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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

The Band:
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

Dancers: 
Elyse Transon
Tanya Tachon
James Reese
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.

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.

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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