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Paddy Dennehy and the Red Herring play Dolans on November 21



Picture credit: Paddy Dennehy and the Red Herring Facebook page.

Paddy Dennehy and the Red Herring are playing Dolans on Saturday November 21, 2015. 

Paddy Dennehy and The Red Herring are a group who draw influences from as far back as the early 1900s right up to the present day.You can hear hints of Tom Waits’ theatrical warble; feel the passionate intensity of Louis Armstrong’s delivery; and be stirred by a poignancy reminiscent of that of Hozier and Mick Flannery.A variety of influences then; all of of them blended together to form a live performance that is at once unforgettable and utterly unique.Two stunning live sets at Electric Picnic this summer have cemented the band’s place as one of the most promising acts in Ireland today.

A native of Bruree in Cork but a graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Paddy has a unique sound and once you start listening to him you will want more. Great lyrics, great sound and a great guy.



Paddy Dennehy played at the Electric Picnic festival this year and really took the crowds by surprise with his set. Paddy is said to have an uplifting tone that would remind you of something from another era entirely.

Paddy Dennehy plus special guests: Attacrobat and Adam Moloney

Dolans warehouse: Sat 21st Nov 7.30-11:00PM

Tickets are available for €6 in advance of the gig or €8 on the door

For more stories on Paddy Dennehy go HERE

Check out Dolans full gig listings here.


As a child, Paddy Dennehy would rush to get a guitar or play the piano very loudly in the hopes that you might hear it and request a song before you left. It was often requested of him to play more quietly or to stop ‘hitting’ the piano. Another frequent suggestion was that screaming the notes that he found difficult to sing did not make them sound any better. He was not imbued with a keen sense of subtlety or restraint but he has been working on this over the years.

He has always loved songwriting and was blessed with a wonderful piano teacher that would stay late to hear what he had written that week. He studied classical piano but it was the extra bit at the end of the lesson that he lived for every Thursday for almost fifteen years. He got to learn about music theory, the shape of songs, how a melody worked and didn’t work, why you had to learn your scales. 

It may come as little surprise then that Paddy followed his mentor into teaching. It sometimes calls for late nights rehearsing, writing or driving back from a gig after putting down a day’s work – but it has been worth every minute of sleep lost. There is nothing like a five year old child telling you, not asking you, to tie his shoes to keep you in line. Neither is there anything like feeling that you have connected with an audience.

Paddy’s musical influences have changed greatly over time. Boyzone do not retain the place they once held in his heart. He grew up listening to whatever his parents, sisters and brother would leave unguarded around the house. His first real sense of feeling a connection to music was listening to Mick Flannery perform ‘Evening Train’ on the ‘Late Late Show’. The very next day he walked into HMV in Limerick with his walkman and bought that album. He listened to it all the way home and for weeks afterwards again and again. From here there is a clear trajectory of influences – Mick Flannery led him to Tom Waits. Tom Waits led Paddy to Randy Newman who would lead on to  Nick Cave. Other influences would surface in later years but Flannery, Waits, Newman and Cave have formed the bedrock of Paddy’s music.


Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.