Poor Man's Gambit

Irish / Celtic Band

(11 Reviews)5.0
Country: United States
Based In: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Performs: Worldwide
From: $650
Poor Man's Gambit is a trio of traditional Celtic musicians, featuring a mixture of driving tunes, percussive Irish dance, and three-part vocal harmony.
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Poor Man's Gambit is a trio of traditional Celtic musicians, featuring a mixture of driving tunes, percussive Irish dance, and three-part vocal harmony. With 7 instruments on the stage, two lead singers, and two championship Irish step-dancers, this trio packs a punch and will leave you wanting more at the end of every performance.


Poor Man's Gambit is the musical collaboration of Corey Purcell (button accordion, cittern, guitar, vocals, bodhran, dance), Federico Betti (guitar, fiddle), and Deirdre Lockman (fiddle, vocals, dance). Steeped in the traditions of Irish, Scottish, and Americana folk music, Poor Man's Gambit is one of the hottest new trios on the East Coast.
Collectively, PMG's members have toured and performed with such notable groups as The John Whelan Band, "Ireland: The Show", and Danu.

Reviews     (11 Reviews)

Poor Man's Gambit - Irish / Celtic Band - Allentown, Pennsylvania Event Location: PARSIPPANY, NJ Event Type: Corporate Function 11th March 2017
Poor Man's Gambit performed an incredible show! They showed up a few minutes early to set up, were very respectful and kind, and were extremely talented. Leading up to the day of our event, my main contact, Corey Purcell, the lead, was very attentive to my email questions and requests. He always responded in a timely manner, and continued to be considerate and humble throughout. The group was a perfect addition to our corporate event, and I highly recommend them! We had an Irish Pub Night; however, they would be an exceptional addition to any event.
Reviewed by: Elizabeth T.
Poor Man's Gambit - Irish / Celtic Band - Allentown, Pennsylvania Event Location: Hazelton, PA Event Type: Retirement Party 15th January 2017
Outstanding, Electrifying and all out refreshing. Corey, Dylan and Rose exceeded our expectations. We wanted a performance, we got a concert. Looking for a Celtic musical group, you found them. I promise, you will not be disappointed and you will have them coming back again and again. Thanks to all 3 of you for the professionalism you've demonstrated and most of all for blowing everyone at our event away. Great selection of music and music to get us up and moving. Ken Altenbach (a beyond satisfied customer, a life-long fan)
Reviewed by: Ken A.
Poor Man's Gambit - Irish / Celtic Band - Allentown, Pennsylvania Event Location: Philadelphia, PA Event Type: Classroom 6th December 2016
Corey Purcell came to my World Music university course to demonstrate Irish music for my students. In addition to helping the students understand the technical aspects, such as differences between Irish dance tunes (jigs, reels, etc), he also demonstrated playing techniques on the bodhran, button accordion, and even taught us some Irish step dancing moves in an interactive segment that allowed several students to participate in the presentation. Corey is not only a fabulous and versatile performer, but is also skilled at elucidating the nuanced aspects of what makes Irish music so unique. The students were clearly engaged and Mr. Purcell achieved a good balance between lecturing and performing that made for an entertaining and informative afternoon. He was able to smoothly field all questions posed by myself and the students, a clear indication of his extensive knowledge of Irish musical culture. He struck a good balance between entertainment and professionalism, and I was very pleased ...
Reviewed by: Alisha N.


As an ensemble, Poor Man's Gambit has appeared at music festivals, music listening rooms, folk clubs, wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions, cocktail hours, private parties, corporate functions, bars, and house concerts in the United States, Ireland, and Britain. Individually, the members of PMG have toured with world famous acts like the John Whelan Band, and Danu.

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