Who Are The Somerset Paddies?
The Somerset Paddies are a two-, three-, or four-piece band based
in North Somerset and Bristol.
- Billy Wicks (guitar & vocals) - formerly known as
local solo artist Just William and Bungalow Bill, Billy
has a great stage presence, voice, and infectious personality,
you'll just love him!
- Roger Gordon (accordion & vocals) - As they say 'don't
give up your day job!' - Roger is a gem at Adge Cutler's
- Pete Cooke (fiddle) - plays electric and acoustic fiddle;
great sound and highly talent with over 40 years of experience
The band also have a handful of drummers to turn to for their four-piece
line-up - each perfectly capable for augmenting the band's
Roger and Billy have been performing across the West Country together
for eight years as The Whisky Chasers
playing mostly Irish folk classics. A few years ago, Roger
and Tony Styles formed a new band which they called The
Tinker Boys, playing a blend of Irish music
and Somerset Scrumpy & Western songs.
When this band split up, Roger got back with Bill to keep the band
going under the new name - The Somerset Paddies
- and a new line-up. The band do a great mix of cider-swilling
and beer-drinking songs from Somerset and Ireland generating
a great craic with plenty of audience participation.
The band well known now around Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall,
playing clubs, fairs, agricultural shows, folk festivals and
the like with their unique sound of instruments and Somerset
accents singing Irish songs. What more for a great craic.
With their unique sounds of West Country accent singing Irish songs,
and the great blend of instruments, especially the accordion
with its electronic bass and Bill's wonderful voice, Pete's
fiddle; what more could anyone want for a great night out.
The band can be booked as a duo (guitar accordion & vocals), three-piece
(with fiddle) or a four-piece (with drums and percussion).
For more details email email@example.com
or call 07974
672089 (Roger) or 07808 767626 (Billy).