The Bog Band is a group of young musicians with a passion for traditional Irish music and dance. The group began in 2004 at the Washington Waldorf School, where director Mitch Fanning taught violin. Today the band includes members from throughout the Baltimore-Washington region under the direction of Mitch Fanning and Alex Boatright.
The Bog Band has performed and earned great reviews at many venues and events including the Embassy of Ireland, Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre, The Washington Folk Festival, the Glucksman Ireland House at NYU and more.
Many members have competed and placed at a variety of local and regional traditional Irish music competitions including the Mid-Atlantic Fleadh. Some have competed in the “all-Ireland” Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.
The Bog Band has also helped raise tens of thousands of dollars by concertizing for charities and public interest groups, most notably for Child Justice, a child-advocacy organization and The Father McKenna Center, a homeless shelter in DC.
The Bog Band has produced four CD'S: "Got Bog?", a studio album, "On Their Own Turf", a live session recording that captures the excitement and enthusiasm these musicians bring to their performances, "Our Voyage with Brendan" a celebration of their work with legendary Irish fiddler Brendan Mulvihill, and “The Next Generation”, a tribute to Brian Conway, master Sligo-style fiddler and teacher.