Patrick Boyle plays the tin whistle, shuttle pipes and bagpipes, and sings. Boyle’s father was from the town of Keady in Ireland’s famous County Armagh, and his mother was from Scotland. He was brought up with the music of Ireland and Scotland, playing and singing from an early age. Patrick is also a first cousin of Tommy Makem of Clancy Brothers fame, and grew up in Dover, NH not far from where Tommy lived. Patrick previously played with An Banna Ceoil, and also plays with the AOH (Ancient Order of Hibernians) and Police Pipe Bands.
Tyler Foss plays guitar and sings. Growing up in Dover, NH with a mother, father and group of aunts and uncles who sang constantly helped foster a great love for music in him. Having a Grandmother from Keady, Armagh and a Grandfather from Dunmanus, County Cork only helped to make that love of music and song a predetermination. Being a distant cousin of Tommy Makem also helps Tyler round out the whole musical genetics. Tyler has sung with his mates “The Dover Rovers”, joined in with An Banna Ceoil and with friends Jack Krumm and cousin Kim Starling many times through the years.
Patricia O’Brien plays guitar, banjo, tin whistle, and sings. Patricia’s father was a native of Leitrim, Ireland, and her mother was from Belfast in the North of Ireland. She grew up in Boston., exposed to Irish traditional tunes and songs from an early age. She has previously played with Labrys, An Banna Ceoil, and Agus Mise Ann, and also maintains an active solo performance schedule. In addition to her musical performance prowess, Patricia is also a gifted songwriter, her original works often appearing in Bradigan’s sets.
Kim Starling plays the bodhran and sings. Kim is the third member of Bradigan from the clan of folk that immigrated to Dover from Keady, Co. Armagh in Northern Ireland. Kim was raised in the Dover area and attended Plymouth State College studying Theatre Arts. Kim’s career landed her in many of the area’s finest theatres as an Arts Adminstrator, such as the Seacoast Rep in Portsmouth, Emerson Majestic in Boston and recently as the Associate Artistic Director at the Ogunquit Playhouse. Except for singing on occasion with her sisters, aunts and Mother as “Six Sheets to the Wind,” Bradigan is Kim’s return to performing.
Ben Baker plays mandolin and tenor banjo, and sings. He first started playing stringed instruments over 20 years ago, and since then has come to appreciate many different musical styles. Irish music first came into his life 8 years ago, and he immediately fell in love with it, particularly the recordings of the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Since then he has explored both traditional Irish session music as well as traditional and contemporary songs. His primary instrumental focus is now on the mandolin family of instruments, including mandolin, tenor banjo, octave mandolin and tenor guitar.