Official áthas merchandise now available!!
After finding one another amongst the many local Irish sessions and then forging fast friendships, Heather Lewin-Tiarks, Amy Richter, and Jeff Ksiazek have joined together as Milwaukee’s latest Irish Trad band, áthas. The name áthas (Irish Gaelic for joy and gladness) suits them perfectly--it's pretty near impossible to catch them not laughing, joking, or spreading joy through their music.
The musicians of áthas play various Traditional and non-Trad instruments such as fiddle, flute, bodhrán, viola, cello, whistles, saxophone, djembe, and guitar. The group draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including Comas, Danú, Solas, Flook, Lúnasa, Liz Carroll, Jackie Moran, Emer Mayock, and Mike Rafferty.
áthas can be spotted at local Trad sessions, pubs, ceilis, and other venues and festivals. They can usually be spotted playing at the weekly Set Dance held at O'Donoghues on Wednesday's from 8-10pm; second Friday set dancing at the Ardor Pub; session/set dancing every Sunday at the Irish Pub, and other venues around WI and elsewhere. The band has been working hard to revive the Celtic Music Club at UWM and have started up sessions in venues other than Irish Pubs, such as the Good Harvest Market, UW-Milwaukee and Espresso Christoph. The band has a strong desire to spread the music and keep it alive.
Take a look around, let us know what you think, and buy stuff!
Heather, Jeff, and Amy
For more information on áthas, as well as tour dates and sound clips, visit: www.athasmusic.com or