The Secret Commonwealth has been Middle Tennessee’s most enduringly popular Celtic band since their inception in 1993. Influenced by The Pogues, The Chieftains, and traditional Irish pub bands, TSC’s music mixes original material with traditional music and many styles of American and European folk.
The band first came together to play a single St. Patrick’s Day party on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University. What was supposed to be a one-off gig met with such an enthusiastic response that they soon branched out to play pubs, clubs, private events, and conventions, plus Celtic, International, and Americana music festivals. Their annual St. Patrick's Day shows in Murfreesboro have resulted in a packed house every year. As is inevitable with a band that has existed for over two decades, the lineup has changed often. Because of the democratic nature of the band, each member is able to bring their personal stamp to the band's sound, contributing to both the songwriting and in building their repertoire of traditional and cover tunes.
Secret Commonwealth has recorded three albums, two of which have been nominated for multiple awards.