The Paris Swinging Lovers
The Paris Swinging Lovers are a truly international phenomenon, not only playing regularly throughout Ireland (the Shelbourne Hotel; Farmleigh House, Dublin, Dromoland Castle, Country Clare; Carton House, Dublin; King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon Markree Castle, Sligo; Coolbawn Quay Marina, Tipperary; Carton House, Maynooth) but also in Belgium, Germany and France, including a performance for the Monaco Royal Family. They perform and organize the music for the Paris GOAL ball every year, helping to raise more than €35,000 for the famous Irish charity in 2007.
Live radio and TV sessions with interviews have included France Inter: Le Pont des Artistes, The Black Sessions, RTL: Concert D’un Soir , FR3: Circle de Minuit, FR2: Taratata, Canal+ Nulle Pars Ailleurs, BBC Radio 3, BBC2 TV: The Blackstaff Sessions, RTE TV: The Late Late Show, Nighthawks, The Gerry Ryan show, RTE Radio: the John Creedon Show, Pat Kenny Live.
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I saw Paddy Sherlock and the Paris Swinging Lovers in Shanley’s Bar in Clonakilty recently. Paddy is a trombone player and a great singer, from Dublin, and has been living and playing in Paris for the last 30 years. He had the whole audience in the palm of his hand and the atmosphere was electric.
Mary Black, Hit Singer
It has been some week for music for me….. I was happy to be present at two gigs that nestle comfortably in my greatest ever gigs basket.
A week ago today, Paddy Sherlock did a straight through 2 hours gig in Dalkey and it was a model of a well thought out repertoire that took us on journey from St. James Infirmary to Raglan Road.
Paddy has lived in Paris for the past thirty years …fronting a six man band of rabelasian Irish and French characters…..so he knows his trade …but but there was no sense he was showing off… the rapport he establishes with the audience generates genuine affection
…he even seduces the audience into becoming part of the act..without being cheesey….
Paddy plays trombone that acts as punctuation and percussion …trombone..guitar and bass are an unlikely combination …..but backing him… with the benefit of just one rehearsal… they didn’t fluff a note ….and their individual virtuosity shone through in their solos..
It was a triumph for Paddy and Gerry…I wish for both of them to get the attention they deserve…Gerry for his talent as a painter…and Paddy Sherlock for being the best entertainer I have seen for a long while…he needs a manager and some gigs….and his arrangement and vocal on Raglan Road is his guaranteed hit-in-waiting…”