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 The Band:
Paddygrass plays Celtic, Bluegrass, Gospel & Shanties. Over the last 13 years we have assembled a collective of Wisconsin's best folk Musicians. Our live show is full of dynamics from upbeat dance numbers to sweeping ballads. We play multiple instruments and sing in 4 part harmony, some shows feature dancers from Milwaukee Irish Dance Company 

No matter how many times you see us there is always something new to discover! Paddygrass will move you to sing, dance, drink and forget all else.

Current Roster
Derek Byrne - Lead Vocals, Banjo, Percussion
Jon Baade - Lead Vocals, Uke, Percussion
Leah Redding - Fiddle
Dan Johnston - Guitar, Vocals
Rick Crouse - Bass, Vocals

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. I've been a feature of the Irish Scene since 2001. I love to collaborate with other musicians. This is the driving force behind Paddygrass, we are an ever evolving band. 

The Unexpected Voyage (MP3)

Derek Byrne and Paddygrass

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2020 was a tough year. Many of us made the hard decision to stop playing live. Leah and I had to take the plunge and find a new musical crew. Our first show together, was magical. Jon, Rick and Dan brought the wind and the waves and our new sound grew with the turn of every tide. We set sail together on a voyage of Sea Songs and Shanties. Now that we have reached the other shore, we can't imagine going back... Behold our treasure!

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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

Derek Byrne and Paddygrass

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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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