Beyond the Heather is a 6-piece traditional Irish band who shares their love for Celtic music in all its many forms with their audience. From rousing pub songs to merry dance tunes, from soulful ballads to haunting airs, Beyond the Heather plays them all.
The band's goal is to encourage everyone else to love the music as much as they do, and to have a great time while they do it. Their performances are highly spirited and entertaining, ideal for family friendly festivals and venues as well as restaurants and pubs. If it's a good time you're wanting, Beyond the Heather is happy to oblige!
Beyond the Heather was officially formed in the spring of 2012 but several of its members have played together informally for years, beginning as backup musicians for Irish dancers at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival.
The band is made up of Paula Ryan (vocals, guitar), Jeff Smith (guitar, keyboard, whistle, bodhran), Eric Ryan (Irish flute, whistle, accordion), Mark Fricke (bass), Allie Ryan (fiddle), Lee Likins (bodhran, whistle).
"No stranger to the stage, the members of Beyond the Heather bring a diverse musical background that infuses a fresh energy into their traditional Celtic sound and straight to your soul."
— Susan Ritta, Thunder on the Plains - KZUM Radio