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Thursday, May 5, 2016

'Irish Journey' duo in unique 'Boji show

Monday, January 14, 2013

Switchback will present a concert, "An Irish Journey" Thursday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. at the Lakes Art Center in Okoboji. Tickets are on sale now at $22, $14 for students.

The musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack entertain worldwide audiences with their unique American Roots music blended with Celtic Soul. They are mulit-media entertainers. A video of their many trips to Ireland are shown as they perform.

When they met in 1984, Switchback's Martin McCormack was studying voice in college, and playing in a well-known Chicago pop band with his brothers. Brian FitzGerald was playing Freddy Green-style guitar on Chicago's Maxwell Street and learning mandolin from Jethro Burns. Both were drawn to Irish music - McCormack through his family's connection with County Mayo. Showcasing a repertoire ranging from sentimental ballads to blistering rockers, the duo delivers a powerful sound rivaling that of larger ensembles on a dozen CDs to date.

"We take tour groups to Ireland twice a year, and organize a cruise down the Mississippi River, too. We often perform at fundraisers to promote education, fight poverty, and support local charities," FitzGerald says. "Our music is quite eclectic, everything from traditional Celtic to Folk, Rock, Bluegrass, and Blues.