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"Celtic Classic Review"

“As the head of production services for the Celtic Classic Festival, I can say without reservation, that some of the finest musical moments at our event were spent with The Barley Boys on stage. Their shows never failed to entertain and bring excitement to every location they played. Great music and professional performances all weekend. Many thanks and kudos to a talented group of musicians and all-round great guys. We look forward to having you with us next year!” - -Philip J. Forchelli 2009 Celtic Cultural Alliance City Entertainment Systems

"Hunter Mountain Celtic Festival"

“The Barley Boys are an exciting group that gives you both Traditional and Contemporary Irish music. Their talent is exceptional and the excitement they generate on stage relates directly to their audience. A fantastic band that would be an asset to any festival.” - -Gus Kosior, Entertainment Director, Hunter Mountain Celtic Festival. Hunter, NY

"Celtic Classic Review"

“The Barley Boys high-energy Celtic style always has the crowd on its feet wanting more. Their original music and lyrics makes them a stand-out.” - Jayne Ann M. Recker, Director-Celtic Classic

"The Irish Edition"

“The band approaches the 15 songs (“It’s a Long Drive From Ireland!”) with power, pleasure and enthusiasm. Where the Barley Boys stand out is with their utterly professional approach and commitment; they know how to play and sing.”

- -Jamie O'Brien

"The Irish American"

“It's a Long Drive from Ireland' - is a lighthearted romp through Irish, American, and even some Canadian folk music. It begins with a bang and it ends with a bang with nary a whimper in the middle....Make no mistake, this makes for great listening… these songs hold up to the tail end of the album with good singing, good musicianship, and all-around good fun. “ - -Tom Rooney and Fran Johnson

"Celtic Cultural Alliance"

"The Barley Boys were AWESOME at the Celtic Classic. Crowd response was overwhelming. They played to a packed house at each performance; the energy level was amazing! The musicianship was excellent; anyone who books them will not be disappointed by any means."

- -Gregory Cunningham, President.

"Celtic Music Magazine"

“The complexity of much of the music on this latest CD makes it exciting to listen to. You really get the sense that these guys are all about the music, but they aren't afraid to have a bit of fun either.” - -Catherine L. Tully

"The Glengarry Bhoys Testimonial"

"The Barley Boys are sure to take the Celtic Community by storm; a very talented bunch of lads that know what it takes to get a crowd excited. Watch out for these boys!” - -Graham Wright

"WTMR Radio"

"An up and coming, rip-roaring Irish-American band!"

- -Mary O'Kane, The Irish Show

"The Sandpaper"

“Their tight sound, quick switches, and upbeat attitude are a credit to their years of playing. What better way to recover from a weekend of cover bands than with some traditional, good-time, original Irish music. Good for the soul.”

- -John Hirce


It’s a Long Drive From Ireland!
Released 2000

The Days of Abundance
Released 2005

No More Shenanigans!
Released 2007

Wake Me When It's Over!
Released 2008



We have played live on QVC three times, selling out our CD’s for their Irish shows. In 2008 and 2009, we headlined Hunter Mountain, Spyglass Ridge, the Celtic Classic, and The Long Island Irish Festival. We are contracted to headline the Classic in 2010 which is the largest Irish Festival in North America drawing crowds of over 200,000 in three days.

Michael Babick, singer, guitarist, and songwriter has been a professional musician for over
twenty-five years. His inspiration for Celtic music comes from researching his lineage; recent trips to Ireland have reinforced his sense of heritage.

New band members with exceptional talent have given Michael the satisfaction of hearing the music the way he always dreamed. Fiddle virtuoso Arty Artymiw (who has played with The Moody Blues, ELO, Robert Plant/Jimmy Page, Smokey Robinson and many additional international artists) joins our talented rhythm section to make this a seriously-fun-full-time venture.

In 2008 the band played thirteen weeks for an interactive comedy dinner theatre show (Finnegan's Wake) that was written around Michael Babick’s original songs and performed at the Showboat Casino in Atlantic City.