‘Sing and Laugh with Paddyman’ is a folk and Irish music show brought to you by one-man band sensation, Declan O’Sullivan. Some of his songs are serious, such as putting music to Luke Kelly’s poem, ‘For What Died the Sons of Roisin.’ And others are just for the laugh, such as his version of Gangnam Style (Irish Paddy Style), which was shown multiple times on RTE and has over 250,000 Youtube views. He has expanded his skills beyond the traditional vocal and guitar mix to include a loop pedal, banjo, trumpet, harmonica and bodhran as part of his current show.
For more than 25 years, Paddyman has played gigs in the most unlikely places around the world, including hidden bars in Yemen and Sudan, private parties for Sheikhs, Irish weddings at the seven-star hotel, Burj Al Arab and three original sellout shows on board the iconic QE2 in Dubai. With four albums under his belt, Paddyman has performed live to over one million people worldwide, and was the first Irish musical artist to be awarded the prestigious Golden Visa in 2021 by Dubai Arts and Culture Authority in recognition of his contribution to the arts in UAE.
Paddyman was born and raised in Co. Kildare, Ireland, but his paternal roots are firmly planted in Kenmare. “My grandfather and father’s family are all from Kenmare so it is an important place for me to perform.” My uncle, Gerald O’Sullivan still lives there, and over the years I’ve returned regularly to holiday and perform with my father in the pubs in Kenmare. So I would like to do a special performance that appeals to both the local community and visitors in search of a professional Irish music show that features classic Irish singalong ballads, original music and some funny stories.”