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The Nooks perform their rendition of Johnny and June Carter Cash classic, 'Jackson'

Pencil full of lead

The Nooks perform Pencil full of lead at a wedding

Little LionMan

The Nooks perform Little Lion Man at Leitrim Festival

La Bamba 

The Nooks perform La Bamba &  Do you love me at a wedding


The Nooks perform classic 60's song 'Shout'l



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The Nooks Story

A stylistically unique Country Folk Band. From day one, the members of The Nooks have been singing, performing, and playing in sync as if they’d been together their entire musical careers.


The band was formed in 2008 when founding members John McCaffrey and Chris Doran set off on a trip to Galway to catch an Alabama 3 gig. After a series of coincidences they ended up jamming with Larry Love and his Band. The guys were then asked to join Alamama 3 on stage for later gigs on their tour. This gave Chris and John the drive to pick up their guitars and harmonicas and begin doing what they do best.

Their quirky adaptations of modern pop and traditional rock classics soon became a talking point locally. After their success in the National Stars of Our Bars competition, The Nooks were known throughout Ireland for their unique style and charisma.

Since this The Nooks have had a hectic schedule playing to packed houses all over Ireland and beyond. Their residency in the small village of Carlingford has created a haven for music lovers. Their acoustic and unplugged show has been running for seven years and is as exciting and vibrant as it was when it began.

The very talented Kenny Graham Joined The Nooks in 2010 on bass, When Kenny arrived the Nooks were finally equipped to Perform larger venues. Kenny's talents are endless and his steerage was an integral part as The Nooks developed. Kenny has since moved on to other projects, however he occasionally drops by to perform with The Nooks, its always a real treat for the band and anyone watching!

Legendary fiddler Mr Frankie Bo' Keatings joined The Nooks in 2011. His impressive fiddling and third part harmony brought the band into an unprecedented level of 'legendaryness'.

Renowned session drummer Pete 'the beat' joined the band in 2013. Pete has performed internationally with various highly acclaimed artists. His original band Java Shrine enjoyed many years of success both at home and throughout Europe. Pete brings wealth of experience to The Nooks and has given the band a different dimension with his wide ranging talents. 

2014 saw Bass and Dance wizard Micky Doran join The Nooks. His on stage charisma and charm has proved a great hit with the punters. Micky has given The Nooks an added edge with his mind blowing bass licks and powerful harmonies.


Throughout the course of the band’s union, they have won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life; performing at a variety of venues and making loads of public appearances. Learn more by exploring the site, and feel free to get in touch with any of your comments and questions.

The Nooks

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