The Ploughboys are fundamentally about the Irish song tradition, and influenced by the collective legacy of the Irish folk music revival scene of the 1960s-1980s. Their sound has the raw authentic energy of the classic balladeer as they work effortlessly through a packed set list that is often funny, compelling, engaging, exhilarating, and always entertaining.
The five original members of the band (Gareth Campbell – mandolin, Donal Cawley – guitar, Dermot Daly – fiddle and brothers Liam Heneghan - guitar, accordion and Eoghan Heneghan - bass guitar) are ably assisted throughout the year by other musicians as they perform a hectic schedule of over 300 shows each year in their home venue – their own pub and restaurant in the Dublin mountains, “The Merry Ploughboy Pub” which has a fully seated concert venue.
Every year in excess of 40,000 people attended the shows. It has been awarded the gold medal for excellence by CIE tours, Ireland’s biggest International tour operator, for “Ireland’s best dinner/show” six times in a row.