Cole Boggan, Michael Raffel, Kristoffer Ross, Dan Salzer, and Adam Shulman

The Men o’ War Balladeers are a traditional music band and vocal group based in Cambridge, NY. Its five members sing traditional North American and Celtic ballads across Upstate New York. With an a cappella-focused repertoire ranging from room-filling, five-voice sea shanties to delicate, solo love ballads, they perform at concert halls, breweries, churches, and libraries.

The Balladeers were formed by Kristoffer in December of 2016, with Cole, Michael and Dan. The group quickly cohered into a more long-term undertaking, and the band performed for the first time in March, 2017. Adam joined shortly into the process, bringing an added dimension to their sound. They continue sharing their unique musical blend with their local community every chance they get.

In August to September, 2017, they recorded a full studio album of favorite songs, released as Rise with the Moon the following January. A second release, Low Lie the Fields, followed in 2019.


Low Lie the Fields, Studio Album released December, 2019. Containing 11 traditional and contemporary Celtic and Maritime songs, the album showcases the rich five-voice harmonies of the group, both unaccompanied or underscored with acoustic guitar and accordion by instrumentalist, arranger and producer Kristoffer Ross.

     The album can be purchased through iTunes and Amazon Music, or streamed free from Spotify, Apple Music, and other sources. It was recorded and mixed by Bob Warren at Studio B, Greenwich, NY, and produced by Pencil Brook Productions.

Rise with the Moon, 11 track studio album, released in January of 2018. Produced by Kristoffer Ross, the album was recorded from August through September, 2017 by Bob Warren, at KBW Music in Greenwich, NY (Available in CD and digital download formats. Buy here)

Live at Hubbard Hall!, 5 track EP released in November of 2017. Produced by the Men o’ War Balladeers, the collection was recorded by Kristoffer Ross and Digby Baker-Porazinski on July 13, 2017, in Cambridge, NY. (Available in digital formats only. Buy here)

We Would also like to thank the friends who have joined us on stage, including:

  • Gabriel Kerr-Patterson
  • Emma Kerr-Patterson
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