This tour will visit Counties Cork, Kerry 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 Southern Tour Dates

Tom Kimmel

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Jun 04 - Jun 13 2021

Tom Kimmel

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Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Kate Campbell

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Jun 12 - Jun 21 2021

Kate Campbell

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Tim Grimm

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Jun 24 - Jul 03 2021

Tim Grimm

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Barb Bowers

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Jul 09 - Jul 18 2021

Barb Bowers

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Chuck Brodsky

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Oct 04 - Oct 13 2021

Chuck Brodsky

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

David Francey

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Oct 16 - Oct 25 2021

David Francey

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

James Keelaghan

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Oct 28 - Nov 06 2021

James Keelaghan

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Cathy Jordan

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Apr 30 - May 09 2022

Cathy Jordan

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Harmonious Wail

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

May 12 - May 21 2022

Harmonious Wail

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Joe Crookston

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Jun 19 - Jun 28 2022

Joe Crookston

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Kate Campbell

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Jun 24 - Jul 03 2022

Kate Campbell

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

David Roth

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Sep 24 - Oct 03 2022

David Roth

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Cathy Jordan

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Sep 30 - Oct 09 2022

Cathy Jordan

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Small Potatoes

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Oct 06 - Oct 15 2022

Small Potatoes

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Dan Sebranek

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Oct 12 - Oct 21 2022

Dan Sebranek

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

David Francey

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.

Oct 24 - Nov 02 2022

David Francey

SOUTHERN TOUR

Itineraries selected from Counties Cork, Kerry, Waterford and Clare.