Derek Byrne & Paddygrass

Derek Byrne & Paddygrass

 West Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Derek Byrne and Paddygrass play Kickass Celtic Bluegrass. Their mission is to move people to dance, drink, sing and forget all else.


I am available as a solo act or with my band Paddygrass. My music kicks up the roots of Irish, bluegrass and old country with some covers from the sixties and seventies added for spice. Each show is built around an ever shifting groove that gets people dancing.
I toured the world with Riverdance as a singer and a percussionist for 6 years. Since 2001 I have built a solid following all around Wisconsin, through regular venues, Irish Fest and State Fair.
Since leaving Riverdance, I have released 4 CDs and shared stages with “The Elders”, “Kila” and “Rising Gael”. My music has been played extensively on NPR and community radio across 32 states. In 2009 the syndicated show "Celtic Connections" broadcasting on 98 stations featured my recent CD "Seize the Moment".
Recent Reviews include "Irish Music Magazine" Recommended release and Wildy's World 5 star "Desert Island Disk".
The show is high energy with lots of variety. This music will move you!


August 2004 - Embers - With Riverdance Band
July 2006 - Erin Calling
September 2008 - Seize the Moment
October 2010 - Paddygrass Live at the house of Guinness
June 2011 The Gospel According to Paddygrass

Set List

My original songs are upbeat folk and I cover traditional Irish, Bluegrass and Classic Acoustic Rock covers. A typical set an hour long. I have enough material for 3 sets.