Spade McQuade was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1997. McQuade is known for his one-of-a-kind blend of traditional Irish tunes and Celtic rock. His CD Belfast Redneck is a combination of his strong Irish influences and Americana. A tribute to the American dream, the songs on the album were written while thinking of a friend of his who always wanted to be American and dreamt of going to the United States.
When he moved to Jacksonville, McQuade was part of a band called Energy Orchard and had the privilege of touring around Europe and the U.S. with Steve Earle, Van Morrison, and Joe Cocker. Now he plays music around Florida as a solo act.