Blaggards

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Blaggards
Blaggards 2013.jpg
Blaggards in 2013
Background information
Origin Houston, Texas, USA
Genres Celtic Rock, Celtic Punk
Years active 2004 - Present
Labels NFA Recordings
Website Official Site
Members Patrick Devlin
Chad Smalley
Michael McAloon
Brittney Johnson
Past members Turi Hoiseth
Brian Vogel
Chris Buckley
Jeff Duncan
Bonnie Riley
James Edwards[1]
Brandi Belle Clarke
Bryce Clarke

Blaggards are a four-piece Celtic rock band from Houston, Texas. The Houston Press described them as "Houston's only Celtic metal band"[2] and "H-town's heir to the emerald throne of Phil Lynott and Shane MacGowan".[1]

History[edit]

Blaggards are led by guitarist and singer Patrick Devlin, who grew up in Dublin, Ireland [2][3] listening to Irish rebel music and heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.[3]

After moving to Houston in 1994,[4] Devlin fronted an Irish rock band called On The Dole for several years [4] before starting Blaggards in July 2004 with bass player Chad Smalley (son of Nobel laureate Richard Smalley),[5] violinist Turi Hoiseth, and drummer Brian Vogel.[3] Hoiseth and Vogel have since left the band, leaving Devlin and Smalley as the only original members.

Blaggards have toured nationally [6] and internationally,[7] and performed at South by Southwest 2008,[8] where they were the only Celtic-based act on the official schedule.[6]

Their music has been played on the Sirius Satellite Radio program Celtic Crush, hosted by Larry Kirwan of Black 47.[9] In 2013 he included their recording of The Irish Rover on his compilation album Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion.[10]

The song "Big Strong Man" from Blaggards' first album Standards appears in the 2010 British film The Kid, directed by Nick Moran.[11]

Members[edit]

  • Patrick Devlin - Vocals and guitar
  • Chad Smalley - Vocals and bass
  • Michael McAloon - Drums
  • Brittany Johnson - Fiddle[12]

Discography[edit]

  • Standards (2005)
   1. Drunken Sailor
   2. Bog Songs
   3. Big Strong Man (Yakety Sax)
   4. Prison Love Songs (Folsom Prison Blues/ The Fields of Athenry)
   5. Slapper's Medley
   6. Foggy Dew
   7. Botany Bay
   8. Rocky Road to Dublin
   9. Suspicious Minds
   10. Irish Rover
  • Live in Texas (2010)
   1. Waxie's Dargle (Live)
   2. Whiskey in the Jar (Live)
   3. Rocky Road to Dublin (Live)
   4. Spancil Hill (Live)
   5. Slapper's Medley (Live)
   6. Leaving of Liverpool (Live)
   7. Botany Bay (Live)
   8. Foggy Dew (Live)
   9. Big Strong Man (Live)
   10. Drunken Sailor (Live)
   11. Bog Songs (Live)
   12. Wild Rover (Live)
   13. Irish Rover (Live)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase". Houston Press. 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  2. ^ a b Bob Ruggiero (2007-02-16). "Houston Music - The Lucky Charms - page 1". Houston Press. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  3. ^ a b c "Blaggards | Traditional Irish songs with a twist". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  4. ^ a b "Pluck of the Irish". Houston Press. 2001-03-15. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  5. ^ Kroto, Harold (2005). "Richard E. Smalley: Fullerenes". Angewandte Chemie (Wiley) 45 (1): 26–27. doi:10.1002/anie.200504094. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Houston - Music - Zydepunks, with Blaggards". Houston Press. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  7. ^ "Blaggards Do Ireland: First Stop, The Guinness Factory And Phil Lynott Statue; Three Encores At First Dublin Gig". Houston Press. 2010-04-06. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Houston artists take their place at SXSW". Houston Chronicle. 2008-03-05. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 
  9. ^ James Hannon. "Interview with Larry Kirwan - Part 2 of 3". Lantern-media.com. Archived from the original on 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  10. ^ "Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion". Valley Entertainment. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Final Source Track Listing - The Kid". Music4Movies. 2010-09-15. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  12. ^ http://blaggards.com/2013/12/meet-brittany-johnson/

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