Starting off as a you kid who loved to sing in the Choir in the crumbling neo-Gothic Church in my hometown of Ardee in county Louth. Encouraged by a young DeLaSalle Christian Brother and various relatives, singing was the thing that propelled me out of a boyhood shyness.
I was asked to join some friends of mine in a Rockabilly type band playing bass somewhere around 1973 Joe Finnegan, Pat Clinton and I made the rounds of school dances etc and managed to play in a few bars at the tender age of 14.
We settled on the band name Dearge Buile, meaning Red Fury or some such in Gaelic. It was all the rage to use Irish in the manner of Horslips and Mushroom and the prog rock metamorphosis happening at the time.
We were lucky enough to be picked up by some of the national show bands who prowled the country at the time, doing covers of the hit parade!. We opened at some of the bigger venues around the country such as the wonderful TV Club in Dublin. To us, these were huge crowds, and amazing to get the reactions we did.
Somewhere along the way I transferred to guitar that following summer, but starting on the bass has been a great help in immediately being able to zero in on the root notes of a tune.
Peter played all over Ireland and appeared on Irish National TV. Working in Dublin during the golden years at the end of the 70’s brushing shoulders with the likes of U2, Thin Lizzy, Planxty, the Fureys etc. His 10 years of live performances let to Peter being both the owner of a Sound and Lighting Company used by some of the greats like Christy Moore, but also a Manager Promoter of some of the countries highest rated acts like the metal band Mama’s Boys, electronic band Choice, the out of control Punx Jack Madness and Jimmy Smiths Bogeys.
After moving to the U.S. in the 80’s managing promoting Irish bands, Peter went on the road with several acts as a sound engineer, he had the pleasure of doing sound for Justin Sayne and their heady hair band Vegas collaborations with Whitesnake and Dio. Several Blue’s acts like Robert Cray, John Lee Hooker, Norton Buffalo, James Cotton etc.
A drive to explore and soak up the real America, let him to travel the country but to live for extended periods in Memphis, Florida, California, Montana, Detroit, New York etc.
10 years ago he returned to live performing and from his Rock and Punk roots developed his current passionate acoustic style.
His eclectic songs and percussive style matched with a seasoned voice compared to Johnny Cash or John Hiatt demand your attention.
Born on a farmhouse in rural Maryland, raised in the cocoon of inner SE Portland, OR and educated on the cold, dirty streets of Boston, it’s no surprise that Lucas Biespiel has made his way in the musical world as a poster child for creative versatility. Biespiel learned to sing folk tunes and blues standards at a young age, listening to traditional folk and blues legends like like Leadbelly, Howlin’ Wolf, and Blind Willie McTell, in addition to revivalists like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. A talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Biespiel holds his own on the keys, guitar, and ukulele, as well as a host of other instruments. But his weapon of choice is the violin, an instrument he first picked up at the tender age of 5 and later studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Now residing in Portland, Biespiel spends his nights dancing from venue to venue, and plays a vital part in Portland’s thriving roots scene.
John Prine is cited as one of the most influential songwriters of his generation. Prine is known for humorous lyrics about love, life, and current events, as well as serious songs with social commentary, or which recollect melancholy tales from his life. The Happy Enchilada intends to keep his legend alive by performing and singing his songs in a way that will make you relive and remember his lyrics.
Amazing song writer and musician, think Eddie Vedder