Event type: All Ages / Licensed
"I have played live to over a million people" We are excited to bring Paddyman a talented showman to Sessions on the River. Enjoy great sound and atmosphere in a world class recording studio.
Paddyman is a talented showman with an amazing repertoire. Paddyman, real name Declan O'Sullivan, was born and raised in Co Kildare, Ireland, not far from Irish ballad legend Christy Moore. He started playing music in the pubs with his father aged 15. He says that it was there he learned the importance of building a repertoire of songs. “For me it's all about connecting with the audience”, he explains. “I play songs people want to hear. And then surprise them with a few
unique stories and songs that make them go WOW!”
For more than 25 years he has worked at building that repertoire. He says that he is, “constantly writing and collecting songs that connect with audiences.” Some are serious, such as putting music to Luke Kelly's poem, For What
Died the Sons of Roisin. And others are just for the laugh, such as his version of Gangnam Style (Irish Paddy Style), which was shown multiple times on RTE and has over 250,000 youtube views. His first two albums, Irish Drinking Songs and Who's Your Paddy?, clearly reflect this.
Paddyman's first job, aged 21, was as a beer salesman in Canada. Seven years
later he was hired to travel around the Middle East selling container loads of booze to embassies and military bases. In both cases his unique selling point was his entertaining songs and stories. As a result, he has played gigs in the most unlikely places around the world: hidden bars in Yemen & Sudan, private parties for Sheikhs & Irish weddings at the seven star hotel, Burj Al Arab.
In 2011, Paddyman decided to dedicate all his time to his musical passion. This resulted in new recordings, and hundreds of live gigs in pubs and festivals across the Middle East, Europe, North America & Asia. It also saw him expanding beyond the traditional vocal and guitar
mix, to including a loop pedal, banjo, trumpet, harmonica and bodhran as part of the show.
2019 will see the release of two new albums, Paddyman, Live in Dubai and One for the Road. Both albums are a mix of original songs and his favourite covers. Paddyman is widely regarded as the #1 Irish Entertainer in the Middle East. He has been based in Dubai for the last 14 years. Besides local shows he also flies to perform regularly at venues abroad in countries such as Bahrain, Singapore, Italy and Ireland. This will be his first time touring Australia. If you want to be thoroughly entertained by a unique show with an Irish twist, you should definitely check out Paddyman!
Stereophonics, The Saw Doctor's, The Wolfe Tones, The Commitments,
Sharon Shannon, Sharon Corr, Beoga (Ed Sheeran's Irish Band), Altan,
Damien Dempsey, Ardal O'Hanlo
Cutoff is Saturday, June 25, 2022 4:59 pm EST unless it sells out earlier.