Crooked Road brings some of the finest traditional Irish music to the Central Florida area. The band was founded by Scott Vocca and Vicki Gish in 2003 as a traditional group and spin-off from the popular Claddagh Cottage Irish Pub EOWS sessions in Orlando, Florida.
Vicki has been playing Irish fiddle since the late 1990's. At age 12 she took up the viola in the rich musical town of Austin, Texas. As an adult, she discovered the addictive nature of Irish tunes and was drawn in immediately by the complexity and beauty of the music. Her main influences are the playing of Kevin Burke, Willie Kelly, and Patrick Orceau, among others.
Scott began playing the banjo at age 13 after seeing Steve Martin on SNL. He played punk rock in the 1980's, bluegrass in the '90's and Irish music in 2000 when he and Vicki played in a folk rock band. Scott has been playing tenor banjo and mandocello with the band since it's inception.
Kathleen Cavanagh, a later addition to Crooked Road, has been playing the uilleann pipes somewhere in the middle of the "21 years to become a piper"... a phrase coined by the late, great UPer Seamus Ennis. She was taken by the playing of Kieran O'Hare while listening to performance of The Green Fields of America somewhere in the 1990's, and that was it for her. She is completely obsessed with the instrument and Irish music in general... her influences include the playing of Seamus Ennis, Tommy Reck, Benedict Koehler, and Brian McNamara.
The band also features musicians who are part-timers in Orlando, including flute player, Matt Saunders, who placed first in under-eighteen flute in the 2010 North American Fleadh.