Coming Up Threes is a five-piece, high-energy Irish pub band which formed in early 2012. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, many of the band members honed their chops playing in the legendary Irish punk/world music band Amadan, which recorded and performed incessantly throughout the Pacific Northwest from 2000 to 2012. The band features Bill Tollner on guitar and lead vocals; multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bauer on penny whistle, banjo, bodhran, percussion and vocals; Naoyuki Ochiai on fiddle, accordion and vocals; Charlie Norris on bass; and David Fender on drums.
Coming Up Threes plays much of the traditional Irish pub repertoire, filtered through rock and roll, Americana and country sensibilities to give many of these tunes a fresh, new sound. The music tactfully varies from melodic, orchestral instrumentals to stylized acapella arrangements, mixed with up-tempo, fist raising Irish pub tunes. “The whole goal is to get people up, dancing and having a good time,” says Bill Tollner, and the band’s sound makes it impossible not to join in the fun.
In the band’s brief career, Coming Up Threes has gone from opening for Amadan at a sold-out Doug Fir Lounge on St. Patrick’s Day 2012, to headlining the annual Kells Irish Festival, the largest Irish festival on the west coast, on St. Patrick’s Day 2013. In addition, the band has performed at many of the Irish pubs in the Northwest, played a legendary New Year’s Eve show at Kells in 2012, and has played many other bars, festivals and events throughout the Northwest. Coming Up Threes has become a force to be reckoned with in the Celtic music scene, and the fun is only just beginning!
Cul an ti. (Gaelic for "The back of the House") has built a reputation as the Northwest's most exiting Irish band. Founding members Cary Novotny and Danny O'Hanlon have over the years forged a powerful and unique rhythm section that has rocked crowds while simultaneously supporting some of the best Irish musicians performing on the U.S. west coast. The band features renowned Dublin button accordionist Johnny Connolly as well as the highly regarded Dave Cory on the tenor banjo together with Novotny and O'Hanlon on guitar/vocals and bass/percussion/vocals respectively. Cul an ti's ability to play authentic traditional Irish music along with the added dynamic of being able to turn on a dime and delight crowds with a dizzying range of American pop and traditional Irish pub songs sets them apart from other bands. Fans of the band's particular style of groove oriented and highly energized irish music have been raving about them ever since their first appearances in 1995 at Kells Irish pub and Biddy Mcgraws in Portland, Oregon. The band has also performed at various McMenamin venues in Portland, Kells Seattle, Conor Byrne Seattle, 1995-2000 Salmon Festivals, the National Folk Alliance Convention, The Bite of Portland, The Portland Celtic Music Festival, the Salem Art Fair, Choochakam Festival of the arts in Langley, Washington, the Skamania Irish Festival, and the Highland Games. Cul an ti released its first self titled cd in 1999 recorded live at the original Biddy McGraws
Grafton Street is a high energy band featuring fiddle, guitar, bass and bohdran. Tight harmonies abound on the ballads and blazing solos on the jigs and reels. They are well versed in the old classics as well as the more contemporary songs. For a fun, lively evening ,see Grafton Street and bring your dancing shoes.