Beyond the Pale -- Celtic-Americana Roots Music

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True to their name, Beyond The Pale delivers a wild musical ride outside the boundaries of convention. Delighting audiences for over fifteen years, the band is grounded in the traditional roots music of America,  Ireland and  Northern Europe with imaginative ventures across musical borders. Where else can you experience fiery reels, haunting ballads, outrageously humorous songs and music from around the world including Mexican polkas and Texas swing?

Expect the unexpected as fiddle, flute, hammered dulcimer, accordion, guitar, saxophone whistles concertina, mandolin and percussion hold you in a melodic spell and whisk you around the dance floor.

And, the entire band sings, from well-crafted original songs to "celticized" versions of contemporary songs ranging from 1930s music hall songs to stunning a capella pieces to Grand Ole Opry favorites and classics form the British Pop invasion. Are we having fun yet?--You bet!

Beyond The Pales' eclectic and diverse mix of traditional celtic, Americana and contemporary styles and is the key to their popularity. They have developed their unique sound by blending their 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, clarinet, mandolin bodhran, percussion, and of course the voices of band members.

  Beyond The Pale are regular 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). In addition to these large events, Beyond The Pale give frequent concert and festival performances throughout Texas and the South Central US. 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, Paleontology  (2010) The Music Plays Me  (2006), 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 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 original songs, plaintive Scottish folk ballads and even a Mexican Polka, as well as covers of songs by Pink Floyd, James Taylor, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Tim O’Brien, Janis Ian, Dave Carter, 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. You can purchase Beyond The Pale's new CD, Paleontology  through CD BABY and their earlier releases The Music Plays Me  , Queen of Skye  and Strange Turns from CD BABY as well.

Here is what reviewers are saying about Beyond the Pale:

  • Mesmerizing...outside the expected" ---Dirty Linen Magazine,
  • “ Superb Vocals—fine singers”—Hot Press Magazine
  • "Musically intriguing"--Buddy Magazine
  • “—splendid—satisfying and pleasurable”—Rambles.net
  • “Brisk Irish flavored tunes with a jazzy edge—Nice!”—Sing Out! Magazine
  • “A rare treat. I wholeheartedly recommend them"---Peter Massey, Greenman Review
  • "A good showcase of talent...A band with a promising future"....Dirty Linen Magazine.
  • "A true gem---Beyond The Pale absolutely carries you away!"—The Ceili Magazine
  • "--strong singers--eclectic tunes"--Hot Press Magazine, Ireland
  • "Local treasures"--Ft. Worth Star Telegram 

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