Dan Ryan, (Vocals, guitar) Dan, the leader of the band, holds a BA in music, a music teaching credential and is pictured here with his son Michael, the newest (and youngest) member of Claddagh.
Claddagh is an Irish folk band. Our name comes from the famous Claddagh ring, worn by people for over 400 years, which symbolizes friendship, loyalty, and love. The band incorporates these virtues into their songs, with the added virtue of rollicking fun.
During the "off-season", (From Apil thru mid February), Claddagh consists of a quartet of talent; Dan Ryan, Michael Ryan, George Reese, and Jim Greene. They perform a wide variety of music which includes originals, country, sea-faring ballads, Lightfoot and Buffet favorites, and of course more than a fair dash of Irish music.
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Here's a sample of our sound:
Michael Patrick Ryan - Michael plays banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, guitar, trumpet, harmonica, tambourine, has recently added bass - and has the most Irish name of us all. He is inspired by and inspires Claddagh and his buoyant spirit and enthusiasm for people and music will captivate your heart!
George Reese, (Tin Whistle, mandolin and vocals). George works as a technical illustrator for the aerospace industry, but he has taken whistle-blowing to new heights. The tin whistle is the instrument in Claddagh most closely associated with Irish music and George does a great job performing with that authentic Eire. His theatrical background also makes him one of the best story tellers in Southern California.
Jim Greene, (Bass Guitar, vocals).. Jim began a professional career in music with Dan, being together the "Two-Thirds Majority" duo from 1973-1976. Later, Jim became a lighting gaffer for the film industry. It took Dan 20 years of coaxing (misery loves company) to persuade him to join Claddagh. Jim adds a solid bass and a stellar vocal range. He is from a musical family, his father, Jim Sr. and brother Patrick both professional musicians. and all of his 8 siblings are singers.