THE DIDDLEY IDOLS
THE DIDDLEY IDOLS ARE A FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE BAND. OUR MUSIC PACKAGES ARE DESIGNED BY YOU TO SUIT EVERY OCCASION. OUR "A LA CARTE" STYLE LET'S YOU CHOOSE EVERYTHING FROM THE SIZE OF THE BAND TO LEVEL OF "TRADITION". BE IT A CEREMONY OF IRISH REELS OR A ROCKING AFTER PARTY MIX, THE DIDDLEY IDOLS ARE THE PERFECT FIT YOUR EVENT. THE BAND ARE MADE UP OF DAVE BARCKOW (GUITAR, FOOT OPERATED DRUMS, MANDOLIN AND VOCALS), LOUISE BARRY (VOCALS, UKULELE AND PERCUSSION) AND VERY SPECIAL GUESTS.
Woodside, Queens native Dave Barckow has been playing music professionally since the age of 12. Starting out playing drums at bars & clubs all over the NYC area at a very young age has led to many performances and recordings with several national and international acts in many different styles including Elektra recording artist White Trash (Hard Rock) Celtic Cross, Raglan Road, Sheila Noonan, Alter Na Trad (Irish/Celtic) Halcion (Alternative Rock) ATTAKKU (Latin) Mortal Remains (Heavy Metal) to name just a few. For the past 15 years, after dedicating all his time and talents to playing Irish/Celtic music Dave performs well over 300 gigs per year, mostly singing and playing guitar while playing a foot operated drum kit. He can be seen regularly at the Langans and Pig & Whistle chain of Irish Pubs in the Times Square area. Dave also performs several times per year at RiRa Irish Pub at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Tropicana Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ as well as their Washington DC location, performing his modern take on Irish Traditional Music with some of the finest musicians and singers from Ireland, Canada and the U.S. Weeks long residencies at Raglan Road Pub in Disney World Orlando, Florida and frequent tours performing throughout Ireland round out his yearly performance schedule.
Since 1998 Dave has been regarded as the first port of call for Irish music in New York City both as an entertainer and an agent. He has represented artists including The Whole Shebang, Bagatelle, Heidi Talbot, and The Tain to name but a few. Dave is also the drummer/percussionist for world renowned Irish artist, Eileen Ivers Immigrant Soul performing at music festivals all around the world.
Dave, as a member of BMI and ASCAP is also an accomplished song writer whose songs have been used in several prime time network TV shows as well as many independently and commercially released movies.
Dublin native Louise Barry started her Performing Arts training at the age of two, studying in Dublin and New York and London.
Louise's professional career began at a very early age. Her theatre highlights have included 'Les Miserables','The Full Monty’,‘The Sleeping Beauty’,‘Cinderella', DCD on Broadway'.
Louise's pint sized stature and giant voice gained development deals with two major record labels in the UK and Ireland. Having performed as a featured vocalist for four seasons with the National Concert Orchestra, Dublin, she went on to make numerous network television and radio appearances. She has lent her distinctive voice to two seasons of 'Wilde Nights' Irish Cabaret as well as to more Irish and international artists than she can think of. As a choreographer, Louise's work has be seen in countless productions, venues and music videos including Wembley Arena and The Coronas. For over a decade, Louise has toured Ireland and Europe fronting some of Ireland's most sought after event and cover bands.
Since coming to the United States, Louise has assisted in breaking a World Record, performed to sold out audiences all over the world and directed and starred as the female lead role in the US tour of 'Celtic Angels'. As the co-messer of The Diddley Idols, you can catch her (if you can) singing up a storm and doing a step or two on top of bars all over the country.
The Diddley Idols are the New York based duo with the full band sound. Dave Barckow (Queens, NY) and Louise Barry (Dublin, Ireland). After a chance encounter in 2012, Dave and Louise’s undeniable chemistry made them inseparable and together they formed “The Diddley Idols” in 2013, dropping the “American” from Dave’s previous title. As two lead vocalists, they added Dave’s foot operated drum kit and guitar and Louise’s ukulele and percussion to finish out their sound. A live “tour de force” and “proof that great things do come in small packages!