The Gas Men

Meet The Gas Men

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The Gasmen

The Band's History

The Gas Men play Irish Traditional music (jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas) and the many singers in the band perform a wide variety of songs . From Alaska to Argentina, the band have enjoyed playing music and entertaining audiences since the early ninties.

Starting out as Vincy Keehan and friends, the band were joined in 1995 by singer Orla Morrison and her guitar playing husband Richard Morrison (Orla penned the name The Gas Men). Orla and The Gas Men released a CD in 1998 called Minding Mice at Crossroads.

The band had nine members. Orla Morrison, vocals; Richard Morrison, guitar, vocals; Vincy Keehan, mandolin, guitar, vocals; Kenny Somerville, banjo, guitar, vocals; Jimmy O'Meara, octave mandolin, guitar, vocals; Dana Lyn, fiddle; Vinny Cronin, flute, whistles; Colm O' Riain, fiddle; and Cormac Gannon, bodhran and vocals.

Orla, Richard and Jimmy moved back to Ireland and Dana and Colm went on to work on other musical projects. The remaining members became The Gas Men.

From 1998 to 2000 Michael Stack played fiddle with the band. Accordion player Barry O'Connell joined the band in 2001. After playing with numerous bands, including gigs with Johnny Moynihan in Dublin, Amsterdam and New York , John Caulfield, fiddler, mandolin player and singer, found his home with The Gas Men in 2002.

The band was joined by Kyle Alden in late 2009. Kyle is a singer / songwriter / guitarist with roots in the San Francisco Irish music community. Since the mid 1990's Kyle has played guitar accompaniment for top Irish musicians including Gearoid O' hAllmhurain, Tod Denman, Tommy Peoples and Paddy Keenan.

The Players

Vincy Keehan
- mandolin, guitar, vocals.

Kenny Somerville
- banjo, guitar, vocals.

Vinny Cronin
- flute, whistles.

Cormac Gannon
- bodhran, vocals.

Barry O'Connel
- accordian.

John Caulfield
- fiddle, mandolin, vocals.

Kyle Alden
- guitar / mandolin / fiddle / vocal.

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