May the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow.
The goblets of life
Hold no dregs of sorrow.

Clover’s Revenge was formed with the express purpose of drinking. It seemed like a good idea to practice playing Irish music while we were at it. Our first performance was on St. Patrick’s Day of 2015, and we accomplished our major goal while also putting on a hell of a show at Chester’s Reef in Sarasota. In our first year, we accomplished our major goal forty times, while also entertaining audiences with our version of Pub Music: Irish Speed Folk. While the majority of our songs are Irish classics that are often hundreds of years old, we continue to learn and interpret great songs played by Irish musicians and groups who happen to still be alive. One of our favorites is a punk rock classic from 1581. Some things never change.

While we don’t take ourselves seriously at all, we love and respect the music. Mostly, we relish a crowd that sings with us, claps at the right moments, knows new and bawdy lyrics, and loves to have a good time.

Shameless self promotion. Beau Wilberding, Cajon Drum – Beau Wilberding is a Sarasota resident of twenty years, a friend to many, and a foe to none. With no background whatsoever in Irish music, Beau was delighted to accompany John and Zach, and to witness the ways, means, ins and outs of Irish storytelling in musical form. Beau’s joy in playing is apparent to all comers – the man can’t seem to stop smiling as he plays the cajon.

 

Zach JohnsonZach Johnson, Guitar, Vocals – Zach Johnson, known to his many students as ‘Dr. J,’ has family roots in the Old Country. Extraordinarily well educated, Zach is a life-long musician and holds a PhD in classical guitar performance. But don’t let that fool you – he plays Irish Speed Folk, sings and quaffs whiskey with great relish.

 

John Barron, Vocals, Mandolin, Guitar – John Barron is a son of Chicago and attended University in the Dublin suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. He is from a large Irish-American family, and treasures his Irish heritage. A veteran of the stage, his wit and wisdom pierce even the pint-heaviest evenings. But, beware, if he sees you frowning, he’ll stop the music and ask you why.

Clover’s Revenge is available for pubs, parties, fights, and wakes in Sarasota, Bradenton, Port Charlotte, Tampa, and St. Petersburg. We will even drive farther upon request.

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