Band Origins


“The Willis Clan shows musical maturity way beyond their years, an adorable family that is creating the kind of music that makes most folk musicians green with envy.”


All-Ireland champion, Beoga Bodhran player





Twelve original Irish compositions voted by Celtic Connections Radio as 2012 Album of the Year.


The Clan explores their new Nashville roots featuring twelve original old-time country and bluegrass songs

Coming 1st Quarter 2014


This is what the top Irish musicians saw in 2001 when they first started helping the family out.  Little did they know these cute little children would grow up to be the current band we all see today.

The Willis Clan would like to thank many of the people who helped over the last decade, inspiring us and some even giving us instruction, including Lunasa, Joanie Madden, Solas, Grada, Beoga, Flook, Liz Carroll, John Williams, Paddy Homan, John Whelan, John Doyle, Karen Casey, Cathy Jordan, Moya Brennan, Oisin Mac Diarmada and Maurice Lennon.  A special thanks also to Ric Blair and the late Tom Howard.

Most importantly, we want to thank the Creator who inspires us to follow in His creative footsteps.  We hope in some small way to bring You glory.

by side with Francis Marion in the Revolutionary War.  In 1856, Joseph Willis was the first person who bought and registered property in the small middle Tennessee town where we now live.  Joseph later died in the battle of Shiloh during the Civil War.

Some of our more recent relatives come from County Mayo, Ireland.  Other ancestors come from Germany, Poland, Bohemia, and Scandinavia.  So we have deep roots and traditions to draw on for our musical inspiration.

Living near Nashville Tennessee is also a big influence.  Known as “Music City USA”, it is a fitting place to be for a family with such a diverse history and love of music.

These are of our great grandparents and their family band in the early 1900s.  Each generation has carried on the music in their own way, including classical, sacred, barbershop, popular, and world music.  So it is no surprise that we like all kinds of music.

The first Scotch-Irish Willis ancestors came to Jamestown in the early 1600s.  Later ancestors fought side

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In appreciation to all who helped vote for the Willis Clan as the TODAY Show’s The Next Family Von Trapp, here is a free download to show our thanks.


by The Willis Clan

To purchase a CD for $15 ($20 international)