The Pittsburgh-based Bastard Bearded Irishmen are cutting their own path with an original, ferocious blend of rock, punk, acoustic and traditional, as well as contemporary Celtic sounds. Mentioned in ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine as a “Band to watch from Pittsburgh” (Sept ’13) and back-to-back wins for “Best Rock Band in Pittsburgh” (2012-’13) by the readers of the ‘Pittsburgh City Paper’ the band continues to make a name for itself around the region.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen, or BBI, began playing in October 2008, originally meant to be a short-lived side-project in tribute for a friend. The initial fun and fan reaction kept them going and they have now expanded their resume to include a sponsorship with Jagermeister, an opening slot for the Dropkick Murphy’s “Shamrock N Roll” tour in Pittsburgh (2011), an opening slot for national act, Gogol Bordello (2013), as well as slots on regional festivals such as Erie’s “Roar on the Shore,” Morgantown’s “MountainFest” Johnstown’s “Flood City Music Festival” and Ocean City’s “OC Bike Fest.” (2013)
Their formula is simple: upbeat tunes about beer, whiskey, booze and pretty lasses. They’ll play classics like “Black Velvet Band” and “Whiskey in the Jar” with their own style, and rock you with originals like “Mutiny” and “Drinkem’, Drankem’, Drunkem’.”
Although they are the consummate musical professionals (Danny has a Master’s degree in classical guitar, Paul is classically trained on the violin), these guys also know how to have a blast on stage and will be one of the most energetic live shows you will see.
The new album, “Rise of the Bastard,” will be released on May 17th, 2014.