On a recent Friday evening, I stopped by Brogues On The Avenue pub in Lake Worth for a quick pint. The entertainer playing guitar had the regular crowd on its feet dancing to some great covers of classic rock favorites. I enjoyed the show so much, that I stayed for another set and pint. Backed-up only by his Apple notebook, this entertainer puts out a big sound with his expert guitar playing and vocals. On the way out, I left him my card. The next day, I received an email from this eclectic master musician.
Joseph “Jody” Pollard has impressive credentials as a musician and performer. Born and raised in Dublin, Jody has over 30 years experience playing electric, slide and acoustic guitar, bass and mandolin. He is a proficient song writer and vocalist. He has performed in Ireland, Britain, France, Belgium, Holland, the Greek Isles, Canada and the US, with top bands such as Skid Row, Elmer Fudd, and Shanty Dam, and with musicians such as Phil Lynnot of Thin Lizzy, Colm Wilkinson of Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables fame, Sean Keane of The Chieftains, Rob Strong, and Enya’s sound engineer Nicky Ryan, to mention a few. He has played at the famous Reading Music Festival, at London’s top venue: The Mean Fiddler and at the Fleadh Music Festival. As a studio musician, he has supported acts such as Emerson Lake and Palmer, The Who, Genesis, Wishbone Ash and Argent. He has also toured as a solo artist throughout Europe and North America.
After playing in every corner of Ireland, Jody moved to London, England and continued his successful career there. He moved to New York for a while, but decided that he had enough of big cities and headed south. Jody always had an itch to live in the sunshine, and now resides in Palm Beach County. Locally, he has played at numerous venues, including the Kravis Center, Myer Amphitheater and the Miami Beach Convention Center, Brogues On The Avenue in Lake Worth, the Irish Times in Palm Beach Gardens, Rooney’s Pub in West Palm Beach, Paddy Mac’s in Palm Beach Gardens, Sally O’Brien’s on Fort Lauderdale Beach, Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale and John Martin’s in Miami.
Jody’s Website: http://www.jodypollard.com
Jody’s email: JodyPollard@comcast.net