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The Kells, comprised of Terry Blankenship, Eddie Cotter Jr. and Brian McCoy, is a trio traditional Irish musicians known for their exciting, high-energy perfromances.Read More...
Blankenship , Cotter, McCoy were teamed with another duo in The Gabriel Hounds, a Celtic band that toured extensively during 1999. They made their debut at the Dublin Irish Festival in 2000, and have since appeared at The Irish Festival on Flagler (West Palm Beach, Fla.); The Milwaukee (Wis.), Peoria (Ill.), Fox Valley (Chicago) and Cincinnati Irish Festivals; the Chicago Celtic Festival; a "ceili" with the Irish Dancers of Indianapolis, Ind., and with dancers in Louisville, Ky., and Dayton; and at The Guiness Fleadh in Chicago.
Blankenship plays bouzouki, mandola, mandolin, and guitar and does vocals for The Kells. Before taking up traditional music, he played lead guitar and was vocalist for the rock band Daemon. He plays traditional Irish, Scottish, English, Breton and Renaissance music. He has previously played with the Celtic band Silver Arm and with Margaret Gravitt and Rick Evans. In 1997 and 1998, he appeared in St. Patrick's Day television specials on the "Culture of Diversity" show.
Cotter, who plays the traditional bodhran and percussion for The Kells, has previously performed with Inisheer and taught bodhran workshops at most of the major Irish festivals in the United States. A Catholic youth minister with family roots in Rathcormac, County Cork and County Roscommon, he founded the Dead Theologians Society, which now has chapters around the world. Cotter appeared on MTV in his youth as a rock drummer with The Bellows.
McCoy plays flute, penny whistle, low whistle and uilleann pipes. His family hails from Ballaghadereen, County Roscommon, and emigrated to the Chicago area where he had the opportunity to play with many legendary Irish musicians living there. He has won numerous competitions, taught and played at the Milwaukee Irish Festival for 10 years and has performed at Willie Clancy Week in Clare. He played with The Gabriel Hounds for five years.