The Press Gang is one of those rare bands that are ingenious, driving, thoughtful and yet have great respect for the tradition.

– John Doyle

The Press Gang perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, these three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music–and for their humorous stage presence.

A new collaboration with Hanz Araki

We are pleased to announce our new collaboration with Hanz Araki, flute player, singer, and one of our favorite musicians.

Called "an Irish music phenomenon in America", Hanz's brilliant playing and unique voice open a world of musical possibilities to us. We are honored to welcome him into the band!

Read our full biography for the complete story...


Concert at Hamlin St. Diner

October 3, 2017

7:00 pm

1334 Hamlin St NE, Washington, DC 20017, USA


Concert at Isis Music Hall

October 5, 2017

7:00 pm

Isis Music Hall, 743 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, USA

Concert at Fiddle and Bow Society

October 6, 2017

8:00 pm

Muddy Creek Music Hall, 5455 Bethania Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106, USA

Tickets available at

Concert at The Roosters Wife

October 8, 2017

6:45 pm

The Rooster's Wife, 114 Knight St, Aberdeen, NC 28315, USA

Tickets and more info at

The Burren Backroom Series

November 1, 2017

The Burren, 247 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144, USA

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“The Happy Days of Youth”

2014. 10 tracks, 50 min.

Selections from our repertoire after four years of performing together. Includes many of the tunes we play in our live shows and some new selections. Featuring special guests Hanz Araki and Jeremiah McLane.

$15.00 Add to cart

“The Press Gang”

2010. 10 tracks, 50 min

Our first CD, featuring a blend of tunes from Ireland and beyond.

$15.00 Add to cart

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