Tap 'Er Light

Dublin Gulch

Sit back with a glass of porter, gaze at a turf fire, and think "High Kings" but with a true Butte, American- Irish twist.

Dublin Gulch has finally reached the quarter century mark and is still going strong. For the past twenty-five years, Butte native son, Tom Powers has led the group with his vocal prowess and encyclopedic knowledge of songs. Mick Cavanaugh, aka The Tin Whistle Wonder of Walkerville, is a triple threat on banjo, mandolin, and guitar. He also adds his vocals to the mix. Jim Schulz claims he has at least one drop of Irish whiskey in a giant keg of German beer which allows him some genealogical credibility (albeit shaky) to play the music. You can hear him on guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, and bones as well as lead and harmony vocals. Fiddler/banjoist John Joyner is the hillbilly of the band and can trace his Norman roots to William the Conqueror by way of Virginia. He adds real spice to the group with his unique blend of Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, and old-timey sensibilities. New members include: Conor Powers on percussion and Luke Michelson on bass and violin.

In celebration of the band's twenty-fifth year, we asked many of our musical heroes to join us on "Tap 'er Light" and they agreed. Featured guest artists include: Prodigal's front man, Gregory Grene; Solas button box master, Mick McCauley; Irish Female Vocalist of the Decade, Cathie Ryan; Rory Makem, Mickey & Liam Spain of Makem & Spain; Nova Scotia power duo Kevin Evans & Brian Doherty; Irish fiddler Mary Angela Collins and Celtic favorites Ken Willson & Kim McKee.

Dublin Gulch has been featured on Rich Warren’s The Midnight Special-WFMT, Chicago; Penn State’s The Folk Show and NPR’s Here And Now with Robin Young as well as Thistle & Shamrock with Fiona Ritchie.

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