Beyond The Pale
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“The sheer fun, imagination, innovation, musical diversity and talent these guys exhibit on this disk and on stage puts them in a class of their own.”—The Ceili review of Queen of Skye
Beyond The Pale is:
GORDON MCLEOD plays fiddle, guitar, bodhran, mandolin, bass, sings lead and backing vocals and is an award-winning songwriter. Gordon has been performing and composing music all of his life as a solo artist, a member of several bands and as a recording session artist. Beyond The Pale's latest CD Paleontology, feature Gordon's original songs and compositions as do their earlier releases, “The Music Plays Me”, Queen of Skye”, “Strange Turns” and “Angel on the 7th Stair.” His original songs, include the award winning song, “Hester”, featured on Queen of Skye. His song “Dog Year” won first place in Nacogdoches’ Americana Festivals New Traditions Song Contest.
CHRISTI MCLEOD’S natural soulfulness shows not only in her beautiful singing and guitar playing but in her wit and instant rapport with her audiences as well. Christy began performing in her early teens. She plays guitar, harmonica, bodhran and percussion and sings lead and backing vocals. Christy has performed over much of the United States and in Ireland and France as well. She is also a gifted and witty songwriter. For example, her composition "The Music Plays Me" is the title track of Beyond The Pale's 2006 CD " The Music Plays Me". She is also known for her creative arrangements of covers including Where To Now St. Peter by Elton John and Pink Floyd's On The Turning Away.
BETSY CUMMINGS plays piano accordion and bodhran and sings a wonderful array of traditional and contemporary songs. Betsy has been performing Celtic music for many years and is also past President of the Southwest Celtic Music Association. Formerly with the renowned group Lost Tribe, Betsy's wonderful voice combined with her sensitive feeling for the music and skillful fingers on the accordion keys, along with her knack for picking the most captivating songs add a rich dimension to Beyond The Pale's sound.
JOHN DELANEY brings a wealth of talent to Beyond The Pale. John plays flute, hammered dulcimer, tin whistle, concertina and saxophone and adds his dulcet baritone to the band's vocal performances as both a lead and backing vocalist. John has been performing traditional and contemporary music for many years with several well known groups including Lost Tribe and Rakish Paddy and Slim Richey. He is well known as a talented multi instrumentalist and his vocal talents are often the highlight of the band’s shows.
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