Kahilu Theatre to Present Switchback: Americana with Celtic Soul

March 18, 2018, 9:00 AM HST
* Updated September 8, 4:01 PM
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Irish-American duo Switchback. PC: Kahilu Theatre.

Kahilu Theatre will present the Irish-American duo Switchback on Monday, Mar. 26, at 7 p.m. The band will be joined onstage by Irish step dancers from Hawai‘i Island.

Switchback combines elements of Americana-country, rock and Celtic music. The group consists of award-winning songwriters Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack playing an energetic and heartfelt mix of mandolin, guitar and bass.

The duo draw their inspiration from traditional Celtic music and original Americana songs, reflecting their Irish heritage and Midwestern roots. Their talents have earned them international recognition. In addition to touring, Switchback regularly presents outreach programs on Celtic music, songwriting and music appreciation for schools, community events, senior citizen groups and special needs audiences.

Music Connection Magazine said of Switchback: “The words ‘American Roots & Celtic Soul’ only begin to describe this unusual act, whose vocal prowess is as pure as it is unique… there is no denying the stunning vocal blends that are achieved by this duo.”

Joining Fitzgerald and McCormick onstage for select songs will be members of Big Island Hawai‘i Irish Dance, a dance academy with classes and performance troupes on both Hawai‘i Island and O‘ahu.


Ticket prices for Switchback are $68, $48 or $25, and can be purchased online at, by phone at (808) 885-6868, or in person at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road in Waimea.

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