Shamrocks In The Wind is a Celtic/International Folk Ballad Duo. We sing a mix of historical, cultural, humorous, and audience participation songs with a strong bent toward our Irish and Scots heritage. We have opened for such well known folk acts as The Kingston Trio, The Wolfe Tones, Glen Yarbrough and others. We have performed throughout the United States, as well as in Australia, Ireland, England, Canada and Jamaica.
We do everything from hard core, raucous Irish ballads to a fun, family friendly folk act Your choice.
You can find our music on i-tunes, CD Baby and many other on-line music resources.
Price Range: $250 to $3000
Gig Length: 60 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
We are a live, acoustic, duo. John plays 6 and 12 string guitar and Karol plays bass. We both sing. We do not use any computer generated backgrounds or other back up. We can provide our own small venue PA system upon request.
We generally do a predetermined set for the first part of the show then seek requests from the audience so we are sure to include many of their favorite songs.
We do many audience participation songs and encourage the audience to sing and clap along. This is "Irish" music. We expect the audience to be involved.
Although some of our music is dance-able, we are not a dance band. We are a more of a show group.
We are Shamrocks In The Wind. We were once known as Murphy's Law for all the folks who have followed us over the last 30 years or so. John grew up in Oregon from the time he was a small child. Karol grew up in Minnesota from North Irish and Viking heritage. We have been singing together for over 25 years.
Our goals with our music is to keep the tradition of Irish Ballads alive and to do shows where both we and the audience have fun! We sing music from the Irish and Scots and music from where the Irish and Scots emigrated - whether they wanted to or not!
We prefer up close and personal performances where we can interact with the audience. We are perfectly willing to do acoustic sets when the venue is small and personal. We do house concerts, pubs, festivals, country clubs - almost anywhere. We have performed for crowds as small as 10 and as large as 10,000.
We can do everything from a Sinn Fein rebel show to a fun, gather round the camp fire, sing-a-long. Karol loves "educational" songs which usually means something a bit risqué.
John's voice is often compared to Burl Ives, Roger Whitaker or Kenny Rogers.
We have produced 13 CD's. Many of them are on line at various venues.
Additional Booking Notes
We require an adequate sound system unless we will be doing an acoustic show or we have been requested to bring our Bose system. Other than that, we can play in almost any venue. We need an area approximately the size of a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood for us and our gear.
Past Booked Events
|March 17, 2019 • 11:30am - 12:00pm||Retirement Community Event|
|March 03, 2018 • 8:00pm - 9:30pm||Cultural Event|
|April 01, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Show|
|March 17, 2017 • 12:00pm - 11:00pm||St Pat's Day Performances|
|March 11, 2017 • 12:00pm - 10:00pm||Pre St Pat's Parties|
|February 11, 2017 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm||Showe|
We have over 600 songs in our repertoire. The following is a list of some of the songs you could expect to hear at one of our performances.
Alice (Who The ??? Is), A Hiking Song, A Lady FairmA Nation Once Again, An Irish Song, A Bunch of Thyme, All for my Grog, An Alsation Once Again, Australian Barbecue, Ain’t Every Chap Doin It But You, The Barley Moe, Back Home In Derry, Battle of New Orleans, Band Played Wltzing Matilda, BallyMurphy, The Bantry Girls Lament, Belfast Mill, Biddy McGraw, British Army, The Black and Tans, Black Velvet Band, Bluie Brink, Blowin In The Wind, Blue Eyes Cryin In The Rain, The Bog down in the Valley-O, Bold Fenian Men, Bold O’donoghue, Bonny Bessie Logan, Bonny Shoals of Herring, Botany Bay, Boys from Killybegs, Boys of Wexford, Brennan on the Moo,r Boulevoule, Broad Black Brimme,r Butcher Boy, Belle Of Broughton, Carlton Weaver, Captain Butlers Win,e The Castle of Dramore, Charlie Mopps, Children Born of Hate, Classic Yankee Clipper, Click go the Shears, The Chicken Song, The Chastity belt, Come Day-Go Day, Come In, Come To My Bedside, Come Back Paddy Reily, Come by the Hills, Completely Round, Courtin in the Kitchen, Craigh was 90 In the Isle of man, The Cruel War, Dicey Reiley, Danny Boy, Dingle Fair, Dirty Old Town, Some say the Devil Is Dead, Donegal Danny, Don’t Pet the Dog, Don’t Mind If I Do, Drunken Sailor , Dublin in the Rare Old Time, Dublin Lady, Dumbarton’s Drums, Dunderbecke, The Dutchman, Easy and Slow, Eddystone Light, Eileen Og, Farewell to Sicily, The Fairy Story, Freedom Children, Ferryman, Fiddler’s Green, Fields of Athenry, Finnigan’s Wake, Foggy Dew, Follow the Band, Follow Me Up To Carlow, Four Drunken Maidensk Folk In “A”, Four Green Fields, Galway Shaw,l Galway Bay,, Gallant Forty Twa, The Gamble, Garden Song, German Clockwinder, Goodbye, Mrs. Durkin, God Bless America, Greenfields of France, The Golden Days Of Sail, Gypsie Man, Handsome Cabin Boy, Haste Ye Back, Hills of Connemara, Highland Paddy, The Holy Ground, Home, Boys, Home, I Thought I found Atlantis, I’ll Take You home Again Kathleen, I’ll Tell Me Ma, I wish they’d do it now, I Can’t help It if I’m Still In Live With You, Isle of Innisfree, In the Lee Christian of Island, I'm a Rambler, I'm a Gambler, Inner City Song, Irish Dragoons, Irish Soldier Boy, Irish Rover, Irish Soldier Laddie, Irish Lullabye, Isn’t It Grande, Boys? It’s a Long way from Clare to Here, Jamie Raeburn, Joe McDonnald, Johnny McCory, Johnny I Hardly Knew Ye, Johnny Jump Up, The Juice of the Barley, Jug of Punch, Kilkelly Ireland, Kevin Barry ,The Kretchma, King of the Road,,Last Farewell Leave, Her Johnny, Leaving Nancy, Leaving Tipperary, Leaving of Liverpool, Leezy Lindsay, Loch Hospital, Loch Lomond (Reg & Drunk Version), Long Black Veil, Lord of the Dance ,16 tons, Maggie, A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day, Man From the Daily Mail, Man from Mullingar, Marvelous To,y Mary Ellen Carte,r Mary Mack, Mairi’s Wedding, Medicinal Compound, The Mermaid, Men behind the Wire, Merry Plowboy, The Minstrel Boy, Molly Malone, The Mole Catche,r Monto, MTA, Morning Glory, Moses Ri Tour-a-li-a, Mountain Dew, Mountains of Mourne, Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder, My Wild Irish Rose, My Old Man ,The Mummers Dance, My Bonnie Lies / Ocean (twisted,) Nancy Spain, Nobody’s Moggie, Farewell to Nova Scotia, Oh, Grace, O’ Shenandoah, O Suziana, Old Woman From Wexford, Old Dun Cow, Oh dear me, Old Maid in a Garret, On the One Road, On Lonely Banistrand, One of the Hasbeens, Only Our RIvers Run Free, Orange and the Green, Paddy Lay Back, Patriot Game, Paddy Works On Railway, Peter’s Song, Peggy Gordon, Poverty Knock ,Pokin Around My Knee, Pub with no beer, Puff, the Magic Dragon, Raglan Road, Rambling Rover, The Reel in Flickering Light, Red Is The Rose, The Red Rose Cafe, Ride On, Riddle song, Right, All Right, Rising of the Moon, Rose of Tralee, Rock On Rock All, Roddy McCorley, Rolling Home, Rosin Du Bow, Rothsio, Rugby Racing and Beer, Scotsman's Kilt, Scarlet Ribbons, Sean South from Garry Owen, 7 Nights Drunk ,Seven Old Ladies, Shame and Scandle In Trinidad, Side by Side (Twisted Version), Silly Slang Song, Slieve na mban, Skye Boat Song, Skibberean, Spancil Hill, Spanish Lady, The Spinning Wheel, Snowy breasted Pearl, Streets of London, Star of the County Down, Sylvest...The Big Strong Man, Sloop John B, Sweet Sixteen, Take Me Back, Take Her In Your Arms, Take Me Home Country Roads, Tie me Kangaroo Down, There Were Roses, This Land is Your Land, These are my Mountains ,Three Jolly Coachman - medley, Town I loved so well, Traveling People, Tri-Colored Ribbon, Twice Daily, The Unicorn, The Voyage, Viva La Quinta Brigada, Warrior Women, The Water Is Wide, Waltzing Matilda, The Wee Folk, Westering Home, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, What Ireland Means To Me, Whatever You Do, Say Nothing, Wheel the Perambulator, When Irish Eyes are Smiling, When the shipyards go back on full time, Where the Shannon River Flows, Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Wearing of the Green, Whiskey in the Jar, Whiskey You’re the Devil, Whistling Gypsie Rove,r Wild Colonial Boy, Wild Rover, Will you go Lassie, go, Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald ,Wooloomoolo, Ye Banks & Brae,s Ye Jacobites by Name, You Pickd A Fine Time to Leave Me the Wheel, And more!!!!!v
Influences & Inspiration
The Wolf Tones, Clancy Brothers, The Furey Brothers, Christie Moore, Tom Paxton, The Limelighters, The Irish Rovers, Tommy Sands, Pete St. John - and folk musicians in general.
PA System with 2 mics and 2 direct ins.