Duo playing Austin combines folk genres

Published 5:29 pm Saturday, June 1, 2013



For over two decades, the musical partnership of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, known as Switchback, has been entertaining audiences around the world with their unique American roots music blended with Celtic soul.

See them at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, when they perform at the Historic Paramount Theatre.

Their first album was literally a commercial success, with Chevrolet using one of the songs to promote their Chevy Blazer.

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The duo has been opening for such acts as The Moody Blues, Leon Russell, Lee Greenwood, John Hartford and Beausoliel.

Playing more than 200 engagements a year, Switchback can be heard at festivals ranging from the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Nova Scotia to the Summer Celebration in Michigan.

Their concerts take place at such venues as the intimately famous Bluebird Café of Nashville to the 3,400-seat Star Plaza Theater in Merrillville, Ind., and now the Historic Paramount Theatre.

Wherever they play, no matter the size or age of audience, Switchback always captivates and charms folks with their energy and creativity.

Local favorite JT Thompson will be opening for the duo.

A former Army Ranger, Thompson found his passion for music while stationed in Savannah, Geo. After 12 years of service to his country and four overseas tours, JT is back in Minnesota entertaining thousands of people.

His music evokes the spirits of Outlaw Country legends with a John Mellencamp/southern rock feel.

Tickets for this event are $15 in advance and $17 at the door. They can be purchased online at paramounttheatre.org or by calling 507-434-0934.

Be sure to check out other upcoming Paramount events including Greg Herriges and the Telluric Currents at 7 p.m. on Wednesday Bella Ruse with Bethany Larson and the Bees Knees at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.