SIR REG is an energetic six piece from Sweden playing Celtic punk. On vocals is Brendan, an Irishman who left his hometown of Dublin to come to Sweden to fulfill his dream of putting together the most amazing band possible. Karin, the violinist, is a tiny and fiery redhead from Sweden who has a tendency to leave jaws open with her fiddle skills. The other members Mattias L (drums), Mattias S (bass), Filip (mandolin) and Chris (electric guitar) all have diverse musical backgrounds, and together as SIR REG they are having the time of their lives – making and playing music they all love.
SIR REG is a band that took a long time in the making. For almost a decade, under the name The Barcrawlers, the core of the band gigged its ass off all over Scandinavia playing Irish pub songs at every venue imaginable. It all started in 2002 when Brendan and Karin played covers and Irish traditionals at a few local bars. Brendan had just recently moved to Sweden from Ireland and was in dire need to continue doing what he loved doing back in Dublin – singing and playing.
They hit the road with their favourite songs from bands such as The Pogues, Horslips, Flogging Molly, Blur, David Bowie, Oasis, The Beatles, The Dubliners and Dropkick Murphy's to name just a few. After many winding roads and several hundred shows under their belt, they felt content. They had achieved all that they had set out to do as a "pub-, and cover band". They decided it was about time for the next chapter - making their own music. SIR REG (pronounced "Sir. Redge") was born in early 2009.
They armed themselves with a bunch of original compositions and hit the studio to create something they would be proud of - music they would listen to themselves. With each member's individual influences thrown into a melting pot, the resulting sound was better than they had hoped for.
During the spring and summer of 2010, following the release, they played as many shows possible. In September of 2010 SIR REG went on a three week European tour supporting the American horror rockers The Misfits which broadened the SIR REG fanbase.
SIR REG's CD was voted ”Best Celtic rock and punk album of 2010” by the visitors of celticfolkpunk.blogspot.com, and the internet radio station Paddy Rock Radio. To top it off, Celticfolkpunk.blogspot.com also voted SIR REG's CD ”Best Celtic band of 2010”.
The follow up album "A Sign Of The Times" was released in October 2011.
Once again it was voted album of the year on the internet radio station Paddy Rock Radio. It also got top scores on many other lists and when Slitz (a big Swedish men's magazine) listed the "top 100 Swedish rock bands, SIR REG was their #15 pick.
On the radio station SiriusXM the DJ Little Steven (co founder of The E-Street Band) picked the song "Bolloxology" as one of the best songs of the year. A true honour for the band!
The 3rd album "21st Century Loser" was released in April 2013 and has so far received amazing reviews from every corner of the world. For the third time in a row they achieved the album of the year on Paddy Rock!
The biggest radio station for rock music in Sweden, Bandit Rock, had SIR REG's song "Emigrate" on rotation and it became one of their 15 most played songs of 2013, even though they only picked it up in September that same year! It became so popular that Bandit nominated SIR REG in the categories "Best Swedish Album" & "Best Swedish Breakthrough Band" at the Bandit Rock Awards, the biggest rock award show in Sweden.
Since the start back in 2009, SIR REG have had the privilege to share the stage with likes of: The Misfits, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, Alter Bridge, Rob Zombie, Danko Jones, Fiddler's Green, The Real McKenzies, The Exploited and many more!
In June 2014 the band were invited to play Sweden's biggest rock festival, Sweden Rock Festival. A million miles away from their humble pub corner beginnings, but still feeling right at home on the big stage.