"Their multi-cultural program is filled with high energy and
leaves the audience enthralled."
Phillip Lowe Coordinator for Visual & Performing Arts Hill College (TX)
After 24 years, a couple of name changes, three successful recordings, and over 1000 performances, Tin Roof Tango is currently on a hiatus from booking and performing.
At their first performance at the Dallas Menswear Mart, the band (then under the name Instant Irish) was performing exclusively Celtic music. Bandleader Mark Shelton soon added traditional American tunes to their repertoire of Irish music. In 1988, the quintet (under the name Folk Like Us) became a part of the Young Audiences of Greater Dallas roster and began to perform Arts-in-Education programs in schools. Today, Tin Roof Tango remains one of the top booked acts on the Dallas roster and is also affiliated with Young Audiences of Houston and the Southeast Texas (Beaumont) chapter as well.
The band produced its first recording in 1990. Within months the recording, Spring Dance joined the North Star Music catalog. In 1992 the Rhode Island based record label released the highly successful, An American Christmas selling in excess of 60,000 copies and receiving critical acclaim. As the repertoire changed, so has the group's moniker, and in 1994 the band took on its current name, Tin Roof Tango. April 2000 marked the release of Tin Roof Tango, the group’s current CD, featuring a high energy array of world music repertoire.