The Bedlam Boys will be in Estes Park this Saturday, August 20, at 3:30 pm. Also, for those attending the Longs Peak Scottish Irish Festival in September, come see them at the Barrel Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10 from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
The Bedlam Boys are the collaboration of Marty Smith (vocals and bouzouki) and Steve Hart (vocals, guitar and bouzouki), two long time Celtic musicians, performing Scottish and Irish songs and tunes. The Bedlam Boys have been well received by audiences since their start in 2015. In 2016, they will be performing at the Colorado Irish Festival and Celtic Harvest Festival. They are regulars at Bierwerks Brewery in Woodland Park, and have performed at Jack Quinn’s Pub in Colorado Springs and McGinty’s Irish Pub in Divide, Colorado.
Marty Smith has been playing folk music for over 20 years across much of the western U.S. He spent much of that time playing the lively dance tunes of the British Isles on the hammered dulcimer but now almost exclusively plays the Irish bouzouki and sings. He was a cofounder of the popular Celtic music festival, Ceili at the Roundhouse, in Evanston, Wyoming, and has taught at music camps and school outreach programs across the Rocky Mountain region. He’s played solo and in different collaborations in Wyoming and Colorado but most recently his musical explorations with Steve in Bedlam Boys are the most exciting.
Steve Hart grew up playing guitar in Austin, Texas and studied music in TCU in Fort Worth. He fell in love with Irish music in the late 1990’s. In 2002, Steve was a founding member of Ceol Céilí, one of the top Irish bands in the Pikes Peak area, and Colorado’s #2 band in the Colorado Irish Festival’s “Battle of the Irish Bands.”
In the fall of 2015, Steve and Marty began collaborating to create their own interpretive style of Celtic music. Their musical conversations are both intriguing for them as musicians and engaging for the audience.