A rock-trad cocktail packing real punch -- that’s the debut album by the Kips Bay Ceili Band! Produced by John Simon, famed producer of albums for Bob Dylan and The Band, Digging In is full of chance-taking surprises and smiles from a band who have gained a red-h... more
The Kips Bay Ceilidh Band, an Irish Trad-fusion quartet, hailed from the Kips Bay district of New York City. The innovative group was a powerhouse of Irish-American and immigrant talent, and recorded three albums, Kips Bay Ceilidh Band (1993), Into the Light (1996), and Digging In 2000.
Band members included Pat Kilbride on guitar, cittern, and vocals, John Whelan on button accordion and keyboards, Steve Missal on percussion and vocals, and Richard Lindsey on bass guitar.
Various special guests on their two albums included John McGann on electric guitar, mandolin, and dobro, fiddler Tony De Marco, Joanie Madden on tin whistle and flute, and the band’s producer, John Simon, on keyboards and percussion.