The Rogue Diplomats are an Irish-American Pub Band based in New York City & Bethlehem, PA. Their unique blend of contemporary folk and traditional Irish music is delivered with charm and off-the-cuff humor. They got their start in Astoria, Queens, playing annual St. Patrick’s Day shows at Blackbird’s Bar. They’ve since gone on to play Bloomsday on Broadway in NYC and a multitude of pubs in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The Diplomats have headlined at Musikfest, Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival, and Celtic Fling & Highland Games. Their self-titled debut EP is available on iTunes & Amazon. They are available for Festivals, Weddings, Concerts, and Events.
The Band was Brilliant! They are wonderful musicians. The event was for my daughter's Wedding Shower and we didn't want the traditional sit down. The band kept everyone dancing, participating in the
sing-a -longs and toe tapping. They were able to fulfill song request of the guest. Everyone in attendance was enthralled. Thanks to them for making our event Amazing
The band did a great job playing our fundraiser event. They did a nice job of blending traditional Irish music with some contemporary covers which met the needs of all of our attendees. They were very accommodating when we needed to do some of our fundraiser events during their performance. I would highly recommend them for your event
The Rouge Diplomats were the main attraction at my wife's 30th birthday party. An audience of 100 people sang along and laughed with their songs and jokes. They exceeded every expectation. They were on time, personable and completely professional.
Ill be checking their calendar to catch them play any time I can. Thank you, gentlemen.
I've attended more than a dozen performances by the Diplomats and every one of them left the crowd cheering for more. Even friends who professed to not really liking Irish music, fell in love with them (one actually said "my God, I want these guys to play at my funeral!").
Highly professional voices and musicianship; funny, uplifting, and warm stage presence. They are an absolute delight, whether leading pub-night drinking games, or performing at children-friendly festivals.
First saw The Rogue Diplomats play at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub, and instantly became a fan of their fun music and happy banter. I check the calendar often to see when/where they are playing. Their shows are family friendly, but just as great for a night out on the town. We've invited friends to dinner to see them play, and recommend their shows often to people in the area, or business colleagues or friends passing through. My boyfriend and I have agreed that if/when we ever decide to tie the knot, our first choice for music would be The Rogue Diplomats. Because again - always a good time!
Price Range: $600-$3000
Gig Length: 90 - 240 minutes
Unions: SAG, AEA
What to Expect
A unique blend of contemporary folk and traditional Irish music delivered with charm and off-the-cuff humor. The Rogue Diplomats offer a range of entertainment from Family shows appropriate for all ages to boisterous R-Rated performances filled with wry humor, colorful language, and "drinking game" songs appropriate for the over 21 crowd.
The band can be hired as small as a trio and as large as a 5 member ensemble.
"Doing jolly justice to the legends of Irish music." - Lehigh Valley Style Magazine
"Ignore the name. They are neither rogues nor diplomats; but they ARE a talented high energy group of entertainers suitable for any occasion except, possibly, a snooty, high society wedding. Or an AA meeting." - Seamus Kennedy
The Rogue Diplomats are an Irish-American Pub Band based in both New York City and Bethlehem, PA. They perform the spirited melodies and lyrical story-telling of traditional Irish jigs, shanties, drinking songs and ballads, with a dash of contemporary American folk songs and original compositions, all delivered in close harmony and with charmingly irreverent humor.
The Rogue Diplomats got their start in Astoria, Queens, playing annual St. Patrick’s Day shows at Blackbird’s Bar. They’ve since gone on to play Bloomsday on Broadway, the annual celebration of the works of James Joyce at Symphony Space in NYC, and a multitude of pubs in New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The Diplomats have also headlined at Musikfest, the Annual Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; Celtic Fling & Highland Games at Mount Hope and the Shawnee Mountain Celtic Festival. Their full-length studio album, WHISKEY PICNIC is available now on iTunes & Amazon Music. They are available for Festivals, Weddings, Concert Shows, and Events.
The Rogue Diplomats are:
Brian Donnelly (Guitar/Vocals)
Matthew Breiner (Bodhrán/Tin Whistle/Vocals)
Patrick Marran (Bouzouki/Guitar/Vocals)
Nathan Diehl (Accordion/ Vocals)
Christine Scharf Breiner (Vocals).
Past Booked Events
|March 17, 2019 • 4:00pm - 6:00pm||Failte Festival|
|March 15, 2019–March 16, 2019 • 8:00pm - 12:00am||Rivals Sports Bar|
|February 23, 2019 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm||Bridal Shower|
|December 21, 2018 • 11:00am - 11:00pm||Wedding|
|November 10, 2018–November 18, 2018 • 12:00am - 12:00pm||Ireland Tour|
|August 08, 2017 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm||Musikfest | Bethlehem, PA|
|June 24, 2017–June 25, 2017 • 12:00pm - 6:00pm||Celtic Fling|
|May 27, 2017–May 28, 2017 • 11:00am - 5:00pm||Shawnee Celtic Festival|
|March 18, 2017–March 19, 2017 • 9:00pm - 12:00am||Blackbird's Bar|
|March 17, 2017–March 18, 2017 • 9:00pm - 12:00am||McCarthy's Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar|
|March 04, 2017 • 6:30pm - 10:30pm||Fundraiser|
|February 25, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||McCarthy's Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar|
|January 28, 2017 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||McCarthy's Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar|
|December 03, 2016 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||McCarthy's Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar|
|December 03, 2016 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Toys For Joe's Kids Charity Event|
|October 22, 2016 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Wedding (Private Event)|
|October 15, 2016 • 5:00pm - 9:00pm||Birthday (Adult)|
|September 25, 2016 • 5:00pm - 7:45pm||Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival|
|September 24, 2016 • 3:30pm - 9:45pm||Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival|
|September 17, 2016 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding (Private Event)|
|August 14, 2016–August 15, 2016 • 9:00pm - 12:00am||McCarthy's | Bethlehem, PA|
|August 09, 2016 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Musikfest|
|August 06, 2016 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Red Stag Pub | Bethlehem, PA|
|June 26, 2016 • 11:00am - 10:00pm||Celtic Fling & Highland Games|
|June 25, 2016 • 11:00am - 10:00pm||Celtic Fling & Highland Games|
|June 04, 2016 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm||Wedding (Private Event)|
|March 19, 2016 • 8:00pm - 11:55pm||Blackbird’s St. Paddy’s 3-Day Bash|
|March 18, 2016 • 9:00pm - 11:55pm||Hair of the Dog in NYC|
|March 17, 2016 • 9:00pm - 11:55pm||Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar|
|March 15, 2016 • 7:00pm - 11:00pm||Brittingham’s 14 Days of Paddy’s|
|February 19, 2016 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||Seachtain amháin Til na bainise|
|January 09, 2016 • 9:00pm - 11:00pm||And a Whiskey New Year!|
|November 25, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||McCarthy's Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar|
|October 17, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Runner's World Half & Festival|
|September 27, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival|
|September 26, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival|
|September 25, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||McCarthy's Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar|
|September 23, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Event (PA)|
|September 12, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Private Event (CT)|
|September 05, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||McCarthy's Red Stag Pub & Whiskey Bar|
Whiskey in the Jar
Tell Me Ma
Brennan on the Moor
Green Fields of France
Old Brown Ale
Long Time Gone
Take Me Home. Country Roads
Black Velvet Band
The Night Paddy Murphy Died
Mary Mac / Drunken Sailor
The Barley Mow
On the One Road
Wild Colonial Boy
Here I Am Amongst You / Star of the Co. Down
Swedish Lady / Runaround
Rocky Road to Dublin
and many more!
Influences & Inspiration
The High Kings, Tommy Makem, The Clancy Brothers, The Pogues, Great Big Sea, The Dubliners, Stan Rogers, Young Dubliners, The Fenians, Seamus Kennedy, Timlin and Kane