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C.B. Heinemann: Bio

C.B. Heinemann has been surprising and delighting audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with his work in some America's finest Irish music groups. As a vocalist, guitarist, and bouzouki player, he played a large part in those groups' successes.
But it has always been his composing skills that set him apart.

C.B. began his music career early, performing with jazz and rock groups from the age of twelve. At seventeen he joined country-rock group Sleaze, which performed all original songs. Later he began to play Irish and English folk music, and helped to form The Ancient Orphic Mystery Band, which went on to tour the U.S, releasing an album on Troubadour Records. He was a featured accompanist on Fintan Vallely's album, "Traditional Flute Music of Ireland" on Shanachie Records. During this time he was lucky enough to become friends with Irish music greats like The Irish Tradition and De Dannan. They provided inspiration that helped formed C.B.'s style.

C.B. played in Haggis, one of Washington, DC's first "new traditional" Irish bands that also started the legendary sesiun at Ellen's Irish Pub. He later joined Reeltime, based in Baltimore, that played for many years at The Gandy Dancer and released an album on TOB Records.

C.B. briefly returned to the rock world to play drums with Martha Hull and the Steady Jobs, a popular DC area "punk" band that featured Martha Hull and pedal steel guitar great David Van Allen. Then, along with Charlie MacVicar, he formed Dogs Among the Bushes, one of the first "punk-Irish" bands in America. They released six albums on DAB Records, and were the first American band to be invited to the Festival Interceltique in Lorient, France. They went on to tour extensively in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Ireland, and England. They were also the first American "celtic music" group to tour in Czechoslovakia and former East Germany. Those experiences insprired C.B. to begin writing travel essays, many of which have appeared in The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other publications.

More recently, C.B. has continued his work with Dogs Among the Bushes, and has enjoyed very lively performances with Limerick fiddler Neil Foley. He co-hosts a popular Irish music "seisun" in Silver Spring every Tudesday evening, and also plays every first Friday and Saturday of the month at J. Patrick's in Baltimore with The Hedgerows, a deeply tradition Irish band with some of the finest musicians on the east coast.

With the release of his new CD, "Conspiring With Persons of Questionable Character," C.B. puts his songwriting and instrumental skills in the limelight. Borrowing influences from Irish, Balkan, Baroque, and rock music, his music is uniquely his own. Although he has been compared to his heros, like Richard Thompson, Robin Williamson, and Bert Jansch, C.B. has forged his own identity in the world of music.

To hear an interview with C.B. Heinemann, along with a slide show, go to