May the joys of today
Be those of tomorrow.
The goblets of life
Hold no dregs of sorrow.
We are an Irish band with a punk rock soul. We play what we like to call “Irish Speed Folk”, a hard driving style that takes its influence from The Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, but utilizes acoustic instruments so we can still play traditional Irish tunes with subtlety and complexity. We come from many influences beyond Irish music like The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, and Led Zeppelin, but mostly it was 80’s style punk that inspired us when we were younger. The energy and rebelliousness of the music fits perfectly into Irish music, something The Pogues helped develop many years ago and is still being explored and discovered today.
See for yourself!
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 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.