Óga, a contemporary folk trio from DFW, dynamically expands the boundaries of tradition roots music. With unmistakable origins in Irish trad, this group combines Django, Jazz, Traditional, Modern & original compositions to create a remarkable sound. This band features Fiddler/Vocalist Hailey Sandoz, Guitarist/Vocalist Joseph Carmichael & Bassist Nathan Phelps. Óga recently debuted Fingerprints and
received outstanding reviews from International Radio Live Ireland plus magazines Western Way & The Ceili. Óga will have you up on your feet and groovin' to the music.
Texas native Entertainer, Fiddler, Singer and Composer, Hailey is comfortable in many genres including Celtic, Western Swing, Bluegrass & Jazz-oriented styles. To her credit, Hailey is the recipient of the 2016 AWA Young Artist of the Year, 2015 WMA Crescendo Rising Star & Youth Harmony awards with Kristyn Harris and Leah Sawyer. As recipient of the SCMA Scholarship, Hailey attended The Leahy Band workshop with Natalie MacMaster. Being a former Championship Irish Step Dancer, Hailey successfully competed in Irish Dance & Fiddle competitions, frequently placing 1st. For 6 years, Hailey has been a member of the Times Session Players and continues to serve the Lord playing at Cowboy Church since she was 9. In addition to guest artisting with multiple ensembles, Hailey is currently part of Ain't Misbehavin' Swing Band, The Herrins, and Óga. Hailey has the privalege of performing on stage with notable artists Leon Rausch, Tommy Alsup, Byron Berline, Bobby Flores, Dave Alexander, Dick Gimble, Liz Carroll and had the honor of opening for Michael Martin Murphey, Billy Dean and Crystal Gale. Hailey's smooth tonality, exciting improvisation and natural stage presence make for an exciting performer whose highly sought after.
Joseph, a multi instrumentalist and composer, performer. Besides being member of Óga, he also is also with folk trio Flashpoint, which has recorded one album and one EP, opened for bands such as FullSet, and the legendary Solas, and completed one Midwest tour. He is a regular member with singer/songwriter, Ashley Davis, has done two tours with internationally acclaimed musicians, Hanz Araki and Colleen Raney, as well as a special performance in Cavan with Gregory and Alex Grene (of the Prodigals), as part of The Gathering in 2013. Carmichael has also become a very in-demand accompanist, performing with such musicians as Brendan Power, Cormac De Barra, Buddy Connolly, Oisín MacDiarmada, James Kelly and Liz Carroll.
Nathan is a brilliant multi-instrumentalist, and composer from Denton, Texas. Being primarily self-taught throughout his early years, he went on to earn the degree of a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jazz Bass Performance from the California Institute of the Arts. He has since performed on both Double Bass and Piano with many artists of diverse genres in various national tours, and locally in Texas and California, frequently requested.