Working from left to right across the stage (as you face the stage from the audience):
Keyboard: Daniel brings his own keyboard, keyboard stand, and amplifier. Generally, it works best to mic the amplifier. [We have had some success running the keyboard direct (a standard XLR mic cord plugs into the back) but that requires EQ, compression, and great diligence to get the sound right.] We use the amplifier as a stage monitor, so the keyboard does not need to be heard in the stage monitor speakers.
Flute: Daniel brings a microphone and mic clip. He requires a 'boom' style microphone stand and microphone cable.
Fiddle/Bagpipes/Accordion: Kevin runs his fiddle direct, with his own direct box, and requires only a microphone cable to connect it. He also requires a 'boom' microphone stand and mic suitable for accordion and bagpipes.
Fiddle/Vocals: Ray runs his fiddle direct, with his own direct box, and requires only a microphone cable to connect it. Ray also requires a 'boom' microphone stand and mic suitable for vocals.
Mandolin/Guitar: Paul brings his own direct equipment for these two instruments. He requires two XLR microphone cables and channels. If we are playing a concert set, Paul also requires a vocal mic and stand.
Phantom power is not needed unless the mics you provide require it. We generally prefer to run the system without phantom power, though it can bail us out if there is a dead battery in one of the fiddle direct boxes.
We require at least three stage monitors (preferably four) with a graphic equalizer that is distinct from the hall EQ. We sometimes have very good luck putting the monitors behind us, rather than in front. One monitor is for Daniel at the keyboard (preferably behind him), one or two for the fiddlers (either in front or behind), and one for Paul (preferably behind him).Additional equipment:
* three comfortable chairs, preferably with padded seats (as opposed to all metal)
* a sturdy piano bench or equivalent (two chairs stacked together may be sufficient, but only as a last resort)
* a small table, for displaying CDs for sale, set up near the stage
* a table, for instrument cases and equipment, set up behind the band onstage is also very helpfulGeneral notes:
* All sound reinforcement equipment must be professional quality. Homemade and personal stereo components are not acceptable.
* Monitor EQ is very important. We generally require that frequencies in the 1-2 Khz range be attenuated somewhat to keep the sound from being too shrill. Please walk behind the band to check the monitor sound during the sound check.
* Once levels have been set at the sound check, all microphones are to be left on, all channels left open. As a rule, please leave the mix alone during the performance, except as specifically requested by the musicians.