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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

Photo by Steve Smith

Photo by Steve Smith

Photo by Steve Smith

Photo by Steve Smith

Photo by colorfuldreams4u.com

Photo by colorfuldreams4u.com

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
TJ Hull - Fiddle, Viola, Cello, Tin Whistle, Vocals 
Amanda Carretta Hull - Bodhran, Tin Whistle, Vocals
James Reilly - Flute
Karen Reilly - Fiddle, Vocals
Randy Foat - Drums
Randy Gosa - Guitar
Peter Carlson - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Chara Fedke - Cajon, Bougaraboo

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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  1. 1 Tell Me Ma, Spanish Lady 05:36
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  2. 2 A Nation Once Again 06:27
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  3. 3 The Leaving of Liverpool 04:07
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  4. 4 The Lark in the Morning 03:39
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  5. 5 The Foggy Dew 04:47
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  6. 6 The Fields of Athenry 06:57
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  7. 7 Nancy Whiskey 02:45
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  8. 8 The Rising of the Moon 04:26
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  9. 9 The Irish Rover 05:43
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  10. 10 Wild Mountain Thyme 04:53
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  11. 11 Cooley's Reel, Cup of Tea, The Wise Maid 04:12
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  12. 12 The Minstrel Boy 03:26
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  13. 13 The Lakes of Pontchartrain 06:43
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  14. 14 Whiskey in the Jar 04:25
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  15. 15 Coleraine, The High Part of the Road 02:50
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  16. 16 The Jug of Punch 05:07
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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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  1. 1 I Saw The Light 04:00
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  2. 2 Every Time I Feel The Spirit 04:10
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  3. 3 Glory Bound 03:29
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  4. 4 Keep On The Sunny Side / I've Got Peace Like A River 04:11
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  5. 5 If I Should Fall From Grace With God 02:58
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  6. 6 Jesus Walking On The Water 05:06
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  7. 7 They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love 04:59
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  8. 8 The Holy Ground 05:05
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  9. 9 When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder 04:13
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  10. 10 Whiskey Heaven 05:06
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  11. 11 This Land Is Your Land 06:45
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  12. 12 The House Of The Rising Sun 08:08
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  13. 13 Oh Happy day 03:46
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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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  1. 1 The Best Of Bad Intentions 05:23 Lyrics
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  2. 2 My Only 02:56 Lyrics
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  3. 3 Whiskey You're The Devil 03:37
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  4. 4 I'm A Rover 04:44
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  5. 5 Captured Dream 02:07 Info
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  6. 6 Open Listen Love Learn 05:21 Lyrics
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  7. 7 Johnny I Hardly Knew You 03:43
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  8. 8 The Mountain Dew 03:10
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  9. 9 To You 03:51 Lyrics
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  10. 10 High Horses 04:46 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Black Is The Colour 05:50
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  12. 12 Wild Rover 04:10
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  13. 13 Love Takes Flight 06:48 Lyrics
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  14. 14 All for me Grog 03:20
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  15. 15 The Water's Wide 07:41
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  16. 16 Find The Fire 04:23 Lyrics
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