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Minneapolis-based folk rockers Boiled in Lead may have started as a Celtic punk band back in the 80s, but as the years went by, they incorporated aspects of folk music from just about every part of the world, including the Balkans and the Middle East, all done up in their hard-rocking style (both acoustic and electric).

The band has always sought to play a variety of music, both songs and instrumentals and with a large variety of guest musicians and sometimes some unusual instruments.

The current lineup features percussionist Marc Anderson, Todd Menton on vocals, guitar, mandolin and whistle, Dean Magraw on guitar, Drew Miller bassist and dulcimer player and David Stenshoel on fiddle and saxophone.

Boiled in Lead has been referenced by Mercedes Lackey in her Diane Tregarde novel, Children of the Night published in 1990 and by Emma Bull in her 1989 novel, War for the Oaks.

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  • moshiach1969

    I've listened to BiL for almost 20 years now. I love their music and they have lead me to so many other great groups like Cordelia's Dad, Great Big Sea, and Vartinna. That being said, I recently purchased their latest release Silver. I was unfortunately a bit disappointed in it. While the music was all good, it seemed to lack the fire that I've come to love from BiL. Maybe repeated listens will correct this. Still, 26 years! Congrats Boiled in Lead. You have my love. Wish I was still in Minneapolis so I could see your show on the 17th.

    1 Mar 2010 Reply
  • thommyothagreen

    Gods, I love these guys... I was raised on their music; best thing my parents did for me.

    21 Aug 2009 Reply
  • catula

    I have yet to find another band that so thoroughly employs celtic, blues, african, serbian, egyptian, and heavy metal in all of their songs. Boiled in Lead for the win!

    24 Nov 2007 Reply
  • IanAR

    Hard Times & Sugarfoot Congress downloads at

    9 Oct 2006 Reply
  • hdickins

    BiL's still my favourite. Once a Leadhead, always a leadhead!

    13 Sep 2006 Reply

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