The Donegal Doggs
Irish Music with a Twist...
Nathan Muhlbach (Drums, Percussion, Guitar, Vocals) is a young, multi-instrumentalist, who has been performing professionally for seven years. He has played drums with several Cleveland area bands, performing a wide variety of musical styles. Nathan plays guitar and sings, as a solo performer and writes his own, original music. He is also a percussionist with "The Plunder Doggs", a "pirate-themed" musical act that performs at medieval and renaissance festivals across the country.
Shayna Rhodes (Fiddle) has her Masters and Bachelors Degree in violin/ viola performance and has performed in professional orchestras both here and in England since the age of 15.
She has been active as a teacher for many years and has been called upon to judge many state competitions for the Federation of Music Clubs for both Florida and Ohio. She has vast experience as a classical musician, having began studying at the age of 5 and has performed with famous soloists including; Itzhac Perlman, Joshua Bell, James Galway, Isaac Stern, and YoYo Ma.
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Jenny is a member of "The Gathering", an organization dedicated to magic and the performing arts, as well as The Puppetry Guild ofNortheastern Ohio. She is a founding member and Associate Director of the "Great Lakes National Puppet Theater". She has technical credits at many Cleveland, Ohio area theaters, as well as with the national touring company of "Cats". Jenny is thrilled to be able to share her love of Irish music with audiences of all ages.
Paul Kirk (Fiddle, Feet & Vocals) has been playing fiddle for over thirty years. He attended Cleveland State University where his musical studies included viola performance, history, education, theory and harmony. An extremely versatile musician, he has performed everything from early to modern music and enjoys playing classical, Celtic, and everything in between.
Paul is a prolific tunesmith and has written over 500 Celtic inspired folk, dance pieces. He formed the band "Ceud Mile Failte" in 2009 to perform his compositions and is currently working on publishing some of his tunes. Paul also performs with "Down the Road", an old-time music group. Paul played fiddle with "Knives and Forks" and with the Celtic rock band "Marys Lane" and is sometimes seen performing as "Harry McMerkin", with "The Plunder Doggs".
Jenny O'Boyle (Vocals, Bodhran, Percussion) first became interested in performing by participating in plays and musicals while in high school. After graduation, she attended kent State University, where she majored in Fine Art. A former child-care specialist, Jenny enjoys performing as "Trixie the Clown", where she has the opportunity to entertain children and adults alike. She performs as "Red-Handed Jenny" in "Droolin' Jack's Comedy/Danger Show", as "Mad Molly" in "The Plunder Doggs", a pirate-themed, comedy/music show and has performed at festivals across the united States including; Sarasota Medieval Fair (FL), Wild Rose Renaissance Fair (PA), Great Lakes Medieval Faire (OH), PittsburghRenaissance Festival (PA). Jenny performed with "The Dickens' Carolers" and as vocalist with "Lively Strings".
He is a dedicated performer, having toured throughout the United States as a puppeteer, performing and conducting classes and workshops with adults and children of all ages. Vincent toured schools throughout Western New York, conducting assembly programs for Western New York United Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. He performed as a member of the HandsDown Puppet Theater of Buffalo, NY and worked extensively with award-winning Das Puppenspiel Puppet Theater of Westfield, NY. Vincent has performed at the Louisville Children's Theater (KY), the Birmingham Children's Theater (AL). Artpark (NY), Chautauqua Institution (NY), the New England Puppetry Series (MA), with the Lake Charles SymphonyOrchestra (LA) and with Red [an orchestra] (OH), with renowned puppeteer Basil Twist. Vincent performed at The White House for President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy in the "Salute to the President". He is a founding member of "The Eclectic Circus" performance ensemble, "The Shattered Shakespeare Company" and "The Dickens' Carolers", a four-part harmony, a capella vocal group. He is a founding member and Artistic Director of the "Great Lakes National PuppetTheater". An extremely versatile performer, Vincent has performed as a professional musician for more than thirty years, playing a wide variety of instruments and musical styles and performs as a professional magician and clown.
Vincent Polowy (Guitars, Banjo, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals) has been performing since he was five years old. Since then, his love for music, magic and the performing arts has grown, as well as his knowledge and ability. He is a member of The Magicians Alliance of Western New York (MAWNY), Puppeteers of America, The Puppetry Guild of Northeastern Ohio, and is a foundingmember of The Gathering, an organization dedicated to magic and theperforming arts.
He has performed all across the United States at theaters, schools, universities, festivals, renaissance fairs and at major theme parks including Sea World and Six Flags.