The Prodigals
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The Prodigals

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 1997 | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 1997
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"What the Press Has Said"

"FIERY, FIERCE, FRENETIC AND JUST THE TICKET."
– Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times, Ireland

"THE BEST IRISH TRAD-ROCK BAND" “NYC’S jig-punk answer to the Pogues” - Village Voice

"vibrant Irish rock" - Chicago Sun Times "kick-ass Celtic rock" - New York Post

"indelibly Irish" - New York Times "brilliant" - Irish Voice

“stunning and joyous” – Santa Monica Mirror

""Big Apple cockiness fused with traditional tunes wends its way back home, as New York's answer to The Pogues lands on solid ground. Having detoured to Chicago (via Cavan) these boys' navigation skills leave nothing to chance. Gregory Grene's accordion calls many of the shots, fuelled by the kind of percussive force that NASA would pay dearly for....Swivel the amp right up to eleven and submit to the manic rhythms." – Siobhan Long, The Irish Times, Ireland

"Grene's expertise on accordion and his understanding of Irish music elevates the group as one of the premier Celtic rock bands leading into the 21st century" - All Music Guide (AMG)

"Coming on like an American Oysterband, they kick up the dust in thoroughly convincing fashion." – fRoots, UK

"O'Tuama's dipped his spoon deep into the melting pot and come up licking his chops...with his acoustic six string his touch is as deft with melody as it is with lyric.... bravely naked" - Hot Press, Ireland

" the best funky-Celtic-folksters doing the rounds...wholly inspirational." - Rock N' Reel, UK

"Gregory Grene's original songs stay true to the style and tone of old, yet speak to modern life, in some of the most well-crafted and poetic verses I have seen" - Punchline, Richmond VA

"what the Ramones might have sounded like if they’d taken traditional Irish music as their starting point" - Pulse Magazine
- Irish Times, New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, more


Discography

Brothers (2016)
Whiskey Asylum (2009)
FlipSides (2008)
Momentum (2008)
Beachland Bootleg (2006)
Needs Must When the Devil Drives (2004)
Dreaming in Hell's Kitchen (2002)
Go On (2000)
The Prodigals (1998)

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Bio

Though often billed as a Celtic punk band (a la Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys), the Prodigals actually favor more nuanced rock, highlighted by leader Gregory Grene’s mellifluous and wide-ranging vocals. Unlike many in their subgenre, they’re also first-rate songsmiths.
- NY Daily News

The Prodigals are one of the most successful bands to emerge from the East-Coast Irish scene. The band members grew up largely in Ireland; their original songs blend a funky and anarchic energy that is pure New York with a passion for the traditional music of Ireland. The band has headlined major venues and festivals throughout the United States, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to Chicago, Boston and Maine, as well as abroad in Canada, Germany and Ireland.

* Two tracks placed in PRIDE AND GLORY, Ed Norton/Colin Farrell movie; other recent placements include MERCY (NBC) and IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (FX)

* Headliners at Milwaukee Irish Fest and Dublin (Ohio) Irish Fest, among many others

* One of the best crossover bands, with a huge demographic range

* Dynamic, original music, with extraordinary critical credibility; the only American-based artist on the most recent Rough Guide to Irish Music CD (other artists include Paul Brady, Flook, Altan)

WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID

"FIERY, FIERCE, FRENETIC AND JUST THE TICKET."
– Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times, Ireland

"THE BEST IRISH TRAD-ROCK BAND
NYC’S JIG-PUNK ANSWER TO THE POGUES”
- Village Voice, NYC

"vibrant Irish rock" - Chicago Sun Times "kick-ass Celtic rock" - New York Post

"indelibly Irish" - New York Times "brilliant" - Irish Voice

“stunning and joyous” – Santa Monica Mirror

""Big Apple cockiness fused with traditional tunes wends its way back home, as New York's answer to The Pogues lands on solid ground. Having detoured to Chicago (via Cavan) these boys' navigation skills leave nothing to chance. Gregory Grene's accordion calls many of the shots, fuelled by the kind of percussive force that NASA would pay dearly for....Swivel the amp right up to eleven and submit to the manic rhythms." – Siobhan Long, The Irish Times, Ireland

"Grene's expertise on accordion and his understanding of Irish music elevates the group as one of the premier Celtic rock bands leading into the 21st century" - All Music Guide (AMG)

"Coming on like an American Oysterband, they kick up the dust in thoroughly convincing fashion." – fRoots, UK

" the best funky-Celtic-folksters doing the rounds...wholly inspirational." - Rock N' Reel, UK

"Gregory Grene's original songs stay true to the style and tone of old, yet speak to modern life, in some of the most well-crafted and poetic verses I have seen" - Punchline, Richmond VA

"what the Ramones might have sounded like if they’d taken traditional Irish music as their starting point" - Pulse Magazine

Band Members