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Joe Phelan

Joe

Joe writes his own songs and performs some of them publicly accompanied by himself on the squeeze box (button accordion, if you prefer). If you hear the odd profanity when Joe is playing, it means he has forgotten his words. Joe does a haunting version of Raglan Road and his own song, the Bilberry Goat, is always in demand in Waterford. Joe Singing Raglan Road in Bill the Butchers pub, Dunmore East, 23 June 2013

 

Pat Hennessy

Pat

Pat is the only the real singer among us. You know when he is singing that this is what he was meant to do and he always sings in his own inimitable way. (That's a complement by the way). The gentleman of the group unlike the other rowdies around him (you'd know that by looking at him).


Tim Sherman

Tim

Tim is the elder lemon among us, the fittest, the leanest but definitely not the meanest (now who would that be, hmmmmm…). Apart from shanties, he knows one other song (so he tells us) but when the bit of paper appears, you'll know he too has forgotten his words. A former brewer so if you see him looking into a pint for too long, he is just measuring the yeast content.

 

Olly Lupton

Olly

Olly is the most recent member of the Group and our only balloonist member (but there is a lot more to Olly than just hot air!). Marlene Dietrich is his party piece - well one of them, anyway - and when Joe joins in on the box, you'll know a good night is in store.

 

Shay McGrath

Shay

A permanent probationer (as he says himself!), Shay is one of the newest members of the Group. An avid Tommy Maken fan, he sings all of Tommy's songs with gusto and with the same quivering voice. When he is not singing a Makem song, he'll sing the odd shanty in his own inimitable way.

 

Frank Walsh

Frank

Frank is also one of the newer members of the group and Shay claims he is a permanent probationer like himself. Frank is a dab hand at writing new songs, some of which are now part of our increasing repertoire. He also brings a guitar with him wherever he goes, which he uses to good effect in some of our songs.

 

Declan McGrath

Declan

Dec is the youngest among us (maybe he's the meanest?) and if when you are listening to us you hear scooping, he's the man responsible (though he adamantly denies it). Affectionately known as the The First Mate, he is also our webmaster. Will roar out the Auld Triangle, if asked, even drag it out (another lovely song murdered!). Dec singing Peggy Gordon Bill the Butchers pub, Dunmore East, 23 June 2013

 

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