This tour will visit Counties Donegal, Mayo, and Clare.

Tour price:

$2,750 per person sharing.

$3,250 single occupancy (limited availability).

Tour Leader

Sims Delaney-Potthoff, Harmonious Wail’s founder, leader and mandolinist , credits Jethro Burns with the band’s unique, enticing style of mandolin-driven gypsy-jazz.

Sims studied for seven years with Burns, the legendary jazz mandolinist, laying the foundation for Harmonious Wail’s acoustic string sound. He furthered his studies with Matt Glaser at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, honing his skills while immersing himself in the “gypsy” music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli (Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bireli Lagrene, Duane Allman, David Grisman, and Louis Armstrong are also on his list of musical heroes). Sims also plays a 1937 Gibson Tenor Guitar (tuned as an octave mandolin), sings, writes and arranges for the Wail. He founded the group in 1987.

Vocalist Maggie Delaney-Potthoff is a captivating performer. Equally at home scatting over a bebop tune, soaring on a solo, or blending with the Wail’s tight vocal harmonies, she delivers both powerhouse tunes and ballads with confidence and ease. Her sensual, sinuous movements (a product of her background in dance and theatre) and her use of a cardboard box played with brushes as a drum add to the charm she exudes onstage.

Jeff Weiss, recent graduate of UW-Madison’s School of Music, is already a master bassist with dazzling artistic prowess. Awarded the 2012 Madison Area Music Award for best bassist of the year, Jeff brings to the Wail a mesmerizing technical facility on the fretboard, a sophisticated and versatile style, and a powerful ability to create musical ambiance and rapport. Jeff studied under Richard Davis for five years and was principle bassist for UW-Madison’s Symphony Orchestra. Jeff’s music reflects a broad application of classical and jazz influences.

Other Northern Tour Dates

Sloan Wainwright

NORTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Apr 18 - Apr 27 2022

Sloan Wainwright

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

David Francey

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

May 24 - Jun 02 2022

David Francey

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jun 07 - Jun 16 2022

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

David Roth

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jun 12 - Jun 21 2022

David Roth

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jul 06 - Jul 15 2022

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jul 18 - Jul 27 2022

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Tim Grimm

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 12 - Aug 21 2022

Tim Grimm

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Ellis Paul

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Sep 12 - Sep 21 2022

Ellis Paul

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Dana Cooper

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Apr 30 - May 09 2023

Dana Cooper

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jul 01 - Jul 10 2023

Chuck Brodsky

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Joe Crookston

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jul 13 - Jul 22 2023

Joe Crookston

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Harmonious Wail

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Jul 18 - Jul 27 2023

Harmonious Wail

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Harmonious Wail

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 12 - Aug 21 2023

Harmonious Wail

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Kitty Donohoe

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 19 - Aug 28 2023

Kitty Donohoe

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Dan Sebranek

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Aug 31 - Sep 09 2023

Dan Sebranek

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Joe Jencks

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Sep 12 - Sep 21 2023

Joe Jencks

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Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Cathy Jordan

NORTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.

Sep 24 - Oct 03 2023

Cathy Jordan

NORTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Galway and Clare.