The Rakish Paddies

The Rakish Paddies

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Location Cardiff
Starting from £744
3 Reviews

In the mood for rollicking reels or rocking Irish classics, ballads to make you weep or an Irish Hooley? You'll be sure to find it with The Rakish Paddies!

  • Highlights
  • International performance experience
  • Flexible line-up of 2, 3 or 4 musicians with an optional caller
  • Can perform unplugged - Ideal for venues with tricky sound limiters


One of the best authentic Irish bands in the business!

Fronted by Belfast singer-songwriter Padraig, The Rakish Paddies deliver a genuine Irish sound with an eclectic mix of traditional, contemporary and original songs. The band's key ingredients of outstanding musicianship, warm wit and uniquely Irish party spirit are the perfect recipe to infuse any special occasion with the authentic flavours of the Craic.

Now based near Cardiff, The Rakish Paddies have 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 and 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).



By The Rakish Paddies




Taster Set List

  • 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 Tunes

  • 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

  • Duo - guitar/vocals, whistles/accordions
  • 3-piece - add drums/percussion
  • 4-piece - add violin
  • Caller available on request

3 Reviews

Top reviews

Angela Devon

Event: Birthday Party
Location: Essex

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.

Patsy Davis-Thomas

Event: Wedding
Location: Bath

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.

Lata Notaro

Event: Birthday Party
Location: Somerset

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.


    We give you a bespoke price based on the exact location of your event. The pricing below is based on a central location for your area so you have an idea of what your price will be. The exact price will be given in the booking process after you’ve provided the location details.

    East Midlands
    • Derbyshire £1,364
    • Leicestershire £1,364
    • Lincolnshire £1,488
    • Northamptonshire £1,240
    • Aberdeen £2,976
    • Edinburgh £2,728
    South East
    • Oxfordshire £1,116
    South West
    • Bath £1,054
    • Bristol £992
    • Cornwall £1,736
    • Devon £1,612
    • Dorset £1,612
    • Somerset £1,364
    • Wiltshire £1,364
    • Anglesey £1,178
    • Brecon £930
    • Caernarvonshire £1,178
    • Cardiff £868
    • Cardigan £744
    • Carmarthen £744
    • Denbigh £1,178
    • Flint £1,178
    • Glamorgan £806
    • Monmouth £930
    • Pembroke £992
    • Wrexham £1,178
    West Midlands
    • Birmingham £1,054
    • Gloucestershire £1,054
    • Herefordshire £1,054
    • Shropshire £1,364
    • Warwickshire £1,116
    • Worcestershire £1,054

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    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.

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