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Poor Man's Gambit

Irish Band from Bethlehem, PA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$300 - $3500 per event
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About
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.

PMG has performed at hundreds of events since their inception in 2015, and regularly performs at festivals, concerts, weddings, funerals, birthday parties, receptions, cocktail hours, wakes, bars, after parties, etc.



Individual Bios

Corey Purcell
Having been introduced to Irish culture at a very young age, Corey quickly grew to love the Irish music and dance which surrounded him. Advancing rapidly through the ranks of the competitive Irish dancing scene, Corey soon found himself on the National, then World stage of competition. After competing for 14 years, and discovering that he preferred his own artistic and rhythmic approach to the strict form required by the judges, Corey transitioned from competitions to stage productions and performance. He now dances with several notable bands including the esteemed Irish group Danú.

Corey's musical talents began developing when he was 16, and started teaching himself tunes on the Irish style button accordion which he bought himself for his birthday. Progressing quickly, he was soon studying under 7-time All Ireland Champion John Whelan, and began honing his technique under John's tutelage. Corey found his true calling in traditional Irish music, and rapidly branched into other instruments including cittern, guitar, bodhran, and voice. In addition to 'Poor Man's Gambit', Corey also tours with 'Ireland – The Show'.


Federico Betti
Federico grew up in Milan, Italy, and it is there where he first learned to play the fiddle and fell in love with traditional Irish music. In 1996 he co-founded the trad band Inis Fail, a group that would become a leader of the Italian Irish music scene. After sharing the stage at music festivals in Italy with various Irish musicians and bands such as Altan, Dervish, and Lunasa, he decided to move to Ireland in 1999 to further pursue his passion and ended up living there for 20 years. In Ireland, Federico immersed himself in the Galway trad music scene, learning from a range of fiddle players and traveling to trad festivals all over the country. His most influential teachers were Australian fiddle player Rob Zielinski and Breda Keville from Galway.

He also began listening to guitar played in DADGAD tuning and was captivated by the sound. He started teaching himself in earnest. In 2009 he co-founded the Galway band Sumbrellas which played in and around Ireland, also touring in Italy, Germany, and the U.S.A. The band was featured playing one of their original songs in the first episode of Jack Taylor, an Irish television series now on Netflix. In 2010 Federico began teaching fiddle at the Galway City branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.

In 2017 Federico moved with his wife and four children to Chalfont, Pennsylvania where he firmly planted himself in the Philadelphia Irish music community. Soon after, he met Corey and Deirdre and was delighted to join them in Poor Man's Gambit.


Deirdre Lockman
Deirdre (fiddle, vocals, dance) has been pursuing her passion for Irish music and dance since the age of four when she was first introduced to the fiddle. Born into a musical family, she was soon performing with her family band, in addition to numerous orchestras and ensembles including the Junior String Philharmonic, and the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra. A quick study, Deirdre began competing in fiddle competitions at an early age, and holds several regional fiddle titles.

Deirdre began Irish step-dancing at the age of 5, and competed at the regional and national level with the DeNogla School of Irish Dance out of New Jersey for eleven years, before focusing her full attention on traditional music.
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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Couldn't be happier with Poor Man's Gambit!!! They played for my Dad's 90th Birthday and went out of their way to accommodate requests. They sounded great and I received numerous compliments for choosing them. They graciously dealt with an unforeseen change in weather and stayed passed their scheduled time to complete their promised final set. Highly recommend them! Hope to have them play for Dad's 100th Birthday!!!

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Wedding Reception

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Poor Man's Gambit was awesome! They played for the first hour of our wedding reception as guest's arrived and everyone had nothing but great things to say about their performance, as well as enthusiasm. They were so friendly that we invited them to stay, eat, drink and dance with us! Loved everything about working with them - they are super responsive and accommodating. Thank you all again for a great night!

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Corporate Function

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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.

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
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2020
Aug
14
Wedding Ceremony
Avalon, NJ
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2020
Mar
21
Celebration
Ridgewood, NJ
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
2020
Mar
20
Club Event
Brielle, NJ
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2020
Mar
17
Corporate Function
Atlantic City, NJ
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2020
Mar
15
Club Event
Bedminster, NJ
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2020
Jan
26
Birthday Party (Adult)
Haddonfield, NJ
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2019
Nov
1
Wedding
Piermont, NY
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Oct
26
Private Party
Morristown, NJ
10:30 PM - 1:00 AM
2019
Aug
24
Wedding
Garrison, NY
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2019
May
17
Grand Opening
Walnutport, PA
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
2019
Jan
25
Wedding Cocktail Hour
Hamilton, NJ
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Dec
7
Funeral
Broomall, PA
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM
2018
Oct
29
Corporate Function
Bethlehem, PA
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
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Please note Poor Man's Gambit will also travel to Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Catasauqua, Whitehall, Hellertown, Center Valley, Coplay, Neffs, Northampton, Bath, Easton, Palmer, Springtown, Coopersburg, Emmaus, Nazareth, Durham, Laurys Station, Limeport, Riegelsville, Cherryville, East Texas, Kintnersville, Orefield, Stockertown, Tatamy, Treichlers, Danielsville, Macungie, Richlandtown.
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