Bill Grogan's Goat

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Celtic, Progressive Rock, Rock, Punk


Detroit MI United States

Sounds Like

Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Planxty, Stiff Little Fingers, The Pogues, Jethro Tull, The Bothy Band, The Clancy Brothers, The Dubliners


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Digital Location


Member since: 05/01/2012 Year Founded: 2007


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Band Member
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Jude Closson


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  • Original material: 04 hrs : 00 min
  • Cover material: 02 hrs : 00 min
  • CDs released: 2
  • CDs sold: 750
  • Digital songs sold: 400
  • Original Songs: 40
  • Average Draw: 125
  • Largest crowd: 2,000
  • Have sound: Full PA


Detroit's own Ceili band in overdrive!

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.

Kick out the Celtic jams!

Bill Grogan's Goat is a collective of five Detroit musicians who have played on and off together for many years in the Detroit music scene. Over the span of their musical careers, the five have covered musical styles ranging from symphonic band music to hardcore punk rock and from solo Irish ballad singing to avant garde Jazz. All these influences come together to bring a fresh approach to classic Irish folk music, utilizing a rock band format of bass, drums, guitars and traditional instruments such as Irish bouzouki, tin whistle, mandolin, fiddle and highland pipes.

Bill Grogan's Goat Is:
Jude Closson, Drums, Vocals
Norman Rosenbaum, Guitar, Vocals
Gerard Smith, Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Bodhran, Vocals
Matt Twomey, Bass, Vocals
Mindy Whalen, Fiddle, Whistle, Highland Pipes, Vocals

PROG Magazine

March 10, 2012
Prog Magazine

“ 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.”


March 04, 2012
Adam Coozer

"The musicianship is competent and lively..."

February 25, 2012
Nicky Rossiter

"Hang on to your 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."

Shite 'n Onions

January 25, 2012
Mustard Finnegan

“…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…”

The Belleville View

July 25, 2011
Kim Tindall

“...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.”

Celtic Rock Magazine

May 29, 2009
Marc Gunn

"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!"

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