Paddy O'Reilly ? Lead Vocal, Acoustic Guitar
Sam McKenzie ? Fiddle, Banjo, Bag Pipe, Tin Whistle, Mandolin
Joey MacOnkay ? Electric Guitar, Backing Vocal
Bernie Bellamy ? Accordion, Backing Vocal
Vince Murphy ? Bass Guitar, Backing Vocal
Seamus Connelly - Drums
Paddy & The Rats was formed by the singer-songwriter Paddy, Vince (bass) and Joey (electric guitar) in 2008. Then Seamus (drums) joined them and two authentic musicians, Sonny (accordion) and Sam (fiddle, tin whistle, banjo and bagpipe).
In spring 2012 Sonny has left the band and Bernie took his place. As for their becoming rats, the six "Irish" guys say: punk is the same in music as rats among the animals ? dirty and malicious, and they exactly play it.
The band is combining pub music with hot and dirty punk rock. To spice up their own songs they use Irish pub music and Celtic features, but you can also feel the mood of the pirates's and sailors's world.
The band's first album ? Rats On Board ? was released in march 2010 by Nordic Records and it's available on Itunes and Amazon. The Second one is called Hymns for Bastards and it was released in spring 2011. The third one, Tales From The Docks is just came out in december, 2012. Those listening to their music won't definitely stay sober, because the rolling jig rhythm makes everybody dance and even jump ? and get drunk! Most of the lyrics are about drinking and pub stories (Fuck You I'm Drunk, We will fight, Pub'n roll).
The last 3 years they had more than 300 gigs, they took part in festivals in Germany, Italy, France, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine and Serbia. At gigs they play their own with fiddle, banjo, accordion, bagpipe, whistle ? and of course, a lotta rock'n'roll. Their aim is to introduce the crowd to different kinds of pub music and pub culture...
To be more precise: turn the whole world into a pub!
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