McIntyre Celtic Band/J.J. Smith
Gold Tone Presents Live 'n' Kickin'
This a a weekly one hour live music show broadcast every Thursday from 7-8 PM est to people that join the mailing list below and on YouTube. Normally there are two guests stars on each show plus the house band.
There are two great qualities about Live ‘n’ Kickin’. The first is the outstanding music performed by the guest stars. Normally these are originals performed by an individual or group. All music types are showcased.
Secondly and very important, this show uses music as the great common denominator for joy. All kinds of people have performed together on the show; young, old, black, Hispanic, white, male, female, country, city, conservative, liberal, even banjo players. Yes, even banjo players. They all had a blast doing it. You can hear and see it each week. Please join us every Thursday at 7 PM.
THIS WEEK ON LIVE 'N" KICKIN'
McIntyre Celtic Band May 20 Facebook.com/McIntyreBand
McIntyre is a Celtic folk band featuring Lisa McIntyre (vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki, mandolin) and Sharon Hartmann (fiddle, banjo, vocals) with Terry Henson on stand up bass and George Houston on percussion. McIntyre specializes in Celtic Folk Shenanigans at pubs and festivals across Florida and internationally. Prior to Covid, their musical antics and dulcet tones used to be found every fourth Saturday of the month at Tremain’s Pub in Mount Dora. The band’s motto is “Keep Calm and Get McIntyred”!
J.J. Smith May 20 Facebook.com/TheJJSmith
JJ hails from Stonehaven, near Aberdeen, Scotland, but has resided in St. Petersburg, Florida for the past several years. While in the States, he has steadily toured the southeast and managed to produce two album releases: Druid Roots Going Home, and his solo album JJ The Balladeer. They’re both great and very distinct from each other.
I naturally met JJ Smith at McGuire’s Irish Pub in Pensacola a couple years back. Kilted in the tartan of the Lamont clan, JJ runs a show that is not just a folk music performance but a bit comedic shtick as well. His crowd-interactions make for some of the evening’s high points.
JJ’s style stands out from the majority of the singers I’ve met on the Irish pub tour in several ways. To begin with, his personalized renditions of the classics reveal significant blues, and American country music influences, which bring the Celtic style home to the American South. Live, JJ makes use of a lot of bass runs on his guitar which often helps to add a subtlety and a sense of motion outside of the songs’ basic chord structures.
Druid Roots was a trio JJ was a part of, a rather eclectic mix of folksy styles. The album projects a heavy Celtic theme with very noticeable elements of East-Indian drumming, country-western music, and a hint of rock and roll. My favorite track is Stonehaven Waltz, a traditional sounding Celtic ballad, but the whole album is worth the listen.
The Balladeer contains 15 tracks of excellently produced Celtic ballads. JJ’s resounding baritone voice coupled with the full and sometimes booming open strings of his guitar create layers of richness within each song. The songs are mostly mellow, somewhat nostalgic pieces. The highlights include Galway Shawl (my personal favorite); a cover of the classic U2 hit I Still Haven’t Found what I’m looking For; and Whiskey on a Sunday.
The Skylarks Band April 22
The Skylarks was initially started in October of 2020 when after several conversations between myself(Rich), Jeff, and Gordon we came up with a
set of 12 songs and decided to give it a go. I contacted a buddy who played
drums and we had our first rehearsal. It was evident from that get together
that we had a connection which had to be there for everyone to make the commitment because of the distance between us.
We have different musical backgrounds and interests but we all have one common denominator: we are dedicated to THIS band and no matter what
song we bring to the table we are going to give it 110%. So whether it’s
Country , Rock or anything in between the audience gets a quality product !
The Skylarks is a 4 piece group comprised of the following members :
Jeff Wiesen – Bass Guitar , Lead & Harmony Vocals
Gordon McDonald – Electric and Steel Guitar , Lead & Harmony Vocals
Tom Nelson – Acoustic & Electric Drums , Lead & Harmony Vocals
Rich Heminger – Acoustic & Electric Guitar , Harp , Lead & Harmony Vocals