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It’s music lovers’ lucky day

Irish music band continues series of live performances in Sandusky
Tom Jackson
Apr 7, 2014
When the ongoing “An American Music Series” returns Friday to the Sandusky State Theatre, it will feature a band that looks to Ireland for inspiration.

Two2Many, based in the Columbus area, actually has five members, not two. The band came together in Dublin, but that’s Dublin, Ohio, not Dublin, Ireland, said band member John McBride.

McBride, who plays the bodhrán, an Irish drum, said the band’s name began with a joke.

Two band members had been invited to play Dublin’s Irish festival, on a small stage. When asked for the duo’s name, one replied that by the time they’re done, “they’ll probably think there are two too many up there” McBride said.

The band now has five too many members. Many play more than one instrument.

Two2Many is the third in a series of Friday-night live concerts at the Sandusky State Theatre curated by Anna Givens, a Sandusky jazz singer.

Want to go?
Irish music band Two2Many
•WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., downtown Sandusky
•WHEN: 8:30 p.m. Friday
•COST: $10 per ticket. For info, go to sanduskystate.com 
“They are almost like an Irish party band, but with a lot of class and great technique,” Givens said. “They are excellent musicians”

McBride said the band came together in its present form about three years ago, playing classic Irish tunes, original music and songs by musicians who happen to be Irish, or at least of Irish heritage. All of the Beatles except for Ringo Starr had an Irish heritage, McBride said.

“One of the things that made us want to come together was our desire to entertain an audience,” he said. “That’s why we do this in the first place. We are just about to release our first album. We’re very proud of that music”

“The live experience is where we really become something unique,” he said. “Those who hire us in the first place are always very satisfied, and so is the audience”

Given said she put together the series of concerts at the Sandusky State Theatre because she is trying to build a music scene in Sandusky, using excellent bands in Ohio.

“It’s hard to get a gig around town. It’s even harder to get paid” she said.

The quality of local musicians helped inspire the effort to build the scene, Givens said.

“I don’t think we’re too small to have that” she said.