Driscoll and Smith are a unique
acoustic duo performing many different types of music, including,
but not limited to, Irish and Scottish folk music, maritime songs,
contemporary folk, and older country music. Depending on the audience,
they will, from time to time, throw in various original songs, and
older pop, rock, and novelty songs, for good measure.
Long time veteran Jack Driscoll sings and
plays harmonica and guitar, and is a prolific songwriter, with an
album of original material to his credit. Before teaming up with
Don Smith, Jack played many years as a founding member of the Black
Water Boys, then with Blackie summers, (of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass
Boys), The Wild Colonial Boys, and as the singer and guitarist of
All-Ireland button box champ John Nolan's band.
Aside from singing, Don Smith plays banjo
(tenor and five string), guitar, tin whistle, and concertina. Playing
for years with the likes of Marty McKernan, The Bantry Boys, the
Highland Ramblers, and The Thorn Between the Roses, Don has developed
a unique and humorous stage persona, which is accentuated by Jack's
natural ability to play the straight man, so always expect a lot
of laughs when these two are on stage.
Over the years they have frequently been
compared to the Smothers Brothers (due to their uncommon chemistry!)
and a number of times been told, " You guys are like the Irish
As mainstays on the Irish pub circuit, they
are in demand in the Catskills (summer and winter) and have been
described as one of the "greatest bar bands in the world".
As Pete Seeger once said, "Who are those
Besides pubs, Jack and Don appear at many
festivals in the northeast (as themselves and in various lineups),
such as the East Durham Memorial Day Weekend Festival, The Hunter
Mtn.Celtic Faire, The Orange County, NY Irish Festival, the East
Durham Traditional Irish Music Festival (following Irish Arts week),
aside from other lesser known festivals scattered around and about.
Jack has opened for many notables over the
years, such as Makem and Clancy, The Wolftones, The Clancy Brothers,
has served as guitarist for Paddy Reilly, toured Ireland (where
he was well received), and toured with Sean Dunphy for a year.
Jack and Don have played with Pete Seeger,
and Don has studied with Davey Arthur, played with Joe "Banjo"
Burke, and jammed with button box master Fintan Stanley.
They have paid their dues, and it shows in
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