Co Kildare based band The Druids win prestigious award in US ceremony

Won the The Irish Music Cafe Detroit Live Band of 2019 Award

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Co Kildare based band The Druids win prestigious award in US ceremony

The Druids got together in 2009

The Druids have collected a prestigious award at The Motor City Irish Festival in Detroit Michigan, a festival which ran from 6th - 9th June 2019 and which was attended by thousands of music fans from all across America. 


The Band gained huge accolades for their Stunning performances and on Saturday night received a standing ovation for their live performance. The band also recorded all of their shows with the view to releasing a live CD. 


At the Festival The Druids were presented with The Irish Music Cafe Detroit (live band of 2019 Award) an award that has been in circulation since 2010 and won by some of the best American based Folk artists. This was the first time an Irish band won the award. “The Druids are possibly the best act that comes to Detroit direct from Ireland and in recent times their music has become so powerful their following has surged and surpassed all expectations, they deserve this award for their dedication and effort to music," said Patrick Johnson, Irish Music Cafe Detroit CEO. 

The Druids first burst on to the music scene early in 2008, and their songs carry the story of Ireland, songs and stories which are delivered with passion and conviction.

The band consists of Mick O’Brien a proud Wexford man now living in Newbridge who has been described as the ‘Best Front Man’ in Irish music having travelled the world with groups such as CITY FAIR and THE SHAMROCKERS, Paddy Mangan a singer and talented Lead Mandolin player from Johnstownbridge, Gary Lawlor who hails from Clane and is a powerful vocalist and son of the great local musician Mick Lawlor, and Zak Moran from Johnstownbridge on bass who is the newest and youngest member of the band bringing great passion to his performances


“It’s an honor and privilege to receive this award, in recent months we have rebranded and restructured the band as a new entity and today we’re recouping the rewards for our hard work," said Mick O'Brien of The Druids.


Due to the popularity of the band, The Druids have been approached to host a tour of up to 60 people from Detroit to Ireland in May 2020.  


The band has transformed its music & stories into a show style performance and the reviews have been superb from all parts of the world. 

Currently the band is on tour in the States taking in New York, New Jersey, Cleveland, Detroit & Philadelphia. Having shared the same bill at festivals with bands such as The Screaming Orphans & been moved toward a headline act. 


The connection between the band and the people stateside has grown and in some cases far outweighed the expectations that were originally set out for the show. 



The Druids are all based in Co Kildare and they continue to grow from strength to strength and with a hectic Irish Touring schedule ahead of them, the band's long awaited new Album is coming out soon.


“We’re extremely excited about the new album, we’ve one track ready for release soon and hopefully the song will get us some Air play in Ireland as our music is played everywhere in the world except Ireland!”said Zak Moran, who is originally from Robertstown in Co Kildare.


Finally The Druids have announced they will next play in The Moat Theatre in Naas on Friday 27 September 2019. 
Tickets are now on sale via The Moat Naas or online.