Jamison Celtic Rock.. Expect the Unexpected!

Mar 2, 2011

By: Krista Doran

JamisonAs St. Patrick’s Day approaches many of us will want to enjoy the high spirited or teary ballads that only traditional Irish music offers. If you are like me however, after 5 or 6 songs, you are ready to move onto something else. After all, variety is the spice of life! There is an Irish band from the Philly area that has taken that into consideration and decided to mix Rock, Reggae, Pop and other styles with Irish tradition – and that band is Jamison.

When it comes to Irish music in this town, we all know that Jamison is one of the most beloved bands that come to mind. Apparently, this is not just a local love affair. Jamison entered an online Battle of the Bands contest, sponsored by the Strangford Lough Beer Company and won the title of Best Irish Band as voted by people all over the world. I spoke to Lead Vocalist and Guitar player, Frank Daly who explained “this was an international competition. Irish bands from all over the world sent in videos that were narrowed down to the best 30 and were then posted online for people to vote on”. Jamison came through on top and to celebrate, they will be flying out to Las Vegas in April to perform at McFadden’s in the Rio Hotel! Congrats to the band from The OOT and all its readers – this truly is a great accomplishment!
Great accomplishments are not new to Jamison, though. They have appeared on Fox Good Day Philadelphia’s promotion of the 2005 Penn’s Landing Irish Festival, they were also the Headline band for the Phoenixville Concert Series, The Philadelphia Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Cape May County’s Irish Fall Festival (Wildwood NJ), the Delmarva Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration, and Philadelphia’s Running of the Santa’s, just to name a few.
Jamison has had songs featured on Midwest Radio in Ireland and they were awarded “Best Band” in 2009 by the Mt Holly St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. More locally, you can find Jamison playing venues including The Electric Factory, Citizens Bank Park, and many festivals. Some of the smaller, more intimate venues you can see them play are Kildare’s, Brittingham’s, Paddy Whacks, and Finnegan’s Wake.
Jamison is a group of guys who wanted to perform Irish music with a twist. As Frank told me, “there are lots of Irish bands doing cover music, but not many Rock bands who do Irish music.” They perform a high energy show that mixes various types of song styles yet they never stray from their Irish roots. When you go to see Jamison, be prepared to dance from start to finish. Frank told me, “You will definitely work up a sweat at one of our shows!”
The members of Jamison are Frank Daly – Guitar, Mandolin, Tin Whistle and Lead Vocals; John O’Callaghan – Guitar, Tin Whistle, Banjo and Lead Vocals; Sean Callaghan – Drums and Percussion; Dave Lynd – Bass Guitar, Moog Pedals and Backup Vocals and C.J. Mills – Fiddle, Mandolin and Backup Vocals. You can read up on the band and view their schedule by visiting their website at www.jamisoncelticrock.com. On St. Patrick’s Day, Jamison will be appearing at Brittingham’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Whitemarsh, PA during the day and then they will be at Kildare’s in West Chester from 9 pm – 1 am.
Jamison is definitely a band that can be appreciated all year long, not just this time of the year. If you are looking for a night of dancing to high energy cover songs with a mash-up of Irish and other styles, go check them out. You may want to bring an extra shirt though!

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