Brent Hopper (Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Piano, Bass, Vocals)
I am multi-instrumentalist that performs with Irish, Bluegrass, Grateful Dead Cover Projects and all kinds of bands/artists. I have been playing music my whole life, starting with piano and moving on to other stringed instruments at age 10. I have performed and toured since the age of 16 playing thousands of shows across the United States, as well touring in Ireland with Marys Lane in 2017.
In South Florida at 16 years of age, I began playing with a few different Grateful Dead cover bands, a reggae band, and other rock & roll acts. I remained there until I was 25 when I met my wife Brittany Reilly and began to play music with her. The Brittany Reilly Band performed 4-5 days a week year round , covering cities in California to Vermont. This project performs a wide variety of music from Classic Country & Bluegrass to Rock & Roll & Blues.
In 2010 Brittany & I moved back to her hometown of Bay Village, located on the West Side of Cleveland, OH. This is where I met with the band Marys Lane, filling in some shows and eventually joining the band full time in 2016. Marys Lane is a 6 piece Celtic Rock band with a wide variety of original songs & high energy Irish rock tunes. They actively perform nationally, 30-40 shows a year.
With a strong passion for music and creating organic experiences on stage, Achill Crossing is an avenue for me to perform with different talented musicians, making it truly a one of a kind experience. With family hailing from Achill Island in Ireland, Brittany enjoys joining me on the road as often as possible.