3 Pint Harmony is a five piece high energy, foot stompin' Celtic/Irish band based in St. Petersburg, Florida. They play a variety of different tunes, ranging from ballads, reels, Americana, roots based country, rock and even a touch of punk...
The love and appreciation for 'roots' based music is the tie that binds this band together. The band covers some of their favorite Celtic bands, such as Enter The Haggis, Flogging Molly, Great Big Sea, Dropkick Murphy's, Seven Nations, Young Dubliners and The Pogues. However, the band is equally as adept at kicking in with a Johnny Cash tune, The Beatles, Lovin' Spoonful, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs and a long list of great party favorites.
A combination of skilled musicianship, a playful sense of humor, and energetic stage presence set 3 Pint Harmony apart from other entertainers.
Lead singer Patty Mills fell in love with Celtic music on a trip to Ireland. Long a singer of country and classic rock and roll, the trip to Ireland led her to family roots in County Cork and reconnected her to her deep Irish heritage and of the unique Celtic sound. Every note of every Irish song makes her feel more at home. With her flaming red hair, emerald green eyes and rich voice, Patty is the perfect front 'lady' for 3 pint Harmony.
On the other hand, Christer Saarikko, a classically trained violinist, traces his roots to Finland, not Ireland. A musician who played with the University of Florida's Symphony and Chamber Quartet, he says he realized those Irish musicians had something when he first heard a Celtic band. So he found a kilt, a good Irish beer married a girl with Scottish roots and learned to play 'Irish'.
Lisa Hargiss, lead guitarist and back-up vocalist traces her roots to the shores of Scotland. Long a lover of Appalachian, bluegrass and traditional country music, embracing Celtic music, the mother of most early traditional Americana music was a natural progression. Playing in a band that opened for The Haggis at Skipper's Smokehouse sealed the deal. With a kilt and guitar and a head and heart full of traditional and not so traditional Irish music, she has found her musical home in 3 Pint Harmony.
Ken Walker, the drummer, and one of the founding members of The Vodkanauts, 'loves to hit things', most particularly the ones classified as percussion instruments. The Bodhran, often a percussion instrument in modern Celtic bands, is one his favorite things to hit. Being a drummer in a Celtic band also lets him show off a fine set of legs when he wears his kilt. In a career which includes opening for Dick Dale and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, settling into 3 Pint Harmony was a great fit.
Rounding out the band is Rick Mastry, Irish only if you classify a family that originally haled from Syria as Irish. (His mother, was, in all honesty, just a touch Irish, but he still won't wear a kilt.) Rick's career took him across Europe twice with The Saltwater Cowboys, and has opened for Hank Williams Jr., John Prine and an impressive host of others. Rick has been playing drums since he was nine years old. However, he gets bored so he learns new instruments. In this band he plays bass guitar. He also plays mandolin, lead guitar and hand bells.
From the 'amped' up traditional favorites of Ireland and Scotland to 'Celtified rock tunes to 3 Pint Harmony's own originals, an evening with 3 Pint Harmony is always something to remember. And remember, if you've got a kilt, wear it!