An alter ego of both Frank and Jim Kovac is a love and respect for traditional Celtic and Irish Music. Often referred to as "Trad" music, this has become more than just a side band for the brothers. Raise your glass and be prepared for some rapid fire jigs, reels, and flip lyrics that will have you dancing, laughing, and maybe shed a tear of joy.
The Sunday Morning Boys 2023
Widely considered the preeminent traditional Irish band in Fairfield and Westchester counties, as well as the most humble, The Sunday Morning Boys have spent the better part of 2 decades disproving the notion that “traditional music is boring.”
With an impressive assembly of rotating musicians, the core of the Sunday Morning Boys has consisted of longtime friends Kerry Gavin and Frank Kovac. The most recent lineup has been one of the most consistent, with the unparalleled fiddle playing of Jillian Corey. The Sunday Morning Boys anchor their sound with an impressive catalog of traditional Irish and Celtic Folk tunes from the likes of the Dubliners, The Clancy Brothers, and the Wolfe Tones, while integrating many of the more contemporary artists from the genre like Gaelic Storm and Sharon Shannon.
Leading the charge with high energy vocals and the Irish gift of gab is Kerry Gavin. It is impossible not to smile, dance, clap, or jig with the immediate connection Kerry’s vocals and stories create with the audience.
Frank follows the vocal cues of Kerry, laying down solid guitar parts and a truly interactive musical banter, occasionally taking up melodic duty with mandolin. Relying on more than 25 years of recording and performing experience, Frank creates arrangements and orchestrates the accompaniment with tradition and fusion in mind. Playing in festivals like the HORDE tour in the 1990’s and venues from Jones Beach Theatre to The Music Farm in South Carolina, expect Frank to arrange some high energy instrumentals to strengthen the lineup.
The band is rounded out by the classically-trained talents of Jillian Corey and more recently, Diggi Thomson on the fiddle and recorder/tin whistle, respectively. Combined, the group jams jigs and rocks reels at a frenetic pace, while creating lush counter melodies to some of Ireland’s most well-known folk tunes.
Whether Irish by birth or by circumstance, you are guaranteed to catch the Celtic fever (and maybe the Irish flu) with the Sunday Morning Boys.
Kerry Gavin: Vocals and Bodhrán
Frank Kovac: Vocals, Guitar, and Mandolin
Jillian Corey: Fiddle
Diggi Thompson: Tin Whistle and Recorder