Irish songs will ring out all weekend
Scott Mervis – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – March 14, 2018
Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Pittsburgh’s premier St. Patrick’s Day attraction, will raise a toast on Saturday with their first album in three years, “Drinkin’ to the Dead.”
The Celtic punk band will rock Market Square after the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Rex Theater on the South Side later in the evening.
If you’re looking for something more subdued or more traditional, there are lots of choices:
KEITH HARKIN AT BRICOLAGE
The Shovlin Academy of Irish Dance perform in the middle of the Boulevard of the Allies during the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Pittsburgh Saturday, March 11, 2017.
The Dubliners did it. Thin Lizzy did it. Metallica did it and won a Grammy.
That doesn’t stop Keith Harkin from working through his own revved-up acoustic version of “Whiskey in the Jar,” which can be found on his new live album, “In the Round.”
The 31-year-old native of Derry, Northern Ireland, who plays Bricolage Theater on Friday, made his name as a member of the Irish supergroup Celtic Thunder from 2007 through 2016.
In 2012, Grammy-winning producer David Foster signed him to Verve Records for his debut solo album, which hit No. 1 on the World Music Chart. He followed that with “On Mercy Street” in 2015 and the holiday album, “Nollaig,” a year later. His latest effort is the live unplugged “In the Round,” recorded and filmed last summer at Full Circle in his new home base of Venice Beach, Calif.
“I was with Celtic Thunder for a great 10 years, but I never got to actually show what I do best,” he said in a statement. “A lot of people didn’t know I could even play three chords on guitar, much less hold a whole concert together on my own. They didn’t know I wrote my own songs. So, the time finally came for me to show that side of me.”
He plays Bricolage at 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown, at 7 p.m. Tickets: $35-$55; https://keithharkin.ticketleap.com.
GUARANTEED IRISH ON THE RUN
If it’s St. Patrick’s Day, Guaranteed Irish is guaranteed to be playing in multiple places.
This year is different for the Irish balladeers as longtime co-leader Paddy Folan will be joined by a new member, Jimmy Lamb, with the departure of Bruce Foley.
“Bruce moved to New York three years ago,” Mr. Folan says. “But he still comes back occasionally for music jobs. This year, because the parade falls on the same day as St. Patrick’s Day, he is staying in New York. He played with us for over 30 years.”
Guaranteed Irish performs at 6 p.m. Friday at Mt. Lebanon Library with storyteller Alan Irvine; immediately after the parade at Cafe Fifth, 818 Fifth Ave., Downtown, until about 4 p.m.; and from 7:30 till midnight at Mullaney’s Harp and Fiddle, Strip. Information: http://www.guaranteedirish.net.
A CALM BEFORE THE STORM
Pittsburgh folk favorite Mark Dignam, who came here from his native Ireland in 2001, will do his part to steer St. Patrick’s Day away from the green beer.
He performs his sixth annual Calm Before the Storm show at Club Cafe, South Side, on Friday, promising Irish songs and poetry in a concert setting showcasing “the breadth of the culture of the Emerald Isle.”
He’s joined by Nathan Zoob (Wreck Loose), Jess Hohman, Ben Shannon, Joanna Lowe, Guy Russo, Leslie Ann McIlroy, Gary Musisko, Mark Hohman (Brewer’s Row).
It begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15; clubcafelive.com.
River City Brass performs its fifth annual Celtic Hurricane show, at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland, with music from “Riverdance,” “Lord of the Dance” and more played with brass band, pipes and drums. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. $21-$41; rivercitybrass.org.
Other St. Patrick’s Day highlights:
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, Strip: Production of “Finnegan’s Wake” with Donnie Irish (8 p.m.). 412-642-6622; harpandfiddle.com.
Claddagh Irish Pub, SouthSide Works: Tullycavy (6 p.m.). 412-381-4800; claddaghirishpubs.com/pittsburgh.
Soergel Orchards, 2573 Brandt School Road, Franklin Park: Abbots Cross (7 p.m.). 724-935-1743; www.soergels.com.
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, Strip: John Wiatrak (5:30 p.m.); Johnny Gallagher (9 p.m.). 412-642-6622; harpandfiddle.com.
Claddagh Irish Pub, SouthSide Works: Irish Pretenders (6 p.m.); The Wild Geese (9 p.m.). 412-381-4800; claddaghirishpubs.com/pittsburgh.
Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle, Strip: Inside: Mark Guiser (noon); Whiskey Limerick (4 p.m.); Skipper Johnson Band (8 p.m.). In the tent: Donnie Irish Band (1 p.m.); Tullycavy (5 p.m.); Guaranteed Irish (7:15 p.m.).
Claddagh Irish Pub, SouthSide Works: The annual St. Baldrick’s Grow It, Shave It, Beat It event runs from 9 a.m.-noon (sign up to have your head shaved to help fight childhood cancer). In the tent, music by Trinity Wiseman (noon), Weekend at Blarney’s (3 p.m.) and The Naughties (7 p.m.). In the pub, Abbotts Cross (10 a.m.), Cue Ball (1 p.m.), Irish Dancers (3 p.m.) and Billy Schieder (6 p.m.) . 412-381-4800; claddaghirishpubs.com/pittsburgh.
Rex Theater, South Side: Bastard Bearded Irishmen, Gene the Werewolf, The Cheats, 7 p.m. www.rextheater.net.
Hard Rock Cafe, Station Square: After-Parade Party in Bessemer Court with The Wild Geese (noon), Corn Beef and Curry (1:45 p.m.) and The Adorabulls (4:30 p.m.). Inside: with The Clintones (9 p.m.). $10 each. www.hardrock.com/cafes/pittsburgh or 412-481-7625.
Cafe Fifth, 818 Fifth Ave., Downtown: Guaranteed Irish (noon-4 p.m.). 412-261-2215 or http://cafefifthpgh.com.
Coach’s Bottleshop & Grille, 3105 Banksville Road, Banksville: Weekend at Blarney’s (8 p.m.). 412-207-9397.
Crafthouse Stage and Grill, Baldwin Borough: Celtic Shores and The Rick Patrick Trio (noon-8 p.m.). 412-653-2695 or www.crafthousepgh.com.
Park House, 403 E. Ohio St., North Side: Bindley Hardware Co. and Abby Adams, 8 p.m.
Nied’s Hotel, 5438 Butler St., Lawrenceville: Parade Day Matinee with Slim Forsythe’s Irish Band, Candy Mountain, Tricky Mannion, Steve Sciulli, Dennis Childers, 2 p.m.
Sieb’s Pub, 3382 Babcock Blvd., Ross: Live bands beginning at 2 p.m. 412-364-8511 or www.siebspub.com.
Blarney Bash at the American Serbian Club, 2524 Sarah St., South Side, at noon Saturday with the party band Jukebox. $10 donation. 412-431-9351 or www.americanserbianclub.club.
Claddagh Irish Pub, SouthSide Works: The Low Kings (noon-3 p.m.). 412-381-4800; www.claddaghirishpubs.com/pittsburgh.
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