Coming Up Threes is a five-piece, high-energy Irish pub band which formed in early 2012. Hailing from Portland, Oregon, many of the band members honed their chops playing in the legendary Irish punk/world music band Amadan, which recorded and performed incessantly throughout the Pacific Northwest from 2000 to 2012. The band features Bill Tollner on guitar and lead vocals; multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bauer on penny whistle, banjo, bodhran, percussion and vocals; Naoyuki Ochiai on fiddle, accordion and vocals; Charlie Norris on bass; and David Fender on drums.
Coming Up Threes plays much of the traditional Irish pub repertoire, filtered through rock and roll, Americana and country sensibilities to give many of these tunes a fresh, new sound. The music tactfully varies from melodic, orchestral instrumentals to stylized acapella arrangements, mixed with up-tempo, fist raising Irish pub tunes. “The whole goal is to get people up, dancing and having a good time, ” says Bill Tollner, and the band’s sound makes it impossible not to join in the fun.
In the band’s brief career, Coming Up Threes has gone from opening for Amadan at a sold-out Doug Fir Lounge on St. Patrick’s Day 2012, to headlining the annual Kells Irish Festival, the largest Irish festival on the west coast, on St. Patrick’s Day 2013. In addition, the band has performed at many of the Irish pubs in the Northwest, played a legendary New Year’s Eve show at Kells in 2012, and has played many other bars, festivals and events throughout the Northwest. Coming Up Threes has become a force to be reckoned with in the Celtic music scene, and the fun is only just beginning!