With a decade’s worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway.
And while The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, but The Town Pants are determined to change that. The Vancouver, Canada based bad combine’s aspects of Irish traditional, folk rock and roots Americana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy “West Coast Celtic” that remains in the heart and head long after the music stops. There are lots of Celtic folk rock bands out there, but rarely does a band has this combination of passion, energy, animation and spirit that makes for some of the most imaginative songwriting you’ll find in the genre.
With performances in hundreds of cities and over a dozen countries, The Town Pants have become a consistent audience favorite at Celtic, Folk, World, Irish and even Rock festivals throughout the United States, Canada and in Europe.
The band’s latest release, titled “Connections”, contains 15 songs and was recorded over a 2 day period in Vancouver in the Spring of 2015. It is a collection of the bands favorite rowdy sing-a-long songs.
The Probables are a feel-good, folk-grass band from the rolling hills of western New York. The band formed in March of 2016 and hit the ground running by releasing their first EP in July of the same year. Their dedication and passion for the music can be heard from deep within their original songs that are only one part of their repertoire. With traditional bluegrass and rock -n- roll roots, the group’s goal is to fuse Folk, Bluegrass, and Roots-Rock music to deliver a unique soul reaching sound to their listeners.
The Probables consist of 4 members but often play as a fiver man band or even a duo. Steve Johnson, lead singer, is the former front man of Big Leg Emma. Tom Hodges, the former lead guitar player from Big Leg Emma currently plays the mandolin and sings high harmonies, while Dylan Derby, formally of The Derbines is on stand-up Bass. Matt Gronquist, formerly of The Naked Apes, plays the accordion and fiddle while complimenting Steve and Tom’s vocals in a beautiful three part harmony.
About Queen City Social
Buffalo Place will proudly produce the third annual Queen City Social, beginning on Thursday, June 21st and continuing for eight consecutive Thursdays through August 9th. The free and open-to-the-public happy hour, presented by M&T Bank, will feature all things local, including live local music, local libations, and local bites from Downtown eateries. The series, presented in the heart of Downtown Buffalo at Fountain Plaza (Main at Chippewa Streets), works to create awareness and spin-off business for Downtown restaurants, bars, and retailers.