Beyond The Pale
Music: Diverse mix of traditional Celtic and contemporary styles
Beyond the Pale has developed their unique sound by blending their own original songs and compositions with an array of traditional dance tunes and folk songs of Ireland, America Scotland and Europe using a wide range of instruments including fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar, hammered dulcimer, tin whistle, saxophone, harmonica, concertina, mandolin, clarinet, bodhran, percussion and of course the voices of band members.
Beyond The Pale have been featured performers at some of the largest music festivals in the USA including in The North Texas Irish Festival ( Dallas) and The Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games (Arlington). They have shared billing at these events with the top Celtic groups in the world including Altan, Tim O’Brien, Eileen Ivers, Solas, Danu, Lunasa, Dervish, Silabh Notes, to name just a few. In addition to these large events, BTP give frequent concert and festival performances throughout Texas and the South Central US and occasionally as far afield as Ireland and France. They have appeared live on National Public Radio’s “The Glenn Mitchell Show” and “ No Cover” and on RTE, Ireland “ Live From Miltown”. Beyond The Pale’s members have performed throughout the USA and in Europe.
Beyond the Pale’s popular recordings include their new CD, The Music Plays Me as well as Queen of Skye, (2004) Strange Turns (2002) Angel On The 7th Stair (1999) and Life Is All Chequered (1997). It has been said that their latest CD The Music Plays Me is like Tim O'Brien meeting The Chieftains. Beyond The Pale’s recordings feature a diverse blend of traditional, original and contemporary songs and folk dance tunes from the Irish and Scottish to American and Canadian and Europe ranging from fiery Irish reels to plaintive Scottish folk songs and even include a Mexican Polka, and covers of songs by Elton John, Janis Ian, Laurie Lewis, The Red Clay Ramblers, Todd Rundgren, Dolly Parton and Hank Williams. Their original songs are humorous, stirring, haunting, and always true to the band’s heritage.