About

The Bionic Rats are an original Ska & Reggae band based in Dublin, Ireland.

Formed ten years ago, after the break up of Kilbarrack reggae band Kingsativa,
they’ve constantly evolved over the years, while writing and recording their own material.

They have four self released albums :

In between recording albums, the band have shared the stage over
the years with many of their musical teachers including
the nutty boys themselves Madness,
Bad Manners, The Beat.
Massive Attack’s vocalist of choice Horace Andy,
Reggae veterans Israel Vibration,
Johnny Clarke,The Jolly Boys
and Bob Marley’s mentor, the legendary Mr. Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry.
Closer to home they’ve opened for
Damien Dempsey & on several occasions, Imelda May.


In August 2013 they played at the One Love Festival in Sussex, to

represent Ireland in the U.K.’s premier reggae festival which led to
Doc Marten’s Boots using their song ‘Dear John‘ for an online campaign.

In April 2014 the band played at the London International Ska Festival in Camden, the first Irish band in it’s 20 year history.

August 2015 saw The Bionic Rats make their Irish TV debut on The Imelda May Show, playing the track ‘It Won’t Last’ with lead singer Derek Clabby being interviewed by his first cousin Imelda.


After checking the band out in The Foggy Dew, Irish comedian/legend PJ Gallagher was inspired enough to learn the trumpet. A few lessons later from our man Donagh and a few of the band went on his Classic Hits Radio, PJ & Declan Morning Show to have a jam playing No Bottles, No Milk


In 2016 they celebrated their 10th year at Dublin’s longest running reggae night ‘The Sunday Skank’ in the Temple Bar pub The Foggy Dew, which draws large crowds from every nation.

Sept 2016 they appeared on the front cover of issue #83 of the worlds longest running ‘Skazine’ Do The Dog Skazine

October 2016  their tracks ‘Don’t Be Giving it All That’ and ‘Brand New Geansai’ featured in the Pat Short movie The Flag.


Easter 2017 saw a return of The Bionic Rats to London at The London International Ska Festival


The Bionic Rats are…
Drums  – John Mason
Bass & B.Vocals – Graham Birney
Guitars & L.Vocals- Derek Clabby
Trumpet & B.Vocals – Donagh Molloy
Tenor Sax & B.Vocals — Mason McMillen