Buffalo's Local Irish Entertainment Listing


KINDRED is the husband and wife team of David and Felicia Meyer. Schooled in theatre and classical music as well as folk and popular song, they bring a compelling stage presence to their wide ranging repertoire capturing the hearts of audiences throughout the United States and Canada. With Felicia Meyer's incredible voice and guitar, and Dave Meyer's dynamic and versatile cello playing, KINDRED brings to life both old and new music in the Celtic tradition.

www.4Kindred.com -- (Dave & Felicia Meyers)

716 998 5694 -- 1 866 Talk2Kindred -- (1 866 825 5254)


"Born in the rustbelt Irish American neighborhood of South Buffalo, NY in 2010, Crikwater have become the premier Irish American Traditional Folk Band in Western New York, appearing numerous times at both the Buffalo Irish Festival, South Buffalo Irish Feis and Expo, & most recently the Hornell Irish Fest. Boasting four multi-instrumentalists and an energetic live show, Crikwater stays true to the venerable Irish and American folk traditions with arrangements that include multi-part vocal harmonies and intricate musicianship. The pub-scene veterans offer up a mix of fiery fiddle tunes, rowdy pub sing-a-longs, elegant ballads & original songs, and their music conjures scenes of gritty smoke filled Irish pubs, whiskey, pints of stout, and good craic."

The Reardon & Garvey Band
The Reardon and Garvey Band performs traditional and contemporary Irish Music, American Folk tunes, and some new contemporary songs. With the combination of 3 and 4 part harmonies, and instrumentation, the band keep keeps audiences highly entertained.

Ben Garvey on 6 string guitar and vocals, Erik Wollschlager on bass and backup vocals, Michael Reardon on tenor guitar, vocals and percussion, with Tim Hughes on accordion, and vocals.

The band plays anywhere from pubs, concerts, private parties, and do charity events as well.

You can reach them on Facebook at: The Reardon and Garvey Band

Or 716.597.6964 or at shar_mike21@yahoo.com

Blarney Bunch
For nearly thirty years, The Blarney Bunch has been entertaining thought western New York. Specializing in Traditional Irish music and throwing in some rock and country just to mix it up. With our love and ability to play all types of music we are sure to show everyone of all ages a great time.823-0271



Brian Quigley & Rosewood Bridge
Fun up temp acoustic music with lead singer Brian Quigley on guitar and Jim Dunnigan on bass. Other musician friends sit in from time to time as well. We play our favorite acoustic songs, Irish and Americana songs, a little country, a little rock, and a few originals too. You'll know most of the lyrics, but if you don't you will by the time the song is over!

For booking contact: RosewoodBridgeMusic@gmail.com or call 716-316-3959

rian's new solo CD "Songs From An Open Heart" is now available for purchase and/or download at CDBaby.com, at Amazon.com and at iTunes!



Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
The Martin Wynne Division represents Western New York.

E-Mail to martinwynne@comhaltas.net


Kevin McCarthy
"No Kevin, No Party, Know Kevin, Know Party!"

Kevin is the ultimate one-man band! He has a fun, upbeat show & gets everyone singing, clapping, and dancing to all your requests - he has a HUGE selection of songs both non-Irish and Irish - Great Big Sea, Irish Rovers, Clancy's to name a few... He sings, plays acoustic guitar, and uses his own unique "live band" backing tracks he records with the top WNY musicians. Kevin plays parties, bars, festivals, weddings, wakes - you name it! www.kevinsmccarthy.com

(Voted Top Solo Artist, Buffalo Music Awards)

The Wildes


Irish Folk Duo


Celtic Spirit Pipe Band
Joe Baschnagel, Pipe Major 434-4365


Sarah (Millie) Burns, Band Manager 688-6023

Dave North Trio

Dave North, and the Trio

Dave, who hails from Slough in England (near London) has an amazing repertoire of traditional, modern, comic, and just plain obscure songs that make any evening spent listening to the "Trio" an enjoyable one. Marc plays the base and the banjo, while Dianne is a whiz on the fiddle. Fred, of often joins the Trio has a blues guitar style that won't quit, and when he brings out his slide guitar, the audiences are enthralled. Dave himself plays the guitar.

Emerald Isle
Rich Schaefer 716-479-7891 or Mark at MarkPanfil@hotmail.com

Four piece Irish group with fiddle, accordian, bass, guitar, mandolin, bodhran and banjo playing lively instrumentals and sing along pub songs.

Poor Ould Goat
Poor Ould Goat ignites the room from the opening notes of a reel or the first words sung of an Irish pub favorite. The band’s combination of rousing music and merry attitude has made them favorites of the old and young. The band plays a combination of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, sea chanteys and original songs in a spirited way. The songs sound simultaneously traditional and unique, regardless of the origin or era. Poor Ould Goat has played shows for crowds from three to three-thousand, always making even the largest events seem like “a favorite Irish pub”, with sing-a-longs, banter, dancing and of course toasting. The “Goats” know how to have great times and can draw any size crowd into their merriment. The music and revelry make every Poor Ould Goat show, “a night not to forget”.

Contacts: Chris McGonnell -- cmcgonnell@gmail.com -- 716-868-4586

Joe Bacon: captainjbacon@gmail.com -- 716-909-6745

Erie County Sheriff's Pipe and Drums
Tim Leary


George McGovern 662-7743

Monday Evenings at 7:00pm at the Buffalo Irish Center.

Now looking for experienced and beginner pipers and drummers.

The Left Overs
"The Leftovers have established a following in WNY since 2001. With music ranging from popular drinking songs to the historical and poignant rebel songs and ballads of the past. Preservation of our Irish Heritage through song and story is our key goal. Rousing audience participation is always a staple of a Leftovers show! The group was founded by Jerry Shea and Pat Gerken with the philosophy that good music will always bring people together. Vocalist Elizabeth Shea, Ryan Young, Dave Pruski, Greg Kent and Tim Ellis round out the roster. The Leftovers offer something for every Celtic heart! Contact: Pat Gerken 716-649-3810, Jerry Shea 716-822-5403. Visit www.theleftovers.com.
Danny McHugh -- Piper
Weddings -- Funerals -- Battles -- Insurrections 716-834-7664
Sons of the Gaels
The Sons of the Gaels are a Western New York based Celtic band. The core of the band have been on the Celtic scene for over 15 years.

The Sons of the Gaels is an extremely versatile group able to play a wide variety of celtic music to suit the occasion. Now a five piece band they feature whistles, flutes, fiddle, concertina, guitar, bass, mandolin, djembe, harmonica. Where the Sons of the Gaels really shines is in it's powerful three part vocal harmonies. Whether playing toe tapping jigs and reels or singing an Irish ballad the Sons of the Gaels supply a pleasing punch. Sons of the Gaels can be contacted at: Don Dwyer (716) 818-1817 --Email: gaels@gaelscelticband.com


Innisfree Adult Dancers
Innisfree Adult Dancers ... meet on Tuesday evenings at 7:45p in the Emerald Room of the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Rd, Buffalo, NY. The exceptions are the last week of August to first week of September and mid December to first week of January. We do ceili and set dances. Contact Tim Straube, 716) 400-5495.
Step in Time
We are a Celtic duo performing tradition vocal and instrumental tunes on whistle, Irish flute, small pipes, highland bagpipes, recorder, bodhran, guitar and Irish Bouzouki.

Monte Jones mmjones@mail.stepintimemusic.com



Tom Callahan

Tom Callahan performs Irish ballads, pub songs, and rebel songs along with

some traditional American folk tunes from the Celtic tradition. Tom plays 6

and 12 string guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, banjo, tin whistle and bodhran.


Tom Keefer & Celtic Cross


Tom has opened for international acts the Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Enter The Haggis as well as headlining and been a main stage performer at many Celtic festivals. Having played all over New York, in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Canada Tom is “road-ready” for Celtic entertainment. Don’t miss out on the fun.

Tom Keefer and Celtic Cross ®

PO Box 538

Wilson, NY 14172


Amhran O'Ciar

School of Celtic Music

Instruction in Celtic music for cultural education, enjoyment, performance and competition.

Lessons are held at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road

Buffalo, New York 14220

For more information or bookings contact Donna Kerr

Phone: (716) 827-0079 or (716) 361-5875

E-mail: amhranociar@buffalo.com 

Cairde is Irish for friends. We play a mix of traditional Irish music and songs about Ireland, Scotland and the other Celtic Nations. Cairde’s always expanding repertoire runs the gamut from centuries-old traditional tunes, to rebel songs stemming from Ireland’s battle for independence, to contemporary Irish songs and lively jigs and reels. Vocals, accordion, guitar and bodhran.

Click here to email Tim Straube for more info

Mark Warford & Company
Strictly Traditional !

Great traditional Irish music with bouzouki, fiddles, uilleann pipes, whistles, flutes, bodhrans and banjos. Great group of trad musicians from Buffalo, Geneseo and Rochester.



Penny Whiskey
Penny Whiskey is a group of fun loving folks who truly have a good time doing what they love most…entertaining. The brain child of Kirk McWhorter formerly of the critically acclaimed Celtic band Kilbrannan, Penny Whiskey promises to offer the best in acoustic music from both Ireland and Scotland along with home grown bluegrass and folk influences.

The foundation of 'Penny Whiskey' is the melodic vocals of Kirk, who also plays guitar, banjo, bodhran and whistles, backed up by the solid playing of Jon Carlson on acoustic & electric guitar. The quartet is rounded out by Dan Lelito on bass with Paul Kneis supplying the *flash* on mandolin, guitar and flute - and of course, everybody sings... including the audience!

With audience participation songs, rousing pub sings, comedy tunes and tearful ballads, 'Penny Whiskey' offers something for everyone.

Contact Kirk

Joe Head

One of the founding members of the Thirds, Joe is a brilliant solo guitarist and singer, and also runs the music department at Timon High School. Among other gigs, Joe appears Wednesday evenings at the Shannon Pub, with summers off for behavior. 837-4855 and 440-0160.


Setanta is a small group of traditional Irish musicians who met playing music in pubs here in Western New York. Although the band itself is fairly new, the individual musicians are well-respected in the Irish music scene and perform frequently at area pubs and festivals.


Gregor Harvey came to Buffalo in 2007 from Boston, MA, where he was a fixture of the thriving Irish session scene. He performed regularly at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton, MA, and with his trio, Bedlam, and performed at the enormously popular Irish Connections Festival every year. In Buffalo, he has performed in countless venues as a singer, mandolin player, and guitarist. He has six studio recordings of Irish, Scottish, and English traditional music to his name, a master’s degree in guitar performance, and 25+ years of experience as a singer and mandolin player.


Mark Warford has been a staple of the Buffalo Irish music scene for many years. He cofounded the session at Nietzsche’s pub, the only weekly Irish music session in the area, 15 years ago. He was the anchor of the long-running First Thursday session at the Shannon, which sadly closed its doors this year, and with various groups and many other musicians he has performed widely and frequently in Western New York.


Maureen Bluett has been playing Irish music in Western NY for several years. She plays regularly at area Irish music sessions, as well as performing for ceilis (dances) and Contra Dances with Resistance is Futile, Abanalan and Setanta.


Tim Benson is a multi-instrumentalist who became interested in Irish music after involvement in the Ulster Project during his teen years. He plays fiddle, pipes, flute, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and anything else you can throw at him! Stephanie Benson is a highly accomplished fiddler, as well as an avid hockey player and a mom. Since 2006, Tim and his wife Stephanie have specialized in building Irish uilleann bagpipes.


For booking information, contact Gregor at gregorharvey@gmail.com or text/call 716-507-2274

Pipe Major

Ryan M. Young

Buffalo City Guard -- Gordon Highlanders

12098 Valley Lane

East Aurora, NY  14052

(716) 984-0606

The Fighting 69th

Info: Brought back from the dead, THE (new) FIGHTING 69th adds 1 part punk, 1 part folk, and 2 parts energy into a new and unique sound. With a diverse group of influences ranging from The Dropkicks to The Pogues, instrumentation ranging from electric guitars to banjos, bagpipes, whistle and mandolin. The Fighting 69th has a tasteful sense of melody, aged to perfection, along with a sharp punk bite that leaves listeners intoxicated with energy and fun.


For contact information: fighting69th@ymail.com

Carol Farrar -- Harpist


I am a harpist, and play at over 30 weddings a year, as well as other events.


I also play in a celtic trio with my electric harp called "HarpBeat".

Rush the Growler
Rush The Growler are relatively new to the local folk scene, having assembled their current line-up in early 2010. Their unique blend of Irish, American, and Canadian folk songs have been entertaining audiences around western New York ever since. The name comes from an old expression meaning to send out to the pub for a bucket of beer. It's with this idea in mind that the band strives to make every show a party. So sit back and relax, we'll rush the growler.

Contact: Brian- 716-418-4519 or Scott- cpl_otter@yahoo.com

Doc & Bill



John "Doc" Hamels and Bill Drellow have established a strong following among Irish music aficianados in Chautauqua County. The pair have melded their collective musical experience (Doc's an old rocker and Bill's an unrepentant folkie) in their interpretations of the musical stylings of legendary Irish folk groups, particularly Makem & Clancy. Although they respect and take the music seriously, they don't take themselves seriously, as anyone can attest who has been exposed to their loopy song introductions and stage banter. (Now accepting applications for a roadie willing to schlepp their 4-, 6- and 12-string guitars, Irish bouzouki, long-neck 5-string and tenor banjos, and mandolin - for the experience.) bill@drellow.com; 716-969-2563.

We are a local ethnic band...we play many genres, Irish being one of them. Our mentors, the Balkan Serenaders played the South Buffalo Irish Club in years past and at the Serbian Club's annual Irish Dinner Dance (with the Woodgate dancers)...which we now play for that event. Our band members have played together in various cobinations over the past 40 years. We play for summer festivals around town...last year we were the featured band at the St. George's Niagara Falls 3 Day Mediteranean Festival. We are also on the Deerhead Inn's rotating Monday Night Acoustic Night schedule....Kindred plays there also.

Our website www.adriaticbraca.com Booking Info/mp3 page has sample Irish mp3 songs and our Irish song list. Also, a more detailed bio, pics, and video's can be found at the site.

We go by the name O'Braca for Irish gigs.

Rudy Kristich -- 716 839-5181 -- rudykris@hotmail.com

Resistence is Futile
Some of the most talented Irish seisiun, ceili and contradance musicians from the wider Buffalo area joined forces to offer Western NY audiences pure Irish and Celtic traditional music as the band “Resistance is Futile”. Anne and Natalie (fiddles), Maureen (lead vocalist, mandolin, bodhran), Jeff (whistles and uilleann pipes), and Werner (tenor banjo) combine over 150 years experience in musical performance and teaching. They bring a program of exhilarating dance tunes and mesmerizing ballads tailored for Irish dancers and attentive audiences. Seannos, ceili and set dancing instruction available on demand. Contact: info@seannos.dance.
Callahan, Daly & Jones
Callahan, Daly and Jones perform traditional and contemporary Irish and

folk music with the instrumental musicianship, outstanding vocals and

three part harmonies that completely engage the audience. Visit our

Facebook page and contact us at tomcallahan9@aol.com;

mmjones@stepintimemusic.com or 716-930-1523.

Mike Reardon

From Buffalo & Syracuse, New York;

Norfolk, Virginia; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania,

and as far as north Irasburg, Vermont.

Michael Reardon has weaved his songs over the last 44 years.

His tenor voice, blends well with his tenor guitar, and tenor banjo,

and grabs audience attention with gripping interpretations of the

ballads he sings.

Covering a wide range of Songs of Ireland, Sea Songs,

50's and 60's Folk Music, and Original tunes.


For Booking Information

(716) 597-6964

or Email to: shar_mike21@yahoo.com

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