" The cleverly named California trio... has a fresh and harmonious sound... instrumental precision and [an] ear for arrangements... "
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(percussion, low whistle), a Bakersfield native, grew up playing woodwinds in local orchestras and wind ensembles. One day (when he was a bit older), he “accidentally” picked up a guitar. Turned out he had a fabulous voice and great poetic instincts. Songwriting pushed him to study other instruments, such as the electric bass and African drumming. College brought classical voice training and piano lessons, and he kept his instrumental chops by using them with different local groups. One fateful day, Victorio walked into his first Irish session carrying an African djembe. “Sit next to me!” said Jill. He enjoyed the welcoming musical atmosphere, but knew that if he wanted to be a regular, he would need to find a drum more, well, culturally relevant. When Victorio purchased his first bodhran, he—and everyone else—realized he was a natural. Victorio fell for Celtic music, and fell hard. Victorio knew Brenda and Jill from the local music and art scene, and already had a love for Banshee in the Kitchen's music, so it wasn’t a surprise to anyone when they asked him to don the mantle of Man-shee. Victorio is currently a music major at Bakersfield College.