November 19, 2013 — Giant house show rescheduled for January as the James Russell House welcomes a new human!
In 19th-century Dublin, a union of cobblers, known as "waxies" for their waterproofing wax, watched a caravan of rich townsfolk leave for their annual picnic on the River Dargle, and they got an idea. They loaded cart after cart with family and friends, carried them off to a grassy plain outside the city, and had a party of their own. The annual bash grew famous among the commonfolk as the Waxies' Dargle, inspiring the popular Irish pub song of the same name.
Then, in 21st-century Grand Rapids, a new incarnation of The Waxies got together to share the same spirit. A folk lineup combined with rock energy make for a knock-down, drag-out, hell-of-a-good-time show. Since The Waxies' birth in 2007, their continued success is ensured by their contagious enthusiasm for good music and good times, their loyal West Michigan fanbase, and their niche in the region's thriving roots music scene.
In 2009, The Waxies were named "Best Celtic Rock Band in Michigan" at the Ionia Free Fair Celtic Battle of the Bands (judged by audience enthusiasm and hosted by Waxies godfather Liam the XL Leprechaun). They released their first studio album, In Pursuit of Dicey Riley, later that year and were nominated for a Jammy Award from WYCE in 2010. And in 2011, voters from all over Michigan awarded The Waxies a Shammy Award for "Favorite Irish Rock Act in Michigan".
The Waxies' second studio album, Wasted Saints, was released just in time for St. Paddy's Day 2012. Stay tuned to the schedule to see where they'll go this year!