"Pladdohg is the kind of band you'd go out of your way to see..." - Folk &
Acoustic Music Exchange
Performing upbeat, alternative Celtic music, Pladdohg is a 21st century Celtic-American party band. Featuring a flute rather than a fiddle, the group performs traditional Celtic tunes infused with a world beat and rock undertones. The result is a style of music that is uniquely Pladdohg. The infectious rhythms and unique blend of instruments and vocals give rise to danceable music with the kick of a fine Scotch whiskey and the raucous energy of a Dublin pub. Add a touch of wry humor to the mix, and you have a lively performance that is unique, professional and lots of fun.
Pladdohg's origins date back to the early 1990's, when the original members, musicians with varied backgrounds and musical tastes, found common ground in their appreciation for Celtic music. What started as a few friends gathering for a once-a-year gig has evolved into a top-notch professional pub and party band. Pladdohg continues to enjoy increasing popularity in Northern California and beyond. For several years, Pladdohg’s show has been a featured attraction at various California Scottish and Highland games, and each year the band performs an average of five gigs during the week of St. Patrick's Day alone. Attend one performance, and you'll clearly see that Pladdohg is a group of fine musicians who love what they do.
For a taste of Pladdohg's "Celtic Beer Bar Music," Follow them on Facebook, or check out their tunes on I-Tunes, cdbaby.com or YouTube.
Erin Bloom - Vocals, Bodhran, Percussion
Josh Canete - Vocals, Bass
Scott Kambic - Drums, Vocals
Robin DeMartini - Flute, Piccolo, Vocals
Bruce Isom - Percussion, accordion
Patrick Russ - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Eric Sorensen -Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
More Songs About Drinking and Fighting - Released August 2007
Hair of the Dohg - Released March, 2010
Off the Leash - Released March 2012
also featured on: Whiskey Devils - A Tribute to the Mahones - released April, 2011
Fame Review: Hair of the Dohg - Pladdohg
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Celtic beer bar music from a seven-person ensemble that obviously loves what it does. The recording ...Celtic beer bar music from a seven-person ensemble that obviously loves what it does. The recording is mid-fi but issues from a studio so that it has a good deal more the ambiance of a saloon gig on a lusty Saturday night. Equal parts of fun and serious music-making predominate, as in The Story of You, where Pladdohg gets several melodies winding around each other all at once. Particularly alluring are Robin DeMartini's meadowlark winds, dancing through the air above the group, as agile as any jazz player you'd care to name (Dave Valentin, Charles Lloyd, etc.), verging on Paul McCandless virtuosity.
When the electric guitar dives in, as in Donald MacGillavray, a strong echo of Tempest (the Celt rockers on the Magna Carta label, not Alan Holdsworth's old fusion outfit) pervades, here bolting the ground down as DeMartini prances hither and yon through sky and cloud. The vocals are almost everywhere bouncy and happy, or even sardonic, especially in the voice of Erin Bloom, whose élan is effervescent and infectious. The rest of the band gets room for solos but is basically a very sophisticated rhythm section, emphasis on the often hi-charged compositions rather than vaulting up the individual prowesses…which are more than present, trust me.
Pladdohg is the kind of band you'd go out of your way to see, ordering a succession of pints, settling in for the evening for a well deserved revel and reel. A California group, they sound straight from modern Dublin, and I can easily see them sharing stages with such exemplary bands as Bad Haggis (are those baddest actors even together anymore?), said headliner being nervous as hell about being upstaged while kicking up their heels to the septet's irresistable musicianship.
Pladdohg generally has about 3 hours of music.
Sample Song List:
Shipping it Up to Boston
Tomorrow Comes a Day Too Soon
Streams of Whisky
Star of the County Down
Black Eyed Gypsy
There are no upcoming dates at this time.