What People are Saying...
The quartet’s second full-length album, “Gravity Pulls,” boasts elegant fiddle and mandolin parts around the heartstring-pulling original tunes of Belfast-reared singer Leslie Rich and his American compatriot, Pete McCauley. Chris Reimenschneider, Minneapolis Star Tribune
With “Gravity Pulls," the Hounds of Finn show a band in rapid progression toward carving out their own sound. Their love of tradition shows, along with a reverence for good pop, original songwriting, and pure joy. Kevin O'Connor, KBEM (Minneapolis, MN)
I loved it! It’s so much fun to find a new group I hadn’t heard of before and be knocked out by them. Chris McGill, WSPN (Saratoga Springs, NY)
You can hear the honesty in this band from a mile away. Peter Kernast & John Bates, WTSR (Ewing, NJ)
I've been blessed with the opportunity to both record and perform shows with Hounds of Finn. "Gravity Pulls" exemplifies their unprecedented ability to combine technical finesse with raw drive over hook-laden heartfelt songs. It's a beautifully orchestrated contemporary album with an old-fashioned attention to quality. David Kellogg, Music Producer, Droptone Studios
Ambitious is one word used to describe this project but with a little help from friends and fans, the Hounds pulled it off with smiles all around. "Gravity Pulls" is high energy, hand clapping, foot stomping music to be enjoyed by anyone who loves great music. Seeing and hearing the Hounds of Finn is an event not to be missed. Vic Calore, Historic Ironwood Theatre
The [Hounds] deliver a musical variety that spans Celtic, Pop, Americana, and Folk with a vibrancy that is infectious. Shawn Vougeot, Producer, TSTV (MN)
I had a MARVELOUS time working with Hounds of Finn. They bring to the table not only joviality and depth, they deliver an authenticity to Irish musical traditions that is uncommon for American-born Celtic-inspired music. On top of it all, they're terrific people and put on a great show. If I had three thumbs, they'd all be in the "up" position. Owen Sartori, Owner and Producer at F5 SoundHouse
The Hounds of Finn have managed to blend Folk and Celtic music into a sound that is uniquely theirs. The lyrics speak to the heart, while the tunes speak to the feet, resulting in a band that appeals to a wide audience. They are always a crowd favorite not only at our festival, but at others around the country as well. Mike Wiley, Vice Chair/Entertainment Director, Irish Fair of Minnesota
This energetic, talented group of musicians are guaranteed to get your toes tapping, hands clapping, and at the end of the night begging for more! Zona Wick, Rabid Fan
Star Tribune, Friday March 1, 2013
"Beating their Irish drum — or bodhran, to be exact — right on time to kick off the Paddy’s Day rush, the Hounds of Finn continue their ascent as some of the Twin Cities’ finest purveyors of Celtic roots music. The quartet’s second full-length album, “Gravity Pulls,” boasts elegant fiddle and mandolin parts around the heartstring-pulling original tunes of Belfast-reared singer Leslie Rich and his American compatriot, Pete McCauley. Their release party benefits the Emergency Foodshelf Network and features young folk-rock upstarts Reina del Cid & the Cidizens." (9 p.m. Fri., Crooked Pint, $10.) Riemenschneider
Ironwood Daily Globe, March 18, 2012
(See the article online HERE):
IRONWOOD, MI - Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a traditional celtic folk-rock band at the Historic Ironwood Theatre.
Hounds of Finn kept toes tapping and hands clapping all night on Saturday. This was the second time that the group has performed at the theatre.
"It's really great to be back," Pete McCauley, band member, said. "This is one of the best venues I have ever played in, in my entire life."
The band played originally at the theatre last October, after meeting with Vic Calore, programming committee member.
"I met the band through a mutual friend in Minneapolis, named Terri Harris," Calore said. "Leslie (Rich, band member) had talked about possibly performing up here. I called Mark Silver, and that was how I actually first got involved in the theatre, and I have been involved ever since."
- WCCO July 6, 2013
- KARE 11 “Sunrise” March 2012
- KDVR Fox31 Denver Colorado, July 13, 2012 (Colorado Irish Festival preview)
- Town Square TV’s “Amp It Up” December 2012
- Nu Vu Media’s “Live at F5” January 2013
- KSTP's “Twin Cities Live” on March 15, 2013
- Radio Appearances / Interviews:
- Radio Heartland (MN Public Radio) April 2013
- KBEM 88.5 FM – “Celtic Nation”
- KFAI 90.3 FM – “Radio Antilles”
- KUMD 103.3 FM Duluth, MN
- WJMS 590 AM Ironwood MI “Sam in the Morning”
- KRAQ Jackson MN (promoting a “Rhythm of the River” festival appearance)
- Other Print Mentions:
- Stillwater Living Magazine, November / December 2012
- Clay County Union, Feb 25th 2013