The Residuals were formed almost twenty years ago for a St. Patrick’s Day Ceili. Every year, St. Patrick’s Day causes a glut in demand for Irish music, and that demand was usually met by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s Claddagh Branch, Saskatoon’s Irish cultural organization, and the bands that formed from the monthly music sessions. There were too many gigs, and all the established bands were booked, so the musicians who were left over, the residuals, rose to meet the need.
Many people came and went over the years as the band played informally, but in 2009, five musicians consolidated their act and got serious. They were Ted Leighton, Rick Kroener, Jeremy A. Cook, Rob McInnis, and Meaghan Haughian. They rehearsed like hell, built their repertoire, and released an album, “Knocking the Windowpane” in 2012.
After releasing another album in 2016, “Whiskey, War & Whatnot”, bidding fond farewells to Ted and Meaghan, and welcoming new bass player Paul Runalls, the Residuals remain today: professional, fun-loving, skilled, and ready for any new musical challenge.
The Residuals playing Some Say the Divil is Dead and reels, 2014.
The Residuals performing She Moved Through the Fair at The Bassment in Saskatoon.
The Residuals came together through the organization Comhaltas, playing at Irish Music Sessions and ceilis.