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 and cover 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 originals and blending traditional Irish and mainstream rock led to the formation of 9 Castle Close. When not hiking to remote areas to photograph reclusive Buddhist lamas bathing, Kevin enjoys bear wrestling.