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Get to Know: Paddy Nash

Hailing from Derry, singer-songwriter Paddy Nash is renowned on the live music circuit as a solo performer and as front man of The Happy Enchiladas.

Nash has some enviable career milestones under his belt, including  appearances on the Leftfield stage at Glastonbury and a support slot on Billy Bragg’s 2017 European tour.

With lyrics that are at once sardonic, self-deprecating and full of humour, he has earned a reputation as a charismatic  performer. Not only that, but with a number of records in his back catalogue including his latest album Gate Fever released in June of last year, he is also an accomplished recording artist.  Get to Know Paddy Nash.


Name: Paddy Nash

Where you’re from: Creggan, Derry

Describe your style in 5 words or fewer: A poor man’s Bruce Springsteen

Digital music, CDs or vinyl: CDs, it’s hard to strap a turntable to the dashboard

Biggest musical influence: John Prine, Christy Moore and Billy Bragg

What you’re listening to right now: Jason Isbell, Sam Baker, Jerry Hannan, Malojian

Favourite venue: The Black Box

Favourite local band/artist of the moment: As much as I love loads of them, The Wood Burning Savages have my heart

Last gig you attended: The Texas Gentlemen in Oslo, Hackney. They played a full set of songs by The Band. Yola Carter joined them on-stage for The Weight. It was unbelievable

Best gig you ever attended: Springsteen, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, 2013. I felt like I was floating for the entire show

Favourite album of all time: John Prine, John Prine

Musician you’d love to collaborate with: John McCusker

Last thing you do before you go on-stage: Tell myself I’m a worthless piece of shite and tonight’s the night that I’m going to get found out for the fraud that I am.  Followed by brief crippling panic, a deep breath and then I catch myself on and carry on regardless

Dream festival line-up: Springsteen, Billy Bragg, John Prine, Christy Moore, The Band, Caitlin Rose, Creedence, Stealers Wheel, Jayhawks, Jackson Browne, Status Quo (pre-1982), Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Rory Gallagher, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Elvis (any era), The Travelling Wilburys (plus a solo set from each member), Jason Isbell, Fountains of Wayne, The Wood Burning Savages, The Stones, The Beatles, The Replacements, Buddy Holly, The Ramones, Bob Marley, The Specials, CSNY, Danny and the Champs, Dexy’s, Emmylou Harris, Etta James, Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings, Pete Atkin, Henry McCullough, Mad Hannans, Otis Redding, Thin Lizzy, Mavis Staples

You only have £10 left in the world, what do you buy?: Bread, milk, butter and spuds. If there’s any change, Brandy Balls

Check out details of Paddy Nash and the Enchiladas music to buy in CD or download here.


Writer for Gigging NI. My tastes are varied; began listening to the folksy standards of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell and indie favourites like The Cure and The Smiths, all of which permeated my formative years in the 80s. My first gig was Prince in Cork in 1990. The 90’s also included The Trip to Tip in ’91 & ’92, and gigs by Van Morrison, David Byrne, The Verve, Counting Crows, John Prine, Morrissey, Chris Smither and many more. The noughties brought James Taylor, Squeeze, New York Dolls, Neil Young, Arlo Guthrie amongst others; though a highlight was an opportunity to see lifelong hero David Bowie on his final tour, Reality in 2003. This decade I’ve had the chance to see everything from Erasure, Johnny Marr and They Might be Giants to Thirty Seconds to Mars, Aslan, Crosby and Nash, Georgie Fame, Paolo Nutini, John Grant. Latterly there's been a pretty serious obsession with Rufus Wainwright, and the Wainwrights in general to be honest. In the last few years, I’ve also been enjoying a lot more of our home grown talent, with the likes of Duke Special, Brian Kennedy, VerseChorusVerse, The Bonnevilles, Tony Villiers and the Villains, The Hardchargers, and The Four of Us – so I guess you could say no common thread to speak of!