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Brian Hebert and Friends: Bio

Brian Hebert - Octave Mandolin, Tenor Banjo, Resophonic Tenor Guitar, and Acoustic Bass Guitar

After hearing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 when he was 8, Brian Hebert started to play rock and pop songs on the guitar. As a teen he went on to play blues harmonica, clawhammer banjo, classical guitar and then, after hearing the Boys of the Lough in 1974, Irish and Scottish fiddle, octave mandolin and tenor banjo. He's played at many Irish sessions around the Boston area since the late 1970's. He started morphing Beatles songs into jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes, and reels after a pilgrimage to Liverpool in 2006, which led to the Any Time At All album. www.bhtunes.com

John McGann - Octave Mandolin

In addition to being a big Beatles fan, John McGann is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in mandolin family instruments, electric and acoustic guitar, steel guitar, and dobro. He is a professional composer, arranger, performer, recording artist, producer, and educator. He is an Associate Professor in the Strings Department at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, where he teaches Improvisation and Celtic Ensemble. He was the 1985 US National Mandolin Flatpicking Champion. He continues to work with a variety of idioms including Jazz, Bluegrass, American traditional music, Rock and Roll, and Traditional Irish dance music. www.johnmcgann.com

Joey Sullivan - Bodhran (Irish Drum)

Joey took up the drums at the age of 8 and, after hearing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964, Ringo became his major musical influence. In the 1990's Bill Carson introduced Joey to the Bodhran. Joey now plays every year at the Cuckoo Fleadh held in Kinvara, County Galway. In addition to the Bohdran, Joey plays drums with a number of Blues and Rock 'n' Roll bands including the Roger Ceresi's All Starz and JoJoMima. He recently played at the CW 56 lanuch party for 'According to Jim' backing up Jim Belushi and James Montgomery.

Pelham Norville - Irish Pipes

Pelham began his musical career at an early age, with both voice and trumpet. In 1995, he began studying Irish traditional music in on fingerstyle guitar and took up the uillean pipes and whistle in 1997 and later the Irish flute in 1999. Pelham has studied piping in both the United States and Ireland under great pipers Martin Nolan, Eoin O'Riabhaigh, Tommy Keane, Cillian Vallely, Kieran O'Hare, and Robbie Hannan. www.pelhamnorville.com