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

Tour price:

$2,650 per person sharing.

$3,150 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

Harmonious Wail

NORTHERN TOUR

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

May 11 - May 20 2021

Harmonious Wail

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Small Potatoes

NORTHERN TOUR

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

May 23 - Jun 01 2021

Small Potatoes

NORTHERN TOUR

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

David Roth

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Jul 06 - Jul 15 2021

David Roth

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Jul 18 - Jul 27 2021

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Joe Crookston

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Jul 21 - Jul 30 2021

Joe Crookston

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Kitty Donohoe

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Aug 04 - Aug 13 2021

Kitty Donohoe

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Susan Werner

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Aug 08 - Aug 17 2021

Susan Werner

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Ellis Paul

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Aug 20 - Aug 29 2021

Ellis Paul

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Dan Sebranek

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Aug 30 - Sep 08 2021

Dan Sebranek

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Joe Jencks

NORTHERN TOUR

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

Oct 07 - Oct 16 2021

Joe Jencks

NORTHERN TOUR

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