The Shots is string band that plays songs & tunes that cover a wide range of traditions. Barry Mullis & Priscilla Boyle formed The Shots when they moved from the UK to San Francisco in 2002. She’s English and he’s Irish. With Mullis on vocals guitar, banjo, mandola, harmonica & bodhran and Boyle on harmony vocals & upright bass, Alison Bailey Streich on Fiddle and Aaron Balano on Dobro guitar, the band’s sound is rooted in the music of the old world & the new world. They play traditional Irish & Scottish songs alongside Old-Time Appalachian, Bluegrass & Country songs. Their set also includes songs by Dylan, Cash, Elvis, The Beatles, The Kinks, Leadbelly, The Holy Modal Rounders, Gene Pitney & others. The Shots have performed at venues all over the Bay Area including: The Great American Music Hall, The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, The Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, Rancho Nicasio & McNear’s Mystic Theater in Petaluma. They’ve performed live on KFog’s Morning Show, KALW’s West Coast Live, KPIG in Santa Cruz and KWMR in Point Reyes Station.
In addition, The Shots are always in demand for private parties, weddings, graduations & corporate gigs where their lively performances, eclectic set list & broad appeal keep the guests entertained.