fRoots (uk)

“Colcannon's brand of Celtic style music is packed with subtle touches and fluid interplay.” (fRoots)

Metro Santa Cruz

Colcannon has never drifted to New Age or Celtic rock clichés. They are traditional entertainers, displaying emotional stories, heroic and sorrowful, backed by a precise blend of instruments that charecterizes the best of irish music. Band leader Mick Bolger sings in Gaelic and English, and wins the most diffident crowds with his charm and tall tales. Band members play every instrument associated with Irish music, plus a few ancient oddities. Their newest CD, Trad., maintains a happy balance of rollicking good-time tunes and addictive Gaelic melancholy. Sure, you can expect the soothing refrain of an Irish melody, but be prepared to be blasted from your reverie by original compositions from one of the best acoustic Celtic bands in the United States.

Best of all, they share that name with the tastiest potato concoction on earth.

Dirty Linen

Colcannon continues its quest for Celt-world domination. Colcannon is a band that never forgets to have fun... band can also play with the precision and legato grace that characterizes the best of Irish music. All lovers of fine music can claim Colcannon as countrymen. (PMW Dirty Linen #95 August/September 2001)


clean, exciting instrumentals and the rich, heartful voice of Mick Bolger... Colcannon has an amazing partnership that sounds more cohesive and finely tuned with each new offering. The mix and selection of tunes is delightful, the arrangements stunning, and the performances stellar, as you would expect from Colcannon.


“....Colcannon is as tight, polished, and professional a band as I have heard in a very long time. Any singer would sound better backed by Colcannon. (Mick) Bolger is better than just any singer. What he and this band do together is very special. Bolger has a rich singing voice that fills out and enhances any lyric, but there's more to it than that. No rustic, he has a fine-tuned voice through which his accent shines enough to establish the Irishness of his songs while remaining subtle enough for foreign audiences. Bolger keeps the sense of story in his presentation, never sacrificing the story to the music, yet using the music to underline the stories he tells. There is a great sense of balance in Bolger's singing.
This is clearly music intended not for a parochial Irish audience but the world (feel free to read North American) market. The sound is full and rich and avoids the cliches of both simplistic folk treatments and the new so called Celtic and Celtic-rock movements. It is centered just right to appeal to audiences of all ages at every level of society.” (Bob MacKenzie, Sound Bytes)

Kevin McCarthy