Bill Grogan's Goat is a collective of five Detroit musicians who have played on and off together for many years in the Detroit music scene. Over the span of their musical careers, the five have covered musical styles ranging from symphonic band music to hardcore punk rock and from solo Irish ballad singing to avant garde Jazz. All these influences come together to bring a fresh approach to classic Irish folk music, utilizing a rock band format of bass, drums, guitars and traditional instruments such as Irish bouzouki, tin whistle, mandolin, fiddle and highland pipes.

Mindy Whalen
Fiddle, Whistle, Highland Pipes, Vocals
Gerard Smith
Mandolin, Guitar, Banjo, Bouzouki, Bodhran, Vocals
Jude Closson
Drums, Vocals
Norman Rosenbaum
Guitar, Vocals
Matt Twomey
Bass, Vocals

Second Wind (2011)

Our newest album has been featured in numerous publications, podcasts and online media blogs including:
  • Midwest Irish Focus Magazine (December 2011 Issue)
  • Shite 'n' Onions online album review (January 2012)
  • Celtic Indy Podcast (January 17, 2012 - Episode 4)
  • Shite 'n' Onions online podcast (February 8, 2012 - Podcast #50: Bill Grogan's Goat)
  • Grinning Beggar's Best of 2011 Celtic Podcast - Episode 15
  • ReadJunk online album review (March 2012)
  • PROG Magazine (March and April 2012 Issues)
  • Marc Gunn's Irish and Celtic Music Podcast - Episode #125 (July 2012)

The album also received a place in Grinning Beggar's Best of 2011 Top 5 "Best of the Rest" compilation list.

Performance Venues

Blue Leprechaun - Ann Arbor, MI
Cadieux Cafe - Detroit, MI
The Claddagh - Livonia, MI
The Claddagh - Lansing, MI
The Clansman Gaelic Pub - Lake Orion, MI
Dick O'Dow's - Birmingham, MI
Dunleavy's - Allen Park, MI
Fiddler's Hearth - South Bend, IN
The Majestic Theater - Detroit, MI
New Way Bar - Ferndale, MI
The Old Pointe Bar - Grosse Pointe, MI
Paychecks - Hamtramck, MI
PJ's Lager House - Detroit, MI
Woodruff's - Ypsilanti, MI
Younger's Irish Tavern - Romeo, MI





Festival Performances

Ann Arbor Summer Festival - Ann Arbor, MI
Dally in the Alley - Detroit, MI
Motor City Blowout - Metro Detroit, MI
Motor City Irish Fest - Redford, MI
Sparta Celtic Festival - Sparta, MI

Gerard Smith plays Larrivee acoustic and electric guitars, Epiphone electric guitars and mandolins,
Weber mandolin family instruments,
John Pearse strings and accessories, and a Carvin BelAir amplifier.