Irish Stout is the ship captained by Captain Black Jack Murphy, Pirate Extraordinaire. Captain Murphy brings a stout, piratey, Irish brogue and gritty vocals in a style you might hear from The Dubliners or The Wolfe Tones. Jack also plays bodhran and autoharp with a little help from Marc Gunn of the Brobdingnagian Bards, who continues to revolutionize Irish music by introducing the autoharp into the Celtic tradition.
The duo met each other in early 2006 while sharing a pint of Guinness Stout at Fado's. They were enjoying the traditional tunes of The Tea Merchants when Gunn snickered at Murphy's pirate attire. "It was more Disney than Pirate," said Gunn. "he looked rather ridiculous."
Murphy nearly punched Gunn before Gunn bought Murphy a Murphy's Irish Stout. After a few more drinks, they started singing Irish songs, much to the disapproval of everyone around them including the band on stage. But why fight fire with fire. The Tea Merchants invited them on stage and 4 Irish Whiskey was born. When they realized that was a stupid band name, they renamed the group Irish Stout and began dominating the local Irish pub song scene.
Now, they are rocketing out of the land-locked pubs and into the digital pub world where you bring your own Irish Stout and sing-a-long with your computer. It's not quite as fun, but Tuesdays are cool! Because you can sing-a-long with our podcast.