Performs Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 8:15-9:15pm
Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, he started taking Irish fiddle lessons at the age of 9 and spent his subsequent teenage years performing and competing all over the US and Ireland, establishing himself as a valued proponent of Irish traditional music.
During those same formative teenage years, his musical world expanded as he started playing more American styles of fiddle music, including bluegrass, old-time, and swing. The artist also spent a lot of time playing in garage rock bands and soon took an interest in songwriting, influenced by his folk background and the classic rock radio that pervaded his midwest upbringing.
In 2007, Buckley released an indie album of all original music under the moniker Grace Basement. What started as a four track home recording project became a full-on rock band, which is still active today (the 4th album, Mississippi Nights, was released 2018). These sonic experiments also led him down the path of record engineering and mixing. Over the past decade or so, he has recorded a variety of artists ranging from Irish traditional to punk rock. Aside from an occasional rock and roll outing with Grace Basement, Buckley performs in a number of acoustic combos including The Western Satellites, Pappy with a Hatchet, Keeping it Reel and Count Buckley’s Royal Rascals. You can usually find him performing weekly at St. Louis’ treasured Irish pub, John D. McGurks or online via his musical instruction website, String Village. Big Spring being his debut solo album, the artist decided to showcase his professional strengths as an instrumentalist, arranger, and folk interpreter.