Take some self-penned songs and tunes and carefully fold in the traditional music of Britain and Ireland.
Shake and stir in some Old Timey music, a little Rock and a bit of absurdity.
Top it off with intricate vocal harmonies, backed by acoustic guitar, tin whistle, recorder and Irish bouzouki.
Simmer in the unique creativity of Emily and Bill.
Add a dash of hilarious between-songs banter. And what do you end up with?
AmeriCelticana at its best!
"A stunning musical achievement…none can match the freshness, vitality, and artistry of Constant Billy."
"--Larry D. Thomas, Poet Laureate of Texas
Emily Standish - vocals, tin whistle, Baroque recorder and percussion. |
Despite years of classical vocal training pushing her towards opera, Emily gravitated to Early Music and began working with small ensembles which featured the purity of her light, high voice. She sang with the acclaimed Early Music a cappella groups Voces Dei and Piping Rock Singers, eventually moving into folk with the successful group
Furagh Larq, before co-founding Constant Billy. As the duo’s lead vocalist, Emily’s singing has been described as “a purity of sound that is a joy to hear" and "a voice like honey melted into crystal."
Bill Galbraith - vocals, guitars, mandolin and Irish bouzouki.
Began playing in The Trackers
rock group at age 12, switched to Celtic music in 1977 as a co-founder of
the first professional Celtic band in Texas. Moved on to co-found the seminal folk-rock group
Four Bricks out of Hadrian’s Wall performing in the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, Bill also sang doo-wop in Dr. T and the Tux-tones. He later sang with the popular a cappella ensemble Nobody’s Reel before co-founding Constant Billy with Emily. One
reviewer writes, “Bill makes the story behind the song come alive in everything he sings.” Bill has performed at festivals, hotels, clubs, dives and concert halls in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and America.