Live Irish music, no cover charge, all ages welcome!
Mrs. Doyle and The Teapots — Many mighty tunes and delightful songs performed by Portland-based musicians Andrea Wild and Preston Howard. Preston is a talented, young player whose passion for Uilleann pipes translates to sheer enjoyment for the audience. Andrea is a traditional singer who brings all heart and humor to her signature voice. Together they convey a unique traditional music experience which explores arrangements from Welsh, Irish, Scottish, and English roots. Accompanying the two will be multi-instrumentalist, Zac Leger.
Born in Liverpool, England, Andrea grew up with the sibling singing tradition in a Welsh speaking household. With her brother Straford they began singing in folk clubs throughout the North of England and Andrea was a regular at Liverpool’s Irish Centre. A love of traditional folk music and a quest for adventure brought them to Portland.
In 2011, Andrea teamed up with Sean Nós dancer Maldon Meehan with a goal to merge traditional forms of percussive dance with song for stage performance. Together with Preston Howard on his mighty pipes emerged The Stomptowners, a dynamic band which continues to please crowds from Portland to beyond.
Preston grew up in Northern California where he first heard Irish traditional music in the form of a Finbar Furey recording belonging to his father. This recording sparked Preston’s deep interest in the uilleann pipes. After several years playing whistle, flute, and Scottish bagpipes as a child, Preston began learning the uilleann pipes at age 17 with the help of many kind traveling pipers as well as the Pub Scouts, the local Irish music collective in Chico, CA. Preston now resides in Portland, Oregon and is a member of The Stomptowners and Na Rosai.