Celtic dream team. In Irish folk music circles, band members Martin Hayes (fiddle, viola), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistles, bodhrán), and John Doyle (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandola) are each famous enough in their own right for the Teetotallers to be considered a supergroup. Besides a heap of Celtic music awards between the three players, Doyle — who was born in Dublin and now lives in Asheville, N.C. — was nominated for a Grammy for best traditional world music album after releasing a duet album with Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll in 2009.
They get around. Aside from his solo career, Crawford has collaborated with celebrated contemporary folk acts, like Moving Cloud, Lúnasa, Grianán, Raise the Rafters, Joe Derrane, Natalie Merchant, and Susan McKeown. And the band's first TV appearance was part of a 50th anniversary celebration for the Chieftains, the mack daddies of the Gaelic scene.
Their people love them. In a Jan. 20 concert review, Journal of Music critic Paul O'Connor praised the group's "great moments of red hot, beaten-out trio playing." And the Irish arts organization Music Network calls the Teetotallers "simply unmissable."