“Great set of songs and lovely singing.” ~ Christy Moore 2008
One listen to any of Irish folk singer Pat Kelleher’s music, and you can immediately hear the distinctive Irish lilt in his baritone voice. He has many diverse influences and performs traditional folk songs and sea shanties, contemporary songs, and also bluegrass and old-time; with an emphasis on several styles of playing the five-string banjo as well as being an accomplished guitarist. More recently, he is a songwriter.
The youngest of five, he was weaned primarily on Irish folk music – also with international folk, bluegrass, rock and country. He started playing music at about age five on the button accordion and then at about eleven started playing the five-string banjo and by fourteen was playing guitar and singing. He played his first public gig at age sixteen, and the rest is history.
His music is influenced by icons on both sides of the Atlantic including The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, The Dubliners especially Luke Kelly, Christy Moore, Pete Seeger, Stan Rogers, and many more.
Pat’s live performances are not to be missed. He builds a rapport with his audience and often invites the audience to participate. He likes to blend stories and Irish history into his song introductions. Pat has toured Ireland, UK, Germany and some of the U.S. in his more than thirty-year career and is always well received wherever he performs.
- Club Performance: Concert – From Cork to Calgary