Artists Ryan Rovito, a third year
Packaging Science major on vocals, bouzouki,
rhythm guitar and harmonica. Abe Ruper,
a third year Mechanical Engineering major on
lead guitar and vocals. Marissa Chamberlain,
a fifth year ASL-English Interpretation major
on fiddle and vocals. Chris Potter, a third year
Film and Animation major on bass guitar
and vocals. Ed Lennon, a third year Software
Engineering major on drums and vocals.
Heather Newton, a third year Environmental
Management and Technology major on
keyboard, clarinet, and vocals.
Without Question: Lannigans Ball
Without Question has made a name for itself
by showing off a mosaic of Christian and
Celtic melodies and scoring gigs just about
everywhere in the greater Rochester area.
The band has played nearly every weekend
this quarter at locations ranging from the
Roberts Wesleyan campus to local cafes and
other venues in downtown Rochester. The
uniqueness of this band can be seen from the
moment their intrepid front man steps on
stage, often performing in a traditional kilt
with bare feet.
The majority of the band members met as
freshman during a 2006 Campus Crusade for
Christ function. Shortly after meeting, they
performed in the organization’s Praise Band.
It was then that Newton, Ruper, Lennon, and
Rovito decided to form their own Christian
rock band. Potter joined soon afterwards,
followed by Chamberlain later that winter,
when Chamberlain introduced Rovito to Celtic
music. According to Chamberlain, “I’ve always
loved Celtic music and I play the fiddle,
so Ryan got into it through my passion for the
style.” The initial year was spent solely as a
Christian rock band, until they moved to a
more Celtic-enriched theme. The band has
been playing together nearly three years.
The band members all contribute to the
variety of the performance by taking lead
vocals for certain songs during the set.
Rovito gave up leading several times to allow
his band mates some mic time. During such
an occasion, Lennon sang “Solutio,” an upbeat
song that he authored. Another time,
Potter sang one of the band’s few covers,
“Stop and Stare” by One Republic. However, in
addition to some of their more traditional
Celtic or Irish material such as “Lannigan’s
Ball,” most of their music is original and
written in part or as a whole by either Rovito
The band, according to Rovito, likes
“to confront the stereotype that Christians
are stuck-up or hiding in their own little
bubble.” He wants people to see, through his
music, that Christians can be fun and spread
the Gospel of Jesus. Aside from his religion,
his inspiration comes from traditional Celtic
bands like Enter the Haggis and The Elders.
Currently, the band is taking the next week
or so off to focus on finals. They intend to
continue to play as long as they’re together.
When they do pick up again, chances are that
they will be playing at least one show a week
either here at RIT or somewhere in Rochester.