An appreciation of Celtic tunes and a love of all things pirate caused mandolin player and percussionist, Whitt Smith, to found Below the Gaff. It was not long before a group of bad joke enthusiasts, who also happened to be accomplished musicians, eagerly formed a band. With Regina Diemand’s vocal skills and tin whistle supported by Josh Gajda’s guitar, Talya Goodman’s bass, Jim Rutter’s banjo/concertina/percussion, and Elly Vaughan’s fiddle, the group found quick success in performing at festivals and playing all over New England, from Connecticut to Vermont but did not stop there.
After releasing their first full-length album of original tunes, “Songs of Warship,” Below the Gaff has moved away from the costume gimmick to entertain with musical skill and good humor at a multitude of venues. They have had the pleasure of performing at bars and farmer’s markets across Massachusetts as well as engaging audiences in the crowded city streets of Boston and New York.
With influences such as the Young Dubliners, Great Big Sea, Dropkick Murphys, The Pogues, and The Chieftains mixed with some classic pirate jokes, Below the Gaff is sure to amuse audiences of all ages.
Stay tuned for Below the Gaff’s Second Album, “The Cape Horn Star,” TBA 2018