The band was formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the fall of 2006 with Paul Wiese on vocals, guitar and mandolin; Barry Breslin on guitar and vocals and Brian Kelly on drums and percussion. The lineup has grown over time. In late 2007, Barry's brother, James Breslin joined the group on bass guitar. The position had been filled by guest artists during the first year. In July of 2009, Joe Arnold joined the band on Violin/Fiddle. Birmingham Six takes it's name from the six men wrongfully convicted of the 1974 Birmingham Pub bombings. The band mixes traditional, rebel, contemporary and original Irish music with hard rock and punk to form it's sound. The members' influences are varied and combine nicely to create an energetic, fun live show. The band's cited influences include The Pogues, The Clancy Brothers, Flogging Molly, The Tossers, Fugazi, The Who, Saw Doctors, The Shantys and many others.