Pittsburgh-based Bastard Bearded Irishmen is one of the most entertaining and energetic live shows today. Their sound is an original, ferocious blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, mixed with punk, gypsy and high-energy rock n’ roll.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen, or BBI, was originally intended to be a one-night-only tribute for a dear, departed friend. Jimmy Bastard and Ben Jaber shared a passion for Irish music and enlisted Dan Stocker on drums and Danny Rectenwald on mandolin to form the nucleus of the band. What began as a tribute in local pub gigs turned into two records with a third on the way, constant touring, sharing the stage with the likes of Street Dogs and Gogol Bordello and a sponsorship from Jameson Irish Whiskey. The group’s lineup is rounded out by Paul Dvorchak on fiddle and Ryan Warmbrodt on rhythm guitar.
These days, the band is having as much fun as ever. The shows are a non-stop barrage of party anthems, dancing tunes and maybe even the occasional whiskey-fueled ballad. The experience is always organic, and sometimes, unpredictable. Maybe Jimmy will climb into the rafters to do an epic guitar solo. Maybe Danny will jump into the crowd and lose his shirt (sometimes pants). Quite simply, the guys want the crowd to let loose and party. One thing is for sure, the bar better be overstocked.
The latest album, “Rise of the Bastard,” (May 2014) is available now at the bands website, iTunes and other online outlets.
The Irishmen have been voted “Best Rock Band in Pittsburgh” four years in a row (’12,’13,’14, ‘15) by the readers of the ‘Pittsburgh City Paper’, and “Best Bar Band” (2014 & 2015) by ‘Pittsburgh Magazine’. The band continues to make a name for itself, both regionally and nationally. They’ve opened for Dropkick Murphy’s and Stiff Little Fingers on the “Shamrock N Roll” tour in Pittsburgh, played with Gogol Bordello, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, Gaelic Storm, The Mahones, Reel Big Fish, Guttermouth, Rusted Root, The Clarks, as well as rocking regional festivals, “MusikFest” (Bethlehem, PA), “Roar on the Shore” (Erie, PA), “MountainFest” (Morgantown, WV), “Flood City Music Festival”(Johnstown, PA), “OC Bike Fest” (Ocean City, MD), Dublin Irish Fest (Dublin, OH), Celtic Classic (Bethlehem, PA), Indy Irish Festival (Indianapolis, IN) and of course, Pittsburgh Irish Festival. Most recently, the band performed on a rock cruise from Miami to Jamaica with national artists Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Phillip Phillips, and Andy Grammer, among others, and was quickly a boat highlight.
BASTARD BEARDED IRISHMEN ARE...
- Jimmy Bastard – Guitars/vocals
- Danny Rectenwald – Mandolin/guitar/vocals
- Paul Dvorchak – Fiddle/vocals
- Ben Jaber – Bass/vocals
- Dan Stocker – Drums
- Ryan Warmbrodt – Rhythm guitar
AND THE PEOPLE SAID
You’re more likely to believe these guys are from Dublin then the South Hills of Pittsburgh. An immensely talented and dedicated group of musicians that could hold their own on stage with The Pogues, Flogging Molly or Dropkick Murphys. No band from Pittsburgh makes me want to drink more.
– Randy Baumann, WDVE Morning Show
Far more than some party band, the sextet is blessed with deft musicianship. …[their] upbeat mix of Celtic rock, punk, acoustic and Irish folk music calls to mind the majestic triumvirate of the Pogues, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly.
– Scott Tady “Beaver County Times”
If you think you might like a band with a name like “The Bastard Bearded Irishmen,” you’ll definitely like this band.
– Andy Mulkerin “Pittsburgh City Paper”
“‘Rise of the Bastard’ is the album all ‘Flogging Molly’ fans were looking for…a top notch album where fiddle, mandolin, and electric guitar performances are higher than average.”
– Celtic Folk Punk Blog-Zine
“One of the most engaging bands we have ever had at MountainFest Motorcycle Rally and OC BikeFest. They had everybody dancing.”
– Cliff Sutherland, President (MountainFest /OC Bike Fest)
“You were one of our favorites from the tour. The CD is still playing in the van.”
– The Mahones
“Bastard Bearded Irishmen are hands down the best live act in Pittsburgh. Their raw energy and intensity radiates to their fans creating an atmosphere that can’t be rivaled. Don’t pass up any opportunity to check these guys out.”
– Randy Jarosz, Sound Scene Express
“Great Band, Great Energy. Great Show. The entire audience at the Irish Club was thoroughly entertained. People are already asking when they are coming back.”
– Francis McGarry – Irish American Club (Cleveland, OH)
“Catchy is the word for to describe this album and its chockablock full of foot-tappers, fist in the air shouty choruses and moshpit friendly celtic punk….All the various strands of celtic-punk are here but rarely have they come together so perfectly!”
– London Celtic Punks
The mission, of course, is to provide its own home-brewed taste of that acoustic-punk-Celtic blend…
…bashing out a rowdy repertoire of drinking songs, from classics like “Whiskey in the Jar” to such originals as “Drinkem’, Drankem’, Drunkem’.”
– Scott Mervis “Pittsburgh Post-Gazette”
It might have been the best hour of St. Patrick’s Day I’ve ever experienced…they just come out and punch you in the face.
– Mike Prisuta, WDVE Morning Show
Every day is St. Patrick’s Day when this local favorite takes the stage!
– Pittsburgh City Paper “Best Local Rock Band 2013”
Hands down one of the best party band around!
– Val Porter, WDVE
They are the musical equivalent of a 5 hour energy drink.
– Bill Crawford, WDVE