The Rakish Paddies

Location Cardiff
Starting from £720.00
3 reviews
Location Cardiff
Starting from £720.00
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Whether you're in the mood for rollicking reels or rocking Irish classics, ballads to make you weep, an Irish Hooley or just tunes to keep you dancing all night... you'll be sure to find it in The Rakish Paddies! One of the best Irish bands in the business!

Highlights

  • Fronted by Belfast singer songwriter Padraig, The Rakish Paddies deliver a genuine Irish sound with an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary & original songs.
  • The bands key ingredients of outstanding musicianship, warm wit & uniquely Irish party spirit are the perfect recipe to infuse any special occasion with the authentic flavours of the Craic.
  • Line up to accommodate everything from large Festivals/Corporate Events, to Weddings & private party’s and more intimate settings such as Home/Parlour Parties.

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Whether you're in the mood for rollicking reels or rocking Irish classics, ballads to make you weep, an Irish Hooley or just tunes to keep you dancing all night... you'll be sure to find it in The Rakish Paddies! One of the best authentic Irish bands in the business!

Highlights

  • Fronted by Belfast singer songwriter Padraig, The Rakish Paddies deliver a genuine Irish sound with an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary & original songs.
  • The bands key ingredients of outstanding musicianship, warm wit & uniquely Irish party spirit are the perfect recipe to infuse any special occasion with the authentic flavours of the Craic.
  • Line up to accommodate everything from large Festivals/Corporate Events, to Weddings & private party’s and more intimate settings such as Home/Parlour Parties.

Now based near Cardiff, The Rakish Paddies has opened shows for Finbar Furey, the Dubliners, and Craobh Rua amongst many others.

Performing widely across the UK they have also brought their individual brand of Irish music to audiences in France, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and the Channel Islands.

The band’s recently released fourth album was quickly signed to the UK’s largest Independent music distributor. Featured widely across BBC & regional radio where Padraig has enjoyed numerous guest slots, it will appeal to anyone who loves great stories and great songs from a modern day Seanachaí (storyteller).

The band can work as a duo, (guitar/vocals, whistles/accordions) three piece (add drum/percussion) or as a 4 piece (add violin.) The Rakish Paddies can also provide a caller for ceilidh which comes with a small extra charge.

Padraig - Guitar/Vocals/Producer/Writer
Padraig grew up in Belfast with a fascination for his country's musical history and a love of the stories that permeate its culture. A former Northern Irish correspondent for the Irish post, Patrick formed The Rakish Paddies in 1994 whilst in Oxford, having gained a Scholarship to Ruskin College.

Piotr - Violin
Polish born Piotr Jordan’s searing improvisations takes his listeners on an edge-of-your-seat musical ride. Every tune is played fresh and new each time. His Eastern European style brings a fresh twist to the traditional Irish. The music comes alive with expectation, playfulness and incomparable virtuosity.

Huw - Percussion/Drums/Sound technician
Huw was the drummer with contemporary folk band Rag Foundation from March 2000 to April 2004, and was privileged enough to play music all over the world. The band reformed in 2008 and played the amazing Festival Interceltique in Lorient, Brittany in both 2008 and 2009. Huw was on a UK tour with the Mississippi blues guitarist Lil Dave Thompson (now very sadly deceased) in Sept 2005 which kick started his playing the blues. He currently plays in a number of bands local to the Swansea area, playing a variety of musical styles. He has his own recording studio, where he also teaches drums.

Gill - Whistles/Accordion/Melodeon
Gill was spotted busking by the band in 2002 and her unique whistle style and take on Irish tunes quickly made her a favourite with audiences. She also plays squeeze boxes and is the band’s first female member. She looks after the audiences with the band’s cds and also runs the band’s transport.

Songs Include:

  • I’ll tell me Ma
  • The wild rover
  • 7 drunken nights
  • Galway Girl
  • Brown eyed girl
  • Little old wine drinker
  • Fields of Athenry
  • 40 shades of Green
  • Grace
  • Whiskey in the jar
  • Black velvet band
  • Back home in Derry
  • The leaving of Liverpool
  • Danny boy
  • Star of the county down
  • The Galway shawl
  • 4 green fields
  • The Irish rover
  • Molly Malone
  • The black velvet band
  • Carrickfergus
  • Raglan road
  • Erin go bragh
  • Dublin in the rare old times
  • Dirty old town
  • Will you go lassie go
  • Come by the hills
  • Cunla
  • Green fields of France

Instrumental Dance Tune sets include:

  • The Kerry Polkas
  • Cooleys
  • Monaghan Jig
  • Waves of Tory
  • Irish washerwoman
  • King of the fairies
  • The Finnish Polka
  • Off to California
  • Kid on the mountain slipjig
  • The butterfly slip jig
  • The soldiers’ joy
  • The flowers of Edinburgh
  • The rights of Man
  • Tripping up the stairs
  • New mown meadow
  • Matt Cunningham polka set
  • Lark in the morning
  • Blackthorn stick
  • Knocknaboul
  • Clare Jig
  • Red haired boy
  • Matt Cunningham set paddle me own canoe
  • Bucks of oranmore
  • Blarney pilgrim
  • Cry of the Celts
  • Phil the fluters ball
  • It’s a long way to Tipperary
  • The Coffin set waltzes
  • Planxty Irwin set waltzes
, Birthday Party, Essex
5/5

The Rakish Paddies were absolutely brilliant. The music was great and it got everybody up and dancing. All of my family and friends just can't get over how much "jigging" there was - Paddy is hilarious and is a really good link man to keep the party going! I would have no hesitation in getting them back again for another do.


, Wedding, Court Farm, Bath
4/5

The band was very good, were on time, set up without much fuss and played traditional Irish songs which all the family enjoyed. Very pleased with the performance we definitely recommend.


, Birthday Party, Somerset
5/5

The Rakish Paddies recently played my husband’s 40th birthday party. They turned up early and had the stage ready well in advance of our arrival at the venue. Padraig put my mind at ease with his in-depth experience of doing these types of events. The music was excellent and the interaction between the band and our guests was exceptional and very witty. Overall a great party and a really fun filled night of great music and craic. I will be booking them again.


Recent clients have included:

  • The Wales Millennium Centre
  • The Welsh Rugby Union
  • The Cardiff Coal Exchange
  • Sandown Racecourse
  • Chepstow Racecourse
  • E Festival Fos Llas Racecourse
  • Cheltenham Race Festival
  • International Folk Festival Guernsey
  • Rothsay Folk Festival Scotland
  • Small Nations Festival Wales
  • Caerphilly Big Cheese Festival
  • Bonne Nuit Festival Jersey
  • Caistor Festival Lincoln
  • Pontardawe Festival Wales
  • Sesiwn Fawr Festival Wales
  • P&O
  • Stena
  • Irish Ferries

TV & Radio:

  • BBC radio Wales 30 Minute Special Celtic Connections
  • BBC Radio Jersey March 2012
  • BBC Radio Shropshire April 2012
  • BBC Radio 2 Titanic Special April 2012
  • Radio Pembrokeshire Special May 2012
  • BBC Radio Oxford
  • BBC Radio Ulster
  • BBC Radio Solent
  • The band’s music has also been played on radio shows in:
  • France, Norway, Germany, Holland, USA, Russia, Finland and Poland
  • Appearances on Cowboys & Indians for S4C TV

Do you have Public Liability Insurance?
Yes we do.

Is your equipment PAT Tested?
Yes it is.

Do you do small house parties?
Yes we do.

Can you play without amplification?
Yes we can perform unplugged.

Do you travel far?
Yes we perform worldwide.

How long do you take to set up?
Our set up time is usually around 40 minutes.

Do you provide music between sets?
The Rakish Paddies perform background Irish music to set ambiance before they go on and during breaks.

The Rakish Paddies set consists of up to 2 hours. The band can play for as long as you need them to, usually up to 4 hours for an additional charge.

Please Note: The fees indicated below are approximate and based on a central location for each county. They are intended to provide a rough guide only and exact quotes can only be given once the date and exact location of your event have been provided.

Scotland

Aberdeen £2,880.00 Edinburgh £2,640.00

East Midlands

Derbyshire £1,320.00 Leicestershire £1,320.00 Lincolnshire £1,440.00 Northamptonshire £1,200.00

Wales

Anglesey £1,140.00 Caernarvonshire £1,140.00 Denbigh £1,140.00 Flint £1,140.00 Cardigan £720.00 Brecon £900.00 Carmarthen £720.00 Glamorgan £780.00 Monmouth £900.00 Pembroke £960.00 Wrexham £1,140.00 Cardiff £840.00

West Midlands

Gloucestershire £1,020.00 Herefordshire £1,020.00 Shropshire £1,320.00 Warwickshire £1,080.00 Worcestershire £1,020.00 Birmingham £1,020.00

South East

Oxfordshire £1,080.00

South West

Cornwall £1,680.00 Devon £1,560.00 Dorset £1,560.00 Somerset £1,320.00 Wiltshire £1,320.00 Bath £1,020.00 Bristol £960.00
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