Wielding fiddles and flutes, uilleann pipes, concertina, banjo and guitar, Ah Surely raises a ruckus with Irish music, dancing and singing – offered up in a performance brimming with warmth and humor!
It was nearly a decade ago - John Maschinot and Evan Kinney were deep into a set of Irish reels at a pub session near Atlanta when a young dancer jumped in, feet first, hard shoes battering the heart pine floor. It’s the rare Irish step dancer that will show up at an informal musician’s session - rarer still is the dancer that has the feet of a musician. Claire Shirey turned out to be that dancer, hard shoes her instrument.
John and Evan went on to play festivals, parties, pubs - any venue looking for a good time and good Irish music. (Oh, and Georgia style Old Time tune or three - Evan’s an excellent fiddler!). Sometimes as a duo, sometimes with the infamous Buddy O’Reilly band or those Amazing Spud Brothers - John on the uilleann pipes and flute, mostly, and Evan on guitar, vocals, banjo, harmonica… just about anything that will make a joyful noise!
Claire and her hard shoes quickly became a feature at gig after gig with the boys. And between steps, she somehow became an ace fiddler, concertina player and Irish flute player in her own right.
And so the trio Ah Surely was christened on St. Patrick's Day, 2014.
Now what’s more Irish than that?
John Maschinot: uilleann pipes, Irish wooden flute, whistle, bodhran
Evan Kinney: guitar, vocals, banjos, fiddle, harmonica
Claire Shirey: Irish step dance, fiddle, concertina
"Ah Surely was a terrific addition to Spivey Hall's annual Summer World Music Festival. Their performance was energetic and engaging: the perfect mix for our family-oriented audience!".
Melanie E. Darby
Spivey Hall, Clayton State University