The Kilroys have been playing traditional Irish music in the city of Cleveland and throughout the Midwest for the past 30 years. Instruments are accordian, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bouzuki, bagpipes, ulliean pipes. They are a group of veteran musicians who have played at some of the larger venues in town like The Odeon and The House of Blues as well as the smaller venues like restaurant/concert type environments where people can talk, eat, and listen to good music.
The Kilroys are a group of 5 brothers and 2 sisters with ages ranging from 31-45. In the early years, their musical endeavors involved experimenting with drums and electric guitars incorporated into traditional Irish music. At the time, this was a fairly new concept, at least in the Cleveland area, and it was quite well received as very few bands did this. Over the past 10 years, though, the thirst for pure traditional music has sculpted the group’s sound into what it is today – traditional Irish music which can be enjoyed and shared with all age groups, young and old.
The siblings get together regularly for “sessions” or performances, notably at The Harp, an Irish pub on the Cleveland’s near west side. This family is the real deal. You could be sitting at Gus O’Connor’s Pub in the Doolin, Ireland on the Atlantic coast or sitting at The Harp in Cleveland, OH on the “north coast” and if you closed your eyes you might not know the difference.