Galway Guild, is a Celtic Rock band from Philadelphia, PA. Inspired by the vast amounts of Celtic music in Galway City Ireland, Galway Guild packages the traditional roots of Celtic music with the modern day essence of Rock and delivers that sound to the pubs and stages of America. Playing a mix of traditional, rebel, and modern Irish music, the band performs a fair amount in the North Eastern United States. The band also keeps the crowd engaged with a sizeable catalogue of non- Irish music.
Galway Guild was originally formed in 2010 by Joe Magee after being inspired by the Celtic music he grew up listening to. The band was named after the musical revelation that Joe experienced while having an extended stay in Galway CityIreland. Presently an entrepreneur, musician, and publican, he was born and raised an Irish-American in Philadelphia, PA. After being exposed to the rebel influences of his northern Irish heritage through artists such as Luke Kelly and the Wolfe Tones, Joe started playing music in his early teens in various Rock and Punk bands.
The band has performed at a number of note worthy festivals throughout the U.S. including the Irish Fall Fest in WildwoodNJ, The Philadelphia Fleadh (where they opened for the Young Dubliners), Smithville Irish Fest, Trenton Mercer Irish Fest, and the Philadelphia Phillies Irish Heritage Night. They have also performed regularly at a number of large venues such as XFinity Live, Tropicana Casino, Harrah’s Casino, as well as number of national pub chains including Kildares, RiRa, Fado, and Looneys.
Galway Guild Performing "Molly Maguires"
Galway Guild Performing "Drunken Lullabies"