Paddy Goodwin playing at one of his gigs in Odd Mollies.
Well known Drogheda solicitor Paddy Goodwin has written an anti-Brexit protest song the video of which is causing quite a stir on social media.
In his day job Paddy is well-known among Drogheda’s criminal fraternity, at one time or another, he has represented most of them in court and he is very well respected for his efforts.
At night though, Paddy moves in completely different circles although they are not mutually exclusive. He is an accomplished and very keen guitarist and gigs locally and nationwide, sometimes with his band Paddy and the Holy Ghosts and at other times alongside some of Ireland’s finest and best known musicians.
As well as playing guitar and singing, Paddy also writes songs and his latest offering, “Break for the Border” is certainly topical, it’s an anti-Brexit protest song and it seems to be causing quite a stir.
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Paddy plays Guitar, Bass, Mandolin and also sings on the video which was made by Enda Whyte. It also features ex Horslips man Jim Lockhart on Flute and Keyboard, James Mackin on Drums, Paula Flynn on Backing Vocals. It was engineered by Jason Varley at The Shop Recording Studios in Carlingford.
Paddy, who grew up in the town of Clones which suffered a lot as aresult of the old border, wrote the majority of “Break for the Border” a couple of years ago but was so maddened by what he describes as “the bloody mess of Brexit” that he added the last verse in the last few days:
“I’m so sick of Brexit that my health is disimproving
I can tell the toffs are lying cus I see their lips are moving
“Trying to save the party, let the country go to hell
Break for the border, bang that division bell."
Paddy also told Drogheda Life that he is recording a new album with Paul Brady doing backing vocals and which will also involve his friends from Horslips I one way or another.
But that’s for another day, here’s the video for "Break for the Border":