It has been described as a "breathtaking scenery for your ears."
Creating a mix of Americana and Celtic music, the award-winning duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack make up the band Switchback. The two have performed together around the globe for more than 20 years. In 2019, they released their 17th album, “Birds of Prey,” an exploration of love and commitment triumphing in the face of adversity. The album is a return to the band’s Americana roots.
Together since 1993, the pair will take to the Woodstock Opera House stage Feb. 8. This is not the group's first time performing at the venue, but it will be the first time they’ve performed “Rivers, Rails and Rodeos: An American Musical Portrait” for the opera house crowd.
“The musical duo of Marty and Brian are a very solid act with a decent following in our area,” said Woodstock Opera House Managing Director Daniel Campbell. “They have always produced a top-notch show for us, with a good deal of positive feedback from our audience. In the past, we have stuck to their Irish/Celtic concert format, but this year we wanted to mix it up and give them the opportunity to pursue this other side of their musical programming.
"They have a great reputation for their Americana and roots music catalogue and we wanted to give them the opportunity to showcase that to our patrons,” he said.
Within the show, songs about dryland farming, twisters and the flooding along the Mississippi are interspersed with tunes about lonely truckers, working families, soldiers and even a late-night romance in the hay barn. More serious topics also are presented with a wry sense of humor. The two sing and play a mix of mandolin, acoustic guitar and bass.
“Much of our programming goal at the Opera House is to provide concerts, plays, events and activities that cater to a wide variety of interests and tastes," Campbell said. "Switchback’s musical background has offered us the opportunity to present a great regional act that also tours nationally and internationally. Ultimately, for me, it boils down to quality programming, and Switchback has met that bar time and time again.”
“Rivers, Rails and Rodeos: An American Musical Portrait” begins at 8 p.m. and tickets range from $25 to $28.
On Feb. 9, the Woodstock Opera House presents “Small Island” in partnership with National Theatre Live. The play, filmed live on stage, will be shown on the opera house’s screen as part of its Theatre Cinema Broadcast program. Tickets range from $13 to $18.
For show information and to purchase tickets, visit woodstockoperahouse.com.