“They are seriously good musicians… The 80 people packed in the house all fell in love with the band. … It felt like a family feast in an Irish home. They made it perfect.” J Kelly
“I was caught up in another great performance by The Jig is Up! last Saturday night. The group is relatively new, but all the members are experienced and excellent musicians. Jigs, polkas, slides, mazurkas, songs beautifully and “effortlessly” performed belying their complexity and musical depth. My Imperial edict is: Do your ears and eyes a favor. See, hear and support this group whenever and wherever you can!” B Norton
National and International Recognition
The Jig Is Up! has been broadcast nationally on Fiona Richie’s famous National Public Radio show Thistle and Shamrock and has been heard across Ireland on Kieran Hanrahan’s Ceili House show on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). The band plays regularly at festivals and venues across Texas, Louisiana and the Southeast.
The Jig Is Up!, Houston’s premier traditional Irish band, presents both ancient and new tunes and songs in innovative and dynamic arrangements. The band will keep you “On Yer Toes,” whether they’re playing flute tunes from Sligo and Roscommon, fiddle tunes from Clare, or polkas and slides from Kerry. The songs will warm your heart and help you share the “Irish experience.”
Robert Shaddox, with his clear tenor voice, is the band’s main vocalist. His skilled bodhrán adds 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 that he and Robert sing. Judd Heartsill’s driving accordion fills out the band’s big sound and provides the “nyah.”