Switchback plays at Sondheim
Switchback, an internationally acclaimed Celtic and American roots duo, will bring a mix of original and traditional Irish music along with a selection of original American tunes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday to the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.
Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the award-winning duo Switchback have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world for 20 years. Switchback’s concerts included stories of their travels, audience participation and comedy.
It was 1993 when these two talented singer/songwriters formed Switchback and set out on the road to take their “American Roots and Celtic Soul” brand of music to music halls and festivals here in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and other countries around the world. They have shared the stage during that journey with music royalty over the years, most notably The Moody Blues, Leon Russell and John Hartford.
The duo has created 13 award-winning Celtic and Americana albums, the most recent titled “Kanoka.” One reporter wrote, “I was told Switchback fuses Irish, Cajun and Blues musical styles. I wasn’t convinced, so I went to check them out. I walked in the door a doubting Thomas and became an immediate fan.”
True to their eclectic unpredictability, audiences will be surprised to hear the occasional Johnny Cash or Hank Williams tune or be spell-bound by a soulful rendition of “Danny Boy.”
The Irish Music Association presented Switchback with the award for the “Top Duo in a Pub, Festival or Concert” for the USA, Ireland, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Their television specials “The Americana Sessions” and “The Celtic Sessions” have aired on PBS stations around the U.S. The band also has been working with Paul Mertens, who arranged the music for “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin,” on orchestral scores of their original music.
Tickets are $20 for Zone 1 and $16 for Zone 2 and are available at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center ticket office, 472-2787 or online at www.FairfieldACC.com.