About Mongrel State

mongrel_state_band07Mongrel by Name, Mongrel by Nature

Rock, Western and a host of other styles are put through the wringer –  with honkytonk pianos & fourpart harmonies sitting side-by-side with New Orleans grooves, electric guitars and even the odd inflection of a synth, all underpinned by taut, inventive songwriting.


What they say about us…

“There are few bands more exciting and popular to have visited us at Leo’s Tavern this year. Expect to see Mongrel State storming their way upwards very soon. Addictive music and performance with a new twist.” Moya Brennan, Clannad.

“Is there a better country rock band in Ireland?” Stephen Byrne, Goldenplec

“Mongrel State emerge from some wilderness to rock the socks of every single kind of venue or festival you throw at them. I’ve programmed them at Electric Picnic on the Salty Dog Stage and they are wild pirate-men, on Trailer Park and they shook the foundations of a metropolis of mobile homes, in a back room of an old man’s speakeasy and they’ve had the clientele air-guitaring…. Their set is beautiful and  vibrant, powered with an organic energy and the sodding great big smiles of dudes enjoying their music–and they know the way they convert an audience from indifference to indulged inside of two songs”  Hugo Jellett, Booker, Electric Picnic Salty Dog & Trailer Park Stages

“Wow!! They sound great!”  Dave Allen, Booker, Whelans

“Mongrel state create a swagger in the bones of their audience. Having an international lineup injects mood and flavour from an Domhan Mhór, don’t miss your chance to dance with these amigos” Dónall Mac Ruairí RTÉ RnaG

“…a great bustling, rousing energy…” Danny McIlhinney, Irish Mirror

“One of the highlights of the festival” David Judge, Director, Canalaphonic, Achill Island Battle for the Lake Festival

“Mongrel State are one of the liveliest bands in Ireland ….. excellent original numbers….. one of the best live shows you will ever see” Uri Kohen, The Electric Cave Production (Director of Westport Bluegrass Festival)

“An amazing live act” David Hope, Booker , Doolin Folk Festival, Doolin Craft Beer Festival

“Watching these guys live brings out the best in everyone within earshot” Keiron Black, Booker, Body & Soul (Electric Picnic)

“Cannot and should not be pigeonholed….a genre all on their own” Roddie Cleere KCLR 96FM

“Fantastic Band”  Paul Dower, KFM