The Whiskey Boys are a Boston based modern Bluegrass and Americana band led by Berklee graduate, David Delaney. They tour the Northeast and have sold out such notable folk venues as the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA and the Firebox in Hartford, CT.They have opened for national acts such as Lori McKenna, Man Man, and four-time Grammy nominated country artist, Trace Adkins. The Whiskey Boys performed at the Berklee International Folk Festival in 2009, Joe’s Pub’s 2010 and 2011 Make Music New York Festivals, the 2011 and 2012 New England Americana Festivals, the 2012 Jamaica Plain Music Festival, the 2012 North Branch Bluegrass Festival, the 2013 Bluegrass on the Bogs Festival and the 2013 Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival. In 2010, they were the featured entertainment at the National Governor’s Association annual conference held at Fenway Park, and in 2011 and 2012, the Whiskey Boys were selected as the premiere country act at the Music Mountain Chamber Music Festival where, in 2012, they were joined by Banjo player Pete Kelly, formerly of Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper.
On television, the Whiskey Boys have appeared on the morning shows on FOX-61 in CT and FOX-25 in MA and “Better Connecticut” on WFSB in CT. On the airwaves, they have been heard on programs such as “Tangled Roots” on WHUS and Chris Tesky’s show on WPKN in CT, “In the Tradition” on WCUW, “Droppin Knowledge” on WMBR, and “The Boston Local Music Show” on Unregular Radio in MA. Their song “Washington is Coming” was featured on WICN of Worcester’s “Folk Revival” program during host Nick Nobel’s “Presidents” show.
Among their other accomplishments, The Whiskey Boys hold the title of “Most Romantic” from the Unofficial Boy Band Competition at the Clifftop Music Festival in West Virginia for their performance of “The Rolling Rock Bottle Song.”
David leads the Whiskey Boys with his fiddle, combining Irish, folk, and Americana to craft the band’s signature eclectic sound. With the Whiskey Boys he has released three albums: First Day, Mary Come to Boston, and 2012’s Crescent Moon, writing and performing much of the music on each and building the band’s reputation as an exciting and powerful new voice in today’s Americana scene.
Michael Warren’s guitar playing brings an eclectic mix of traditions to the Whiskey Boys’ sound. He began picking on his dad’s guitar before he was big enough to hold it, and by high school was playing in several bands, and teaching dozens of students in greater New London area of Connecticut, many of whom went on to study at Berklee College of Music. Michael also attended Berklee, where he focused on jazz guitar, business, and education. Now, combined with the fiddling genius of David Delaney, he is bringing the world of jazz, blues, and rock into the traditional styles of Irish, folk, and bluegrass.
Mark is a Boston-based banjoist who has performed extensively throughout New England. Originally trained in classical piano, Mark began playing banjo while attending Earlham College in Richmond, IN where he earned his B.A. in Philosophy. He performs his own original music as a solo artist and also frequently plays banjo with The Whiskey Boys and Hickory Strings. In 2011 he was the winner of the Tony Trischka Deering Banjo Contest. He holds a Specialist Certificate in Music Theory from Berklee College of Music and currently resides in Boston, MA.
Jon plays electric bass with the Whiskey Boys, bringing a modern twist to the traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Originally from MA, he played classical clarinet seriously throughout high school.At Oberlin College he played extensively with jazz groups, brass bands, and klezmer ensembles. During this time he picked up the bass, and began playing out with folk and rock bands shortly after graduation. Jon now resides in Cambridge, MA, and contributes his broad musical background and education to the Whiskey Boys.
From an early age, Jeff Butcher became fascinated with 60′s british invasion rock, soon picked up a guitar and a mandolin, and they decided his fate. It was while studying roots music and songwriting at Berklee that he was introduced to bluegrass and other americana styles. A Studio musician and multi instrumentalist, Jeff has heavy roots in early folk, old time/americana, rockabilly, rock and roll, and country music, and songwriting chops to boot. Other than pickin’ instruments he also repairs and custom builds string instruments for clients in his workshop.