Frank Zappa once stated, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” Rather than attempt to describe Millish’s music, it would be more worthwhile to cite the musical ingredients that create their music.
Millish is comprised of State Champion bluegrass fiddler Brad Phillips, National Award-winning jazz percussionist Mike Shimmin, World Champion Uilleann piper Tyler Duncan, and Title-Defying-Creative-Mastermind-Insert-Adjective-Here guitarist Jesse Lee Mason, all of whom share an active interest in jazz. Never forcing a preconceived notion of “fusion,” the band has let their music coalesce over the past four years, and it’s already turning heads worldwide. Their debut album earned them an International Acoustic Music Award – before it was even released.
Millish is united by a single musical goal: to participate in the evolution of modern music. Judging by their accolades, they’re well on their way.
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“Watch out for this group, they will go places!”
– International Acoustic Music Awards
“Mighty things will come from Millish. They combine the seasoned edge of professionals with the cutting edge of the next generation. Erin Go Brough!”
-Tom Ball, Board Vice-President of Wheatland Music Organization
” A real crowd pleaser.”
-Tom Murray, Owner of Conor O’Niells Irish Pub
“Millish’s music sets your blood on fire and helps your heart to soar.”
-Sue Palmer, Director of the Acousticat
“The synergy created by this group of musicians transcends what one might expect to hear from a Celtic oriented quartet. Millish has a wonderful ability to present serious music with a playful ‘dare me not to’ attitude towards arrangements and genres of their selections. The ‘Full Millish’ is a great musical experience to be exposed to!”
-Sheila Graziano, Director of the Saline Celtic Festival
“This is an absolutely fabulous band.”
-EMMY award-winning Kitty Donohoe
“Millish has been playing for just two years, mining a vein of Irish music, melting it down, and adding cultures with the zeal of a slightly deranged chef. . . “
– The Ann Arbor Observer
“This is the kind of group The Ark is all about: young, extremely high
caliber musicianship. This is a band with a future.”
-Dave Siglin, Artistic Director of The Ark