Mike and Paddy are two musicians who’ve come together to write, record and perform their own interpretation of ‘Roots’ music. Taking their cues from The Blues, Country, Folk, Rockabilly, Rock n Roll and influences from the likes of Elmore James through to Woodie Guthrie, Mike and Paddy use a mix of acoustic and retro-electric guitars, harmonica, banjo, mandolin and cajon to produce a unique amalgam of them all. Playing live as a five piece group known as Mike Sweeney & Paddy O'Hare with The Collective, their Walking Down The Line debut five track EP of original songs is now on release.
Forms his first band in the summer of 1965 and apart from a stint in the reformed RnB/Blues band Stackwaddy in the early seventies has no success whatsoever till The Salford Jets (A Punk/ New Wave outfit) in 1977!
The ‘Jets’ had three minor hits Inc’ : Gina I’ve Got A Cortina and Their Top 75 hit in 1980 Who You Looking At, but Mike’s probably better known for the thirty odd years he’s spent as a radio DJ at among others …. Piccadilly Radio, Capital radio (in London), XFM, Rock Radio and Real XS.
Mike’s TV programmes include Elvis Has Just Left The Building and Classic Cars for Sky, plus The Manchester United Show on Channel M. However Mike’s TV highlight was appearing on the Basil Brush Show with The Jets in 1979 (Honest!). Mike has also fronted two legendary 60s bands, The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Mindbenders.
Paddy first stepped on stage at the tender age of two, with encouragement from his father the singer Pat O'Hare. Paddy's passion for music persisted, and although really wanting a guitar, he ended up at first playing Trumpet and Cornet from the age of 8 progressing in brass bands to a national level! He first picked up a guitar in the Britpop era taking his cue from the bands of that period plus The Beatles and encouraged by his Uncle Kevin Neill (of 60s hit band The Karl Denver Trio) who gave him his first instrument.
Paddy's interest in ‘The Blues’ began with the Guitar eventually leading to the formation of his first band Blue Thatcher in 2003 developing into an original material rock/blues band, who played such legendary venues as: The Cavern Club - Liverpool, Manchester Academy , and The Hub – Dublin.
In 2009 he was Producer and co-host on Steve Berry from Top Gear’s Breakfast Show on 106.1 Rock Radio. Paddy's stints in other bands, session work and as a solo artist has led to airplay on BBC 6 Music, support slots with DB Band (ex-Supergrass), a sell-out gig at The Ritz - Manchester, and performances on Channel M as well as glowing reviews of his vocals and guitar work;
”He had enough vocal horse-power to get Clarkson itching for a test-drive..." (manchestermusic.co.uk)
"Particular note to Paddy there, the lead guitar was terrific!"
(Andy Crane. BBC Radio)