Switchback tours throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Netherlands playing over 200 engagements a year. Their television specials "The Americana Sessions", "The Celtic Sessions" and "Music on the Mayne Stage" have aired on PBS stations throughout the U.S.
On top of their usual tour schedule, Switchback regularly presents outreach programs for schools, community events, senior citizen groups, and special needs audiences. They offer outreach programs on Celtic music, songwriting, and music appreciation as well as music residencies.
Unusual, honest, heartfelt, humorous, personable, talented, spiritual, and spirited "“ these all describe the band Switchback.
This is a sample of our full band ensemble. The principal members, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack are represented here. Our website has complete information about our school programs and residencies. We are an extremely versatile band, able to work in education, festivals, concerts, etc.
As Poetry Slam Pioneer Marc Smith said "Switchback touches the everybody note." Our music is inclusive, inspiring and celebrates our Illinois roots.
"The words "˜American Roots & Celtic Soul' only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique. There is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo." "“ Music Connection
Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Switchback draws on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers, and Simon & Garfunkel.
Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, drawing praise from such traditional players as Matt Molloy of the group the Chieftains. Ireland has taken Switchback to her heart, with performances at art centers throughout the country and appearances on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). At the same time, their music is modern Celtic, with songs capturing the Irish of today as accurately as the Pogues and singer-songwriters like Christy Moore.
Our mission is to create community through our programs by bringing together people of all backgrounds, especially those who have limited access to live, quality performance.
Programs for Specific Audience(s) Expertise
"It was one of the best shows we have ever put on for the students wonderful musical journey that had the students rocking in their seats. The adult chaperones loved it too!" K. Hall, Woodstock, IL
Singer/songwriters Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of Switchback have worked for over two decades in N. America and Europe presenting programs to help youth gain a deeper appreciation of music. They also present programs for community events, senior citizen groups, and special needs audiences. Switchback offers outreach programs on Celtic music, songwriting, and music appreciation as well as music residencies. Outreach programs can be customized.
Traditional Folk/Ethnic Artform Statement
Our Irish music authentically represents our Celtic heritage, especially in Chicago. We have provided the Irish community in Chicago with over three decades of traditionally inspired music and have expanded to the greater Irish community in the United States and beyond.
1769 W. Morse
Chicago, IL 60626
$500 - $10,000