Houston’s premier traditional Irish band, The Jig Is Up!, has been broadcast nationally on NPR’s Thistle and Shamrock show and across Ireland on RTE’s Ceili House show. The band performs regularly at festivals and venues across Texas and adjoining states and has toured through the Southeast. Their innovative arrangements of traditional and original tunes are complemented by a variety of moving songs chosen from both the Irish and American repertoire.
Tenor Robert Shaddox is the band’s main vocalist and a skilled bodhran player adding punch to the dance tunes. Diehl Moran’s inventive fiddle, banjo and mandolin provide grace and drive to the music. Larry Mallette is the featured flute and whistle player and resident composer. Matt Lewis’ skilled guitar sparks the dance tunes and adds lyrical beauty to the ballads he and Robert sing. Matt will also solo or double with Larry on a set of flute or whistle tunes. Kendall Rogers’ driving keyboards (horizontal and vertical) and topnotch guitar playing add a new dimension to the band’s sound.
Whether playing flute tunes from Sligo and Roscommon, fiddle tunes from Clare, or polkas and slides from Cork and Kerry, The Jig is Up! will set your feet tapping.