John Dady

CATEGORIES: Performing Arts, Music
CURRICULUM CATEGORIES: Language Arts, Social Studies
AGES: K-12, Pre-K - 2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, All Ages
PROGRAMS: Available Virtual, Live, or Pre-recorded
ALSO AVAILABLE: Customized Programming, Special Needs

John Dady has been singing his way into the hearts of his audiences since the 1970’s when he and his brother Joe produced their first album as “The Dady Brothers”. Many more albums followed, along with thousands of concerts and songs. They performed throughout the eastern United States and across Ireland. John and Joe’s brotherly harmonies and adept command of a variety of instruments captivated audiences both young and old. In 2020, The Dady Brothers were chosen to be inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame.

Since Joe’s untimely death in 2019, John has continued the tradition, performing solo or with several accomplished musician friends. Most often, he is joined by John Michael Ryan on penny whistle and button accordion.

Accompanying himself on upside-down, left-handed guitar and ukulele, John’s vast repertoire of songs includes original compositions, Irish and American Folk songs, popular tunes from the Big Band Era to the Beatles and the Band, and the list goes on. He tailors each performance to foster a personal connection with his audience, and that connection is evident at every show.

Performances: Available Online or Live

Songs of the Erie Canal
From its construction in 1824, New York State’s Erie Canal has been a unique source of travel, recreation, and business. In this program, John takes his audience on an historic, musical journey along the canal. He shares the songs that have accompanied folks as they worked, traveled and enjoyed the beauty of the canal over its 200 year history.

All ages, 45 minutes - 1 hour

Music of Ireland
Jigs, reels, ballads, and sing-alongs! John celebrates his Irish ancestral heritage with the audience in this engaging performance, while accompanying himself on guitar, mandolin and Irish drum (bodhran). There’s plenty of opportunity for children of all ages to join in.

All ages, 45 minutes - 1 hour

Custom shows/assemblies are available to fit teaching concepts, event themes and organization preferences on request.



Let’s Write a Song Together

A prolific songwriter himself, John invites his audience to join him in the creative process of songwriting and to experience the joy of performing one’s own composition!

All ages, 45 minutes - 1 hour