Yanks T-Shirts!

Our new t-shirts are all the rage here in the old U. S. of A.! And I think there have been sightings as far as Canada, Belgium, and Ireland too…. With beautiful dinosaur artwork by Emily Willoughby, these shirts are guaranteed to make you the coolest kid on the block. Get yours at one of our upcoming shows!

The Yanks @ U. Chicago Folk Fest

The Yanks are confirmed to take part in the University of Chicago Folk Festival, from February 14 – 16, 2014! We’ll be playing two concerts and leading workshops over the weekend. Past performers include Willie Dixon, The Stanley Brothers, Daithi Sproule and James Kelly, John Williams, Bill Monroe, our friends Brian Miller and Randy Gosa….. the list goes on and on. Needless to say we are really excited to be included in the 2014 lineup. See you there!

The Yanks are coming to Austin!

Just announced! The Yanks will be playing at this year’s Austin Celtic Festival! We’re excited to be part of a phenomenal lineup including Paul Brady, The Paul McKenna Band, The Hanz Araki Superband, Finvarra’s Wren, Mairtin De Cogain, Flashpoint, McAuley and Horan, The Tea Merchants, The Prodigals, Keane-Moore-Milton, The Bronnie Griffin Trio, The Silver Thistle Pipes, The Selkie Girls, and Kieron Elliott. Come join us November 2nd and 3rd! Details at

New Dates Announced!

The Yanks are gearing up for 2014! We´ll be playing January 25th in Rhode Island, and February 14-16 at the University of Chicago Folk Fest. More dates to come!

Pics from Blackthorne Concert

Our concert last Friday at the Blackthorne in East Durham was the most fun we’ve had… probably ever! Thanks to everyone for coming and making it a truly special night for us. Siobhán Butler took some great b/w photos, take a look!

The Yanks Return to the Catskills

This week the Yanks are returning to Catskills Irish Arts Week! We are teaching workshops, leading sessions, and playing two concerts: one at the MJQ Festival Grounds, and the other at the Blackthorne, where we recorded our debut album last summer. We’re really excited to come play, teach, and see all our great friends for a week of trad madness!

Summer 2013 Tour

We’ve just come off the road from our short but awesome June tour. Thanks so much to everyone in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Boston, Portland, Fairfield, Tuftonboro, and Dover who joined us for some really fun shows, and to our great friends, old and new, that we met along the way! Here are a few photos from the tour, hope you enjoy!

Yanks' Debut Album a Huge Success!

Well folks, we’re delighted to say that our first ever recording, which is self-titled but being referred to by some as “The Four Faced Liar” (which is the name of the bar behind us on the cover photo) has been extremely well received in the Irish traditional music community! We released the album electronically on March 1st and within hours it was the #1 selling album for a short while, beating the new release by Ghostface Killah! For the rest of that day and several days afterwards it held onto the #2 slot. This is an unprecedented achievement for a traditional band, and we thank our friends for helping us push it online! We’ve sold tons of hard copies in person and on CD Baby, and we’ve gotten some phenomenal reviews. Here are a couple of quotes from our reviewers:

“… an outrageously good collection of instrumental Irish music…. With great playing and smart, down-to-earth arrange- ments, this new Yanks album is a brilliant debut that features some of the best young trad players you’ll find anywhere.” 

- Dan Neely, The Irish Echo


“… an outstanding recording of traditional Irish music that towers above the Empire State itself…. The Yanks have created something special and it is one of the best group albums I have heard in quite a while.”

- Tony Lawless,

The recording was the featured album for May, 2013, on, and our friends and fellow musicians have offered us generous praise! We hope to be able to share this album with everyone we meet and also hope to follow it up with another record soon. Thanks, everyone!