The Dirty Wellies is a fast-rising traditional Irish band based in the Chicago area. The band formed in 2013 when County Mayo natives Regina Garrity, Margaret Murphy O'Callaghan, and Bernadette Murphy, joined with a guitarist Kevin Branigan to hold open sessions at a popular pub in the Chicago suburb of Brookfield. Over the next year, Bernadette left the country for a year and Jim Aman joined as the whistler. Bernadette returned, expanding the band which had been joined by Vincent O'Callaghan and, later, Frank Gleeson.

The band's focus is traditional Irish and Scottish music. Modern tunes and twists have come into the repertoire along the way, but the heart and soul of the band remains trad. Their style and love of traditional tunes and songs has carried the band to festivals, concerts, and a variety of private and public performances.

Regina Garrity - accordion
Margaret Murphy O'Callaghan - fiddle
Frank Gleeson - mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals
Vincent O'Callaghan - bodhran
Jim Aman - whistle
Kevin Branigan - guitar, vocals
“The Dirty Wellies is a powerhouse group of six traditional Irish musicians who fill any size room with rich performances, warm stage presence and large catalog of Irish tunes. Fiddle, bodhran, whistle, banjo, mandolin and vocals and accordion; the Wellies have it all.” – Irish American Heritage Center (Chicago)
"The Dirty Nellies played for members and friends of the The Irish American Society of County Will (IASCW) at a 2016 event and at our annual Celtic Fest. This band is a sure crowd pleaser! Our crowd includes all ages so the musical likes vary greatly. This Band was able to please all and they will certainly be asked to play for us again!" – Irish American Society of County Will (Illinois)


Milwaukee Highland Games – 2015, 2016

Will County Celtic Fest – 2016

Chicago Gaelic Park – Southside Irish Weekend, 2015, 2016, 2017

St Patrick's Day, 2015, 2016, 2017

Irish American Heritage Center – 2016, 2017

Saint Xavier University (Chicago) – 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Numerous pubs, weddings, benefits, and private parties in the Chicago area
Jim Aman – -- (630) 728-2949

Regina Garrity – – (708) 307-8175
  View a display of publicity photos. Get a zipped file for promotional use by contacting Jim Aman.

Listen to a few tracks, including our demo CD with tracks recorded live at the 2016 Milwaukee Highland Games on our Soundcloud page. These tracks include some interaction with the audience. We are very much audience-oriented!

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