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Bill Grogan’s Goat combines solid Detroit rock with traditional Celtic melodies to produce a truly unique sound, tightly combining traditional songs with reels, jigs, and hornpipes at a pace that will challenge the Lord of the Dance himself.

Highland pipes, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, bouzouki, and penny whistle, accompanied by rock and roll bass, guitar, and drums, breathe new life into time-honored songs of love, war and whiskey.


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Press and Reviews

"This Detroit five-piece are confident, uncompromising and, well, rollicking fun.  They take traditional shanties and songs like Haul Away Joe and Ye Jacobites By Name and work them inside out.  To call this music "Celtic Rock" is too safe.  For newcomers, think ceilidh meets piratical roistering, hardcore punk, a pinch of Tool, and Irish balladeering, and you begin to get the picture."    -PROG Magazine-

"The Goat are easily one of the most original bands in the whole Celtic-rock universe.  Celtic meets primal Detroit rock'n'roll, and a few new influences just for good measure."
-Shite 'N Onions-

"Bill Grogan's Goat do not play the well-known versions, but take their songs apart thoroughly, then put them together completely new."
-Celtic-Rock-

"There probably isn’t such a thing as a bad time to see Bill Grogan’s Goat, but on a freezing January Thursday night in Corktown, at PJ’s Lager House, they’re just about perfect...maybe it’s because we know that Ireland and Scotland are far from the warmest of places on Earth, so a good dose of Celtic rock on a cold evening feels authentic. Or perhaps it’s because you can’t help but dance to this stuff, or at least tap your feet, and that warms you up. Regardless, there are few better at this sort of stuff than the Goat."
-Brett Callwood, City Slang/Detroit Metro Times-


"Folk song given a boot up the behind courtesy of electricity...Sonically, the Goat mix traditional Celtic music with prog metal a la Tool and Porcupine Tree, the first wave punk of the Pistols and the Buzzcocks, Irish rock like Thin Lizzy and Scottish rock like the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. It's a heady brew."
-Brett Callwood, Detroit Metro Times-

"Now, here's something a little bit unusual to get your teeth into.  Because this is a five-piece from Detroit who combine solid Motor City rock sounds with a pure Celtic vibe.  Highland pipes, mandolins and fiddles caress against rock'n'roll.  It works!"
-PROG Magazine-

“...an enjoyable ... affair that turbo-charges a lively set of venerable tunes with a punky, high-speed ethic ... One imagines it'd be brilliant in a bar where the Guinness is flowing.”
- PROG Magazine-

"...their album is a sure bet: guitars, guitars and more guitars. And the addition of a great deal of pipes, fiddle and tin whistle. If you like the mix of Celtic music with the Detroit r’n’r tradition, then Bill Grogan’s Goat “Second Wind” won’t disappoint you."
-Celtic Folk Punk-


“…louder, faster, dirtier and more Motor City guitar riffs then you could ever imagine Irish folk to be. Iggy and The Stooges meets The Clancy Brothers…it's good and at times skull crushing amazing…”
- Mustard Finnegan, Shite ‘n’ Onions CD review-

"Hang on to your hats...do not expect a traditional rendition of 'The Irish Rover', as this guy is roving on speed.  This is not an album for your purist uncle or granny, but if you know a young person who thinks Irish music is boring, here is the antidote."
-Nicky Rossiter, Rambles.NET-

"If you’re looking for a high-energy, Celtic rock band that isn’t afraid to take on traditional Celtic and folk tunes by reinventing them and adding a bit of rock n’ roll to the tunes, then Bill Grogan’s Goat is the band you’ve been seeking. The diversity of the musicians that make up this band is what makes this new spin on Irish music so do-able. And the best part is…it’s done well!"
- Marc Gunn, Celtic Music Magazine-

"...great music ... elevates this above just another Celtic rock band."
- Fred Willson, of Celtic world band An Dro -

“...when you mix traditional Irish Folk music with an untraditional group of former rock, punk, techno and disco aficionados… you get Bill Grogan’s Goat.”
- The Belleville View -

 

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  • Gerard Smith

    Gerard Smith Bill Grogan's Goat

    Dear Mr. Miller: Go raibh maith agat as do mholadh. The "Greenwood Sidee" that we recorded on our album is an arrangement of a song recorded by the band Kaleidoscope in 1968. It is their adaptation of the Child ballad number 20, "The Cruel Mother". Although it is established that songs passed back and forth between the Celtic and British lands, I would think it obvious that the word "sidee" is an English slang term for the woodside. Although the ghosts of the dead children are mentioned, I doubt the Irish term for spirit or fairy would be an appropriate assumption for the lyrics of what probably originated as an English song. The development of this song can be found documented on the web site www.sacred-texts.com. I suppose the word could be more appropriately rendered "sidie", however, we chose to go with Kaleidoscope's spelling. Go raibh maith agat as do spéis i Bill Grogan's Goat. Slán go foill.

    Dear Mr. Miller:

    Go raibh maith agat as do mholadh. The "Greenwood Sidee" that we recorded on our album is an arrangement of a song recorded by the band Kaleidoscope in 1968. It is their adaptation of the Child ballad number 20, "The Cruel Mother". Although it is established that songs passed back and forth between the Celtic and British lands, I would think it obvious that the word "sidee" is an English slang term for the woodside. Although the ghosts of the dead children are mentioned, I doubt the Irish term for spirit or fairy would be an appropriate assumption for the lyrics of what probably originated as an English song. The development of this song can be found documented on the web site www.sacred-texts.com. I suppose the word could be more appropriately rendered "sidie", however, we chose to go with Kaleidoscope's spelling. Go raibh maith agat as do spéis i Bill Grogan's Goat.

    Slán go foill.

  • Ted Miller

    Ted Miller

    I just listened to Greenwood Sidee. I'd suggest that you change the lyric a bit. I think by sidde you were rerferring to "sidhe" which is normally pronounced "Shee", the d being silent. Certainly, most people don't know or much less, care about a neo-Celtic semi-rock song, but... for the sake of cultual integrity, I'd suggest that you modify it a bit. I know it'll screw up your rhyme and meter, but...how can you claim authenticity if your recordings verify that you don't even know authentic pronunciations?

    I just listened to Greenwood Sidee. I'd suggest that you change the lyric a bit. I think by sidde you were rerferring to "sidhe" which is normally pronounced "Shee", the d being silent. Certainly, most people don't know or much less, care about a neo-Celtic semi-rock song, but... for the sake of cultual integrity, I'd suggest that you modify it a bit. I know it'll screw up your rhyme and meter, but...how can you claim authenticity if your recordings verify that you don't even know authentic pronunciations?

  • Auntie D

    Auntie D Sarasota, Fl

    Love your music what a twist. Your website is very good too.

    Love your music what a twist. Your website is very good too.

  • Mary Grant

    Mary Grant Bloomfield Mi.

    Just a really fun group. I really enjoy!

    Just a really fun group. I really enjoy!

  • Kimmy Baudhuin

    Kimmy Baudhuin Providence Day

    OH MY GOODNESS! You guys are my favorite band of all time, you are the most amazing blessing to the Celtic genre of all time!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep on rocking Billy Grogan's Goat!

    OH MY GOODNESS! You guys are my favorite band of all time, you are the most amazing blessing to the Celtic genre of all time!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep on rocking Billy Grogan's Goat!

  • Orrin Paul Shoemaker

    Orrin Paul Shoemaker Armada

    Hope to make it to Lynch's in August. We will make it a point to say hi to Jude and Norm. At this point in time we will discuss the theory of six degrees of separation.

    Hope to make it to Lynch's in August. We will make it a point to say hi to Jude and Norm. At this point in time we will discuss the theory of six degrees of separation.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous Detroit

    Kick out the Jams, Paddy Rockers!

    Kick out the Jams, Paddy Rockers!

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Jun23

Nine Irish Brothers

119 Howard Avenue, West Lafayette, IN


Age limit: 21+ or w/adult

Jun22

Nine Irish Brothers

3520 St. Rd. 38 E, Lafayette, IN


Age limit: 21+ or w/adult

May5

Dick O'Dow's

Dick O'Dow's, 160 West Maple Road, Birmingham, MI


Age limit: 21+

Apr15

Motor City Irish Fest Fundraiser

Dunleavy's, 6004 Allen Road, Allen Park, MI


Age limit: 21+ or w/adult

Apr7

Live at AOH Walsh Division

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Ancient Order of Hibernians Walsh Division , 24242 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI


$5 admission charge at the door Age limit: All ages

Apr6

Cadieux Cafe'

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Cadieux Cafe', 4300 Cadieux Road, Detroit, MI


Age limit: 21+

Mar17

St. Patrick's Day at The Claddagh - Lansing

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The Claddagh, 2900 Towne Center Blvd., Lansing, MI


Age limit: 21+ or w/adult

Mar16

St. Patrick's Eve at The Clansman Gaelic Pub

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The Clansman Gaelic Pub - Canterbury Village, 2325 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI


Age limit: 21+ or w/adult

Mar11

2012 St. Patrick's Parade Day at the Lager House

PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI


Age limit: 21+ or w/adult

Mar10

Village of Romeo St. Baldrick's Foundation Fundraiser

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Younger's Irish Tavern, 120 S. Main St., Romeo, MI

Activities start at 1 pm visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/1314/2012 for a full schedule.

Performance Details:
5 pm – 6 pm: Gerard Smith @ Younger’s Irish Tavern/Upstairs
7 pm – 9 pm: Bill Grogan’s Goat @ Younger’s Irish Tavern/Upstairs

Age limit: All ages

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