Mike Kirkpatrick has been making music for the better part of four decades. Most of that time was spent fronting the Chicago-based folk rock band, The Drovers. The Drovers toured all over North America and Ireland in the ’80s and ’90s. There were many players that were called Drovers at one time or another. But, (in addition to Kirkpatrick), the main players consisted of David Callahan (bass, vocals), Sean Cleland (fiddle), Kathleen Keane (flute, accordion, whistle, vocals), Winston Damon (trombone, percussion, sax thumb piano) and Jackie Moran (drums, bodhrán).
Their first CD, entitled World Of Monsters was released in 1992. An EP, Kill Mice Elf, was released in 1994; the Steve Albini production piece Little High Sky Show appeared a year later.
The Drovers spent the rest of the nineties away from the studio and playing shows. When they weren’t gigging in and around Chicago, they were playing festivals like the Guinness Fleadh line-up or contributing to various compilations such as the Blink soundtrack. ~ Leon Jackson