Kickass Celtic Bluegrass
Paddygrass is an Irish, Bluegrass and Gospel jam band. Over the last 10 years Derek Byrne has carefully assembled a collective of Wisconsin's best Irish Musicians. We usually play as a trio or quartet and dancers are available from Milwaukee Irish Dance Company to get the crowd going.
On any gig, our group may consist of any combination of these fine players listed below. We have built up quite a large following because of the variety and spontaneity of our band. 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.
Derek Byrne - Lead Vocals, Banjo, Hand Percussion, Harmonica
Randy Foat - Drums
Randy Gosa - Guitar, Mandola
Rory Modlinski - Banjo, Guitar, Bass and Mandolin
Peter Carlson - Guitar and Vocals
Molly Noyes - Flute and Pipes
Sara Fritchen - Flute
James Reilly - Flute
Leah Redding - Fiddle
Olivia Langby - Fiddle
Karen Reilly - Fiddle, Vocals
Ethan King - Accordion and Bass
TJ Hull - Fiddle, Viola, Cello, Tin Whistle, Vocals
Amanda Carretta Hull - Bodhran, Tin Whistle, Vocals
Heather Lewin - Fiddle and Vocals
Chris Chan - Bouzouki
Chara Fedke - Cajon, Djembe
Marina Ari Matson
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 play banjo, harmonica, bodhran, bones and various other drums. 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. I love to get the crowd to sing along.
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.
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