From Irish drinking songs to Nirvana covers, Stickley & Canan explore an eclectic repertoire delivered in the American folk tradition.
St. Louis is known for its hearty Irish and Americana music scenes, but no group in town bridges the gap like Joe Stickley and Sean Canan.
On Saturday night, Soulard's Mardi Gras crowd streamed into the Pageant, weary but hungry for more revelry at the sold-out Dropkick Murphys concert. The 4-piece opening band, Against Me! -- with its head-rattling rhythm, chugging guitars and politically pointed lyrics -- breathed a second wind into an eager audience.
Over the years, Ian Walsh and Kevin Buckley have developed reputations as young maestros of Irish music. But as their recent duo album Keeping It Reel makes plain, they've got more than tradition up their sleeves.