The Pub Boys’ music, on the cd and live on stage, is retro even for traditional music. It recalls the glory days of Tommy Makem and The Clancy Brothers: sincere, robust playing and tight, manly harmonies (and Earhart’s supple and assured fiddle playing is an asset). For anyone used to the punk snarl of the Pogues or the mystic overdubs of Enya, this is an adjustment but one with lasting pleasures. – Ken Chisholm.
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With a blend of traditional, east coast and original tunes, The Pub Boys have, as individuals and as a group been entertaining audiences across Cape Breton and beyond, for many years. Each brings their unique instrumental and vocal abilities to the stage and collectively they produce a collaborative sound that guarantees to have the crowd demanding more at the end of the night! When you combine music, with large doses of laughter, both on and off the stage, you have a recipe for a great evening out! The Pub Boys have proven their ability to entertain no matter the event. Whether providing the supper-time crowd with great accompaniment to a meal; helping folks dance the night away; or a full evening’s concert; The Pub Boys are capable of putting together a show to suit the mood of any crowd. The Pub Boys have gained a loyal following of people who return again and again as they are guaranteed to hear the songs to sing along to, and music to chase their cares away.
The Pub Boys
Kenny MacLeod – Vocals, 6-12 String Guitars, Harmonic, Bass & Bodhran
Kenny grew up in a house filled with music. His Father was a traditional music lover and fond memories or Saturday mornings waking up to the sound of Winston Scotty on the record player, his mother a Newfoundlander who loved Harry Hibbs, enough said!! Kenny’s First Cousin is well known entertainer Newfie Joe Hynes. Kenny started learning guitar at the age of 10 quite by accident. While home sick with Pneumonia and very bored, He picked up his brothers guitar and starting running his fingers up the strings trying to match the sounds on the record he was listening to.. His friend showed him how to play a couple of chords and by the age of 15, he was playing in his band Montana at various variety shows and the odd Sunday evening at the Band Shell. At 16 years of age Kenny decided to get a taste of life on the road so he and his band mates got themselves a gig playing at the Stadium in Port Aux Basques, NFLD. Later after playing in a few bands, Kenny teamed up with singer / songwriter Terry Smith and formed Too Musical Guys and asKenny says, “we played just about every bar in Industrial Cape Breton”. They eventually became a 3 piece with Marcel LeForte and after they disbanded, Kenny did some solo gigs but has kept fairly quiet over recent years occasionally getting up on stage with local bands lending vocal support
Gordie Parsons – Vocals, 6-12 String Guitars, Bouzouki & Banjo
Gordie is from Coxheath and started playing guitar at the ripe old age of 13. He loves all things musical and in his younger days was involved and starred in Rotary Shows as both a singer and dancer. Gordie developed a love of Celtic music after playing in a church choir directed by renowned Cape Breton Celtic performer Donnie Campbell. Gordie partnered with Robert Libbis for about a dozen years. Gordie was also a member of Our Lady of Fatima choir. While on a Cursillo weekend he met Tom and together they formed The Pub Boys.
Tom McMullin – Vocals, Bass & 6-12 String Guitars
Tom grew up in Reserve Mines and like many Cape Breton families, live music was always present in the home throughout his youth. He spent twenty two years with the Canadian Armed Forces eventually returning to Cape Breton and his musical roots in 1998. Tom started playing guitar at 10 years of age and has played in many church choirs & local bands over the years. Together with Gordie he is a co-founder of The Pub Boys.
Shawn Bigley - Bodhran, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Guitar, Banjo, Whistles & Vocals
Shawn, like a lot of musicians in Glace Bay came up through the school music system and was a trumpet player. Later, while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, he learned to play guitar. Since that time he has picked up the bodhran, mandolin and recently the bouzouki as well as other odds and sods that he can get his hands on. Shawn and Tom have played together for several years in a choir and at other events. For 6 years Shawn was a member of the contemporary Christian group Witness.
What people are saying:
“They are equal if not better than bands I have actually heard in Ireland”
“It’s a great atmosphere to get together with friends for a meal… the music doesn’t overpower the conversation”
“The Pub Boys are a lot of fun!”
For Booking info on The Pub Boys
Phone Gordie 902.562.3782 or Tom 902.862.1140 or email firstname.lastname@example.org