Last updated: June 2, 2015

Hooks & Crookes


Joe Phelan


Joe Phelan – writes his own songs and performs some of them publicly accompanied by himself on the squeeze box (button accordion, if you prefer). If you hear the odd profanity when Joe is playing, it means he has forgotten his words. Joe does a haunting version of Raglan Road and his own song, the Bilberry Goat, is always in demand in Waterford. Joe Singing Raglan Road in Bill the Butchers pub, Dunmore East, 23 June 2013





Tony Barden



Tony Barden – singing all his long life, a balladeer of high renown. Will sing all night long if you let him. His favourite is undoubtedly The Pillar. Tony's last words will surely be – 'another bit of madness brought to you by Heineken (or Carslberg or Guinness, depending on what the tipple is at the time). Although not the youngest, he will always be "our cabin boy".



Pat hennesy



Pat Hennessy – the real singer among us. You know when he is singing that this is what he was meant to do and he always sings in his own inimitable way. (That's a complement by the way). The gentleman of the group unlike the other rowdies around him (you'd know that by looking at him).





Tim Sherman


Tim Sherman – the elder lemon among us, the fittest, the leanest but definitely not the meanest (now who would that be, hmmmmm…). Apart from shanties, he knows one other song (so he tells us) but when the bit of paper appears, you'll know he too has forgotten his words. A former brewer so if you see him looking into a pint for too long, he is just measuring the yeast content.





Eddie Deevy


Eddie Deevy – the man who started it all in 2004 with a brilliant idea of doing something for the impending arrival of the Tall Ships Race to Waterford in 2005. He is still coming up with brilliant ideas and likes to keep the crew busy. Affectionately known as the Admiral, he likes to think he is the boss but the crew knows better. He does a powerful recitation of Micheal Bocht (or Seomra Hocht)




Colm Long


twitterfollowColm Long – the only crew member who knows his crotchets from his quavers and who tries to ensure we all sing in the same key (with little success at times, but that's not his fault). Equally affectionately known as the The Captain. Back on the road again after a period in sick bay, (where he took up the concertina but only plays slow airs as his fingers won't move fast enough.). He sings a very funny version of Biddy McGee but he does it best when drinking water (so he doesn't forget the words). The tweeter amongst us, so be nice to him and follow our tweets




Olly Lupton

Olly Lupton – the most recent member of the Group and our only balloonist member (but there is a lot more to Olly than just hot air!). Marlene Dietrich is his party piece - well one of them, anyway - and when Joe joins in on the box, you'll know a good night is in store.





Declan McGrath



Declan McGrath – the youngest among us (maybe he's the meanest?) and if when you are listening to us you hear scooping, he's the man responsible (though he adamantly denies it). Affectionately known as the The First Mate, he is also our webmaster. Will roar out the Auld Triangle, if asked, even drag it out (another lovely song murdered!). Dec singing Peggy Gordon Bill the Butchers pub, Dunmore East, 23 June 2013




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