In 1998, the band released their self-produced debut CD, "Broken With A Word". Their 2001 follow-up, "A Place To Stand", contained a higher energy that caught the attention of producer Chris Bell, who has worked with Erykah Badu, and also with other prominent acts such as U2, Kirk Franklin, Polyphonic Spree, and most recently The Eagles. "A Place To Stand" would be submitted in 2001 for Grammy ® nominations in 5 categories.

The Killdares released their third CD in the middle of the following year. Simply entitled "LIVE," this album is a snapshot of their broad live set list, and in 2002 was also submitted for Grammy ® nominations. Over the course of six albums to date, the band has delivered top-notch original numbers, and introduced fans to a wide roster of influences. From their signature instrumental jams, to their radio-friendly pop-rock songs, The Killdares continue to solidify their reputation as a great live band.

In 2005, the band teamed up with producer Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Terry Bozzio, Tony Levin) to create the
full-length recording, "Any Given Element." The partnership was so successful, that in 2008 they enlisted Murphy again to produce their 5th album “Secrets of the Day.” More experimental than previous ones, this release showed exceptional growth and maturity in their song writing, and combined electronic, acoustic and other unique instrumentation to create an exciting new sound for the band. The Killdares continued to expand their tour schedule all over the U.S. playing hundreds of shows a year, and building thousands of new fans throughout the nation.

Finally, in 2010 The Killdares reached new heights by recording and filming their always energetic and entertaining live show at the historic Granada Theater in Dallas, TX. The result is the band’s 6th album to date, “Up Against The Lights”, and was released in November 2010 as a three-disc package (2-Audio CD’s/1 DVD) concert collection. In one night only, the band captured 21 of their original and cover fan-favorites, including the brand new single “The Undertow”, the traditional Celtic showstopper “Whiskey In The Jar”, and an enthusiastic version of The Ramones’ classic anthem “Blitzkrieg Bop.”

Presenting a perfect blend of rock, pop, and Celtic, The Killdares have established themselves as a unique team of musicians - stretching the boundaries of independent rock n' roll, while bridging the gap between the traditional and the cutting edge.

Experience The Killdares - the best alternative Celtic Rock band in the world - just ask their fans!

SELECT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• Live show recorded at The Granada Theater - Dallas, TX. Three disc DVD and CD “Up Against The Lights” released (2010)

• Chosen as Arti

Lyrics

September

Written By: W. Lorber/The Killdares

And it's coming on September and I feel as though I've aged
August with its seering heat
October with its rage

CHORUS:
And the time will quickly pass
Another year has gone away
Another season turns to ashes
Turns my bitter winter into gray

And the spring it comes so quickly
And it goes just as it came
And the rain will open up the sky and linger on again

CHORUS:
And the water falls upon my face
And cleanses all my wounds
Another season turns to ashes
Like the bitter memories of you

And it's coming on September and I feel as though I've aged
August with its seering heat
October with its rage

Seasons

Written By: T. Smith, R. Rast, B. Lancaster, M. Willis, J. Dawson

Rare…the cold summer rain
Only us two remain
Here in the park
Hours before…

…Dark falls
On us
Tonight we find
Our lives intertwined

Green…one leaf in the fall
Brown and gold surround us all
Waiting for spring
Wondering what life will…

…Bring to us
Her and I
We live our lives
We strive to get by

CHORUS
What is it worth?
What is the cost?
What is it everybody fears?
We fly through our days
Only mem’ries remain
Days turn to seasons turn to years

Winter sun in my eye
Waving one last goodbye
Tears on her face
Such beauty and…

…Grace here
In her smile
In my mind
I drive another mile

Along Came You

Written By: T. Smith, R. Rast, B. Lancaster, M. Willis, J. Dawson

Because the world is on a string
Because the world don’t mean a thing
The sky above and hell below
Can’t stop the way I feel…so let it show

CHORUS
Like a baby’s breath or the day we die
There are times in life that don’t come twice
Then along came you and shined your light
Illuminate…my darkest night

When all the children come to play
When all the wolves are kept at bay
When the whole world now on it’s own
Can’t stop the way I feel…so let it go

Hold My Heart

Written By: T. Smith, R. Rast, B. Lancaster, M. Willis, J. Dawson. J. Garza

To think that what we share is rare and real
Above all else we shine just like we feel
I wake to find the hole of what could be
Frozen dreams become reality

CHORUS
I’ve made mistakes here in my past
And I know that they won’t be the last
Alone without a home to fall into
But home is where I hold my heart for you

Too long I’ve walked along the road of fools
The toll too high, atone for all the rules
My head is trapped in stone, where is my soul?
The parts without a heart are not the whole

Discography

UP AGAINST THE LIGHTS: Live In Concert - DVD/CD (Nov. 2010)
SECRETS OF THE DAY - CD (July 2008)
Any Given Element - CD (October 2005)
Live - CD (2002)
A Place To Stand - CD (2000)
Broken With A Word - CD (1998)

Set List

The Killdares live show is comprised of radio-friendly original numbers, choice cover songs from a wide roster of influences, and signature tune-set instrumental Celtic jams.

At Scottish, Irish or Celtic festivals sets run 45 min. to one hour, 1-3 times a day over a two-day weekend. But when the band is a headliner, concerts run 90 min. to 2 hours. Most Killdares songs are original, however many traditional Irish or Scottish tunes are incorporated into the music.

The averge set for the band is between 60 - 90 minutes. OR...120 minutes with standard break between.

SONG LIST

Farewell to Decorum (opening rockin' Celtic tune medley)
Seasons
Everybody Loves A New Beginning
A Trip to Miss (instrumental fiddle/pipe tune)
September/Paddy's Leather Breeches
The Undertow
Hold My Heart
Long Island High (Jigs)
Secrets of the Day/Gravel Walk (fiddle tune)
Gone West
Space
Cutting Bracken (instrumental fiddle/pipe tune)
Mickey Free/Clumsy Lover/Devil In The Kitchen (medley)