At The Hoogland: Switchback’s American Roots, Celtic Soul

Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack

Martin McCormack and Brian FitzGerald have been playing under the name Switchback since the early 90s and dip into a deep well of musical traditions with their blend of Celtic and American roots.

The duo is on tour promoting their latest album, Kanoka, which features the pedal steel work of Grammy-award winner Lloyd Maines and the harmonica work of Howard Levy of Bela Fleck fame. Kanoka is described as “a vagabond’s journey aboard a boxcar across the heartland of the United States.”

They take the stage at the Hoogland Center for the Arts at 8:00 p.m. Friday – the group’s first time performing in Springfield.

Brian and Martin pose with Keith Riker (middle) in this archive photo from their blog site

Brian and Martin pose with Keith Riker (middle) in this archive photo from their blog site

The two are joined on this stop of their tour by percussionist Keith Riker of Evergreen, CO.  Riker is a native of Springfield, IL and says he’s glad to be back in town for a performance with – and for – old friends.

McCormack, FitzGerald and Riker joined Peter Gray on Illinois Edition to talk about the Midwest’s rich tradition of music and telling stories through song:  [.mp3 – 8:30]

Click here for more information from the Hoogland Center box office

Click here to visit Switchback’s official website

Click here to visit Switchback’s blog

Click here to find Switchback on Facebook

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