The band has created their sound by being the antithesis of their name — extreme “Celtic punk-grass” fun.
Ben Noblit, a UNC class of 2012 graduate who plays upright bass for the band, said he founded the group after his former band split up. Now, most of the band graduated from or currently attends UNC.
He said the group doesn’t focus on perfection, but rather getting people excited and dancing.
“The whole synthesis of our music would be ‘Take his melody, and then I will play a Memphis train beat under it,’ and that’s like 95 percent of our songs,” Noblit said.
Since forming, the group has evolved with different musical styles.
But at the root of it all, they share a common background of deep North Carolina and Scotch-Irish roots.
Eli Howells, the fiddle player and one of the newest members of the group, said he found a love for Celtic music through listening to Celtic Winds on his local public radio station every Sunday as a child.
“I started playing because my best friend at the time was also playing and we were really into Celtic music,” he said. “I’ve also always really liked punk music and rock, anything from cheap pop to actual good music.”