In For A Penny
In For A Penny have that age old problem for Irish/Celtic-punk bands. They could quite easily just keep singing the standards and the bookings would still roll in and they would keep everyone happy but every musician must have the urge to get some of their own material out and when it’s as good as In For A Penny’s then I’m afraid it is a necessity! – London Celtic Punk
“I dare say that In for a Penny are balladeers of the XXIst century. They take the spirit of The Dubliners and add some punk twist to the mix. Other definition would be a sort of a stripped version of The Tossers.” – celtic folk punk
“There’s a brand-new band in town just in time for the wearin’ of the green! After 10 years away from music, Sean McNally is back in action with a seasonally-appropriate band: In for a Penny.” – connect savannah
Irish Folk Punk
The Irish landed in Savannah in 1734. It took 281 years for Savannah Georgia Irish Music to get rowdy… but it has now!
In Savannah Georgia Irish Music seems like a no brainer, what with Savannah’s deep Irish heritage. We’ve got one of the largest St Paddy’s Day celebrations in the world for cryin’ out loud. But try to go out on any given night and find some good rowdy live Irish music… you’re out of luck. Until now.
Mandolin player and vocalist, Sean McNally, picked up the instrument in early 2014, after taking nearly a decade away from music. Just a few open mic performances reminded him of why he used to enjoy it. These quirky, energetic shows lead quickly to a regular Monday night slot at The Sand Bar on Tybee, which has been dubbed “Monday Mandolin Mayhem.” During an extended open mic set, a Dropkick Murphy’s request was tossed up and the response of the room to a stripped down mandolin and vocal version convinced him that a band was the next step.
One of the first people Sean met after moving to Tybee in December of 2011, Henny “da butcha” had become a regular addition to the extended open mic sets, learning the ins and outs of some of Sean’s take on classic Irish pub songs. Henny was the obvious choice to tap for the percussion duties, and official Black Irish member of the band.
The task of finding the right guitar player was up next. A quick post on a Savannah Musicians Facebook page resulted in a contact from Jeremy Riddle, who’s rowdy performances were well known by Sean, having had the opportunity to join him on a few occasions with backing harmonies and mandolin. After the first quick run through of songs with Jeremy, the same easy going off the cuff dynamic existed. It’s obvious how much these three enjoy bringing their brand of rowdy Irish music to audiences eager to hear something a little out of the ordinary.
The band made it’s debut during Savannah’s St Paddy’s Day 2015 with nearly a dozen shows in less than week and continued to win over crowds at various venues across Savannah and Tybee Island. An opening slot at the Jacksonville Celtic Festival in October of 2015 marked the first festival gig. The return to the Savannah Riverfront St. Patrick’s Celebration for two performances was a highlight of the eleven performances during that week.
The spring of 2016 finds In For A Penny adding an additional member, Sean’s son Bryce McNally on bass guitar and heading into the studio to record a five song demo, with videos to follow.
The newest name in Savannah Irish Music? The rowdy Irish Folk Punk band bringing it’s own spin on a genre shared by the likes of The Dropkick Murphy’s, Flogging Molly and the Rumjacks? One of the freshest sounds to hit the Savannah area and ready to spread the rowdy Irish craic throughout the southeast and beyond? Savannah Georgia Irish Music has a new name… In For A Penny!