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.
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.
Playing Mandolin and Guitar for the Whiskey Boys, Jordan has played everything from concertos in front of full orchestras to experimental improvisation to the gnarliest Bluegrass jams around. Jordan studied at the Hart School of Music in Hartford, CT and the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. In performance or in his own practice Jordan is always pushing for the new skills and techniques that will take his playing to the next level.
A homegrown Boston bass player, Chris’ playing is marked by versatility, experimentation, and a passion for all styles of music. After graduating from Umass Amherst with a jazz degree in 2013, Chris moved back to Boston, where he was quickly swept up by its vibrant folk/Americana scene. He has since become one of the most in-demand bassists in the Boston acoustic music community. Chris is always looking to play with other open-minded players, and enjoys being a part of the next generation of genre-bending musicians.