Wielding fiddles and flutes, uilleann pipes, 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 almost a decade ago - John Maschinot and Evan Kinney were deep into a fierce set of reels during a rowdy session at one of their favorite Atlanta haunts, when a young dancer jumped in, feet first, hard shoes battering the floor. It’s the rare Irish step dancer that will show up at an informal music session - rarer still is the dancer that has the feet of a musician. Claire Shirey turned out to be that dancer, hard-soled shoes her instrument.
John and Evan continued playing concerts, festivals, parties, pubs - any venue looking for a good time and good Irish music. (Oh, and some swinging Georgia style old-time tunes - Evan’s a phenomenal 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, fiddle, banjo, harmonica… just about anything that will make a joyful noise!
And Claire (and her hard-soled dance shoes) quickly became a feature at gig after gig with the boys. Between shows, she somehow managed to become an ace fiddler, concertina player and Irish flute player to boot.
And so the trio Ah Surely was "officially" christened in 2014, on the Feast of St. Patrick. Now what could possibly be more Irish than that?
“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