Blackthorn Folly

Blackthorn Folly is a five piece traditionally inspired band performing in the Milwaukee area. We play traditional Celtic and folk tunes with high energy and a ground stomping tempo. Give us a look and a listen!

We frequently play at Paddy’s Irish Pub, at 2339 N. Murray in Milwaukee.

What’s new with Blackthorn Folly?

Paddy's Pub

Happy December Blackthorn Folly followers! This can be a busy month leading up to Christmas. Enjoy yourselves one week later by joining Blackthorn Folly at Paddy’s Pub for an old fashioned New Year’s Eve Party! Great music, hats noise makers, snacks and the traditional toast at the stroke of midnight! We can make 2017 a great year, start it with us at Paddy’s Pub! The band starts up at 9 PM and keeps on going!

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Irish Cultural & Heritage Center

Go check out our friends in Bua this Saturday at the Irish Cultural Heritage Center in Milwaukee. You most definitely won’t be disappointed!

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WXRW MM 2:00: Sara Lou (The Irish Nature of Things)

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Taking the stage at Paddy’s Pub in a little bit. Come on down and join us for some pints, shots, and some great craic! It’s been too long and we miss our Paddy’s fans. Hope to see y’all soon!

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Love Halloween? Thank the Celts for your favorite traditions

True Halloween is Monday, October 31st! Blackthorn Folly is pleased to once again perform at the Hefter Center for the UWM Center for Celtic Studies Samhain celebration! The party stars at 6 PM, and we will perform an acoustic set at 6:30 PM! Check out the details from today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel! All are welcome! to attend!

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Paddy's Pub

Halloween weekend is almost here! Join Blackthorn Folly and our friends at Paddy’s Pub on Saturday night, October 29th at 9 PM! It has been a while since we have performed at Paddy’s, so we are ready to party! Hope you are too! It will be a fun night of costumes and revelers!

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Timeline Photos

Happy October Blackthorn Folly Fans! Once again it is Halloween Party time at Paddy’s Pub! The fun kicks off at 9 PM, Saturday, October 29th! Last year, the Halloween crowd had some great costumes, what does Halloween 2016 hold in store? Show up at Paddy’s and join the fun!

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Blackthorn Folly - Milwaukee Irish Fest - August 20th, 2016

For those of you that might have missed it, here is the entire performance from Milwaukee Irish Fest 2016. The camera is more back-thorn folly than Blackthorn Folly, but the idea is there. :D

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Timeline Photos

Today is the day everybody. We’ll be taking the stage (Pub Garden) at 2:30 today at Milwaukee Irish Fest! Come on down for some good craic with Blackthorn Folly and stay for the rest of the festival. There are some awesome acts this year and as usual some excellent vendors and cultural demonstrations. We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Photos from Blackthorn Folly's post

The count down to the Milwaukee Irish Fest has started! Blackthorn Folly will have an all star line up! Welcome back, Jacob Davida, our “fiddler emeritus” and, we are pleased to say our talented flute and whistle player Joe McElroy will be in MKE for all the fun! You can enjoy this grand reunion of all Blackthorn Folly members on Saturday, August 20th, at 2:30 PM at the Pubs Garden Stage near the south entrance to the Milwaukee Irish Fest!

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Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Happy St. Paddy’s day to our current and future fans! It’s been a long weekend performing, but it’s been such a great joy to see you all out and having fun. We close out our holiday weekend playing at Paddy’s Irish Pub from 3-6 and County Clare from 10-1. We would all like to thank The Irish Pub on Water St, Bucky’s Lakeside Pub & Grill in Okauchee, and especially Paddy’s Irish Pub and County Clare Inn for giving us our first gigs and continuing to have us perform as the years progress. Most of all, we want to thank our fans for coming to see us (even when it’s an hour away)…we would be nothing without you.

Slainte and have a safe St. Paddy’s Day!

A bit of a shout out…

You might have noticed our recent videos — they’re courtesy of Brian Theisen, who studied film at the UWM Peck School of the Arts. Brian works on a number of independent projects in the Milwaukee area, and has traveled to Ireland for both specific and stock footage. Brian’s YouTube channel is linked on the right hand side of the page.

We’re grateful for Brian’s help — which has been gloriously pro-bono!

Check out his other work!

Wagon Wheel!

Another from our last gig:




The Maam!

Barrett’s Privateers!

From our gig last week!



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