The Press Gang is one of those rare bands that are ingenious, driving, thoughtful and yet have great respect for the tradition.

– John Doyle

The Press Gang perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, these three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music–and for their humorous stage presence.

As American performers in the Irish tradition, The Press Gang bring a unique perspective to the music. They intersperse their repertoire of Irish melodies with related tunes from Quebec, Scotland, and Appalachia, and some fine New England waltzes. They temper their arrangements with a musical sense of adventure, making each show spontaneous and fresh.


Burren Backroom Series

September 7, 2016

7:00 pm

The Burren 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, United States

Opening for Socks in the Frying Pan

Kittery Dance Hall

September 16, 2016

7:30 pm

The Dance Hall Kittery 7 Walker St, Kittery, ME 03904, United States

Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival

September 24, 2016

Portsmouth, NH

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“The Happy Days of Youth”

2014. 10 tracks, 50 min.

Selections from our repertoire after four years of performing together. Includes many of the tunes we play in our live shows and some new selections. Featuring special guests Hanz Araki and Jeremiah McLane.

$15.00 Add to cart

“The Press Gang”

2010. 10 tracks, 50 min

Our first CD, featuring a blend of tunes from Ireland and beyond.

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