Contemporary Irish Folk-Rock group, All Folk’d Up were originally formed back in Dublin by banjo virtuoso and lead singer Pauric Mohan while studying for a Music degree in the capital. He soon brought in younger brother Barry and other members to bolster the band’s line-up. After polishing their live set with a full band line up, All Folk’d Up soon landed themselves a residency at Dublin’s world famous - Temple Bar, developing a devoted and impassioned fanbase along the way. From those early days in Dublin the band have evolved and captured fans from all over the world.
Sell out shows ensued in Ireland and the UK, and the band impressed festival audiences in Europe, America, Germany and Spain throughout their tenure, along with their own headline international tours and stand-out performances at the Cheltenham Races, the Farmers Bash in the SSE Arena, Belfast and an annual residency in Las Vegas.
It was when the band were touring in Las Vegas in October 2022, that they received the tragic news of the death of guitarist Barry Mohan (28), who died in a road traffic accident back home.
Barry’s musical contribution was evident from the very beginning of the band, along with his bubbly personality, which helped shape All Folk’d Up into the band they are today. He commanded respect, both on and off stage, from the other members and their audiences. Barry was a popular musician, on the top of his game and loved what he done.
On St Patrick’s Day of this year, All Folk’d Up released a traditional tune called ‘Paddy’s Jig’ which featured acoustic guitar from the late Barry, recorded before his death.
Pauric and the band recorded this new music with Barry last year and are now looking ahead to releasing these songs as part of their new album soon.
All Folk’d Up have garnered a reputation as one of the best new wave bands on the Irish folk circuit with a unique ability to rework old Irish folk and traditional songs, sprinkling their own modern and up-tempo twist; fans have become accustomed to hearing bouncing melodies, enticing lyrical stories, vintage Folk-Rock sounds with jaw-dropping banjo progressions.
The band released their hugely successful self-titled debut album in 2013, receiving acclaim and kudos from critics and fans alike. After extensive touring, All Folk’d Up showed no signs of the famous “second album syndrome” as they released their enormously popular follow up Draw Back the Curtain in 2016. With the imposition of lockdowns in 2020 - 2021 the band recorded and live streamed a show from County Armagh on St. Patrick’s Day, later releasing the recording as a live album, ‘Live At The Market Place’. Final preparations are currently underway for the band’s third studio album, set for release in the autumn and recorded with the late Barry Mohan.
Warming up for a summer filled with festivals in 2023, the band also have tours planned in and around Europe, as well as All Folk’d Up’s own headline shows across Ireland and the UK.