piano accordion, vocals, & bodhran
Betsy's influences are rooted in Celtic music as well as Appalachian and bluegrass, and extend to the folk, country, rock and blues of her youth. Betsy loves to study and learn the complexities of this rich tradition and is an avid promoter of Celtic music in Texas: she serves on the Southwest Celtic Music Association board, is a participant at the O’Flaherty Irish Music retreat, and is a long-time manager with the North Texas Irish Festival. Betsy was in the fondly remembered Celtic-trad band, Lost Tribe and remains a member in the popular regional Celtic-Americana band, Beyond the Pale.
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mandolin, electric guitar, tenor banjo, vocals
Marj's musical journey is a culmination of changing climates, cultures and musical genres. Her heart and humor are in Ireland and Scotland but you can also hear her playing reflect influences from rock, folk, country, bluegrass and Western swing. Marj's songwriting includes fan favorites like "Doctor's Orders", "Crow's Nest", "Dame Alice" and "Open Toe Sandal Blues". Marj was in the Trinity River Whalers for many years, rocking on the mandolin and electric guitar.
electric bass, Vocals
Patrick McGuire started his music career in the 60s with bands such as Southern Distributor whose youngest member was Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has played numerous genres of music and enjoyed running sound from the stage, so it was a natural transition to open a recording studio. Patrick McGuire Recording has recorded such notables as The Blarney Brothers, The Trinity River Whalers, and Skeleton McKee to name a few. While his main efforts are geared towards the studio, he enjoys playing live with Skeleton McKee!
Acoustic guitar vocals
Garren is the newest member of Skeleton McKee, bringing powerful vocals and tasteful, intricate guitar work. His influences range from Celtic to rock to bluegrass, lending great depth to his rhythm and lead playing. Garren has been a long-time standout in the Texas Celtic music community, and is also a current member of the band Jiggernaut.
Trae is an alumni of several original rock bands, having performed in Deep Ellum and Poor David's Pub as well as at several other clubs and festivals in the south. Trae is a seasoned drummer, percussionist and an accomplished tympani player. She became intrigued with Scottish drumming and plays tenor drum with the award-winning North Texas Caledonian Pipe and Drum Corps. Trae's intricate rhythms bring the songs to life and evoke the Scottish heartbeat of the Hamilton clan.