Date:   9/25/2004

Lively duo, Switchback, double-billed with rising artist Dorothy Scott

On Saturday, September 25, at 7:30 pm, Brian FitzGerald and Marty McCormack of the duo Switchback will be returning to the stages of the historic Thrasher Opera House in beautiful downtown Green Lake, bringing with them a unique brand of music; American rooted yet deeply ingrained with Celtic soul.  The performance will begin with a special guest appearance by singer/songwriter/guitarist, Dorothy Scott, making this a double-billed concert one you won’t want to miss!   


Switchback’s electrifying music, which ranges from traditional Irish, to rock and blues classic, to their own unique style of rockabilly, is a sound so upbeat and danceable, it is sure to make even the most sedentary get up on their feet!  After experiencing a  live performance of Switchback, Donna Eckberg, from FolkFire Review commented, “It’s difficult to sit still in their presence … It is captivating to have this songwriting backed by so much emotion.”


Years of classical training and session work with Chicago’s jazz greats have built Brian FitzGerald’s style, making him one of the most acclaimed mandolin and guitar players in the Midwest today.  Marty McCormack, who contributes solid bass guitar lines and vibrant vocals to the mix, brings along a bit of brogue, a gift of gab, and a generally wandering way of being to the duo.  Between the two, they generate enough energy that surprisingly sounds like a band of eight!   


Switchback’s range of music has been linked to just about every genre there is (save rap).  Although the ability to go from blasting rock to foot-stomping country to a haunting melody and back again assures a style to please just about everyone, it’s their many original songs written by the duo that are the backbone and essence of Switchback.  “In a time that pop artists are under increasing pressure to fit a narrow, commercial formula, Switchback bucks the trend,” says Kevin McKeoug of Chicago Metromix.


For their seventh album, Switchback employed the services of legendary music producer, Texan Lloyd Maines.  Maines helped bring the CD, titled The Fire That Burns, to a full-band recording level that “took the duo sound and worked it sensitively into a full-band performance,” according to McCormack.  Sales of the CD, released in Autumn of 2002, as well as the increasing number of fans discovering the superb musicianship and stage presence of the band, is evidence of the band’s continued growth and popularity.


Dorothy Scott’s music reminds one of something primal, spiritual, beautiful and healing. It has been said that a Dorothy Scott concert is an adventure, a journey into the mystical and back again. Her music will cure your ills with its lyrical compassion, calm your soul, and send you on a world crusade of hope.


A musical explorer whose works have incorporated blues, folk, rock and jazz, Dorothy is widely credited by her fans and peers for blazing a path for singer/songwriters who desire to make meaningful music. Often compared to Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jeff Buckley; Dorothy’s style and sound remain uniquely her own. A versatile singer who delivers naked soul and honesty with an intoxicatingly passionate vibe.

Known for her daring and uncompromising performance and amazing guitar playing, Dorothy has toured Sweden, Ireland, Canada and the states sharing the stage with artists the likes of Carole King, Joan Armatrading, Jeff Buckley, Joan Osborne, Janis Ian, The Frames and Siegel-Schwall Band.  


Come and join us for what is sure to be a high-energy evening filled with genre-bending original tunes from Celtic, folk and rockabilly, to blues, rock and jazz.  Tickets for this special double-billed performance are $16 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office (located next to the Opera House), Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Bull Moose Mercantile (Princeton), and Ripon Drug, or by calling 920-294-4279. On-line ticket sales are also now available at 


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