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Tinker Boys are a blend of musicians from an assortment of backgrounds, strung together to form a band that explores the many sides of the acoustic genre. Besides originals, Tinker Boys perform a variety of material from Celtic to modern day folk/rock/country.  Melding influences of traditional Irish, American country and bluegrass, and folk rock strains, they create a sound that has something for all followers of acoustic music. By using their multi-instrumentalist talents, they are able to perform heavy beat polkas to hills music, popular covers and classics, and driving modern acoustic rhythms to melodic and soaring spatial pieces.

Covers by artists may include traditional Irish groups, Beatles, CSNY, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, CCR, Eagles, Flogging Molly, Jim Croce, Zac Brown, Simon and Garfunkel, White Stripes, Gaelic Storm, The Pogues, and many many more. Using elements of vocals, guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, accordion, and harmonica, Tinker Boys are a band that is able to find a niche in many acoustic laden songs. The group can range from a duo, trio, or more depending on the need of the client and available musicians. Band leader, Michael Tinker Tierney, also performs many solo shows for a more reserved setting.

Tinker Boys have amassed an impressive resume of Midwestern appearances at festivals, formal and corporate events, wedding ceremonies and receptions, and opening slots for national acts. Their versatility is apparent as they seamlessly transition from club to pub to restaurant to party. With a bevy of both original and traditional songs in their repertoire, Tinker Boys showcase musicianship that keeps fingers and toes tapping.

RECENT APPEARANCES:
Opener for Gaelic Storm at House of Blues in Chicago, IL
Milwaukee County and Wisconsin state-wide park events
Milwaukee Irish Fest and Bastille Days
Port Washington Maritime Heritage Days
Watertown, WI Independence Day Festival
Johnny Walker Scotch Whisky events in Milwaukee/Chicago
Shamrock Club of Milwaukee special events
Merrillville, IN 1/2 way to St. Patrick's Day events
UW-Milwaukee concert series
 
The Tinker Boys are:

Michael Tinker Tierney:  vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzuki, harmonica
Cori Bonkalski:  fiddle, vocals
Joe Neumann:  bass, vocals
Tom Hansen:  fiddle
Kevin Hanson:  guitar, ukelele, vocals

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