Born out of the desire to play tunes, and perhaps a imbibe in a few libations, Broken Banjo Strings have been playing collectively since 2012, but individually, their musical experiences are astoundingly unique.
Katie Linnane – Fiddle
Born in Pearl River, NY, Katie has been pretty much been playing the fiddle since she was able to walk. On top of being a world class fiddle player, Katie is also a champion step dancer. Katie also gives lessons, either in the local New York area, or via Skype.
Conor McGuirk – Piano/Accordion
Conor is the only American to win the All Ireland fleadh ceol on Piano accordion. He’s also won numerous medals and fleadhs as well as being a backing musician for countless Irish Dance competitions. Conor also dabbles on the side as a DJ for any occasion you might need him for.
Dan Burke – Drums
Dan’s style of drumming, while not only solid and swinging, is reminiscent of a New Orleans jazz band mixed with Levon Helm. A local journeyman, who’s had the honor of studying with the great John Medeski, has played in great bands such as “The Left Coast Turnarounds”, “Sterling Waite and the Bedouin Band” and is currently playing with the phenominal Americana band “The Hunting Party”, as well as playing with Broken Banjo Strings
Chris McLoughlin – Accordion
A master accordion player, hailing from the great state of New Jersey. Chris can be found most nights in the legendary Paddy Rileys playing tunes until sunrise with some of the best musicians in the world.
Brian McArtin – Guitar/Vocals
Born and raised in Yonkers, NY, Brian was a founding member of New York irish band “Sullivan’s Jack” as well as trad powerhouse “Jameson’s Revenge”, seisiun leader at the Bronx’s famous Rambling House in Woodlawn for a few years, and 911 Dispatcher in the real world.