The Ohio State University at Marion


Celtic and Americana duo opens Five Nights season

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Ohio State University at Marion’s Five Nights on Campus performing arts series welcomes Switchback to Morrill Hall Auditorium, Thursday, October, 11, 7:30 p.m.

Switchback is the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack. Together they draw on traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs that reflect their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Playing an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass, their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, Everly Brothers and Simon and Garfunkel. Music Connection Magazine said "The words ‘American roots and Celtic soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique. There is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo."

Switchback’s music is authentically Irish, drawing praise from such traditional players as Matt Molloy of the group the Chieftains. Ireland has taken Switchback to her heart, with performances at art centers throughout the country and appearances on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). At the same time, their music is modern Celtic, with songs capturing the Irish of today as accurately as the Pogues and singer-songwriters like Christy Moore.

But to pay attention only to the Celtic side of Switchback would be a disservice to the unique American roots music crafted by FitzGerald and McCormack. None other than the Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines chose to work with Switchback in producing three of their albums and considers the duo one of the most important acts playing Americana music today.

Switchback tours throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, and the Netherlands playing over 200 engagements a year. Their television specials, “The Americana Sessions”, “The Celtic Sessions” and "Music on the Mayne Stage,” have aired on PBS stations throughout the U.S. The band has also been working with Paul Mertens on orchestral scores for some of their original music.

All Five Nights on Campus performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Morrill Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. All tickets are general seating. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, or more information on Five Nights contact Gary Iams at: (740) 725-6253 or e-mail: iams.18@osu.edu. You may also register for tickets online at: go.osu.edu/fivenights.

Individual and season tickets are now available. Ticket prices remain unchanged for the upcoming year. Individual performances are priced at $10 general admission, $9 for seniors (60 and up), $4 for students, (grades k-12, and college), and $8 for campus faculty and staff. Season ticket prices also remain unchanged for 2016-2017, at $50 for Scarlet and Gray Patron tickets; $35 general admission; $30 seniors; $15 students, and $28 campus faculty and staff.

The series is made possible through the support of community-minded businesses in the Marion area. 2018-19 sponsors include: UniPrint, OhioHealth, Marion Industrial Center, Inc., Stifel, iHeartMedia, Merrill Lynch, Marion Community Credit Union, Inc., Frontier, The Marion Star, Wyandot Inc., Morral Companies L.L.C., Marion Technical College, Sims Brothers Recycling, Whirlpool Marion Operations, and ArcelorMittal.