Paddy Homan, star of the PBS show I AM IRELAND, is a Midwest based Traditional Irish Tenor and professional speaker who since his arrival to the USA has brought his talented voice and quick-witted Cork humor to audiences across the country and back to his home in Ireland.
Homan’s critically acclaimed one-man show, I Am Ireland, created in 2016, takes audiences on a journey through the songs, speeches, and images of the time to honor and celebrate the Irish road to freedom. The compelling 90-minute program is presented in two acts with a three-piece band of the finest Irish traditional musicians. Since its national debut in 2020 on PBS, I AM IRELAND, has aired over 1000 times across America.
Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune reporter wrote of Paddy’s premier of I Am Ireland: “For hundreds of years and for hundreds of thousands of people, Chicago has provided a welcoming, comfortable, and nurturing home for those who trace their roots (their hearts and souls) to Ireland. Paddy Homan, the map of his native County Cork on his broad/happy face and his country's accent still deep in his voice, in conversation and in song, is an Irish tenor who has used his voice to great and emotional effect since moving here for keeps a decade ago.”
Dr. Nona Lyons, Visiting Research Scholar, University College Cork says: “The history of a people can be taught and learned in many ways. The I Am Ireland Show is another way of knowing. Because song and story are a particular way of knowing for the Irish, it is especially attractive to all who would know and learn of this critical chapter in Irish history. As someone who has experienced this program at its debut, with all the talent and passion provided by such a superb performer, Paddy Homan's I Am Ireland is a learning experience for learners of all ages.”
Homan maintains a duel career in music and philanthropy. While enjoying a full music schedule on the national and international front, Homan also works as Senior Development Director / Philanthropy for Plymouth Place Retirement Community in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago.
Paddy is a frequent key note speaker where he presents on the role of music in supporting seniors the art of music in enhancing the lives of seniors. He is engaged by many business and civic organizations as a singer of Irish traditional songs, of the anthems of Ireland and America, and as a moderator in motivational programs for employees and community audiences.
Along with his extensive experience as a performer in a variety of settings, Paddy brings to the stage and to workshops for learners of all ages, many years of work experience as a social worker, manager in a care-taking agency, and fund raiser to support programs for seniors. Paddy describes his approach: “For me, music and service to others go hand in hand. I get no greater 'kick' out of being in someone's home, having a cup of tea, hearing their story, and being present to them through the gift of song. It’s all about connecting with people, be it on stage in the songs I sing, or in my work. You just have to give it your all."