Hard driving Roots/Rock from Canada’s East Coast!
Since 2009, POGEY has been showcasing their unique take on Roots music at the biggest Celtic Rock festivals across the US resulting in an increased fan base and industry nominations. The band has mastered how to captivate audiences with their crowd participation skills, original songs and remarkable instrumentals. Their show combines electric guitar, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, bodhran and four-part vocal harmonies to produce a trademark sound. POGEY has headlined and participated at such events as the Grey Cup 100 Kick Off (Toronto), Kansas City Irish Fest (4 appearances in 5 years), Taste of Edmonton and the Chicago, Milwaukee, Colorado, Iowa and Michigan Irish Festivals. They have also performed live and been interviewed on CBS, FOX, CBC and countless radio programs across America and Canada.
POGEY is the vision of Nova Scotia native and lead singer Ray Mattie who once moved to the Toronto region in search of like-minded musicians. The goal was to create an all-original band with a Roots based sound. Without finding the right chemistry, Mattie moved back to Nova Scotia and through a referral contacted bassist Jonny Grant. Lead guitarist Warren Robert (who originally signed up for two shows) rounds out the original line up which has been in place for 11 years. With a solid original core and increased engagements POGEY has added extra musicians to the group. Drummer Mike Carroll and fiddler Anthony Rissesco round out the line up.
” CFL fans flock to our TigerTown Grey Cup party every year just to hear POGEY. They are the definition of live music and entertainment and never disappoint.” – Hamilton Tiger Cats (CFL)
” POGEY is pure musical talent and fun is what you’ll have when you watch them perform live. They’ve become a staple at our festival, our fans demand them, so we give them what they want – more POGEY!!” – Iowa Irish Fest – Waterloo, IA
“POGEY…superior musicianship and an amazing connection with the audience!” – Kansas City Irish Festival
“POGEY is an amazing band that headlined at our National Capital Concert. They had the crowd rolling from the minute they hit the stage until they finished their last song. Talk about a party!” – Canadian Department of National Defence, Ottawa, ON
“POGEY has come on strong on the Celtic festival circuit in the US and we knew they would be a popular addition. We were not disappointed!” – Milwaukee Irish Fest
“In a matter of a few bars, POGEY has the audience in their hand and brings the room to life!” – Live at the Rehearsal Hall – Bravo! TV Toronto
“From a presenter’s point of view, POGEY is a dream come true. They can adapt to any and every situation.” – Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center – Carthage, Maine
“We could all use some POGEY! A wealth of talent!” – CBC-TV – The National