A Bit About The Band
Celtic Music: From Heartwrenching to Rowdy!
In 1999, JoBeth Matchett and Joel Auble began playing music together in a Celtic band called Mickle-A-Do. After leaving that group, they kept playing as a duo, all the while trying out new combinations of other local musicians. In early 2006, Bill Brewer came along and decided to stick around, successfully trio-izing the original pair with his bass and vocal harmonies. Since then, we have grown considerably. In addition to the original three, our band family now includes: Mitchell Johnson (percussion, vocals, guitar, banjo, and occasional harmonica), Erika Nagel (fiddle and vocals), Davin Auble (vocals and some percussion), and Bekah Marie Knott (vocals and guitar).
Lisdoonvarna's music is mostly Celtic (both traditional and contemporary), but lately we have decided to broaden our musical palette and add some non-Celtic music to our repertoire, including some soft rock, folk, oldies, and a novelty song or two thrown in for fun. We pretty much play whatever we all like and want to play, so it has become a little difficult to classify our band.
We play most often in the west Georgia area. Our favorite venues include the Irish Bred Pub in Carrollton, Sutton's Back Room in Carrollton and Little Vine Vineyards in Villa Rica. For several years, we played at Carrollton's MeccaFest, a weekend arts, crafts and music festival held just off the town square. We love doing weddings and private events as well. We are always looking for new venues, so if you know of one where you'd like to see us play, let us know! Just hit the Contact Us link above and shoot us an email, or leave us a message on Facebook!
The band is named after Lisdoonvarna, a fine and colorful wee town (population about 800) in County Clare which Joel and JoBeth have both visited. County Clare is world-renowned for its rich heritage of traditional Irish music. From 1978 to 1983, the town of Lisdoonvarna hosted an annual music festival which was memorialized in a song by the Irish folk singer Christy Moore called, appropriately, "Lisdoonvarna." The town is also well-known for the annual Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, held each year in September, and attended by more than 40,000 romantic hopefuls. Additionally, Lisdoonvarna boasts of a spring of magic healing waters of which Joel tried a bottle. Sulphur does have some healing properties, right? Our namesake is a great place to stop when you are touring the west coast of Ireland. As the locals say, "The craic* is mighty in Lisdoonvarna."
* Craic: (pronounced "crack"): A Gaelic word for which there really is no exact English translation, but loosely meaning "fun", usually in relation to good music, good friends, lively conversation, and often, a bit of drink as well.