In North America, the word "switchback" describes a winding road that twists back on itself as it ascends to the top of a mountain.
In Ireland and the UK, it is slang for a roller-coaster, with its energetic, thrilling ride. But for music lovers around the world, Switchback is the name of the award-winning Midwestern-based duo of Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, whose brand of original music has made them an international touring sensation and a presence on PBS in the United States. Dubbed "American Roots with Celtic Soul," Switchback's music seamlessly blends a Celtic tribal beat with the raw energy of the wide open American plains. Their beautifully crafted songs move the feet while swaying the heart. In concert, Switchback's mandolin, guitar, bass, and percussion flow alongside soaring harmonies to create a sonic journey that is every bit as thrilling as an old-time wooden roller-coaster. Audience members leave the show filled with excitement and eager to get in line again for another Switchback ride.