The Dady Brothers
Audiences around the world know, the name, the Dady Brothers, is synonymous w/ fine musical talent & fun! Together, this versatile duo uses over 10 instruments to perform a wide range of music styles including country, bluegrass, folk, & Irish.
The Dady Brothers, Western New York’s’ favorite troubadours, bring a unique variety of Celtic and American folk music to each and every performance.
Originally from Rochester, NY the brothers have shared their music in many diverse venues around the country and abroad for over thirty years.
John and Joe are self-styled singers, multi-instrumentalist musicians and composers. They have a solid command of many folk instruments including, but not limited to: guitar, pennywhistle, fiddle, banjo, octave mandolin, harmonica, uilleann pipes, bodhran and ukulele. Their wide repertoire ranges from Irish folk ballads to original contemporary folk, bluegrass, and acoustic blues. They are at ease with their audiences and have a knack for finding humor in the moment and sharing it spontaneously.
The Dadys have received impressive reviews in many publications in America, Ireland and Canada, including: The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Freetime Magazine, The Irish Echo, Sing Out, Dirty Linen, American History Magazine, Pickin’, The Cork Examiner, and Bluegrass Unlimited. Their music can also be heard on soundtracks for historical documentaries and on radio and television productions in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Slovenia, Italy, and Australia.
Hosts of friends and family all over the globe have long supported their music and John and Joe have been awarded recognition by the mayor of Rochester, NY (Bill Johnson), as well as Comhaltas Ceoltiori Erin, Rochester City School District, Rochester City Council, Monroe County Special Olympics, and the Maplewood Neighborhood Association. Just this year, The Rochester St. Patrick's Day Parade honored John and Joe with The Community Leaders of the Year Award.
The Dady Brothers were thrilled to try their skill at acting, while performing their music in professional theatre, including three productions at Rochester’s own Geva Theatre. They've thoroughly entertained thousands of people of all ages at concert halls, parks, schools and night clubs and have appeared on a variety of television and radio programs.
They have recorded ten independently released CD’s in a recording studio they built themselves. A new album was just released last. They’ve also recorded and produced numerous projects for other area artists.
A partial list of prestigious performers they’ve shared a stage with includes Rick Danko (The Band), Ani DiFranco, Jay Unger and Molly Mason, The Clancy Brothers, Danny O’Flaherty, Kate Wolf, Arlo Guthrie, Paddy Keenan (The Bothy Band), Will Millar (Irish Rovers), Bill Staines, Janet Harbison, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Cathy Ryan, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, Eric Bogle, Mike Cross, John Hume (Nobel Peace Prize winner) and Robin and Linda Williams.
As Tommy Makem so eloquently put it, “The Dady Brothers have it all – taste, talent, and dedication. Taste to write and select good material; talent to perform that material excellently, to the delight of their audiences; and dedication to keep their material and performances to the highest standards.”
John and Joe have been hosting musical tours to Ireland for 18 years. They also have performed on four Celtic music cruises to the Caribbean, Nova Scotia and Alaska with singer/songwriter Danny O’Flaherty and other Irish stars including Danny Doyle and Andy M. Stewart.
A night at a Dady Brothers concert is sure to tickle your musical fancy and set your toes to tapping! And, yes, there will be good craic, sing-alongs and general carrying on!
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Mind to Move (1979) - First Release. Original contemporary country'folk songs with traditional bluegrass instruments
Music of Ireland (1984) - Irish Instrumentals, folk ballads, and pub favorites
Soul Lilt (1991) - Instrumental recording, traditional Irish music, featuring mandolin, pennywhistle, guitars, fiddles, and uillean pipes
Live in Concert (1995) - Irish songs selected from Hochstein performance Hall concerts with Mitzie Collins and friends.
Singing from the Heart (1999) - From rock to reggae, bluegrass to dixieland - this recording has it all!
Songs of the Erie Canal (2000) - Songs that celebrate 175 colorful years on the Erie Canal.
Dady Brothers Christmas (2004) - Traditional holiday favorites combined with eclectic folk.
My Conesus Cabin Home (2005) - Folk, country, contemporary and original songs selected and performed by Joe Dady.
Irish Folk Fest (2007)
Sets range from 40 minutes to an hour.