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The HiBs (pronounced High Bees) are Kate & Jode Dowling and Patsy OBrien. HiB is short for Hibernian, the Roman name for Ireland, but lets all be honest here.  Academics aside, the name was actually inspired by our favorite bar in the world, The HiB, in Cork City.

Kate Dowling on Flute and Whistle


Kate (Wade) Dowling grew up Irish step-dancing and playing music in an Irish-Italian immigrant neighborhood in Chicago, where maintaining ones heritage was a natural way of life. She learned music with Noel Rice (Co. Offaly) and dancing with Jim McGing and Mark Howard (later Trinity).

A world-championship level dancer, and multiple Midwest Fleadh winner, Kate later focused solely on music and performed and recorded with groups including Baltiorum, the Doon Cil Band and the HiBs. Through teaching, sessions, and performances, Kate loves sharing the joy the music has been bringing her for over 35 years.

Jode Dowling on Fiddle


A third generation fiddler, Jode learned much of his early music on his Grandfather’s fiddle and was strongly influenced by his Mother and family from Co. Sligo, as well as his Father’s musical family from Tulamore, Co. Offaly. Early mentors were his brother Martin, Liz Carroll, John Kelly Sr., Bobby Casey, Joe Ryan and Fred Finn.

Jode played with the Minnesota Music Award-winning band formerly known as the Clumsy Lovers, and was a member of Shanachie recording artists, the Doon Cil Band. He shares his love for Irish traditional music with his students at the Center for Irish Music, the school Kate and Jode founded in St Paul, MN in 2004.

Patsy O’Brien on Guitar and Song


Patsy is a top class guitarist, singer and songwriter. Hailing from Mitchelstown County Cork, Patsy melds styles in unique ways and supports traditional tunes with an inspiring energy and rhythm. His songs match his diverse interests, with elements of blues, jazz and folk traditions evident in the melodies. Patsy is also well-regarded for giving back through the many charities he supports with his art. Find out more about Patsy and keep in touch: http://www.facebook.com/patsysongs/