The Peelers were formed in a small farmhouse kitchen in Glengarry County in 1999. Born out of loose evening sessions over more than a few drinks, the band has evolved to become one of the most exciting and energetic live Celtic folk/punk acts in Canada. Glengarry County has always been a hotbed of Celtic culture, and most members of The Peelers have immersed themselves in this rich legacy from youth.
An area separated by New York State by the St. Lawrence River to the South, it was originally settled by Scottish immigrants who chose the name Glengarry in memory of home. The county has become a stomping ground for many musicians, both Scottish and Irish, who have refined a sound unique to the locale. The Peelers bend the rules of this tradition, with their contemporary Irish/Scot blend drawing more from the insurgent nature of artists such as Shane MacGowan & The Pogues, Flogging Molly, The Mahones, The Waterboys, Black 47, and Tom Waits, while still maintaining a glint of the sound upon which they were weaned. The Peelers have two releases currently available. In 2002 they released the album "Boots and Suits", (a reference to the band's unique fashion sense). In 2004 the band released "Liquordale", recorded over a twelve month period in three Montreal studios. The album, produced by the brilliant Pierre Pineault, was subsequently named Album of the Year on the Boston based webzine Shitenonions.com, considered the online bible for Celtic rock enthusiasts.
-The Peelers Biography