THE 9 CASTLE CLOSE JOURNEY
Hailing from central Ohio, 9 Castle Close is an eclectic Celtic rock group that enjoys stretching the boundaries and expectations that genre title creates. More than simply pop/rock overlaid by traditional Irish melodies, the band strives to create new music full of lush soundscapes, driving rhythms and catchy melodies to keep you singing and dancing.
9 Castle Close was dreamed up by Kevin Maloney in 2006, when he wanted to take his love of Irish, bluegrass, pop and rock music and blend them into a unique style not found in the Irish music world. But finding musicians that shared this same passion and talent to appreciate and mix these styles was no easy task and it’s taken a few incarnations to get it right, but get it right they have! And in the band’s recorded and live performances, you can feel all of those influences melding into what 9 Castle Close was dreamed to be all those years ago.
As the principal songwriter, Kevin strives to write songs that are melodic and catchy, with lyrics that are poignant and touching and oftentimes personal in nature. The rest of the band brings their individual influences together and builds those initial sketches into completed works, the end result being a beautiful melding of all of their influences into their recorded and live performances.
In 2019, tragedy struck when one of the pioneering members, fiddler and close friend Stuart Brand, passed away unexpectedly. The loss struck the band hard and took time to pull the pieces back together, but after a lot of soul searching, the band decided to press on in Stuart’s honor. And you can feel and hear Stuart’s influence on the band and their songs today.
To date, 9 Castle Close has logged hundreds of performances across venues large and small, from pubs and bars to private clubs and large festival stages, winning the hearts and ears of people everywhere they go. In 2020, the band will begin work on their extremely long-awaited debut album, following up 2011’s eponymous E.P.
Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki
Kevin grew up playing music with his tight-knit Kentucky family and their frequent gatherings centered around great food, conversation and tunes. In high school he furthered his musical endeavor by studying trumpet, guitar, and bass, and also began performing rock and roll. After playing in rock bands for nearly two decades, he turned his attention to the Celtic world, listening to both rock and traditional. His vision of a diverse, new Celtic rock band with a focus on blending traditional Irish and mainstream rock led to the formation of 9 Castle Close.
Hugh comprises the right side of the wall of guitars that identify 9CC's sound. An American folk aficionado, Hugh's guitar sound and backing vocals fill out the rock side of the band with tasteful elegance.
Michele, joined 9CC in December 2016 because we needed a whistle-blower. A long-time friend to the Irish music community, supporter of 9CC and having years of experience in other bands, Michele was a natural fit. Her Irish musical influences include Scythian, The Elders, Drowsy Lads, Barleyjuice, Two2Many, Homeland, Mary's Lane and Flogging Molly. Other influences include U2, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin. When she's not giving flute lessons or concocting moonshine recipes, she enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking and spending time with her husband, and pets.
Mike is a seasoned veteran in the music scene, having logged over four decades playing with various rock bands, including Kevin’s first rock band. His mastery of the low end groove gives 9CC it's heavy rock presence. Mike mastered that rock stuff and is excited to be delving into the Celtic genre.
Keith is a veteran drummer from the eclectic Chicago music scene. After performing and recording with previous groups Chicago and Columbus, OH, Keith joined 9CC in 2012 and has been the driving force behind the band ever since. Influences ranging from prog rock to metal, the Celtic world is a breath of fresh air and new potential.
Patrick got his first guitar at age 13 and never looked back. Growing up in a musical family, he cut his teeth on gospel and country before discovering his love of rock and he spent years performing in rock bands in Nashville, TN, Chalreston, SC and Cincinnati, OH before a chance meeting with Kevin awakened his Celtic soul. Patrick spent 4 years with 9CC, took a 4 year break, and now is back, refreshed and excited.