The Jig Is Up!
is a little piece of Ireland created in Houston. Bound together by a love of traditional Irish music, the five members of The Jig Is Up!
have formed a band that remains true to tradition while presenting their music in a creative and upbeat style.
The group features Larry Mallette who plays the flute, Judd Heartsill on accordion and melodeon, Matt Lewis on rhythm guitar, Diehl Moran on the fiddle and Robert Shaddox on the bodhrán. Larry Mallette is a fourth generation Irish American and has been playing the Irish flute since 1994. He has performed in Ireland and across the United States and has taught whistle workshops at the North Texas Irish Festival and Jackson Mississippi Celtic Festival. Judd Heartsill has been playing the button accordion since 1998. In addition to his love of music, Judd is an accomplished professional seaman. Diehl Moran has been playing the fiddle since the age of five and has been on the traditional music scene in Houston for many years. Robert Shaddox discovered his love for traditional music in County Cork while staying with a host family. He has been playing the bodhrán for 14 years and also provides vocals for the group. Matt Lewis solidifies the musical arrangements with his rhythmic guitar playing and has been influenced by the music and musicians of west Kerry.