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OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresCeltic Rock, Celtic Punk
Years active2004 - Present
LabelsNFA Recordings
WebsiteOfficial Site
MembersPatrick Devlin
Chad Smalley
Michael McAloon
Past membersTuri Hoiseth
Brian Vogel
Chris Buckley
James Edwards[1]

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


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]

“Big Strong Man” and "Drunken Sailor" (also from Standards) were both featured in episode 86 of the CBS series The Good Wife, aired on March 24, 2013.[12]



  • 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)


  1. ^ a b "2007 Houston Press Music Awards Showcase". Houston Press. 2007-07-25. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
  2. ^ 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. 2005-12-22. 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. 45 (1): 26–27. doi:10.1002/anie.200504094.
  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". 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. Archived from the original on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  12. ^ "The Good Wife Soundtrack S4 · E18 · Death of a Client". tunefind. 2013-03-24. Retrieved 2018-04-25.

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