Caolaidhe came to America from Holywood, Northern Ireland in 2005 to pursue a career in music. While establishing an earlier band, he found himself in need of a fiddle player. As fate would have it, Meghan (a classical violinist) was working at an Irish pub in DC as a server while teaching music at a nearby public school. Through Caolaidhe’s acquaintances, he was lucky enough to meet Meghan and quickly auditioned her for the band. What Caolaidhe didn’t know was that he was auditioning his future wife. Fast-forward a few months down the road, and Meghan and Caolaidhe found themselves living on ’19th Street’ in Arlington, VA, writing songs and creating the sound that would become the backbone of The 19th Street Band.
The 19th Street Band has entertained crowds at festivals such as, Charm City Bluegrass Festival, Iowa Irish Festival, National Cherry Blossom Festival, Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, The Washington Folk Festival, Annapolis Irish Festival and Maryland Irish Festival. They were accepted to play DelFest 2020 (before the pandemic) and have been featured as a regular artist at the Open House Festival in Bangor, Northern Ireland and the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in Co. Waterford.
Having performed well over 200 shows a year steadily for the past 6 years, the band has packed the house at venues such as the 9:30 Club, The 8×10, The Hamilton, The Soundry, Jammin’ Java, The Birchmere, State Theatre (DC), Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, The Black Box in Belfast, and Hill Country BBQ in NYC & DC. They have had the honor of opening for country music stars such as Rodney Atkins, Craig Morgan, and Chuck Mead, as well as for Grammy Award-winning Western Swing icons, Asleep at the Wheel. The 19th Street Band has shared the stage with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Larry Keel, Kitchen Dwellers, Town Mountain, I Draw Slow, Dangermuffin, Spirit Family Reunion, Way Down Wanderers, and Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers.
The band does an annual tour of Ireland where they have performed live on BBC Radio Ulster. Their first album, The Things That Matter, has received air play on BBC Radio and multiple stations throughout Europe & the UK; one track was also featured on Relix magazine’s CD Artist Sampler in 2018. The band’s second album, Diamond in the Rough, will be released October 2020 and includes three songs that were co-written by Philip Donnelly and John Prine. Donnelly invited the band to record these songs with him at a studio in Ireland where he produced the tracks and performed as a guest musician on the album.
Characterized by high energy and strong vocal harmonies, The 19th Street Band brings together a constellation of Americana, country and rock. They ignite an audience with their passion for music, their magnetic presence and enthusiasm. The charismatic vibe that Caolaidhe Davis (guitar player and vocalist) blends with fiddle/mandolin player, vocalist (and wife), Meghan, creates a joy-filled chemistry that no crowd can resist. Add to the mix the talented rhythm section, Greg Hardin (bass) & Patty Dougherty (drums), and this band will have every crowd enthralled. Bridging the musical traditions of bluegrass and roots from Ireland to the Appalachian, their eclectic gypsy-rock spirit literally leaps from the stage and engages the crowd in the music. Their clever turns of phrase and unexpected syncopation teases the audience into wanting more from every song and set. They are addictive.