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The Prodigals
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresCeltic punk
Years active1997–present
MembersGregory Grene
Dave Fahy
Andrew Harkin
Brian Tracey]

The Prodigals is an American Irish punk band that started in 1997.

Calling their genre of music "jig punk", the Prodigals fall within a tradition epitomized by the Pogues and Black 47, merging traditional Celtic melodic roots with rock rhythms. As of 2017, the band's lineup features the three original members: Gregory Grene (button accordion and lead vocals), Andrew Harkin (bass), Brian Tracey (drums), plus Galway's Dave Fahy (guitar and lead vocals) who has been a member since 2009. They are frequently joined by Alex Grene, nephew of Gregory, and a graduate in music composition from the University of Chicago. The Prodigals call Paddy Reilly's (the world's only all-draft Guinness bar) their home when in New York City. The band has its own distinctive sound, particularly distinguished by lead melodic roles being filled by button-key accordion and bass along with the vocals, and has received substantial critical notice through the years.

Their songs "Open Reel" and "The Bunch of Red Roses" were played in the film Pride and Glory during the bar fight scene between Edward Norton and Colin Farrell.

The Prodigals band has had many changes to its members over the years. Here is a listing of ex-Prodigals:

  • Alex Tobias - harmonica, fiddle, and vocals
  • Sean McCabe - guitar and vocals
  • Ray Kelly - guitar and vocals
  • Brendan Smith - drums
  • Chris Nicolo - drums
  • Colm O'Brien - guitar and vocals
  • Ed Kollar - Bass
  • Eamon Ellams - drums
  • Eamon O'Tuama - guitar and vocals


  • The Prodigals (1997)
  • Go On (1999), effectively the band's breakout album
  • Dreaming in Hell's Kitchen (2001, produced by Scottish fiddler and record producer Johnny Cunningham)
  • Needs Must When the Devil Drives (2003, produced by Howie Beno, who notably also produced the Red Hot Chili Peppers single "Give It Away")
  • Beachland Bootleg (2005), a live album/DVD recorded at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Momentum (2006)
  • Whiskey Asylum (2008)
  • Brothers (2016)

Solo/acoustic album

  • FlipSides (2009)

Contributing artist
  • The Rough Guide to Irish Music (1996)

External links

  • Official Website
  • A review of Momentum written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
  • An interview with Gregory Grene
  • Allmusic


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