“Tullamore never fails to surprise me. No matter how many times I catch a set of theirs, it comes across as new and fresh. Their four-part harmonies elevate any vocal to another level. The arrangements are genius. And the band has so much fun with it all that the audience can't help but join in the fun! They are perennial favorites at NTIF.”
— Sheri Bush, North Texas Irish Festival
About the Band
Now in their 26th season, a steady slate of performances throughout Ireland, Scotland, and the US have made Tullamore one of the Heartland's premiere Celtic bands. Fueled by Rachel Gaither’s stellar vocals and hot fiddling, Mary Hanover’s beautiful singing and inspired dulcimer-play, Michael Coakley's soaring tenor voice and tasty accordion stylings, and Mark Clavey’s creative savvy and passion for folk and Celtic music, Tullamore’s sound is unmistakable - an American-folk body with a traditional Celtic soul. Their take on Celtic music is rich and clear vocals, tight harmonies and instrumentals, and cool and clever arrangements. Across the country and across the ocean, from Irish Festivals to Scottish Highland Games, from arts-centers to pubs, Tullamore are favorites wherever they go.
"Tullamore, quite simply, show themselves to be undeniably world class. Mark Clavey’s arrangements are nothing short of inspired. Whether with her voice or with her dulcimer, there is great depth, beauty and heart in every note Mary Hanover sings. Everything Rachel Gaither does is spot on... both her singing and virtuoso fiddling are imbued with immense energy and power – full of heart, full of imagination, full of life."
Lee Worman, The Gold Ring, KSMU, Springfield, MO
"An evening of joy, humour and pathos brilliantly presented by the Celtic contemporary band Tullamore. Their enthusiasm and obvious delight in their art came through and helped make a special performance into a completely captivating one."
Howard Hann, Dumfries & Galloway Standard, Dumfries, Scotland
"An interesting mix of style and great musicianship in an evening of fine Celtic music from this talented US-based outfit."
Eamonn Bradley, Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, Ireland
"Wow! What a pleasant surprise - brilliant voices, great music!"
Liam Howard, Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co Cork, Ireland
"A concert that inspired the audience with its purity of music... a beautiful rendition...
a breath of fresh air."
Mary Hanley, Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co Cavan, Ireland
"The trio weaves rich harmonies and energetic, well-crafted instrumentation around mostly traditional Irish ballads. While it might be said there's a plethora of Irish bands in the States these days, not all keep to the tradition and truth of the music as well as these folks. Well done!"
Les Reynolds, Indie-Music.com
"Rich arrangements by Mark Clavey and extraordinary musicianship make Tullamore a superior band. Mary Hanover's vocals are simply a revelation - powerful, low and warm! This is the band to watch!"
Scott Barger, Edmond Highland Games, Edmond, OK
“The highlight of this year's Festival was the performance by Tullamore. Their line-up is fantastic, with strong vocal harmonies backed by tight playing on the fiddle, hammered dulcimer, and guitar. Tullamore has developed into one of the leading Celtic bands in the Midwest. A toast to them all!”
John Bunch, Riverbend Arts Festival, Atchison, KS
“Tullamore is seasoned, talented and tight. Three make the music of six, and it comes from the soul with a dusting of experience and hard work. Easy on the ear to say the least!“
Michael Fraser, Kansas City Scottish Highland Games, Kansas City, MO
“I could listen to them sing for hours! There's a lot of skill at work in the band, and that talent deserves to stand apart.”
Tom Knapp, Rambles.net
"Tullamore is to Scottish and Irish traditional songs what The Commitments were to soul covers."
Andrew Miller, The Pitch, Kansas City, MO