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Brooklyn native Chris Byrne had given up his day-time gig as a NYC cop in the Times Square precinct and was rapping with Black '47 when Ireland's 1994 advance to the World Cup inspired him to release the single "C'mon Ya Boyz n' Green" under the name Seanchaí.
The single was met with such excitement in the New York Irish music scene that Byrne (in his persona of Seanchaí) decided to team up with Pat McGuire (of Spéir Mor) and acclaimed fiddle player Eileen Ivers forming Paddy-A-Go-Go. The bands gigs included memorable residencies at Paddy Reilly's Music Bar in New York City and Montauk's Old Shebeen. In 1994 Paddy-A-Go-Go put out their CD, Keep it Reel.
In 1996 Byrne teamed up with former Irish Voice Editor Patrick Farrelly to open New York's Rocky Sullivan's Pub at 129 Lexington Ave. Featuring live music, literary readings, and the best Guinness in New York -- the bar was an immediate success with New York's Irish American cognescenti.
Paddy-A-Go-Go became Paddy-A-Gone-Gone -- McGuire moved on to a successful solo career (Pat McGuire Band), Ivers to a starring role in "Riverdance" while Seanchaí is staying true to his love of hip-hop.
Still living in Brooklyn (right next door to the house in which he grew up) Seanchaí's message to his fans is: "Don't believe the Hype."