Americana with Rock, Ska, Blues, Rockabilly, Irish & Irony
This Minneapolis-based band takes their name from the Minnesota State Fair’s large display of farm equipment. Their original style mixes Americana with Rock, Ska, Blues, Rockabilly, Irish and touches of irony. Machinery Hill features a variety of songwriters who delve into topics from building combines to the end of the world, all solidly delivered with an upbeat attitude and 3-part harmonies. If you look up “diverse” in the dictionary, it says “see Machinery Hill.”
Winner of 2 Minnesota Awards and featured in episode #226 of the Twin Cities Public TV series MN Original, the band has been active since 1985! OK. Maybe not as active as 1985, but still remarkably spry!
Machinery Hill is:
Bill Lee: Alto Sax, Clarinet, Ukulele, Harmonica, Whistles, Flute, Washboard tie, singing loudly off-mic and occasionally the bagpipe if anyone insists on it.
Brian Handeland: All sorts of saxophones, clarinet and flute. Probably other things too.
Dale Engquist: Guitar, vocals and witty commentary.
Mike Ries: Bass, vocals and more witty commentary
Datta Hartman: Accordion, vocals and being amazed at what Dale and Mike might say.
Brian Russ: Percussion/ drums
Ric Lee: Violin (Don’t call it a fiddle.
LINKS TO VARIOUS MACHINERY HILL THINGS:
Our website: https://sites.google.com/site/machineryhillband/
One of our songs from a Twin Cities Public television episode of MN Original:
Our bandcamp page: https://machineryhill.bandcamp.com/
And our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/machineryhillband/