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The Sweet Colleens are David Bade, Jeremy Greenhouse, Pete Sandvik, Jeff Gram and Scott Keever – accomplished multi–instrumentalists who together fuse their diverse musical backgrounds into a high energy, infectious, and crowd–pleasing mix of “Celtic folk–rock and alt. country/Americana, with Cajun and Caribbean seasonings.” With infectious original songs, warm vocal harmonies, and fiery instrumental arrangements, The Sweet Colleens are winning a loyal local following and fans across the Midwest and beyond.

The Sweet Colleens bring diverse musical backgrounds to bear on their truly unique folk–rock sound. Jeremy Greenhouse (vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica), has recorded and performed extensively with Celtic, rock, Cajun and country acts in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. Pete Sandvik (accordion, piano, guitar, vocals), brings Cajun and rock influences, classically–trained dexterity, and a not–so–secret love for the Grateful Dead to his accordion playing with the Sweet Colleens. David Bade (bass, vocals) offers rock solid bass during the Sweet Colleens live shows, and everything from bluegrass picking guitar solos to cello on their recordings. Scott Keever (guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro) is a multi-instrumentalist who has been performing in ensembles and theatre productions for over thirty years. He adds a plethora of colors and textures to the Sweet Colleens through his many instruments and influences. Finally, Jeff Gram (drums, percussion, steel drums), besides being one of the best kit players in the Twin Cities, is also an accomplished steel drum player. This has allowed us to feature Jeff on the steel drum during our sets, giving a unique twist to our Irish jigs and reels! Together, The Sweet Colleens offer a unique high–energy roots sound.

 

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What People Are Saying About the Sweet Colleens…

“These guys take you on a wild, high–energy trip from Belfast, to Kentucky, to Louisiana, to Nova Scotia, to Kingston and back home again all in one set. My legs are tired just thinking about it.”

—Mike Pengra, Producer, Minnesota Public Radio – 89.3FM The Current

 

“This five piece plays fiddle–drenched and acoustic–hopped jigs with spirit and smarts…”

—Jim Walsh, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

“The Sweet Colleens are an authentic and innovative American band with a unique, original approach to Celtic music. With a strong emphasis on both instrumentation and showmanship, they offer a wonderful blend of foot-tapping melodies and lyrics that celebrate life and the heartland. It was a great pleasure to work with them and to introduce them to our audience in Madison, Wisconsin.”

—Michael Lange, President, Mad Gael Productions, Director, Mad Gael Music Fest

 

“The Sweet Colleens are fluent in the blissfully forlorn folk–pop traditions that can wring both tears and nostalgic stories about your ex out of you. They can also go crazy green, throwing Celtic sparks and fiery, fiddle–fueled, whirling jigs. The Colleens are conversant, as well, in the stink and smoke of punk music. You’d swear at times that this is a progressive country group with traditionalist sensibilities and once in a great while, you might believe this Minneapolis band grew up wading through the muck and bugs of a Louisiana swamp.”

—Michael Metzger, Skyway News, Minneapolis

 

“[A] smart, crowd–pleasing mix of Celtic folk–rock and alt. country/Americana, with Cajun and Caribbean seasonings.”

—Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

“Half a Mile From Home confirms what I already knew from hearing The Sweet Colleens live—that they’re one of the freshest roots bands to come out of Minnesota in years. Their spicy blend of Cajun, country, Celtic and Appalachian music is infectious.”

—Ellen Stanley, Director of Publicity and Promotions, Red House Records

 

“I was lucky enough to do a session with the Sweet Colleens and I have to say that their music woke me up. It was like walking out of Fred’s Lounge in Mamou, a dark bar swelling with music and beer into the bright sunshine of a Saturday morning. That’s what it’s like hearing these guys play Cajun music in Minneapolis.”

—Grammy Award winning fiddler Michael Doucet, BeauSoleil

 

“Dig the Celtic Cajun rockin’ Minnesotan good humored fun tunes and vibe! Makes me want to dance outdoors with a micro-brew in my hand on a long June evening with the sun taking forever to set.”

—Susan Werner, Singer, Songwriter

 

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