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The Elders / Press

"These boys don't just pick and grin, they damn near set their instruments on fire"

Mark Tucker - Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

“There is no other group in Ameri-Celt that brings the past, present, and future in a more telling way!”

Sean Smith - Celtic Beat

“This band started off great and has only gotten better over the years. The rich arrangements create strong moods from anthem sounding songs to more folky things. Their timeless sound deserves to be heard.”

Jamie O'Brien - Philadelphia Irish Edition

“The Elders have become a beloved regional institution. Both as members of the community and as respected musicians, they have forged an uncommonly deep bond with their core constituency. The quality of the Elder's music is commensurate with its sterling civic-minded reputation… many of the qualities Kansas Citians pride themselves in - including humility, warmth, generosity and quiet tenacity- are exemplified by the Elders.”

BILL BROWNLEE - KC Star

“This Kansas City powerhouse is still growing musically, as evidenced by ‘Wanderin‘ Life & Times,' strong story-telling and poetic lyrics backed by carefully thought-out musical accompaniment, at the same time capturing much of the energy and eclecticism of a live Elders show.”

Mark Sisti - Mohawk Valley Irish Cultural Events

“Songs of magic and mayhem and of better days ahead … contemporary Irish Folk Rock at its very best.”

Shay Clarke - Irish American News

“Racing the Tide is a thrilling, pulsing, propulsive title tune to a fantastic Celtic-pop collection. These six Kansas City guys are a real find … a band to shout from the rooftops about.”

Robert K. Oermann - MUSIC ROW Magazine

“The Elders have developed a reputation for bristling live shows and, even better, for exceeding their lofty reputation.”

Timothy Finn - Kansas City Star

“The key to the band’s success is in its flawless blending of the Celtic storytelling tradition with contemporary instrumentation and, perhaps more importantly, their ability to write original songs that sound as timeless and authentic as the ancient jigs and reels that have inspired them.”

Brian Baker - Paste Magazine

“Great melodies, harmonies, musicianship, and song writing. The Elders are on a short list of great Celtic-Rock acts from around the world that I would speak proudly of.”

John Bowles - Paddy Rock Radio

“What I hear is absolutely amazing ...The Elders are without a doubt one of the greatest finds this century.”

Charles Dewhurst - Lochbroom FM (Scotland)

“Until an upstart act manages to knock the veteran band off it's perch, the Elders will remain the most popular rock band in Kansas City. The Elders' annual Hoolie concert serves as a validation of their ongoing appeal. Saturday's event marks the eleventh time the band will host the celebratory Irish-themed party. The band never fails to wholeheartedly engage its loyal audience. The band's stout material - equal parts traditional Irish folk and wholesome heartland rock - just gets better with time.”

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star - KC Star

“Simply put, one of the finest performances I have EVER seen, any genre, any venue!”

Timothy Ace Holleran - Fairfield County Irish Fest (CT)

“I cannot say enough positive things about The Elders – their program was first class. This outstanding band literally had people dancing in the aisles.”

Douglas McFarlane - Williams Center for the Arts

“The Elders’ music is far from common. The lyrical and musical excellence of these songs will stick in your mind long after the final track has played.”

Ray Sidman - Goldmine Magazine

“The Elders are simply the best contemporary Irish band in America! See them live and you’ll understand why they have such a following everywhere they’ve played.”

Doug Clifton - KCUV radio Denver

“It was quite a pleasure having The Elders at our fest. It was so cool to see how the audience morphed into a crazed mob during your Saturday night set. I look forward to your return.”

Julie Rhyner - Pittsburgh Irish Festival

“Rocking music, thoughtful stories, and wonderful poetry.”

Stephen McSweeney - Celtic Music Magazine
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