| 1992 (1992)–present|
Winnipeg, Canada (1992)
Up Your Kilt
| Blair McEvoy
Celtic punk, Folk punk, Alternative rock
Studio 11, Dust Rhinos, INDEPENDANT
Black Tartan Clan, Drink Hunters, The Gobshites, Brobdingnagian Bards, Marc Gunn
Dust Rhinos are a five-piece Irish-Canadian Celtic punk band formed in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A long running favorite of the alternative scene on the Canadian prairie, they have performed consistently since 1992. Dust Rhinos variety of Celtic assault rock music is unique. Utilizing traditional favorite folksongs of Ireland & Scotland, the group overhauls the tunes into their own style.
Notable as being among the first Canadian bands to place a number one ranking on MP3.com with the track Perfect World, a year later the track "Jedi Drinking Test" went to number one. Dust Rhino have placed several other songs from the "Got Guinness" CD in the top ten on the MP3.com folk and Celtic charts.
Founding band member Blair McEvoy was exposed to Celtic music as a child; The Irish Rovers and The Clancy Brothers were among the traditional folk music he heard and learned. As a teenager, McEvoy played in bands of many different genres. He began to play the Celtic songs of his youth for his own enjoyment. Eventually the Dust Rhinos were born.
The Dust Rhinos started as a three piece busking group performing at a local open air market in Winnipeg. A business woman, owner of the Toad in the Hole, an Irish pub, heard them and asked the band to play in her establishment. The group played the local Winnipeg Pub at least once a month for the next 13 years. What started with three members is now a five–piece band. Dust Rhinos are well known for their live performances and have a large fan-base and pub following.
The Dust Rhinos have a powerful, multi-faceted, layered sound. Using traditional airs, reels, and jigs as well as original songs and "Celtified" covers they create a Celtic sonic-assault. The punk flavored Celtic rock band has been described as performing relentlessly controlled chaos. The band website boasts that they are “big men with a monster sound”. Everyone in the band contributes to the writing and arranging of their material.
The band lists influences as The Pogues, Oysterband, Spirit of the West, The Clash, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, and U2.Blair McEvoy: Vocals, Guitar, Bohdran
Dale Brown: Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Dan Cannon: Bass, Vocals
Andy Bart: Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Darren Wittmann: Drums
Prehistoric - The Songs of Helter Celtic & On a Rampage - 2010
The Day After the Night Before - 2009
Second Set (EP) - 2007
Up Your Kilt - 2004
Sociable Live - 2002
Got Guinness – 2000
On a Rampage – 1997
Helter Celtic — 1992
Jedi Drinking SongGot Guinness? · 2000Dust Rhinos Wikipedia
Drunken Sailor South AustraliaGot Guinness? · 2000
Solsbury HillThe Second Set · 2006