Gordon McLeod plays fiddle, guitar, bodhran, mandolin, bass, sings lead and backing vocals and is an award-winning songwriter. Gordon has been performing and composing music all of his life as a solo artist, a member of several bands and as a recording session artist. He is an accomplished fiddler and guitarist in several genres and has long been an avid traditional Irish fiddler, having studied in Ireland with numerous Irish fiddle masters. He also enjoys playing acoustic swing and Jazz on the violin and guitar. He is a sought after record producer and has produced all of Beyond The Pale's recordings. He an award winning songwriter. Beyond The Pale's latest CD Wantin' Something More feature Gordon's original song Catalpa Rescue and their earlier relases feature many of his songs and compositions.
True to their name, Beyond The Pale delivers a wild musical ride outside the boundaries of convention. Delighting audiences for over twenty years, the band is grounded in the traditional roots music of Ireland, and Scotland with imaginative ventures across musical borders. Where else can you experience fiery Irish reels, haunting Scottish ballads, outrageously humorous songs and music from around the world including Mexican polkas and Texas swing?
Beyond The Pale has been performing at festivals and concert venues since 2001 and delivers a wild ride with stunning harmonies and dazzling instrumental flare. The band effortlessly spins out intricate and rousing instrumentals, humorous and haunting songs and culturally rich stories from a variety of musical traditions. Expect the unexpected as Beyond The Pale cooks up a tasty acoustic stew on fiddle, flute, hammered dulcimer, accordion, guitar, mandolins, bodhran, whistle, concertina and saxophone. Discover your roots and expand your borders with this highly versatile, never-a-dull moment band!
They have developed their unique sound by blending a wide range of instruments including fiddle, flute, accordion, guitar, hammered dulcimer, tin whistle, saxophone, harmonica, concertina, clarinet, mandolin bodhran, percussion, and of course the voices of band members. Beyond The Pale has recorded seven albums including their latest, Wantin’ Something More.
Mesmerizing...outside the expected" ---Dirty Linen Magazine,
“ Superb Vocals—fine singers”—Hot Press Magazine
"Musically intriguing"--Buddy Magazine
“—splendid—satisfying and pleasurable”—Rambles.net
“Brisk Irish flavored tunes with a jazzy edge—Nice!”—Sing Out! Magazine
“A rare treat. I wholeheartedly recommend them"---Peter Massey, Greenman Review
"A good showcase of talent...A band with a promising future"....Dirty Linen Magazine.
"A true gem---Beyond The Pale absolutely carries you away!"—The Ceili Magazine
"--strong singers--eclectic tunes"--Hot Press Magazine, Ireland
"Local treasures"--Ft. Worth Star Telegram
Gordon McLeod-Vocals, Fiddle, Mandolins, Guitar
Christy McLeod - vocals, guitar, harmonica, mandolins
Christy McLeod has been called “a fun seeking missile” for good reason. She radiates warmth and energy and conveys a love of life through her singing and playing that is infectious, igniting spontaneous human happiness whenever she performs. Her clear sweet voice is the prefect match for her powerful guitar style. Having played many styles for most of her life, her creative song renditions, whether her own compositions or covers of other great songs, never fail to captivate and inspire her audiences. Christy is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, mandolin, percussion and harmonica and is an accomplished songwriter, having penned several songs performed by The McLeods and Beyond The Pale including the title track to Beyond The Pale's Album "The Music Plays Me".
Betsy Cummings-Vocals, Accordion, Bodhran
Betsy Cummings has been performing Celtic and Americana music for many years and plays piano accordion and bodhran. She sings a wonderful array of traditional and contemporary songs. Her distinctive voice combined with her sensitive feeling for the music, her skillful fingers on the accordion keys and her knack for picking the most captivating songs add a rich dimension to Beyond The pale's sound. She is a past President of the Southwest Celtic music association and remains active on the board of that organization.