Los Paddys De Las Pampas
"North Clare meets South America for a dance!!"
Los Paddys music is a fusion of Celtic roots with South American rhythm. This totally unique sound is used as the template to write original songs!!! Comparisons have been made to Kila and The Pogues due to the awesome energy of the concerts and wildness of the bands fan base. The band however have a sound totally of their own.
The group has a rotating membership with musicians from Ireland, Argentina, France, South Africa and more joining in depending on the particular concert and location.
Right now the group is headed by longtime Co Clare songwriter Paddy Mulcahy and boasts suburb trad musicians, Adam Shapiro and Kirsten Allstaff with a funky rhythm section comprising of James Sheppard and Angelo Heart.
Currently the band regularly tours in Brittany and is booked in Co. Clare for Inis Fest among other festivals this Summer.
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Los Paddys de las Pampas is a musical group that explores Irish music as a form of identity and exchange in Ireland and South America. The group was formed in January 2012 and has 9 members and counting: Paddy Mulcahy, Tessa O Connor, Sean O Brien, Adam Shapiro and Paddy Egan, Eddy Guilloteau, Angelo Heart, Tommy Nelson and James Shepperd – many of whom play traditional Irish music in County Clare and some of whom have a background in ethno-musicology. The project started when Paddy Mulcahy and Tessa O Connor spent two months in Buenos Aires in early 2012 exploring Irish music playing there and forging links with the Irish community in the city. This was further explored during this years festival linking communities in both North Clare and South America.
As part of The Gathering in July 2013, Los Paddys de las Pampas set up a cultural and musical exchange between traditional musicians, artists and dancers of North Clare and Buenos Aires, Argentina. This exchange centrally involves “los Paddys de las Pampas” from North Clare and musicians dancers and artists from Buenos Aires Argentina. Tommy Nelson, among others, a second generation Irish-Argentinean who is heavily involved in Ceoltas in Buenos Aires, joined Los Paddys for the event. The theme of the exchange was to explore why Irish music means so much to people and why they will travel from all over the world to be part of that tradition. We also reached out to French Bodran player Eddy Guilloteau organizer Of the the Le Bono Winter Festival in Brittany in the North West of France. With Musicians on this Project from Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and France. This is Truly an international affair.
The First part of this Gathering event was the organization of a tour of County Clare, a series of community events and concerts and the recording of an album showcasing the local and visiting musicians, all of which took place in July. These events are envisioned as an annual event that will be running every year around this time. The process of the tour, events and recording was documented by a collaboration of Ennistymon Film maker James Shepperd and Argentinean Filmmaker Geraldine Comte and the resulting video and the audio CD of the album will be released at a high profile event in Ennistymon, County Clare in November.
Previous year and sustainability > The Journey from "Oiche Latino" to "Féile Latino"
In 2012 los Paddys de las Pampas organized a tour of Clare with Argentinean Musician Tommy Nelson playing both Irish and Latin American folk music, the concerts were extremely popular and well attended. These concerts were fundraising for the Burren Chernobyl Project and raised over 2000 euro.
In 2013 we expanded this idea to new heights creating a Latin and Irish themed exchange to attracting both Irish Musicians wanting to learn some Latin techniques and Latin communities looking to learn Irish music. We believe that is sustainable for the area and will run annually, 2013 having been the second year.
Benefits for the area
Some of the benefits of our project for the North Clare Area have included
- Creating employment for many artists in the area as well as provide training and new skills for both the youth and artists in North West Clare.
- Create a C.D. with a design and theme specifically designed to promote North Clare and its musical tradition all over the world.
- Our project will attract media attention on a national and international level and help remind the country and world what an amazing place North Clare is as a Musical hub and beautiful place in its own right.
- A sustainable event going forward we will have a very well trained staff for future years. These events will also offer the people of north Clare access to learn musical styles that they would not normally have access to and in turn once learnt can be passed on to others in the area.