With the release of their first album "Almost Irish", the Irish rock group Ceann have captured the spirit of their unique brand of Irish music they call "Yankee-Irish Drinking Music."
Early on as an acoustic trio, the members of Ceann realized the inherent humor in Americans playing Irish music for Americans. There was no shortage of Irish nationals around to assure the band members they were not Irish or Irish-American but just plain American. The idea resonated and became the theme of their most popular song - "Almost Irish", which also became the title of their new album. Instead of feigning Irish nationality and writing songs longing for Ireland, Ceann began writing songs that reflected their second and third-generation Irish-American experience. Their new album "Almost Irish" is 12 original songs crafted to capture the energy and fun of a live Ceann show. Besides the title track "Almost Irish", songs like "Whiskey Hurts My Tummy", "31", and "Green Beer" have become crowd favorites across the country.
Due mainly to a strong word of mouth campaign, Ceann has become one of the most popular party-in-a-can bands on the East Coast, and plays to packed pubs from Maine to Florida. The band's sense of humor and live energy makes them one of the few Irish bands that can play their music outside of the traditional Celtic music scene to equal success. Their live shows have set them apart and their fans have come to expect the unexpected.
The band recorded their new album over a six-month period at KMA Studios with engineer Charlie Blass (George Clinton, Jimmy Norman, Mia Rebel.) Recorded in the heart of Times Square, "Almost Irish" features some of New York's best Irish musicians in guest spots including Mr. North guitarist Emmett O'Malley, former Black 47 uilleann pipe player and current Seanchaí & the Unity Squad frontman Chris Byrne, as well as popular New York seissun players Tommy Walsh on accordion and Rich McDaid on fiddle.