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Rockíníreel... Punk-folk... Country music from many countries...
BiL play fiddle, guitars, bass & drums with loads of power and emotion.

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Celtic Animal #1 from Julie O'Baoighill painted live to BiL's “Come In From The Rain”

“Western Borders” live at The Cedar March 2012
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Boiled In Lead is:BiL in 2009

  • Marc Anderson drums and percussion
  • Dean Magraw guitar
  • Todd Menton vocals, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, whistle
  • Drew Miller bass guitar, dulcimer
  • David Stenshoel fiddle

Since 1983, BiL have been innovators in bridging traditional folk music with the sound and attitude of a rock band. A Boiled In Lead concert is a combination of darkly-tinged folk ballads and originals alongside instrumental dance music from Ireland and elsewhere. The group and the individual musicians have won over 20 Minnesota Music Awards, and toured throughout the US and in Europe.

With the return of original lead singer Todd Menton and the addition of world-travelling eclectic instrumentalists Dean Magraw and Marc Anderson, this 31-year project moves forward with a fresh approach to a classic style. Enthusiastic, powerful, technically brilliant, playing a wealth of instruments with extreme dynamics, Boiled In Lead routinely demolishes genres with its highly-identifiable sound. This music will not be kept in a box.

An Onion A&E quote from 2004 describes the band’s approach well: “...the prime purveyor of a style of Celtic music infused with punk-rock attitude, developing over the years with a hard-driving swirl that combined Irish folk with heavy rock and elements of styles from all over the world. of the best bands Minnesota’s ever produced. ...even without amplification, Boiled In Lead can summon up furious punk-folk energy.”


The Well Below Silver Alloy Complete (3CD) Alloy Orb
  Songs From The Gypsy Antler Dance From The Ladle To The Grave Old Lead


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related projects

Todd Menton

David Stenshoel

Drew Miller


Boiled In Lead
Postbox 7514
Minneapolis, MN 55407 USA
phone [612] 481-2320
info at boiledinlead dot com

Represented by New Folk Booking.

© 1983-2015 Boiled In Lead and DeSelby Productions, Inc.