Gallowglass

Acoustic Irish Music from Bellingham, Washington

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Gallowglass is an acoustic Irish band from Bellingham, Washington. The band was formed on March 17, 2014 by Jan Peters (vocals, bouzouki, harmonicas), Zach Bauman (vocals, guitar, mandolins), David Lofgren (bodhrán, percussion), and Brit Keeton (violin). After Keeton left the band in 2016, the ensemble was joined by the accomplished fiddler Margaret Inez Driscoll.  The band has been playing pubs, wine bars, patio parties, festivals, and weddings in the Bellingham region since their formation. 

 

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Jan Peters has run several bands in our Bellingham area. There has always been a traditional folk music element in all the music he plays and songs he writes and sings. He took a trip a few Octobers ago to visit music comrades and friends in the Davis, Ca area. While there he met two incredibly fine Irish and Trad music players and fell into a group with them called The Blackbird. He soon picked up an Irish bouzouki for a deeper chordal sound, and that group became his full time occupation for almost two years. Now returned to Bellingham, he's very excited to have formed Gallowglass with Zach and Brit to carry on his love of this music.

Jan Peters has run several bands in the Bellingham area. There has always been a traditional folk music element in all the music he plays and songs he writes and sings. In 2010 he took a trip a few to visit music comrades and friends in the Davis, Ca area. While there he met two incredibly fine Irish and Trad music players and fell into a group with them called The Blackbird. He soon picked up an Irish bouzouki for a deeper chordal sound, and that group became his full time occupation for almost two years. Returned several years now to Bellingham, he's very excited to be playing Irish music with  Zach, Margaret, and David to carry on his love of this music.


Margaret Inez Driscoll is a championship fiddler of Scottish and Cape Breton music. She is in Puirt na Gael Scottish Band with Jan, and her love of Irish playing was rekindled upon learning that Gallowglass was on the hunt for a new fiddler.  She teaches fiddle in both Mount Vernon and Bellingham. 


Zach Bauman is a guitarist and mandolinist who studied music at Western Washington University. Zach grew up in New England, nurtured by the region's rich culture of folk music. He has been making music in the Bellingham area for almost ten years.


David Lofgren is a percussionist who is involved in many bands in the Bellingham region.  He's been devoted to the Irish frame drum for over 5 years now. His accomplishments as a percussionist and his passion for Irish music come together with his bodhrán playing in Gallowglass. 

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