The Troubles are an Irish American band with musical roots in rock, traditional Irish, bluegrass, coal cracker, and the blues. We focus on our original Irish music on our Reverb Nation site.
When we play live, The Troubles mix our sets up with a blend of our original, traditional, and contemporary Irish songs. In certain venues, we can customize our show to include our original coal mining songs about the history of the Irish coal miners, the Molly Maguires, the coal regions, and the first labor unions.
The name, inspired by the band members Irish roots, recalls the historic conflicts that occurred in Northern Ireland during the 60's, 70's,and 80's. The Troubles also perform Irish coal cracker music, original as well as historical in nature, that tells the story of the Irish immigrants and their families who migrated to the hard coal regions of Pennsylvania and changed the course of history by fighting for and creating the first labor union in history.
The Troubles are:
Paul Noon: vocals, guitar, and bass, arrangements
Loretta Murphy: vocals, bodhran, tin whistle, songwriter, lyrics and melodies
The Troubles were formed in 2008 with a mission to preserve Irish traditions and keep the culture alive through its folk music. They have performed at The Clover Irish Weekend Festival (2009, 2010), Heritage Day & Walkin' for St. Kierans (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Heritage Day Shenandoah (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), the Schuylkill County Literary Guild Fundraiser, Elizabethtown College's International Global Education Day, Eckley Miners Village, public venues and pubs such as Kildare's Irish Pub, The Mine Shaft Cafe, The Hibernian House, Lazarchick's Cafe, McNiff's Irish Pub, the Union Station Grill, Berwick Brewing Company, Old Forge Brewing Company, The Tamaqua Community Arts Center, numerous St. Patrick's Day Parades and private events. The Troubles do several shows for charity every year.
Currently, several of our songs have been added to "Music for Good" and 50% of the proceeds go to Care.