The 19th Street Band
Caolaidhe came to America from Holywood, Northern Ireland ten years ago to pursue a career in music. In order to do so, he secured a job in the service industry while writing songs and collaborating with other musicians and songwriters in his spare time. While establishing an earlier group, he found himself in need of a fiddle player. As fate would have it, Meghan (a classical violinist) was working at an Irish pub in DC as a server while teaching music at a nearby public school. Through Caolaidhe’s acquaintances, he was lucky enough to meet Meghan and quickly auditioned her for the band. What Caolaidhe didn’t know was that he was auditioning his future wife. Fast-forward a few months down the road, and Meghan and Caolaidhe found themselves living on ’19th Street’ in Arlington, VA, writing songs and creating the sound that would become the backbone of The 19th Street Band.
With a chemistry and stage presence similar to Johnny & June, they tend to captivate audiences just by being themselves. Having good, simple fun. Making sweet, simple rock and roll. The two combine their instrumental talents with strong harmonies and high energy, bringing genuine joy to the show and instantly connecting to every audience.
Caolaidhe & Meghan have been honored to play with some super-talented musicians in the area. You can find them performing regularly with Brian White on the acoustic, fretless bass. Brian has spent the last ten years touring Europe and performing with the avant-garde metal band, Dog Fashion Disco, performing and recording multiple original albums that are known worldwide. With his ability to write incredible thumping bass lines, Brian adds a very tasteful and complimentary layer to the band’s full sound.
Tom Verratti (“The Banjoman”) can be found pickin’ the banjo most weekdays in the DC/MD/VA area with the group. Having performed with The 19th Street Band for several years now, Tom’s banjo shines and adds the perfect texture to these acoustic instruments. It is the secret ingredient to their down-home-style playing.
New to the 19th Street Band ‘madness’, the fabulous Patty Dougherty, can be found beating the drums as a special treat. Patty brings wild energy yet perfect skill to the band’s sound. She has played many of the legendary clubs, such as Hammerjacks in Baltimore, Mama Kin Music Hall in Boston, and CBGB’s in New York. Patty has played at Merriweather Post Pavilion, opening for Joan Jett and currently performs with the DC all-girl band, Wicked Jezebel.
The 19th Street Band has had the honor of sharing the stage with country music stars such as Rodney Atkins, Craig Morgan, and Chuck Mead. They have opened for The Wheeler Brothers and Spirit Family Reunion at The Hamilton as well as Grammy Award-winning Western Swing icons, Asleep at the Wheel, at The Birchmere. They have also packed the house at such venues as the 9:30 Club, Black Cat, Strathmore, Jammin’ Java, Rock & Roll Hotel, Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, The Washington Folk Festival, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, The Black Box in Belfast, and Hill Country BBQ and Pianos in NYC.