Dorians are a four-member band based in Carbondale, Illinois, specializing in
dance music from the Celtic traditions of Ireland and Scotland, and songs from
Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America. The current members have been
performing together since 1990.
The band's vocal repertoire includes humorous ballads, traditional love songs,
songs of Irish and Scottish history and politics, and some old and new American
folk songs. Their instrumental repertoire ranges from Scottish and Irish reels
and jigs to lovely slower tunes. They have played throughout the midwest as
well as Alaska for concert audiences, Highland games, weddings, dances, music
and arts festivals, community fundraisers, elementary schools, colleges,
historic re-enactments, academic conferences, and on public radio and
The band's versatile and talented musicians include:
Bryan Kelso Crow as lead singer and
playing flute, whistle and keyboard. He is a native of Tennessee, with
Scots-Irish roots, but he never heard traditional Celtic music until he was in
He learned to play the tin whistle while hiking the roads of Ireland in 1978,
and has been playing the traditional wood flute since the mid-1980s. He taught
as an exchange professor at the University of Ulster, outside of Belfast, for
the 1985-86 school year, and got to know many Irish musicians during that time.
He is a guest lecturer in the Irish Studies program at Southern Illinois
University, and a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Southern Illinois
Festival of Irish Music.
In 1991 He launched "Celtic Connections" as a local radio program featuring
Celtic music. The program moved to national syndication in July 1996 and can now
be heard on over 100 public radio stations across the U.S..
Mickey Soltys is an accomplished fiddler and
guitarist. He is originally from Wycliffe, Kentucky and has performed
extensively in other bands and genres in the region before joining The Dorians.
He has studied many of the Irish fiddling styles from both his extensive
collection of recordings as well as traveling to Ireland. In addition to his
interest in Celtic music he is an expert on old-time Missouri fiddling. He also
plays regularly for the local contra dance society, "Friends of Traditional
Music and Dance".
Mike Shanahan plays guitar and cittern, and
specializes in the singing of immigration and other historical ballads. Mike has
been performing folk music since his teens. Originally from Ohio, he has
performed with several old-time bands in Ann Arbor, MI and Madison, WI. It was
in Madison in the early 1980's that he became involved in promoting and playing
Irish music and played in a local band, Bogside (aka Boxty) before moving to
Carbondale, Illinois. There he met Bryan Crow and they formed the Dorians. He
has studied guitar with Daithe Sproule, Zan McLeod and Jed Foley and performs
mainly using the DADGAD guitar tuning. Mike is also the Entertainment
Coordinator for the Southern Illinois Irish Festival
In addition to playing guitar he also plays a Stefan Sobell 10-string
cittern and 5-string banjo.
Elana Floyd-Kennett has recently rejoined
the band after a long hiatus. She performs as lead vocalist for the group and
plays keyboards as well as several percussion instruments including the Irish
goatskin drum (bodhran) and the djembe.