About 9 Castle Close
It’s simple, music + dancing + a few pints = GREAT CRAIC!
Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki
Kevin (lead vocals, guitar, bouzouki, banjo) 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.
Former Victoria's Secret model 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, Boston Terrier, pet sloth and 42 cats.
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. But Mike’s mastered that rock stuff and is excited to be delving into a new genre.