Biography

”Oh, My Guinness!!!” The title of The American Wake’s first original song sums up the desire of the acclaimed Irish music outfit to include the audience in their quest for fun and good times. Whether playing a full throttle Irish traditional, a cranked up country standard or one of their signature originals, The American Wake performs with authenticity. Based in the Orange County, Long Beach area, The American Wake plays throughout Southern California and beyond to an ever-increasing number of loyal fans. From intimate pubs and outdoor festivals to headlining gigs at some of the Southland’s best venues, The American Wake delivers an aggressive, fast paced show that pulls enthusiastic audiences into the music.

The band grew up in the punk rock scene of the 80s and early 90s. It is this attitude that is most noticeable in the band’s arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and original material. The five-piece band is fronted by Eric Ree, who has the ability to engage the crowd with his powerful voice, solid guitar playing and quirky sense of humor. Dueling instrumentalists, Frank LaBlanc on Mandolin and Robert Keysers on fiddle, bend the boundaries of traditional tunes by adding their own influences and style to the music. Bass player James Kee and drummer Tod Warren make up the powerful rhythm section and pulse of the band.

The five distinct elements make up a band that is developing their own rules for what constitutes an Irish band and creating a sound that is truly their own. The band has developed a fan base that is dedicated to the idea that the way
The American Wake plays Irish music is the way Irish music should be played.

The American Wake are:
Eric Ree – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Frank LaBlanc – Mandolin, Mandola, Vocals
James Kee – Bass Guitar
Robert Keysers – Fiddle, Vocals
Tod Warren – Drums, Vocals, Guinness