Blaggards are a four-piece Celtic rock band from Houston, Texas. The Houston Press described them as "Houston's only Celtic metal band" and "H-town's heir to the emerald throne of Phil Lynott and Shane MacGowan".
Blaggards are led by guitarist and singer Patrick Devlin, who grew up in Dublin, Ireland listening to Irish rebel music and heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.
After moving to Houston in 1994, Devlin fronted an Irish rock band called On The Dole for several years before starting Blaggards in July 2004 with bass player Chad Smalley (son of Nobel laureate Richard Smalley), violinist Turi Hoiseth, and drummer Brian Vogel. Hoiseth and Vogel have since left the band, leaving Devlin and Smalley as the only original members.
Blaggards have toured nationally and internationally, and performed at South by Southwest 2008, where they were the only Celtic-based act on the official schedule.
Their music has been played on the Sirius Satellite Radio program Celtic Crush, hosted by Larry Kirwan of Black 47. In 2013 he included their recording of The Irish Rover on his compilation album Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion.
The song "Big Strong Man" from Blaggards' first album Standards appears in the 2010 British film The Kid, directed by Nick Moran.
Patrick Devlin - Vocals and guitar,
Chad Smalley - Vocals and bass,
Michael McAloon - Drums,
Brittany Johnson - Fiddle