Gobs O’Phun has been Denver’s quintessential pub band since 1994. Hailing from "County Denver", Gobs O'Phun is a traditional Irish and Scottish, acoustic folk band that originated in the family living room. Brothers-in-law Denis Sullivan and Martin Lambuth form the duet and offer the very best and most beloved of Celtic folksongs, utilizing their excellent harmonies backed by guitar, bodhran and harmonica, as well as the unique and crowd-pleasing, one-of-a-kind, “Bagmonica”. The Gobs offer historical background, humor and abiding love for what they do in an infectious, energetic style. They bring the living room ambiance of the romanticized Irish pub experience to each of their performances, whether in concert, at festivals, in the pub, at private gatherings or media appearances.
They are not an instrumental or dance band. They sing songs that tell stories. And because of the universal themes in the songs – whether it’s love, relationships, overcoming adversity, honor, pride, freedom or humorous in nature – their music will charm all cultural backgrounds and send everyone off with a feeling of good cheer. As family, they make their audience members feel like part of the clan with warm and intimate performances. The term "gob" is slang in the Celtic isles for your mouth, befitting a band that is more of a vocal group than instrumentalists. And when they frame their music with historical notes as well as spontaneous, humorous banter, you never know what fun will come out of their gobs!
The "Gobs" are family-friendly (or can pretend to be), tailoring their show to suit the audience. They started their public career performing in pubs, but extended that base to play festivals across the region (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana, as well as the cities of Chicago and St. Louis); public events such as the alcohol-free First Night Colorado New Years Eve and the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City; private parties and corporate events; schools (elementary-college); senior centers, nursing homes, churches and even a convent. As you can see, they have a wide demographic appeal.
Although many associate their music with March, the Gobs play year-round — they're not just for St. Patrick's Day!
“Their reception was outstanding. Folk concert performances were equally enjoyed. We hope that they will accept a future invitation to perform again.”
-James Durward – Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highland Festival, Estes Park
“Gobs O’ Phun played to a near sell-out crowd. The atmosphere was “purely pub” complete with an exuberant crowd. I would recommend “Gobs of fun” to any promoter or venue looking for a great pub band to bring a little Irish cheer.”
-Grant Landsbach – Swallow Hill Music Association
FESTIVALS GOBS O'PHUN HAS PLAYED: Aspenfest, Georgetown • Boulder Chautauqua • Cañon City Celtic Festival • Cherry Creek Arts Festival • Cheyenne Celtic Festival • Colorado Irish Festival • Colorado Scottish Festival • Mile High Hooley • Yellowstone Highland Games • Edgewater Celtic Festival • Elizabeth Celtic Festival • First Night Colorado • Gold Rush Days, Buena Vista • Kiowa Celtic Festival • Leadville Boom Days • Longs Peak Scottish/Irish Highlands Festival • Old Town Ft. Collins • Pikes Peak Celtic Festival, Colorado Springs • Rhythm on the River, Longmont • River Run Celtic Festival, Keystone • Rocky Mountain Celtic Festival • Safehouse Run • Scottsbluff Celtic Gathering • Shrine of St. Therese Parish Festival • Silver Plume Celtic Festival • Sterling Celtic Festival • Utah Scottish Festival • Wonderland Celtic Festival • Wyoming Celtic Festival, Gillette • •
OTHER VENUES GOBS O'PHUN HAS PLAYED: 2002 SLOC Winter Olympics • Air Force Academy • Denver Country Club • Denver Botanic Gardens • Colorado Governor’s Mansion • First Night Colorado, Denver • First Night Fort Collins • The Black Rose, Black Forest • The Cañon Rose, Cañon City • Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave, Lookout Mountain • Gold Hill • HUMC • Kennedy Center, Ft. Collins • L2 Concert Hall • Miner’s Alley, Golden • Mountain Acoustic Music Association, Woodland Park • Renaissance Fair, Larkspur • Swallow Hill Music Association: Open Stages, Concerts, Folkathon’s, Shady Grove, Tuft Theater, Daniels Hall • Wellshire Inn • Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson, Loveland • Storm Mountain Ranch, Steamboat Springs