Skweez The Weezle is an acoustic band that has been proudly carrying on the Celtic music tradition since March 1999 from their base of operations in the Tri-Cities (Kennewick, Pasco, Richland), West Richland, Benton City, and Mid-Columbia area of southeastern Washington State. Founding member David Lanigan plays both Scottish Lowland bagpipes and smallpipes (bellows-blown bagpipes with three drones in a common stock), and whistles (commonly called tin or penny whistles).
Mike Day plays Irish bodhràn (frame drum played with a tipper), floor-standing bass drum, and snare cajon (wooden Afro-Celtic drum).
Their current repertoire includes traditional and original tunes from Highland and Lowland Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton Island, Brittany, Wales, and the USA.
For more than twenty-two years, the band has kept a busy schedule performing throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana at festivals, Highland games, concerts, coffeehouses, wineries, book stores, universities, weddings, receptions, and private parties. Skweez The Weezle’s sold-out CD “A Celtic Band” was released in May 2002, and has been well received by listeners around the world.
“Skweez The Weezle picks you up with the first set and then won‘t let you down. The drive and excitement this band brings to their music is hard to find this side of Glasgow and Dublin.” – John Dally, host of Celtic Aire radio show.