David Kincaid & Friends

March 4, 2000
David Kincaid

The son of a naval flight officer, David Kincaid was raised in the nomadic existence of the American military, eventually landing in the Seattle area in his early teens, where he began to develop his professional musical career. In 1985, he relocated to New York City, where he still resides. Here, David formed The Brandos, assuming the roles of lead vocal, guitar, banjo, and mandolin, and made seven albums, two MTV videos, toured the U.S., Canada and Europe extensively, where he continues to sustain an enthusiastic following.

The song Gettysburg from the Brandos Sept., 1987 debut album Honor Among Thieves, brought Civil War historians and re-enactors out of the wood-work. By the spring of 1988, David had decided to indulge in the passion for history he had carried since childhood, joining The 116th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Civil War re-enactors portraying the Union Army's famed "Irish Brigade." He and his fellow soldiers would often follow intense battle re-enactments with campfire sessions, singing the traditional songs of the Civil War soldier.

These sing-alongs raised David's curiosity about the songs of the Irish in the war. Knowing the Irish tradition of music and verse, and the fact that more than 160,000 Irishmen had fought for the Union, he began the search for the songs he knew must exist. That yielded enough material by 1997 to make it possible to record the long dreamed of album: The Irish Volunteer-Songs of the Irish Union Soldier 1861-65. With the help of renowned Irish traditional musicians John Whelan on button accordion, Jerry O'Sullivan on uilleann pipes, and Liz Knowles on fiddle, among others, the recording was completed by the Fall of 1997. The recording has produced lots of glowing reviews: The Boston Globe hails the Irish Volunteer as "one of the most emotionally credible Civil War recordings ever ... a superb, irresistibly melodic Irish folk recording."

"Stirring stuff" said the Irish Times, and Irish Music Magazine reports "Kincaid's CD's strong musical values and move it from the category of a historical restoration to a lively and enjoyable recording." In an interview for the Irish Volunteer (newsletter of the Irish Brigade Assoc.) Tommy Makem was quoted as saying "I have come across a young man named David Kincaid. He has such a wonderful CD out, of tremendously good songs, and he does them so well."

David Kincaid & Friends delighted our fans of traditional Celtic music ... he captured the attention of history buffs and Celtic music fans alike.