Welcome to my official website where you will find information about my discography, gear, artists I’ve played with, and how my playing has featured on three Grammy nominated albums, amongst much more.

I was born and raised in Ireland to the sounds of Dixieland, Trad jazz. My father Des Hopkins is a respected jazz drummer and I’ve been playing drums since early childhood.

At 17, I jumped at the chance to leave school to join Kilkenny rock band My Little Funhouse who signed to Geffen Records. We lived in Los Angeles for three years, where I certainly learned a lot about the life of being a professional musician.

In 1996 I went on to join the extremely successful alternative rockers from Northern Ireland, Therapy?

Over six hugely rewarding years, I toured the world many times over and experienced incredible highlights from headlining festivals of 100,000 people to playing BBC radio sessions for the legendary John Peel. 

I then spent more than 10 years recording and touring with The Swell Season (Oscar winners from the film Once), The Frames & Glen Hansard.

When not touring, I enjoy recording sessions with world-renowned producers on albums and in radio & TV. I have worked with a large variety and eclectic mix of artists including Dolores O’Riordan, Snow Patrol, Glen Hansard, Therapy?, Rosanne Cash, Tom Jones & many more.

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Chicago Auditorium


You can find a list of artists I’ve recorded with here.


Bill Price (The Clash, Sex Pistols) | Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer) | Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Radiohead) | Head (PJ Harvey, Massive Attack) | Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden) | Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) | Peter Katis (The National, Mercury Rev) | Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello) | Jim Tullio (John Martyn, Levon Helm) | Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, The B-52s) | Stephen Fitzmaurice (Sting, Depeche Mode) | Mike Clink (Guns n’ Roses, Metallica) | Toby Wright (Alice in Chains, Korn) | Ruadhri Cushnan (U2, Mumford & Sons) | David Odlum (The Wedding Present, Deus).


United Recording Studios, LA | East West Studios, LA | Rumbo Recorders, LA | Henson Recording Studio, LA | NRG Recording Studios, LA | Record Plant, LA | Sunset Sound Studios, LA | Reservoir Studios, NYC | Sterling Sound, NYC | Electrical Audio, Chicago | The Loft, Chicago | Robert Lang Studios, Seattle | Metropolis Studios, London | Abbey Road, London | Sarm Studios, London | Great Linford Manor Studios, Milton Keynes, UK | Moles Studio, Bath, UK | Chipping Norton Studios, Oxfordshire, UK | Metalworks Studios, Toronto | EMAC Recording Studios, London, Ontario | Black Box Studios, France | Grouse Lodge, Ireland | Windmill Lane, Ireland | Camden Recording Studios, Ireland.


Royal Albert Hall, London | Sydney Opera House, Australia| Slane Castle, Ireland | Brixton Academy, London | L’Olympia, Paris | Paradiso, Amsterdam | Wembley Arena, London | Ryman Auditorium, Nashville| Vicar Street, Dublin | Barrowlands, Glasgow| Chicago Theatre, Chicago | Massey Hall, Toronto | Levon Helm’s Studio Midnight Rambles, Woodstock, NY.


David Letterman, NYC | Jay Leno, LA | Jimmy Kimmel, LA | Stephen Colbert, NYC | Conan O’Brien, NYC / LA | Jimmy Fallon, NYC | Later with Jools Holland, London | Taratata, Paris | The Late Late Show, Dublin | Austin City Limits (ACL), Austin, Texas.


I’ve recorded and played live with a variety of different artists including Glen Hansard, The Frames, The Swell Season, Therapy?, Snow Patrol, Dolores O’Riordan (The Cranberries), Bronagh Gallagher, Halite, Gemma Hayes, David Keenan, My Little Funhouse, Caitríona O’Leary, Rosanne Cash, Tom Jones, Marlon Williams, Oh Pep!, Rhiannon Giddens, David Kitt, Mundy, The Reindeer Section, Alphastates, Autamata, Ann Scott, Josh Ritter, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Mark Geary, Jape, Colm Quearney aka Q, Square Pegs, Ollie Cole, The Pale, Pugwash, Jerry Fish, An Emotional Fish, Lisa Hannigan, Miriam Ingram, Paula Toledo, Ferghal McKee (Whipping Boy), Richard Cocciante, Andrew Strong, Fionn Regan, Lir, The Cake Sale, Boss Volenti, Duckworth Lewis Method, Neil Hannon (Divine Comedy), The Walls, Spectrum, Conor Deasy (The Thrills), Nina Hynes, and many more.

Here’s a selection of albums I’ve played on…


Pictures: Zoran Orlic, Dara Butler. Site: Paul Mallon