On June 21, 2016, Round Tower, an Irish/Rock band based out of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, performed at the opening day of Mary Mother of the Redeemer’s annual summer carnival. They performed a variety of songs, from “God Save Ireland,” “Black Velvet Band,” and “Whiskey in the Jar” to “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Brown Eyed Girl,” and “Sweet Caroline.” The band consisted of a fiddle, an acoustic guitar, an electric guitar, a bass, a bodhran, and a lead singer.
Their style is somewhat like that of the High Kings, combining traditional Irish songs with more of a rock and country feel. They perform both upbeat, high-energy songs as well as slower ballads, keeping the audience engaged throughout the show.
The of each song are spot-on. Each voice is heard without overpowering the melody. The instrumentations allow the vocalists to be heard as well as the instruments. Every part of the band was in perfect balance, which can be difficult to do in a live performance setting, and is something that not every band does well with live.
Round Tower is a fun band to listen to and watch. They are passionate about every song they sing, and they portray the feelings of each song they sing with powerful emotion. They love audience engagement. Dancing in the aisles is encouraged! Their wide range of music, though all within the Irish and Celtic categories, shows that they are talented and can perform music for any taste.