Meet the Band

Banish The Dogs bring infectious rhythms and riveting melodies to a multi-generational audience. There is something for everyone to love.
— Stephanie Spaid
The original banished dog, Cosmo.

The original banished dog, Cosmo.



Brought together by the camaraderie and support that group music-making offers, Banish The Dogs originated from evening rehearsals in our living room years ago with dogs and rambunctious kids parading around while the bandmates worked out tempos, arrangements, and chord progressions to this music which moved us in profound ways. At first we simply copied the artists we loved the best. Then we started mixing and matching tunes for our own satisfaction. It caught on. The tripartite structure made for fast learning. The modal harmonies fed our souls. Speed kept the music alive and kept us moving. The gut-wrenching slower melodies healed us in spite of their almost tangible grieving—so alive their stories streamming from our instruments. The history of this folk music has allowed us to join with innumerable musicians of yore whose craft lives on today in Banish The Dogs. We tip our hats to the gift of tradition while tapping our feet to the rhythms and melodies of the present day. We deliver music that will make you move, hum, clap, dance, sing, and keep you coming back for more. And the name? Well, it refers to the two 80 pound lab mixes who upon greeting the bandmates in our living room those many years ago would proceed to the kitchen and wipe out with rapid succession the pizzas on the countertops meant to feed the rest of us. We loved them, but we banished them to the backyard.



Stephanie Spaid
Fiddle/Mandola/ Lead Vocals

Mike Spaid

Paul Kostka
Penny Whistle/Accordion

Tom Gewecke
Guitar/Bass/ Vocals