For twenty-three years Patrick Michael Karnahan has created an original sound that is based on history. With over 500 concert performances to date and airplay around the world, the Patrick has kept very busy spreading his brand of progressive folk music to a large audience. Performing both traditional and original music, Patrick is very focused on presenting acoustic music in a very exciting up-beat way that appeals to all ages. To date Patrick has written and recorded 96 original songs that appear on many of his bands, The Black Irish, twenty-Three CD recordings.
Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, Patrick has developed a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted. The band has a large compliment of traditional maritime and railroad music, as well as ethnic tunes in their repertoire. Patrick’s musical style seems to have captured the spirit of the immigrants of this land, the men and women who tamed the Wild West, past & present..
Highlights over the past 23 years
Patrick Michael Karnahan has gained much national attention over the years. In 2005 Patrick was featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and performed at the National Mall and Kennedy Center. Patrick was a featured performers for the 100th Anniversaries of the Alaskan Gold Rush and White Pass & Yukon Railroad. Because of the historical nature of his music, venues such as, the Alaska History Museum, Golden Spike NHS, Gene Autry Museum, the Los Angels, San Diego, and San Francisco Maritime Museums have have sold his original albums.
Patrick and his band have sold 120,000 albums independently to date, and their music has been featured on College Radio Stations, National Public Radio, and on Satellite Radio Programming. Their recent original song, “Grizzly of Old California”, which features the vocals of Michael Martin Murphey, has been broadcasted on stations throughout the world. Another noted original work by the band, “Ballad of John Muir”, has been celebrated on the official John Muir National web site. The band also boasts eighty-five music videos on You-Tube at Patrick karnahan