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Poor Man's Gambit

Irish Band from Bethlehem, PA Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 27 Reviews
  • 58 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2015
  • 6 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $300 per event

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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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Review by Michael G.

Birthday Party (Adult)Reviewed on July 29, 2017From Middletown, NJ

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!!!

Review by Amanda M.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on May 6, 2017From Randolph, NJ

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!

Review by Elizabeth T.

Corporate FunctionReviewed on March 11, 2017From Parsippany, NJ

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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  • Valentine O'Hara
  • The Jolly Tinker
  • Whiskey in the Jar
  • The Black Velvet Band
  • When Margret was Eleven
  • Donegal Danny
  • The Mary Ellen Carter
  • Bee's Wing
  • The White Cockade
  • Mormond Braes
  • William Taylor
  • The Silver Dagger
  • Lonesome Robin
  • The Bonny Light Horseman
  • Both Sides the Tweed
  • Paddy's Lamentation
  • Kilkelly Ireland
  • Willy McBride
  • The False Knight
  • Wild Mountain Thyme
  • Each Coming Night
  • Arthur McBride
  • The Maid of Culmore
  • Donegal Danny
  • Jock Stuart
  • Caladonia
  • The Rocky Road to Dublin
  • The Newry Highwayman


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Upcoming Events

April 3, 2022 • Celebration
Sun10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Philadelphia, PA
September 17, 2022 • Wedding
Sat2:30 PM - 9:00 PM Mifflin, PA

Past Events

December 16, 2021 • Community Event
Thu7:30 PM - 7:45 PM Ontario, CA
October 15, 2021 • Corporate Function
Fri5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Atlanta, GA
September 3, 2021 • Rehearsal Dinner
Fri7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Hellertown, PA
August 21, 2021 • Celebration
Sat6:00 PM - 9:30 PM Bergenfield, NJ
August 6, 2021 • Funeral
Fri2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Montvale, NJ
June 11, 2021 • Celebration
Fri5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Warwick, NY
June 5, 2021 • Funeral
Sat2:30 PM - 5:30 PM Stamford, CT
February 28, 2021 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sun2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Orlando, FL
February 4, 2021 • Corporate Function
Thu3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Kirkland, WA
January 23, 2021 • Club Event
Sat7:00 PM - 7:30 PM New York City, NY
November 12, 2020 • Funeral
Thu10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Staten Island, NY
October 10, 2020 • Wedding Reception
Sat5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Philadelphia, PA

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