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.

A new collaboration with Hanz Araki

We are pleased to announce our new collaboration with Hanz Araki, flute player, singer, and one of our favorite musicians.

Called "an Irish music phenomenon in America", Hanz's brilliant playing and unique voice open a world of musical possibilities to us. We are honored to welcome him into the band!

Read our full biography for the complete story...


Festival of Small Hall

June 12, 2017

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Old Songs Festival

June 23, 2017


The Maine Celtic Celebration

July 15, 2017

Belfast, ME 04915, USA

Upper Jay Arts Center

September 1, 2017

8:00 pm

Old Route 9n, Old Rte 9n, Upper Jay, NY 12987, USA

Concert at the Upper Jay Arts Center

Ripton Coffeehouse

September 2, 2017

7:30 pm

Ripton, VT

The Burren Backroom Series

November 1, 2017

The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, USA

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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.

$15.00 Add to cart

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