Saturday, July 20, 2013

Annapolis Irish Festival Recap

The Rogues were extremely well-received in their second appearance at the Annapolis Irish Festival.

The band performed Friday night on the Fado Stage and Saturday on the Shamrock stage and the  Galway Bay Pavilion Stage.  Rain kept the crowds light on Friday, but Saturday was jam packed and The Rogues performed in front of an enthusiastic crowd.

Stacy Lute, helped out in each show with her amazing belly dancing.  The band was also joined by the Culkin School of Irish Dance on the Main Stage and the Teelin School of Irish Dance on the Galway Bay Pavilion Stage.  Thanks to them for their amazing step dancing.

The Rogues were fortunate to have Kyle Grasty filling in for Lars Sloan who couldn't make it due to a new full-time job.  It was his first time to play with the band and he did a great job.  He may be joining us at the Maryland Renaissance Festival which is coming up fast starting on August 24th.

Thanks also to The Annapolis Irish Festival for putting on a great show.  It's an incredible amount of work, and they are doing a great job.

Kudos to Cherry and Pam for setting up and manning the sales tables and all of our friends for coming out and supporting the band.  We hope to be at the AIF again next year.  If you'd like to see us there please let the festival know at

The Rogues' 10th Album is in the Works!

A few weeks ago The Rogues went into the recording studio to begin work on their 10th album called Hellbound Sleigh.  Yes, that's right, it's a Christmas album.  We've talked about it for years and it's soon to be a reality.  Traditional Christmas favorites arranged and performed by The Rogues and a few other rockin' tunes.

The name of the album is drawn from one of those tunes called The Hell Bound Train.  The release date is planned to be early September.  The album was begun in Houston and will be finished up in Maryland.  With contributions from Randy Wothke, Lars Sloan, Bryan Blaylock, Doug Frobese, EJ Jones, Ewan Brown, and new member Kyle Grasty, it's gonna be awesome.

Here's a little snippet of one of the tunes - Greensleeves - with accompaniment arranged and played by Randy Wothke and Doug Frobese.  No mixing has been done yet so this is just a raw track.

The Band will be kicking off it's Kickstarter campaign for the album in the next few days where you can pre-order the album or donate more for excellent  rewards.  Keep watching the website for the news.  Slainté!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Rogues at Church of the Good Shepherd

The Rogues had the pleasure of performing at the Summer Music Festival at Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Lake Charles, LA on June 23rd.  The church was beautiful with antique stained glass and dates from the late 1800s.  The staff couldn't have been nicer and the band hopes to be able to play there again in the future.

 One long time Rogues fan said that Amazing Grace hadn't sounded that good in years.  Thanks to Wendy Bergin for hiring the band, and trading us her novel for one of our CDs.  Sounds like a great read.  The audience enjoyed the march in at the beginning of the concert and the band marched everyone out at the end.  A nice reception was held afterwards and from talking to the patrons they really enjoyed the show.  The band's next performance will be at the Annapolis Irish festival on July 12-13.  Hope to see all our MD/DC/VA area friends there.