The John Byrne Band is led by Dublin native and Philadelphia-based John Byrne. With influences ranging from Tom Waits to Planxty, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. Combining Irish and American Folk and Rock styles, the Philadelphia Daily News calls The John Byrne Band "Edgy yet accessible, in a Luka Bloom meets Dylan kind of way"
Their debut album, After the Wake, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011. John and the band followed up After the Wake in early 2013 with an album of Celtic and American traditional tunes. The album, Celtic/Folk, pushed the band on to the Folk DJ Charts, reaching number 36 in May 2015. Their third release, another collection of John Byrne originals, entitled “The Immigrant and the Orphan”, was released in Sept 2015 to a sold-out crowd at the storied World Café Live in Philadelphia and 2 weeks later to a sold-out crowd at the Mercantile in Dublin, Ireland. His next record, another selection of originals, is scheduled for release in Fall 2019.
John has toured with or opened up for acts as diverse as The Hothouse Flowers, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Gaelic Storm, Murder by Death, Finbar Furey, Luka Bloom, The Saw Doctors, The Solas, Sharon Shannon, The Young Dubliners and The Greencards. Both as a solo/acoustic act, and a full 6-piece band, John logs in over 150 shows per year, building a loyal and devoted following.
Paul Moore has been around the Irish music scene in Philly since 1985. Citing “The Clancy’s & Tommy Makem”, “Christy Moore” & “The Wolfe Tones” among his earliest musical influences, Paul also adds The Pogues, Saw Doctors and Flogging Molly to a wide range of Irish music styles. As a founding member of Philadelphia based bands; The Blarney Stones, Blackthorn and Paddy’s Well, Moore has performed at well over 2,000 shows. He has also enjoyed playing festivals and pubs across the country as well as several tours of Ireland. For the past 5 years Paul’s current band combines a wide range of familiar Irish songs and tunes along with his original songs. So clap, dance and sing along to the music of “The Paul Moore Band”. This talented group of musicians includes: Matt Brescia (Tin whistle, flute & concertina), Patrick Close (lead guitar), Bill Binkley (fiddle) & Nick Morolda (bass).
The veteran Irish rock group, Bogside Rogues, is based in the Philadelphia area in the Mid Atlantic United States and is known for an upbeat sound while maintaining their traditional roots. Drawing from the varied experience of its members, the band performs a variety of Irish and Celtic styles including ballads, rebel songs, traditional dance music (Ceili) and contemporary Irish songs. Featuring Accordion/Tin Whistle, Guitar, Bass and Drums, each of the band’s members have come together from different Celtic music backgrounds to form a striking live sound that has won over audiences wherever they go, and inspired many other musicians to take up instruments in order to continue the tradition.
The Patriotic spirit and soul of Irish music will forever by captured at every Shantys show. The Shantys are an Irish folk and rebel band out of Philadelphia that take pride in keeping alive the musical traditions and songs of our heritage on this side of the Atlantic. The Shantys never work from a formal setlist and always take requests from our audience as they are the rock stars! This make the Shantys the most fan friendly band in Irish music today. Stop by for the craic, get up and belt out a few tunes with us or sit back and listen, one way or another you are guaranteed to be entertained.
Birmingham Six was formed in the Fall of 2006. Taking its name from the six men wrongfully convicted of the 1974 Birmingham Pub bombings, the band mixes traditional, rebel, contemporary and original Irish music to form its sound. The members’ influences are varied and combine nicely to create an energetic, fun live show. In the vein of The Pogues, Flogging Molly and The Tossers with the spirit of the Wolfe Tones and Clancy Brothers. At least that's what we're going for. Hopefully it will turn out that way in the end.
No Irish Need Apply consists of five musicians from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sing original and cover songs showcasing the austere lifestyle of the Irish people as they immigrated to America in search of a better life. The musicians proudly highlight the Irish-American work ethic and love of family through a harmonic mix of gospel, rock, folk and blues songs.
You want Irish? You want fun? Then Gaelic Mishap has got you covered! For almost 10 years, the Baltimore-based Gaelic Mishap has stayed the course of bringing the fun, the beer and the Irish to the mid-Atlantic region. This high energy Celtic rock band includes musicians who span a generation, providing a unique musical influence to popular traditional and contemporary Irish music. Gaelic Mishap’s popularity is quickly spreading and they have performed at the DC Hamilton, Mid-Maryland Irish Festival, and several times at the renowned DC Shamrockfest. These guys effortlessly blend the fiddle, guitar, bass, harmonica, bodhran and drums with unsurpassed vocals, to give you a show that you won’t want to miss!
The Kilted Rogues perform up tempo Scottish, Irish and popular tunes with Bagpipes and Drums. Marching lively into and around pubs, bars and special events, this group of high energy musicians is sure to get any crowd off their meat and on their feet. They also have a stage show with more Celtic Rock songs which will be featured this year at the Philly Fleadh.
Shenanigans is an Irish Rock and Party band based out of the Greater Philadelphia Area. Founded on St. Patrick’s Day of 2017, Shenanigans has been gigging around the Philadelphia and South Jersey area playing bars, AOH halls, fundraisers, parades, festivals, and anywhere else where Irish music is a must, the Guinness flows, and good times are had by all! The Shenanigans experience is like no other. We are Irish music with a Philly attitude and will play anything from the deepest Irish rebel music to your favorite party hits and everything in between; you never know what you may hear at Shenanigans gig, but you can rest assured that you WILL have a good time!
Oakwyn is a four-piece, upbeat, cover band playing all your favorite Irish, Rock, Pop and Party songs. Kevin O’Shea, Oakwyn’s frontman and lead singer, handles majority of the vocals as well as rhythm guitar. Conor Moore, son of legendary Irish musician, Paul Moore, is the lead guitarist for the band. The two brothers in the band are Matt and Mike Fink. Matt handles the percussion section of the band, always bringing positive and upbeat energy to the rest of the guys and the crowd alike. Mike Fink, an incredibly talented musician, is featured on the bass. The band originated in 2017 after Kevin met Conor’s father, Paul. Paul then introduced Kevin to Conor and the rest is history. The band’s name comes from the street that Conor, Matt, and Mike grew up on - Oakwyn Road.
More than twenty years ago, Kim Killen and Gerry Clark were two of the founding members of Causeway, a raucous and rocking Celtic band based in Philadelphia. Built around Kim’s extraordinary vocal range and power, the group became fan favorites from the coal regions of Pennsylvania to the Jersey shore. Years later, older but no wiser, Kim and Gerry resumed their musical partnership as Killen and Clark, enchanting audiences with their humor and harmony. They have recently joined forces with legendary musician Tom Kane of Timlin and Kane fame and have been having a blast combining all of their musical talents.
Born in his native Ardboe, County Tyrone Raymond Coleman, with his unique, rich melodic vocals he is quickly making a name for himself in the Irish/American music world. He has an unusual inborn ability to tell a story as he sings with a robust yet often gentle timber in his voice. He sings and plays the guitar with ease and his natural ability will carry you along on his singing journeys. With his vast knowledge of music, you never know where that voyage may lead you. You will enjoy the songs along the way and often won’t want the trip to end. Raymond now lives in in Philadelphia, so you can catch one of his magical music journeys in many different Irish/American pubs or clubs along the east coast.
What started as an acoustic duo of Seamus and CJ has evolved into a trio bringing together musicians who have all been prominent names on the Philly music scene for the past twenty years. Seamus McGroary was born in County Donegal Ireland. He began playing at age 11 and gigging at age 13. At age 19 he became a resident DJ in the Limelight nightclub. In 2004 he moved to Manchester, England and began sitting in on acoustic jams and open mic nights. He moved to Philadelphia in 2005 and formed the band Random Blonde which played bars, clubs and festivals around Philly and the Jersey shore for six years. In 2010 Seamus began playing solo gigs playing many local rooms, traveling as far as Manhattan and Yonkers and even on occasion making the trip back to Ireland to play a gig or two. C.J. Mills started playing the violin at age 6 and started his professional career playing with Love Seed Mama Jump when he was 20. He played in multiple rock, country, bluegrass and Irish bands for the next 12 years including Fourwood, Roundtower, Common Ground and Killen Thyme. In 2008 he joined Jamison Celtic Rock and spent the next decade as their fiddle player. Joe Kirschen has been performing in the Philadelphia Irish Music scene since the late 90s, most notably as the guitarist and mandolin player for The Hooligans. In 2018 Joe returned to his music roots with his own band and a debut CD, Flashes. His music connects the dots between rock, folk, Americana, interstellar and everything in between. joekirschen.com