Friday, 1 July 2016

Paddy Garrigan And The Stroller Priests Q&A

Your name: 
Paddy Garrigan.

Where are you from? 
I live in Ulverston, South Cumbria; the rest of the band lives in Lancaster, Lancs UK.

Name of band: 
Paddy Garrigan and The Stroller Priests.

Who else is in your band?
The band is:

Paddy Garrigan (Vocals, Guitars, Mandolin)
Darren Leadsom (Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals)
Ben McCabe (Drums, Backing Vocals, French Horn)

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Ourselves: partially bearded, fully clothed. Talented, witty and self-deprecating. You decide which is which.

Our music: When you want the mixtape with the heart-breaking ballads amidst the barrelling rock music, the punk poppyiness amongst the stories and the shanties; when you need a new earworm to catch and eat the one you’ve been feeding all month, you need to come and find us.

Who are your main influences musically?
The Band getting beery with the Beatles. 
Richard Thompson squaring up to Neil Young as to who can play the wonkiest. The Clash being put straight by Half Man Half Biscuit for taking themselves too seriously.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
1.    To continue creating music that people love;
2.    To facilitate mass enjoyment and the buying of our latest record and
3.    To write a pop song as good as YMCA

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
BBC 6music DJ and remarkable human being Tom Robinson described our song “Sea Monsters” as “an awesome record”, and went on to describe how he’d been singing it whilst doing the washing up. It is of course great to receive acclaim from songwriters (and connoisseurs of new music) that you admire, especially the ones who don’t mind doing the washing up.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Fortunately it hasn’t happened yet.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Start with the afore-referenced “Sea Monsters”. It has lots of things we often do – crafty lyrics and a tune you shall not escape from this side of next week placed on top of a groove you could slide a hippo down – though it also has cunning gaps where the other things we do ought to be. But you’ll have to listen to “I jumped ship”, our latest album, to find out what they are.

Where can we listen to it?

Where can we find out more about your music?
Website –
Facebook -
Soundcloud -
Bandcamp -

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
We would love for you to meet our music, please come and say hello as and when the opportunity arises.

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