IRISH SHOW

REPERTOIRE

ARTHUR MACBRIDE

ALL OF IT

THE HILLS OF CONEMARRA

LIFE ON THE ROLLING SEA

BLACK VELVET BAND

REAL OLD MOUNTAIN DEW

WHISTLIN’ GYPSY

JUG OF PUNCH

WHISKEY YOU’RE THE DEVIL 

WHISKEY IN THE JAR

RAMBLIN’ ROVER

FOUR GREEN FIELDS

LEAVIN’ OF LIVERPOOL

ORANGE AND THE GREEN

TAKE ME BACK TO MAYO

PADDY WEST

PADDY ON THE CANAL

PADDY ON THE RAILWAY

PADDY’S SICK NOTE

WALTZING MATILDA

WILD COLONIAL BOY

COME IN

RAMBLE OF SPRING

JOHNNY, I HARDLY  KNEW YE

ONLY A MINER

FIDDLER’S GREEN

SAINT BRENDAN’S FAIR ISLE

DONEGAL DANNY

RAMBLIN’ ROVER

WILD ROVER

MINSTREL BOY

DUFFY’S CUT

PATRIOT GAME

...AND MANY MORE

Ken Purcell's Irish Performances . . .

  • Are well suited for stationary or strolling performances.

  • Perform acoustically or with a sound system.

  • Are a natural choice for Celtic celebrations, heritage and living history events, folk festivals, museums, public houses, schools and concerts on both an intimate and grand scale.

Although Ken  has had an appreciation for Irish music since his early folk music days, he didn't perform Irish songs until 1985, when he was drawn to it by a coworker at a hospital where he was employed in Hamburg, PA,  The coworker was Chuck Barr, a musical legend in Berks and Schuylkill counties who established himself first in the country, rockabilly and early rock and roll scenes of the '50s  and '60's and then gained  respect as a folk singer, songwriter and storyteller in the '70's, gradually shifting his focus to the Irish folk music of performers such as the Clancy's and the Dubliners.  As his reputation grew, Chuck and his band, The Shanachians, were in high demand, particularly around Saint Paddy's Day.  Chuck invited Ken to play keyboard with them for several gigs and soon Ken became one of The Shanachians, learning much from Chuck's performance style and experience over the decade that they performed together.  Although Chuck is gone, his legacy lives on through the many musicians he influenced and who owe much of their love of Irish music to Chuck's strong on-stage (and off-stage) persona. The Shanachians still perform several times a year, but have mostly gone in separate musical directions.  Ken attempts to bring many of the classic Irish songs he performed with Chuck to new audiences as a solo artist and also in ensemble with other musicians.