Terrence Keefe

Terrence Keefe


Over the years Paddywhack has maintained a distinct sound and unique flavor. The group plays a variety of jigs, hornpipes, polkas, and reels on a multitude of instruments and mix them up with precise vocal harmonies while singing sea shanties, ballads, and sing a-longs.


Paddywhack is a Lincoln based group that has performed folk music from Ireland, Scotland, England, and North America for over 20 years. The band currently consists of Dan Newton, Chris Sayre, Dave Marsh, Steve Hanson, and Terry Keefe.

The individuals in this group are all accomplished musicians and winners of several awards, including the KZUM radio “Members Choice Award” for “The Best of World Music” in the years 2000, 2001, and 2002. They have performed all across the Great Plains and are members of the Nebraska Arts Council touring program. In 1984 Paddywhack performed under the name “Northwynd” for an NETV special “St. Patrick’s Day Jamboree.” One of the highlights of their careers came On February 3, 2001 when they appeared on the Lied Center stage in Lincoln, NE with The Chieftains, who invited them up to play the last set of tunes.
An evening with Paddywhack is likely to include haunting tunes on Northumbrian bagpipes, soulful songs on the English concertina and Irish fiddle, delightful melodies on the musical saw, and intricate rhythms on the Irish drum-the bodhran.



1) Whacked Out-released in 2000
2) Something Old, Something New-released in 2005

Set List

Paddywhack's sets are typically 45 minutes to an hour in length. The group plays traditional folk music. Here is an example of one of their set lists:

1. Barroom
2. Gentle Breeze/The Butterfly/Pidgeon on the Gate
3. Irish Jaunting car
4. Tell Me Ma with Leather Britches/Swingin' on a Gate/Mouth of the Tobique
5. Parnell's March
6. The Sheering Song
7. As I Roved Out
8. Kesh Jig/Willie Coleman/Donnybrook Fair/Temperanc Reel
9. Leave Her Johnny
10. The Parting Glass