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Welcome to our band page. We're Bedlam,
a duo who love songs from Irish, Scottish, and
English traditions, as well as Irish traditional
dance music. We try to combine the best of vocal
harmony and instrumental virtuosity, without
sacrificing the soulful quality that has made
this music last for centuries.
Why this name?
"Bedlam" is a nickname for the Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane, founded in London in 1579.
Do you play live?
We love to play live, especially at Irish music festivals. Perhaps our favorite is the Stonehill Irish festival (now known as the Irish Connections Festival); this year (our third at the festival) we'll be appearing on the main stage!
How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?
Internet access has already changed the music
industry, and will do so even more. It makes the
music much more available, especially because
it's so much easier for people to sample the
sound before they buy.
Would you sign a record contract with a major label?
Yes, we would sign with a major label, but only
if we believed the contract was fair. There are
far too many stories (some from major artists)
of contracts which make millions for the label,
while sending the artist into debt.
Band History:
We met in 1998, performing at the same venue with
different bands. We originally got together to
do classical music (!), but started singing Irish
ballads, and never looked back. We now have 4
CDs available, and regularly play a number of
festivals and faires, from Maine to Florida.
Your influences?
Our musical influences are very diverse, from
Amadeus to Zeppelin, but the strongest influences
are traditional music stars like Steeleye Span,
Dick Gaughan, Andy Irvine, Paul Brady, Andy Stewart, and great instrumentalists like Seamus
Ennis, Paddy Keenan, Tommy Peoples, Seamus
Connolly, and so many more. Because we emphasize
vocal harmony, we also show a strong influence
from modern bands like Simon & Garfunkel, the
Beatles, etc.
Favorite spot?
Boston. It's a hotbed of music of all kinds,
including Irish traditional and classical.
Anything else...?
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