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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.
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
Marina Ari Matson