Celtic-rock quartet the Sallymacs, reunited for the first time in more three years. The band formed in 1997 when British ex-pat singer/songwriter Mark Harriman (formerly of the group Lime) joined forces with guitarist/producer Mark Yoshida to form an acoustic duo playing traditional Celtic music just for fun. The pair gained a following almost immediately and decided to expand into a full band, adding bassist Brady Howle and drummer Todd Nichoalds.
“We knew if we rocked the songs up with a full band, we would be onto something,” says Yoshida, who currently owns and operates the local CD manufacturing plant/mastering studio AudioGraphic Masterworks. “We [took] the lyrics and melodies of traditional Celtic songs and mixed it instrumentally with a modern-day rock band. We call our sound ‘Celti-Pop.’”
The band released four full-length albums (all of which are currently available on iTunes) before slowing things down when Nichoalds moved to South Carolina in 2005. And though distance makes the prospect of future Sallymacs gigs somewhat problematic, Yoshida says the band is open to opportunities in the future.
“We never lost that original spirit and excitement,” he says. “I still get quite a few requests for us to play shows in Memphis. I’m sure that after another three to five years, we’ll all get an itch for another reunion.”
The Sallymacs perform at Dan McGuinness Pub (4698 Spottswood) on Saturday, September 22nd. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5.