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The Midwest-based duo Switchback returns Feb. 27 to perform at Thelma Sadoff
Center for the Arts.
Playing everything from bluegrass to country to blues to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll, with Celtic
thrown in as well, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of Switchback have been on
the road since 1993, stopping only long enough to create albums and DVDs.
The pair’s album “The Fire that Burns,” was named one of the top choices for 2003 by
Performing Songwriter magazine, a national publication. For three years in a row, the
pair was named the Top Irish Group by the Irish Musicians Association. Their admirably
ambitious 2005 album, “Falling Water River,” a tribute to fallen soldiers in contemporary
wars, was called by Robert Tomaro, music director of the Beloit/Janesville Symphony,
“beautifully conceived, beautifully orchestrated and performed. It’s an instant American
Playing about 200 shows a year, Switchback has opened for the Moody Blues and Leon
Russell, shared stages with Gaelic Storm and Chicago’s Liz Carroll. They tour Ireland
Fitzgerald and McCormack love to play small towns like Fond du Lac.
“It is a good thing to get off the beaten path,” says FitzGerald. “There are a lot of small
towns where people have a real hunger for live music.”
The concert begins at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27. Doors and the bar open at 5 p.m.
because there is a free artists’ reception for two new solo exhibits. Marian University
professor Shane McAdams and New York-based artist Erik Benson bring their works to
THELMA. In addition, a group show with Marian University art students will also be on
Viewing the exhibits is free. Tickets for Switchback start at $12. Visit thelmaarts.org and
THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts
and Entertainment District.
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