How we spent our summer (most of it, anyway)…

Long time, I know.  To start with, we had a wedding on June 27th-our very own fiddle player and vocalist, Rachel Gamble married our own guitar player (and other things as well) and vocalist, Colin Helton, and congrats to the newlyweds!!

Figuring there would be much planning involved (there was) as well as ensuing honeymooning, we collectively decided to take late spring and onto mid summer totally off.  Hence Skibs being off the radar for some time now and thanks for your patience.  Now that the happy couple is back and the two are back at their individual careers (school starts soon, the legislature never ends) and into the rhythm of their lives, we are embarking on another push towards another CD (more on this later).  The juices are flowing and we’ll have four new additions to our set (not including some new covers) by the time our second show of the fall arrives.  We’re very excited and promise posts will not be so long in between in the future.  We’re throwing up a (kind of blurry) photo of the band at the rehearsal dinner for your enjoyment.  Yes, this is a family band and we’re all proud to be so.  Let the jokes begin!

As to the shows, they’ll be posted on the GigPress page in this website and also will be added to our FaceBook and ReverbNation pages, but here’s a summary.

Saturday, September 5th at Downtown Springfield, Inc’s Farmer’s Market, 10:00 AM until noon.

Sunday, September 27th at Music in the Parks, Washington Park, event is from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Skibs will probably take the stage at about 5:30, two other acts are included.

Saturday, October 10th at Lincoln Memorial Gardens Indian Summer festival, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

Links will be posted on the gig page, see you there and thanks for hanging in there!!


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Skibbereen’s upcoming extended play EP “Aithbhrieth” is IN THE MAIL!!

Just got this from CD Baby this morning and NOTHING could be more exciting!  Just in time for the holidays, here’s a chance for you to pick up a few copies of Aithbhreith as stocking stuffers.  Please reach out to the individual members of the band for special local promotions on this EP/CD which should be in on Monday, December 22, 2014.  Hallelujah!!  You can call Hank’s cell phone number as well: 217 652 1190

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EP “Plus” nearing completion! PLEASE SHARE and PLEASE sign up for our email list!!


We are entering Heltone studios for the last time for pre-production work this evening at seven o’clock…this will be a live version of one of our live show rock stalwarts which we kind of stumbled upon by accident when doing a totally unplugged show a few weeks back.  The vibe was so strong, the groove was so deep and the energy was so infectious that we decided we had to do it for the EP.

Note the “PLUS” designation in the above title:  this disc will be considerably longer than a typical EP but too short for a full-length CD, hence the modifier.

At around 8:00 PM, our chief tape jockey, Mr Colin Helton will wrap up the final mixdown and we’ll burn this to a couple of CD’s to hustle over to the ever-capable Ric Major, of Middle Option Music Studios for mastering.  Once he’s put his magic touch upon the project, we’ll ship it off to CD Baby for production, so we hope to have this thing ready to ship by the first or second week in December.  JUST IN TIME FOR HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING!!

Please spread the word among your Celtic music loving friends, this project has been a labor of love and as much as we’re happy to see it come to fruition, we’re somewhat saddened because we have one leaving the nest.  BUT rest assured, we’re already working on our next full length CD.  Slainte!

PS, these EP’s (in CD format, of course) will be ONLY $5.00 USD.  I’ve (hank) already been to the USPS and S&H to anywhere will be an additional $2.50 USD-we’re trying like hell to make this something for everyone, everywhere.   During the down time prior to us receiving our boxes and boxes of final product, I  will be attempting to set up the Skibbereen Store here within the website.  Wish me luck and again, please put out the word to sign up for our email list and also to like us on FaceBook!

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