Featured Musician Spade McQuade
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Featured Musician Spade McQuade

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I first met Spade McQuade at Fly’s Tie in Atlantic Beach when he had a weekly show there. All of the fans in the room would sing along to every song they played and it was just absolute fun from start to finish. I kept going up there and week after week it was many of the same songs, and ALL of the same people, but every week they all sang along! If you go see Spade don’t be shy about offering to buy him a drink! – Mike Kaufmann

How long have you lived at the First Coast?

24 years ago I moved to Jax from Belfast Ireland

What part of First Coast do you reside now?


When did you know you had an interest in music?

I got my first guitar for my birthday when I was 15

Did you start with any specific instrument and migrate to other instruments?

Bass, Mandolin and Guitar

Are you currently in a band (or bands)?

Spade McQuade Band

Who is your favorite musician or what musician influenced you the most?

Van Morrison also from Belfast.. got to tour with him

Are there any specific memories or highlights of your career that you would like to tell us about?!

My old band Energy Orchard signed to MCA records in 1990 and we put out 5 albums and did several worldwide tours

What area bands or musicians are at the top of your list to go out to hear?

Trevor Tanner.. Glass Camels

Do you have a favorite venue that you enjoy playing locally?

Flys Tie… Lynch’s Irish Pub

Spade McQuade is (obviously) a fun loving guy who plays feel good music.

Do you have any gigs coming up to tell our readers about?

Check our schedule at spademcquade.com I have various gigs every week

What is the best way for musicians to network?

Jamming at gigs .. open mics

Are there any local venue owners/managers that you would like to rave about?!

Ralph Tiernan .. Damien Doherty

If you had a question you would like to ask another musician what would it be?

Any chance of a beer lol!

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