The band, based in Houston, formed when the members each realized that they share the same love of Irish traditional music and the same mindset and ideas about how the music is best presented. The band’s goal is to perform the music in a lively and creative manner while remaining true to the ancient Irish tradition.
The Jig is Up! features the flute playing of Larry Mallette, whose 24 years in the tradition have made him the band’s resident musical historian. The band’s fantastic fiddle player, Diehl Moran, provides both grace and drive to the music. Judd Heartsill’s dynamic accordion and melodeon playing fills out the group’s big sound and helps to supply the “nyah” in the dance tunes. Robert Shaddox, with his clear tenor voice, is the band’s main vocalist and provides the driving bodhrán (Irish frame drum) for the dance numbers. Matt Lewis solidifies the arrangements with his rhythmic guitar playing, plays dynamic flute and whistle, and provides some innovative vocals.
Whether playing flute tunes from Sligo and Roscommon, fiddle tunes from Clare, or polkas and slides from southwest Ireland, The Jig is Up! is sure to set your feet to tapping.
What our clients have said:
“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
“Attended and 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 and hear and support this group whenever and wherever you can!” B Norton