Three time All-Ireland accordion champion Buddy Connolly hails from Newark, New Jersey with parents from Clare and Galway in Ireland. Buddy credits the teaching of button box master John Whelan for that individual success and the late Martin Mulvihill for numerous titles in other group categories. Some influential players during those formative years were New York City's best-John Nolan, Joanie Madden, Mike Rafferty and Eileen Ivers. As a freelance musician, Buddy was soon touring all over the USA with many bands. In 1995, he moved to Nashville and was introduced to bluegrass, Cajun and country music. There were worldwide gigs/recordings with the likes of Tim O'Brien, Kathy Mattea, Rodney Crowell, Christian rockers Ceili Rain, Orleans, Matt Molloy(Chieftains), Joel Sonnier and many others. Since 2001, Buddy has resided in Morris County, New Jersey with his family.
Lindsey Horner: Upright Bass and Electric Bass
Bassist Lindsey Horner is one of the more versatile musicians in jazz and modern music. He has most often been heard with musicians on the cutting edge recording and performing with artists such as Greg Osby, Bill Frisell, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, Don Byron and Muhal Richard Abrams, to name but a few. He inhabits that unique area where Jazz, Folk, Celtic and Classical music overlap and he is as at home playing improvised music as he is in the orchestra pit of the dozens of Broadway shows he has been a part of from the "Lion King" to "Tommy". He has produced five recordings with the most recent being one of his own music as a leader entitled "Undiscovered Country" and features Irish music legend Andy Irvine on two tracks. He also has deep roots in Irish music having toured and recorded extensively with singer/songwriter Susan McKeown, Scottish fiddle master Johnny Cunningham and he is thrilled to be making music with Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul.
Dave Barckow: Percussion, Vocals
Queens, NY native Dave Barckow has been playing music professionally since the age of 12. Starting out playing drums throughout the NY club scene led to many performances and recordings with several national and international acts including, White Trash (Hard Rock) Celtic Cross and Raglan Road (Irish/Celtic). Dave performs regularly as a percussionist, guitarist and singer. As song writer and performer, Dave’s music has been used on several prime time network shows including “Mercy" (NBC) "Nurse Jackie" (SHO) and "Flesh & Bone" (SHO) as well as several independently and commercially released movies.
Matthew Mancuso: Guitar, Vocals
Brooklyn, New York native Matthew Mancuso is an inspired multi-instrumentalist who has performed with many Irish and Celtic acts, including Lord of the Dance, Cathie Ryan and the Mickey Finns. Matty is well known for his fiddle playing and originally learned Irish music from Maureen Glenn Connolly. He also studied jazz trumpet at the Laguardia School for Music and Art.