From: CA, United States
Genre: Rock, Punk, Celtic
“Sure to smack you in the face and have you loving every minute of it” (Paddyrock.com)
The Mighty Regis is a six member musical assault combining punk, folk and Celtic influences into a floor-stomping gut punch of a good time. Mixing traditional instrumentation (mandolin, accordion, tin whistle), scorching guitar and a crushing rhythm section with an unabashedly DIY/punk philosophy, TMR has built its loyal following one show at a time since 2007.
Starting in Los Angeles with a weekly residency at famed Molly Malone’s, this ragtag bunch have undergone various personnel changes and become stronger along the way. In both the pubs and the clubs, they have toured most of North America on their own, supporting other national acts and as part of Warped Tour 2010.
“They not only deliver, they practically gift wrap: superb guitar, rocking percussion, awe-inspiring vocals.” (Celtophilia)
Their 2007 debut ‘Co. Sligo’ made clear both their Celtic influence and penchant for wit. Their second and third releases ‘Another Nickel for the Pope’ (2008)and ‘21’ (2010) increasingly firmed up their punk foundation and true intent, landing on top 10 lists for both Paddyrock.com and Shite’n’Onions.com. Their audience grew right in step with their sound, and with the release of the 3-song EP ‘Walking Around Lucky’ (2011), TMR showed what it was truly capable of. In the growing sea of Celt/punk bands, they were starting to spread out and hone in on something truly original.
Opportunity on the opposite coast soon knocked for founder/vocalist Mike (Franky) O’Hara, and the remaining six found they were well-equipped and anxious to keep things rolling right along. So with the lineup of vocalist/lead guitarist Ben (Sarge) Wise, vocalist/rhythm guitarist/tin whistler Marypat (Ryan) Farrell, founder/mandolin player Brett (Gavin) Pearsons, accordion player Dave (Paddy) Goldstein, bass player Kiehl (Darby) Smit and drummer Mike (Mickey) McCurdy, this tight bunch are as focused as ever on spreading their gospel.
Favorites on the shite’n’onions podcast, the Scallywag show, Paddy Rock Vol.4 (with The Mahones, Ramshackle Army, Whiskey of the Damned), and featured on Fuel, FuseTV and “Live! With Regis and Kelly”, the Reege continue to impress, making lifelong fans and friends every stop along the way…and they’re coming for you next.