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.


with Hanz Araki in Belfast, ME

September 5, 2015

7:30 pm

37 Miller Street, Belfast, ME

With Hanz Araki and Velocipede. Tickets at

New World Festival

September 6, 2015

12:00 pm

Randolph, VT


September 9, 2015

7:00 pm

Portland, ME

Celtic Airs Series

September 11, 2015

7:00 pm

Hartford, CT

McClary Hill Farm

September 12, 2015

7:00 pm

Epsom, NH


September 13, 2015

2:00 pm

Yarmouth, ME

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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.

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“The Press Gang”

2010. 10 tracks, 50 min

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

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