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?

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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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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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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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Blackthorn Folly @ Milwaukee Irish Fest in Milwaukee, WI

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The Irish Nature of Things Blackthorn Folly

Fear not Blackthorn Folly Fans! If you missed last night’s Riverwest Radio broadcast of The Irish Nature of Things, here is the podcast! Thank you Saralou for a grand evening of tunes and conversation! Now, to get ready for our Milwaukee Irish Fest performance!

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Riverwest Radio

Just a reminder to our fans. If you want to catch us over the airwaves, we’re on The Irish Nature of Things broadcasting and streaming on Riverwest Radio. The show starts at 8pm tonight and we’ll be talking and performing the entire show.

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Hey everybody! We know it’s been a while since we’ve posted here, but we’ve been working on the album and…well…life happened to all of us. Here’s what’s coming up! This coming Wednesday (7/20/16) at 8pm we will all be performing on The Irish Nature of Things program on Riverwest Radio ( streaming on the Internet or 104.1 on your FM dial if you’re in the area. On Saturday August 20th, join us at 2:30pm on the Pub Garden stage at 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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