Opening for Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones

A long-time icon of Irish music will be coming back to the Seacoast next month, and once again we’ll be honored to open for him!

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones will be performing at Ri Ra’s Irish Pub in Portsmouth on March 12. Known throughout the world for their quality presentation of Irish patriotic songs and traditional music, The Young Wolfe Tones feature some of the finest Irish musicians and singers from a younger generation, and combine them with the legendary Derek Warfield — singer, stage personality, composer, and historian of the music and song tradition. The response to this union has been fantastic.

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones

Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones

 

Liam Murphy, the former National Editor of Hibernian Digest, for example, offers high praise indeed. “Derek has long been the best front man in the country. There is no performer that can move an audience with words and song with such natural ease. His talented young band ‘The Young Wolfe Tones’ are the best ballad band in Ireland and lends an extra dimension to Irish song, music and history.”

Needless to say, seeing them live is well worth it. We had the opportunity to open for Derek and crew last year, and it was a blast of a night.

We hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, March 12 to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day season with a great night of music.

BCMFest 2014

In New England, there are a few events in the Irish music community that are highlights each year. One of those is the Boston Celtic Music Festival, or BCMFest, which takes place in several venues around Harvard Square, Cambridge, Mass. each January.

The 2014 BCMFest is taking place this weekend (January 10 & 11), and we’re honored to be included in this year’s line-up of performers. In fact there will be two opportunities to see us as part of the festivities.

First, we’ll be performing a 30-minute set at 2:15 PM on Saturday in The Attic at the First Parish Church, Cambridge. The First Parish (located at 3 Church Street) actually houses three of the festival stages — The Attic, The Parlor and The Sanctuary — while Club Passim on Palmer Street hosts the other stage.

Then, we’ll be participating in a 45-minute workshop called “In the Tradition” that will explore modern songs (last 50 years or so) that sound traditional or might be rooted in traditional music. We’re thrilled to be sharing The Attic stage with Sean Smith, Barbara Cassidy and Lindsay Straw for that workshop…and we all have some unique song selections we’ll be presenting.

The full schedule with links to info on the other performers is available here, but we certainly hope you’ll swing by to join us for a while.

Barbara Cassidy

Lindsay Straw

Sean Smith

Live on WICN Radio

Thought you folks might be interested: We’ll be part of a live, in-studio concert on WICN Public Radio 90.5 FM in Worcester this Thursday night, March 21. The show is going to be a celebration of Irish music, post-St. Paddy’s Day, as part of the station’s spring fundraiser, so it’ll be a great chance to hear some fun music. Our friend Nick Noble, the show’s host, has gathered a nice array of local artists who will all perform as part of this showcase.

In addition to the 45 minutes or so of songs and tunes that we’ll be doing as part of the evening, we also get a chance to back our friend Susan Goyette Young on a song.

Thanks to Nick for inviting us on his show. We hope you’ll tune-in and support the show. The festivities start at 7p and we’ll apparently be on earlier in the broadcast.

March Madness

Congrats, all! You’ve gotten through the worst of the winter. In New England, we’ve weathered Nemo and are already seeing longer, brighter days. Spring can’t be too far off now.

Of course, the end of February brings us to the ‘high holiday’ of Irish music…the madness of March, St. Patrick’s Day, and the assault of the “Plastic Paddys”…but we love it! For us, it’s a month-long opportunity to share the music we already love to play year-round.

Some people just want an excuse for self-abuse.

Regardless of how you want to mark the holiday, if you’re looking for some fun music, we’ve got a couple of gigs during the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend to let you know about.

Saturday, March 16 we’ll be playing a fundraising event at Ri Ra’s Irish Pub in Market Square, Portsmouth, NH from 2 – 5 pm.

Sunday, March 17, St. Patrick’s Day itself, we’ll be at Ri Ra again from noon to 4 pm for what promises to be a fantastic afternoon of mighty craic! We’re hoping to rope some of our friends on stage to join us as well, and we’d love to see you there.

And feel free to order whatever puts you in the mood…we’ll just be happy to see you. :-)

Thanks to MaryPat for the Photo

Our new perch at Ri Ra

BLUE in Portland, Maine

A great place to see live music!

"Portland's most intimate live music venue..."

For anyone unfamiliar with it, there’s a great place to see live music on Congress Street in Portland, Maine called BLUE. I’ve been there a few times and earlier this year, for example, I got to see Niamh Parsons there in a tremendous, intimate show. The people that go the shows are a listening audience, which allows the performer to dig deep and play some real gems…and then after the featured artist’s performance, there is always a session of some truly seasoned players, led by our friend Tom Rota of Boghat. The food their kitchen puts out is pretty rockin’ as well.

Well, we’ve been asked to perform this month on Oct. 24.

Playing ‘music in the living tradition of Ireland and Scotland’ gives us a bottomless well to draw from, so for our appearance at BLUE, we’ll share special songs that inspire us, and honor the singers who have influenced us. This isn’t going to be your standard pub fare, since we’re planning a night of special selections – from traditional ballads and source singer material, to works from songwriters like Archie Fisher, Ron Kavana, Richard Thompson, and Jez Lowe.

We hope you’ll come out to share this special night with us. We go on at 7:30 p.m. and look forward to seeing you.

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