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Holy cow, you guys. I just dug up a treasure trove here. Let me tell you a story.

Let’s go back to the summer of 2002. Here we have 5 guys fresh out of high school looking to take on the world of Irish music. Andy, Greg, Scott, Seth, and Dylan. We all went to the same high school (Minneapolis South!) and we all worked at the MN Renaissance Festival (Andy & Greg were in the Proto-Dregs, and Scott, Seth, and Dylan were on the street). Side note: The Dregs have a Wikipedia entry? What?!

One of the ways all of us passed the time out at Fest was by playing around the site. We weren’t an official “act” by any standards, but we had a guitar, and a strumstick, and whistles, and a bodhrán. It didn’t take very long to catch the attention of the entertainment director at the time. She gave us an “audition” right on the spot (which is a story for a different time). We were officially hired, and Andy immediately picked the band name “Drunk & Disorderly”, and so that’s what we became.

By the end of our first season, we decided to record an album. So in the middle of the week between shows, we went in the studio for two nights and laid down these tracks. Then we stayed up late in Greg’s room burning off CD after CD and affixing our own labels to each disc for sale at the Renaissance Festival. Each one was a truly unique and hand made item.

The next summer, we ran off 1,000 CDs to sell at Fest and at gigs, and sold those out over the next few years. We didn’t keep any for posterity or for ourselves.

But now? I unearthed a copy of the CD, and man are you guys in for a treat. I’ve added it to our official discography in the “As Drunk & Disorderly” section, and uploaded the whole album to our SoundCloud for your listening pleasure. And, if you want to download the files and keep them on your device, they are for sale via our Bandcamp and CD Baby pages.