The Drowsy Lads roared onto the Irish music scene in the Midwest a dozen years ago and have become favorites at pubs, clubs, festivals, and concert halls. Ohio brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and lifelong friend Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of “can’t hold still” Irish dance tunes as well as a full emotional gamut of songs. They’ve won the affections of audiences ranging from casual newbs, to those steeped in hardcore Trad. Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran. Besides being stalwart purveyors of Irish mirth at Byrnes Pub, Claddagh Pub, Natalie’s, and Ramblin’House in their hometown of Columbus, The Drowsy Lads are lighting up many Irish festivals these days, including Dublin, Milwaukee, and Dayton. They were also featured at Lakeside Ohio’s Chautauqua series for four years, at the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington twice, and were guest artists with the Otterbein University Orchestra.