The Drowsy Lads


Sat Feb 18 2023 at 08:00 pm to 11:00 pm


Franklin Junior High | Des Moines, IA

Critically acclaimed Irish-American Folk powerhouse, The Drowsy Lads, bring
unique energy and pure friendship to their live show.
About this Event

The Drowsy Lads thundered onto the Irish music scene in the US over 15 years ago and have become fan favorites at every turn. Sticking to traditional roots the Lads bring a fire and excitement that is quickly winning over audiences. 2018 brought the release of their 4th album, Everyone In, and the distinction of “Best Irish American Band of 2018”. With an undeniable genuineness that flows from their live performances, the future continues to look bright for these Lads.

Ohio brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and lifelong friend Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of “we dare you to hold still” Irish ance

tunes as well as a full emotional gamut of songs and good humor. Their authentic approach and deep enjoyment of people is a refreshing surprise to both casual music-lovers and those steeped in hardcore Trad.

Besides packing out theaters, concert halls, clubs and pubs, the Lads are lighting up Irish festivals including Milwaukee, Dublin, Dayton, Indianapolis, Buffalo, and Michigan. They are regular guests at theaters including the Murphy Theater, and Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua Concert Series, and were guest artists with the Otterbein University Orchestra.

Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran.

The Lads are fond of creating their own spirited arrangements and offering occasional original compositions, even mixing in some bits of Bluegrass or Classical. But these never get in the way of their obsession with the pure old Irish tunes, songs, wit, and friendship that has defined Irish music for centuries.


Where is it happening?

Franklin Junior High, 4801 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, United States

Event Location & Nearby Stays:


USD 30.00

The Celtic Music Association

Host or Publisher The Celtic Music Association

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