Popular Irish Folk Band, Henry Marten's Ghost.

Henry Marten's Ghost your best Irish band for Weddings, Birthday Parties, Irish wakes, Festivals and Corporate Events.

If you like Traditional Irish music then you will love our set list which, includes Irish Songs, the Fields of Athenry, The Wild Rover, Galway Girl, The Irish Rover plus many Ballads, Reels, Jigs, Polkas and Waltzes.

We can work as a duo (guitar/vocals, whistles/melodeons) Trio add percussion four piece add fiddle. We can also provide a caller should you need one.


Padraig Lalor Singer/Guitarist Padraig was born in Belfast. He lived his formative years in the 1970s against the backdrop of the troubles in Northern Ireland. He worked as a freelance journalist in the 1980s; becoming Northern Irish correspondent for the Irish Post, before gaining a Scholarship to Ruskin College Oxford. It was in Oxford he formed the Traditional Irish band Henry Marten's Ghost and started writing songs in the late 1990s. 

A fascination with his country's musical history and a love of the stories that permeate its culture, bring an engaging authenticity to his songs. Capturing the passion and contradiction of the people and places of Belfast has seen Padraig earn the reputation of a modern day Seanachaí. Not surprising perhaps, that he lists both the great Irish Tenor Josef Locke, and Belfast's Kathleen Largey amongst his key musical influences.

Greig Stewart drummer/percussionist is a founder member of the internationally renowned Guillemotsand both a Brit Award and Mercury Music Prize nominee. Greig and Padraig became friends and musical collaborators in Oxford in 1997 before Greig moved to London to become a core member of the Guillemots. Greig was both Percussionist and co-writer helping the band enjoy significant single and album chart successes, and touring globally. Greig has appeared alongside the likes of Rufus Wainwright, Snow Patrol, KT Tunstall, The Script, Beck, Morrissey, REM, Travis and even with a full orchestra at the BBC Electric Proms. Re-united with Padraig in 2013, Grieg’s characteristically innovative style and fluid rhythms form the bands heartbeat.

Gill O’ Shea- Whistles/Accordion/Melodeon has an Honours Degree in Music from Cardiff university. She sports an infectious sense of fun. Coupled with a unique whistle style and a genuine affinity towards Irish tunes, she quickly became an audience favourite. An ever present since 2002 she also plays squeeze boxes and was the band’s first female member. Living off the same Motorway junction as Padraig they also perform regularly as a duo.

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