The Beggarmen find their roots in the traditional music of Ireland and other Celtic regions. The band supplements the rich variety of traditional tunes with their own original music. All of the Beggarmen lend their voices as well as their fine playing to the mix. Brad Pouleson - Originally from the Chicago area, Brad began performing on guitar at the age of fourteen. In the mid-nineties he fell under the spell of traditional Irish music and taught himself the mandolin, tin whistle and low whistle and more recently has added the uilleann pipes to that list. He is an accomplished musician on five instruments. Brad has been composing music since he began playing instruments, working in many different genres, including classical, rock, jazz, and of course traditional Irish. His song 'Part of Me' will appear on the upcoming CD by Indonesian jazz singer celeb Anissa. In addition to recording work with The Beggarmen he has also appeared as a guest performer on singer/songwriter Nic Arp's CD 'Faces and Words'. Jose' Manaligod - In a remarkable coincidence, Jose' grew up in the same town as Brad, but on the other side of the tracks. Years later, they ended up in Iowa City with sons the exact same age, which is a short explanation for how a Filipino boy ended up playing Irish music. Jose' is a classically trained pianist who originally took up accordion to play French cafe music. He now also plays Irish music on both the piano and button accordions, taking his inspiration from accordionists such as Sharon Shannon and John Williams. In addition to recordings by The Beggarmen, Jose is also featured on singer/songwriter Nic Arp's CD 'Faces and Words.' Keith Reins - The son of a former big band saxophonist, Keith began his musical life at the age of five with piano lessons. In junior high and high school, following in his father's footsteps, he played clarinet and saxophone in concert and jazz band. At fourteen, he started playing professionally at country clubs and dance halls with his father and older brother. After a brief flirtation with rock'n'roll piano in high school, Keith started hugging guitars and quickly became obsessed with traditional music. At various times throughout the past three decades or so he has played bluegrass, old time, classic country, country blues, all manner of American folk songs and most recently, traditional Irish music. The eclectic, improvisational nature of Irish guitar accompaniment allows Keith to synthesize all of his diverse musical influences, allowing him to become one of the top Irish-style guitarists in the region. Tara McGovern - A fiddler from the age of 3, Tara's unique style blends her Irish and bluegrass family roots with her classical and jazz training from The University of Iowa, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in 2000. Fiddling is a family tradition for Tara. Her mother Carmel is a fiddler from Swanlinbar, County Cavan, Ireland and her paternal great-grandfather, Homer Rayburn, was a bluegrass and old time fiddler in a family band in Michigan and Indiana. In addition to performing and parenting with her husband and bandmate Joe Dutcher, Tara teaches music at West Music Conservatory in Coralville, Iowa. Joe Dutcher - As a child, Joe was encouraged by his parents to take up any instrument that his heart desired...except the drums. He heeded their wishes until 2003, when he discovered the bodhran, the Irish frame drum. For Joe's first foray into Irish drumming he used a cardboard box and a stick he fashioned from a fallen branch. The instrument he plays today, handmade by Albert Alfonso, is a far cry from such humble beginnings. In addition to the bodhran, Joe is a student of the tin whistle and Irish flute.