“The Fighting Jamesons are a party band that aims to lift spirits and fuel festivities. Mike Powers fronts a band
that takes folk nuggets like "The Irish Rover," "Whiskey in the
Jar" and "Drunken Sailor" and stuffs them into a modern rock
The Fighting Jamesons deliver a traditional style of
Celtic music “with a rollicking
hybrid of Irish traditional and American rock ‘n’ roll.” (Pop-break.com).
Formed in 2009 in the tradition
of legendary Celtic acts such as Flogging
Molly and the Pogues, the Fighting Jamesons have quickly
developed a strong national audience thanks to their distinct Jamesons’ styled
versions of classic Irish and American folk songs, as well as an arsenal of
high-energy, pint-raising original tunes that “features a
healthy respect for Irish music tradition delivered with a decidedly modern
(The Virginian Pilot).
Sharing the stage with legendary Irish rock acts such as the Dropkick Murphys, the Saw Doctors,
and the Young Dubliners, the Fighting Jamesons have earned
headlining slots in venues and festivals nationwide including Dunedin Celtic Festival, Dunedin, FL, Harrah's Rincon Pavilion,
Valley Center, CA, Shamrock Festival @
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C., Scranton
Celtic Festival, Scranton, PA, NJ
Irish Festival, Oceanport, NJ, The
Fairfield County Irish Festival, Fairfield, CT, Annapolis Irish Festival, Crownsville, MD, Great American Irish Festival,
Frankfort, NY, Hunter MT Irish
Festival, Hunter, NY, South
Shore Music Circus, Cohasset, MA, Celtic Rock Fest, Newport, RI, and Indianapolis Irish Festival, Indianapolis, IN.
Since releasing their self-titled debut album in November of 2011,
(produced and engineered by Capital Records recording artist Mark Padgett, Mae), described as "the perfect Irish sing-a-long
album — it’s passionate, it’s emotional, it rouses the spirits, it makes you
want a pint and a nip of whiskey," the Jamesons have stormed onto the live
scene as one of Celtic rock's most sought-after groups. According to the Jamesons’ front man
Michael Powers, the band sought “to write a fun high energy Irish record
and pay homage to some classics. We just thought it was cool to be in the
studio making a real, fantastic sounding album with a great producer.”
With their sophomore release, Everyday Above Ground self-released
in March of 2014, the Fighting Jamesons return with a 12-song romp through traditional
inspired Irish & Celtic folk tunes aggressively mashed up with their
distinct, raucous, boot-stomping Punk rock edge.
Powers describes the album as, “Darker than the 1st one. I feel as if we built off the first
album, arranged better songs with a lot more depth. I wanted to make a real honest record. I had been writing
the album every day of my life for about 2 years. If I had and idea or inspiration
I stopped and wrote it down or played/hummed the melody into my phone. Sometimes life throws you a giant curve
ball and everyone deals with it differently. I wrote my way out of it with this
Above Ground is highlighted by lead singer-songwriter Michael Powers’
story telling prowess, as the album seamlessly takes you on a journey from song-to-song through his well depicted, imagery laden folk-esc narratives backed by
the skilled diversity and distinct delivery of the bands musical arrangements.
Currently, the band continues to tour in support of Every
Day Above Ground, exciting old and new fans alike with their
exhilarating live show and fresh take on classic Irish styled music.