THE AMAZING SPUD BROTHERS
Irish-Americana music, dance and waaaay too much fun!
From the hills of Old Ireland to the hollows of Appalachia, The Amazing Spud Brothers draw from the best of both traditions, with a nod to the humor of the venerable old Vaudeville stage. Uilleann piper/
wooden flutist John Maschinot and guitarist/
singer/banjo-player/fiddler Evan Kinney hold forth with foot tapping, hand clapping tunes and songs from the old world and the new! And Jesse "Dyn-o-mite" Edgerton rocks the stage with his "flat-foot" style dancing.... akin to clogging but so much more!
Evan Kinney was born into a musical family of high renown - his mother a singer and his father a fiddler in the old Georgia tradition. With guitar, banjo and fiddle in hand he’s proven his versatility by performing with quite an array of musicians of many stripes: The Gypsy Hicks, The Multi-cultural Marlay House Band and the Buddy O'Reilly band to name just a few. Also a talented vocalist and songwriter, his renditions of traditional American and Irish songs are both authentic and straight from the heart.
The uilleann (Irish) bagpipes are the softer-spoken cousin of the Scottish Highland pipes. John Maschinot is regarded as one of the region's foremost uilleann pipers and wooden flute players. Active for over 30 years, his solo and ensemble work (the Buddy O'Reilly band and others) have taken him to festival, concert and theater stages throughout the country. He was presented the prestigious “Stars of the South” award in 2010 by Irish American magazine for his commitment to the performance, promotion and dissemination of Irish music and culture in the southeast. A master of traditional Irish music, his interpretations of American roots music (blues and old time) on the pipes and flute have distinguished him as a rare "crossover" musician willing to explore new territories with these quintessentially Irish instruments.
Jesse Edgerton is an award winning flat-foot dancer hailing originally from the mountains of North Carolina. For over a decade of performing and dancing socially, he has thrilled both audiences and musicians throughout the southeast with his percussive footwork. With immaculate rhythm, Jesse accompanies a variety of musical styles, focusing on "playing the tune" with his feet. He has performed on stage with the Alison Brown Quartet and Joe Craven and participates annually in the Atlanta Celtic Christmas Concert. Jesse has led dance workshops throughout the southeast. As a performer, he injects a sense of humor and whimsy into his dancing, deftly combining percussive dance traditions of southern Appalachia with music from around the world.
"The Spuds were fantastic at our fall festival - very engaging, very accomplished!".
Performing Arts Director
The Sautee Nacoochee Center
"The Amazing Spud Bothers were fantastic and extremely entertaining! Evan is a master at guitar, banjo, and fiddle, and sings a wide, eclectic variety of songs from Appalachian to Celtic tunes. Jesse was a bright light on stage, entertaining the audience with his dance moves as well as the bouzouki, ukulele, drum, and vocal harmonies. John displayed his mastery on a multitude of instruments, from the wooden flute, to harmonium, to the bodhran drum, and had the audience (well, especially me) crying with his renditions of Amazing Grace and Danny Boy on the uilleann pipes. I highly recommend The Amazing Spud Brothers for a wonderful, entertaining, educational, and memorable evening of music."
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve “Unplugged” Coordinator