For more than three decades, the MC Boys have electrified the San Gregorio General Store with their blend of Americana music and Irish-traditional dance tunes.
“We started out as an Irish band. We could also play a lot of Americana music,” said band member Rory McNamara. “The original lineup was accordion, fiddle and guitar, and a mandolin.”
Originally, the group was known as the Mild Colonial Boys and included McNamara, an award-winning musician Kyle Alden, as well as a fiddle player named John Caulfield. The composition of the group was altered in 2018 when Caulfield suffered a stroke that rendered him paralyzed in his left arm and leg.
“John Caulfield was the fiddle player. He also played mandolin. We all sang. That was a real strength,” said McNamara. “Right about this time last year, he had a major stroke and has been unable to play. Now it’s down to me and Kyle Alden who is a multitalented guy.
“As we were called the Mild Colonial Boys, it wasn’t really the same without John our fiddle player,” he continued. “We decided to rename the band to MC Boys. It’s sounds like a rap band, but it’s not meant to be. It’s a couple of 65-year-old gentleman playing gigs.
Over the weekend, both Alden and McNamara performed at an Irish music festival in Tiburon where Caulfield received special recognition.
According to the event’s website, one day after performing in the 2018 Francis O’Neill Irish Music Festival, Caulfield suffered the stroke. Given Caulfield’s impact as an Irish fiddle player as well as a teacher, the 2019 Francis O’Neill Irish Music Festival was dedicated to Caulfield. Festival profits were donated benefiting Caulfield’s musical and physical recovery.
The MC Boys are slated to perform from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the San Gregorio General Store located at Highway 84 And Stage Road in San Gregorio.