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Kyf Brewer & Celtic Rock Band Barleyjuice Release New Album 'The Old Speakeasy'

Barleyjuice is a nationally known Celtic Rock band from the Philadelphia area. Founder Kyf Brewer has been on the rock scene for over four decades, fronting the bands The Ravyns (MCA) and Company of Wolves (Polygram/Mercury), as well as recording four solo albums. His original Barleyjuice songs such as ‘Weekend Irish’, ‘What’s Up Yours?’, ‘Get Your Irish On’, ‘Celtic Girl’, and others have been featured in movies, TV shows & radio programs. His latest release, The Old Speakeasy’, features several former band members as special guests and was scheduled for release in 2020 before Covid held them back from touring with it. The Old Speakeasy’ marks Barleyjuice’s 8th studio album produced and recorded by Kyf Brewer, mixed & mastered by Cliff Hillis.

Long-awaited by fans, it was Kyf’s intention to recruit as many former members of Barleyjuice as possible for guest appearances. As fate would have it, current members actually changed as the tracks were being recorded. Former featured band members include violinists Shelley Weiss & Billy Dominick, bassist Dennis Schocket, mandolinist Graham Ford, and guitarist Dave Woodworth, along with friends and family who had contributed over the years. Brewer’s daughter, Scotlyn and wife Beth provided backing vocals on ‘Rose of Garden City’ and ‘High on Highland Life’, and daughter Remi plays the trumpet you hear on ‘Merry Queen of Scotch’.

“Barleyjuice brings a unique style of Celtic rock that has the audience on their feet. Their style and rhythm is always a crowd pleaser. Fast paced and energetic, they never disappoint.”~ Jayne Ann M. Recker, Executive Director Celtic Classic Festival Bethlehem PA

Barleyjuice presently consists of Kyf (vocals/guitar/accordion/harmonica/bagpipes), Eric Worthington (bass/vocals), Chris Shepherd (guitar/mandolin/vocals), Billy Dominick (fiddle/vocals), and daughter Remi Brewer (drums/vocals).

“This newest incarnation of Barleyjuice is even better - if that's possible - than any formation I've seen from this act. They grab you by the eyes and ears and don't let go. Clearly, this group has their art down to an exact science, and we're all the beneficiaries. Beyond that, they're all just damned fine people. No ego, no muss, no fuss. As a listener and a promoter, you simply won't find better.”~ Michael Coakley, Owner & Music Promoter, Weston Irish Festival, MO

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