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Poor Man's Gambit

Irish Band from Bethlehem, PA - Will travel up to 100 miles
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Poor Man's Gambit is the musical collaboration of Corey Purcell (button accordion, cittern, guitar, vocals, bodhran, dance), Dylan Richardson (guitar, tenor banjo, bouzouki, vocals), and Genevieve Gillespie (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.

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'.


Dylan Richardson
Dylan began taking traditional guitar lessons at the age of six, and transitioned his focus to Irish style backing when he decided to accompany his sister in a local talent show in 2008. Quickly advancing on the instrument, he was soon studying under the likes of Zac Leger, John Doyle, and Eamon O'Leary through private lessons and master classes. As his interest in folk music grew, Dylan began to teach himself bouzouki and banjo, and has become an accomplished player on both

Dylan has known Genevieve for several years, after meeting her during her time with The John Whelan Band, and he first crossed paths with Corey at the 2010 New Jersey Folk Festival where they met at an impromtu session. In addition to Poor Man's Gambit, Dylan performs with his sister Haley regularly, and they released their first CD - 'Heart on a String' in March of 2015.


Genevieve Gillespie
Genevieve (fiddle, vocals, dance) has been pursuing her passion for Irish music and dance since the age of five when she was first introduced to the fiddle. Growing up in a family of traditional musicians, Gillespie and her sisters traveled internationally for competitive music and dance championships until the age of 15 when she founded award-winning, Philadelphia-based Celtic band, Burning Bridget Cleary with partner Rose Baldino. The band's second album, "Everything is Alright," was awarded 2008's "Best Album of the Year" by Celtic Music Radio. After touring and recording for seven years, Gillespie parted ways with the group to pursue a competitive career as a professional Latin Ballroom dancer while earning her degree. She would go on to win numerous world titles before returning to the Irish arts scene in 2012 when she joined forces with the John Whelan Band. Gillespie has been appearing on stages with the group from New York City to St. Louis the past two years. She is thrilled to unite with Dylan Richardson and childhood friend, Corey Purcell, in Poor Man's Gambit.
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Had a last minute issue with a band I booked nearly a year ago. Poor Man's Gambit responded immediately and got on the phone and showed up to my wedding in 3 days, awesome guys and very professional.

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Poor Man's Gambit played our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour on 6/3/16. My husband loves Irish music and I wanted to surprise him and he absolutely loved it... everyone did! The ceremony music was beautiful! Corey was responsive to my numerous email questions and requests and everything went seamlessly day of! Thank you, Poor Man's Gambit!

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A wonderful addition to my husbands surprise 50th birthday party. Everyone was raving about the musicians...added such an amazing atmosphere...would definitely consider hiring them again...thanks guys!!!

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2016
Dec
31
New Year's Eve Party
Clark, NJ
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
May
6
Wedding Reception
Randolph, NJ
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Nov
25
Fundraiser
Willow Grove, PA
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2016
Sep
3
Wedding Reception
Dalmatia, PA
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
Jun
25
Wedding Ceremony
Manahawkin, NJ
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
2016
Jun
5
Birthday Party (Adult)
Wayne, PA
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016
Jun
3
Wedding
Woodbury, NJ
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
2016
May
28
Wedding Cocktail Hour
Blue Bell, PA
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Please note Poor Man's Gambit will also travel to Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Catasauqua, Whitehall, Hellertown, Center Valley, Coplay, Neffs, Northampton, Bath, Easton, Palmer, Springtown, Coopersburg, Emmaus, Nazareth, Durham, Laurys Station, Limeport, Riegelsville, Cherryville, East Texas, Kintnersville, Orefield, Stockertown, Tatamy, Treichlers, Danielsville, Macungie, Richlandtown.
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