Since 2009, POGEY has been showcasing their unique take on Roots music at the biggest Celtic Rock festivals across the US resulting in an increased fan base and industry nominations. The band has mastered how to captivate audiences with their crowd participation skills, original songs and remarkable instrumentals. Their show combines electric guitar, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, bodhran and four-part vocal harmonies to produce a trademark sound. POGEY has headlined and participated at such events as the Grey Cup 100 Kick Off (Toronto), Kansas City Irish Fest (4 appearances in 5 years), Taste of Edmonton and the Chicago, Milwaukee, Colorado, Iowa and Michigan Irish Festivals. They have also performed live and been interviewed on CBS, FOX, CBC and countless radio programs across America and Canada.
POGEY is the vision of Nova Scotia native and lead singer Ray Mattie who once moved to the Toronto region in search of like-minded musicians. The goal was to create an all-original band with a Roots based sound. Without finding the right chemistry, Mattie moved back to Nova Scotia and through a referral contacted bassist Jonny Grant. Lead guitarist Warren Robert (who originally signed up for two shows) rounds out the original line up which has been in place for 11 years. With a solid original core and increased engagements POGEY has added extra musicians to the group. Drummer Mike Carroll and fiddler Anthony Rissesco round out the line up.