Sean and Tommy grew up in the American Midwest, listening to the records of the great music groups of the 1960s folk revival: The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, The Dubliners, The Kingston Trio, and Peter, Paul and Mary, to name a few. With good friends and expert musicians Tripp, Roger, Mike and Al on board, our band celebrates the spirit of the Irish diaspora in America. High-energy play, three-part harmonies, and a great sense of fun are all signatures of our style.
Independently, our members have performed on stage in the smash musical sensation "Million Dollar Quartet" and on A&E's "The Beast"; played at The House of Blues Chicago, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Martyr's, Kinetic Playground and The Hideout; studied acting at Oxford University; shared the stage with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Crash Test Dummies, Dale Watson, Mike Gordon, Dave Brubeck, Victor Wooten, The Chicago Bluegrass Band, The Hen House Prowlers, and The Sons Of Susan; and sung with some of Chicago's finest professional choirs.
And yet One of the Girls is greater than any of our individual accomplishments when we come together to play. Each and every one of us has a blast when we perform, and that joy is infectious. Our audiences are entertained by our rollicking Irish tunes, beautiful ballads, and playful folk arrangements of classic rock and pop songs.
As a band we started playing at the corner of Winona and Clark in Chicago. From there we moved on to Andersonville Midsommarfest, Irish American Heritage Center, Fado Irish Pub, Chief O'Neill's Pub, Rock Bottom Brewery, The Celtic Knot, Lilly's, Red Line Tap, The Spot, Heartland Cafe, Town Hall Pub, SmallBar, Wabash Tap, The Horseshoe, and many more venues around Chicago.
Similar artists include the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, Great Big Sea, Gaelic Storm, The Pogues, and Flogging Molly.
Tom Schorsch - Lead Vocals
Sean Sullivan - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Tripp Hudgins - Banjo, mandolin
Roger Sherman - Standup Bass
Mike Duplessis - Accordion
Al Schorsch - Banjo
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A Streetcorner Summer (2005)
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Cool As Folk: Chicago's Acoustic Rockers Are Unplugged And On Fire
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"Tom Schorsch and his brother Al were no strangers to folk music when they formed One of the Girls i..."Tom Schorsch and his brother Al were no strangers to folk music when they formed One of the Girls in 2004, when Al was just 17, because they wanted to play for St. Patrick's Day. The brothers grew up listening to Irish folk artists such as the Clancy Brothers, popular in the 1960s. "There's this whole folk tradition you can draw on," Tom Schorsch said. "In a way, it's almost like being in a cover band. You can put your own spin on [the songs]." Lead vocalist Schorsch said the band doesn't focus on one topic in particular, but it tries to bring humor and gusto to its narrative lyrics and driving rhythms. "We just like people to come out and see our shows. We are at it for fun.""
Ring In St. Patrick's Day With Authentic Celtic Music
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"It's a good thing you don't need the luck of the Irish to find foot-stompin' Celtic music on St. Pa..."It's a good thing you don't need the luck of the Irish to find foot-stompin' Celtic music on St. Patrick's Day. With the music (and Guinness pints) overflowing from these bars -- arm yourself with your best greens -- you're going to be in for a jolly good time. Chief O'Neill's Pub: If your phone number spells out IRE-LAND, then we know you're serious. With a slew of acts planned on a leprechaun's favorite holiday, get here early ... While you won't want to pass up a quick stop in the outdoor heated tent that's filled with Irish delicacies ... the Irish music (and dancers) will be the main attraction. ... Irish Folk band One of the Girls will take you back to Temple Bar."
One of the Girls Could Be Perfect for Your Event
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One of the Girls is my first choice band for any event that I plan – from fundraisers to social even...One of the Girls is my first choice band for any event that I plan – from fundraisers to social events; they are always great crowd-pleasers and have never let me down. Their musical abilities are incredible – beautiful harmonies, wonderful instrumentals and some really superb vocal work. Their repertoire is fantastic and their enthusiasm for what they play is infectious. I would not only hire them for any future event I plan, but I would happily pay to see them perform myself!
One of the Girls Bring Standing-Room-Only Crowds
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The problem with having One of the Girls play at the Handlebar was they brought so many people, ther...The problem with having One of the Girls play at the Handlebar was they brought so many people, there was no place to sit and hardly any place to stand. On the other hand, they were really good and their fans drank a lot.
Our sets are usually 45-50 minutes. For big events, we have played up to 4 sets. Our sets are a mix of toe-tapping Irish tunes, rousing drinking songs, American folk or bluegrass songs, ballads, originals, and a few classic rock or pop covers played in an upbeat folk style.
We tailor our set lists to the event. For example, we'll play drinking songs and rock covers at late-night bar shows, and we'll play family-friendly folk tunes at an all-ages afternoon concert.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.