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About Us

The Hounds of Finn consists of three primary members, Pete McCauley, Michelle MacGregor and Lojo Russo.

Pete McCauley (vocals, mandolin, guitar)
Michelle MacGregor (fiddle, bodhran)
Lojo Russo  (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, bass)

The Hounds also regularly invite revolving brilliant guest musicians to join them both on stage and in the studio. Keep and eye out for those special talents on certain shows!  See below for more details on our Special guests!



The Hounds of Finn is a high-energy folk-rock group forged from the roots of Celtic and American traditions. Based in St. Paul, MN, the Hounds perform both original and standard material inspired by Celtic, Americana, Bluegrass, and folk/roots music from around the world; topped off with a sprinkling of traditional Irish and Scottish tunes.

The Hounds have been performing together since 2007 and have produced two full length CDs, three EP's and a full length live performance DVD. They have also written a jingle for Finnegans Beer, "Drink Like you Care". They are currently in production for a new CD which is to be released spring of 2015.   The band signed with Twin-Cities based record label New Folk in 2010, and is distributed in North America through Allegro.  

The Hounds share a passion for performing, creating, and exploring music. As an ensemble, we are driven to advance to the next professional level. For us, that means performing more concerts and festivals. Ideologically, we seek to bridge the gap between Celtic folk music and modern rock.  We see ourselves reaching out to audiences across genres, expanding minds, and generating excitement about the roots of the music that inspires us.

 

Booking Highlights


Indianapolis Irish Festival, Minnesota Irish Fair, LaCrosse Irish Fest, Colorado Irish Festival, Oshkosh Irish Fest, Historic Ironwood Theatre, Rhythm of the River Festival, Summer Tuesdays concert series, Cedar Cultural Center, Fine Line Music Cafe, The Celtic Junction, (and many more).

Special Recurring Guests:


James Towns (Bass) 
James has played bass with many bands and performers spanning several musical genres in the Twin Cities' music scene over the years.  He continues to do some freelancing in town on stage and in the studio. He is a current member of the Twin Cities band Terramara, and he can be seen on occasion with other performers/bands including The Fleetwood Mac Attack, Cornbread Harris, Steeling Dan, and of course Hounds of Finn.

Wolf Loescher (drums, percussion, bouzar, vocals)
Wolf’s style draws not only on the country–swing of his native Texas, but on the rich bagpipe–laced Celtic music of Scotland, where he lived for several years before founding the acclaimed Celtic–rock band Jiggernaut.

Ian Gould (Guitar, mandolin, bodhran, vocals):   An immigrant from Belfast, Northern Ireland, began his
musical career as a kid playing in bands throughout Ireland, the UK & Europe. Ian is now a solo artist and a singer/song writer. He has been performing internationally for more than 20 years.  Ian Gould was recently nominated for the “Top Solo Performer in a Pub Venue throughout the USA, Ireland, European Union, and the  United Kingdom. In 2012, Ian was invited by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, to perform for him and for Irish and British diplomats on the 12th of July, at the President's official residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin.  It was a great experience for all!

 

Past Members


Leslie Rich (vocals, guitar, bouzouki): in 2014, Leslie decided to leave the Hounds and explore his talents as a Solo artist. We thank him for his many contributions in the past. He will be missed but not forgotten! 

Leslie is a singer/songwriter originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he released two albums on Immortal Recordings (Ire): Geeklove and The Written Lie. In 2004 he became a permanent resident of Minneapolis, where he met Pete McCauley and began a creative partnership. The primary songwriter for the Hounds, Leslie also composes material for side projects when he finds the time.

David Draeger (bodhran, percussion):  Touted as “the master of the singing bodhran,” Dave came to the Hounds by way of the renowned Irish Brigade. His claim to fame is his talent for extracting a wonderful range of timbres from such a simple instrument. Dave also graces us with his proficiency at the spoons, a traditional percussion instrument played and heard around the world.