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Logo by Jen McClellan

Logo by Jen McClellan

Photo by Cassandra Forbes of Gilded Lens
Logo by Jen McClellan

Photo by Cassandra Forbes of Gilded Lens Logo by Jen McClellan

My Band:
Paddygrass is an Irish, Bluegrass and Gospel jam band. We can build a whole show around any of those genres. Depending on your budget,  we can be anything from a duo to a six piece. We sing in 4 part harmony and everyone plays multiple instruments. We can headline a festival or play in your pub, dancers are available from Milwaukee Irish Dance Company to get the crowd going. Paddygrass will move you to sing, dance drink and forget all else.

My Solo Show:
If you want foot stomping traditional Irish drinking songs, Bluegrass standards and Gospel singalongs, I'm your man. In my solo show, I loop live, creating a band on the spur of the moment. The crowd loves this, they see it happen "live" and it's different every time. Otherwise I get the crowd singing with just my voice, banjo and harmonica.

My Story:
I left Ireland at the age of 21 and toured the world with Riverdance as a singer and musician for 6 years. I met my wife Carrie backstage in Milwaukee. After a 3 year  long distance love, we settled here and I've been a feature of the Irish Scene since 2001. I write songs inspired by the love of my wife and children and my love for Ireland.


Derek Byrne - Lead Vocals, Banjo, Hand Percussion, Harmonica
Randy Gosa - Guitar, Mandola, Fiddle
Molly Noyes - Flute
Leah Redding - Fiddle
Olivia Langby - Fiddle
James Reilly - Flute
Karen Reilly - Fiddle, Vocals
Randy Foat - Drums
Peter Carlson - Guitar, Bass, Vocals


Dancers: 
Elyse Transon
Tanya Tachon
Ella Pomplun
James Reese
Marina Ari Matson
Rosie Loughrin 

Rooted

Derek Byrne and Paddygrass

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A celebration of 10 years playing together. We gathered our most requested Irish songs from our live set list and gave them the full studio treatment. Paddygrass is going back to it's Irish roots.

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The Apostle's Mead

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On November 8th 2014 we went to Paddy's Pub on Milwaukee's East Side and recorded a live performance of "Gospel Drinking Songs". Anyone who attended became part of the drunk Gospel choir. This is our Gospel, sung loud and rowdy with many a belly laugh. Take a little piece of God home to crash on your couch!

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Half and half

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This is our best work yet, named after one of our favorite pours. 8 ounces of rigorously tested Irish drinking songs and 8 eight ounces of heart warming originals make one pint of kick arse music. Many thanks to our family and friends for funding this CD on Kickstarter.

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