12 places to listen to Irish music this St. Patrick’s Day in Boston


Catch Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues or listen to lively performances at The Burren.

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Doyle’s Cafe

Doyle’s Cafe, also known as the first home of Sam Adams beer, taps into its Irish roots this St. Patrick’s Day with live entertainment all day. The Fenian Sons will start at noon, while the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums are expected to wow with their instruments around 4 p.m.

$25, Saturday, March 17, 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, doylescafeboston.com.

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Kinsale will have three different acts, with the upbeat Black Velvet starting at 10 a.m., Royal Fur at 2 p.m. and the final act, Ryan Charles, warming up at 10 p.m.

Saturday March 17, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Kinsale, 2 Center Plaza, classicirish.com.


This St. Patrick’s Day, a performance by Dave & Mike will kick off Asgard’s all-day entertainment. At 4 p.m., stop by to listen to Sean Van Clauss until 8 p.m. And at 9 p.m., the Cover Story will close the evening.

Saturday, March 17, at various times, The Asgard, 350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, classicirish.com.

Pub Bull McCabe

From 4pm to 8pm, Bull McCabe’s does a live session with Telephone and from 8pm until closing, traditional Irish band Dunn take the stage. Dunn specializes in classical Irish music and rock ‘n roll, featuring fiddle, guitar and bodhran, an Irish frame drum.

Saturday, March 17, at various times, Bull McCabe’s Pub, 366 Somerville Ave., Somerville, bullmccabesboston.com.

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Tavern at the end of the world

Kicking off the weekend early on Thursday, March 15, Tavern at the End of the World has Randy Black playing. Kevin Mor will perform on Friday with selected Irish sets, starting at 9:30 p.m. And with their authentic style, Four Point Restraints will bring Pogues tunes to the tavern on Saturday.

March 15-17, multiple times, Tavern at the End of the World, 108 Cambridge St., Charlestown, taverneboutdumonde.com.

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Dropkick Murphys

Sure, it might not exactly be “traditional” Irish music, but it wouldn’t be St. Paddy’s without them. The Dropkicks return for their annual St. Patrick’s Day concert series in their hometown. Catch one of their five shows at the House of Blues, which includes a special acoustic set on Saturdays. And catch up on our list of 20 things you might not know about them.

Thursday, March 15 through Sunday, March 18 at various times The House of Blues, 15 Landsowne St., houseofblues.com. Shows are sold out, but there might be a few tickets circulating on StubHub.

WGBH St. Patrick’s Day Celtic Stay

WGBH Hosts Eleventh Annual A Celtic stay for St. Patrick’s Day with host and producer Brian O’Donovan. The event features world renowned musicians and bands, performing contemporary and modern Irish songs. Performances will feature Open the Door for Three, Brenda Castles, Keith Murphy, Maeve Gilchrist, and more.

$50, Wednesday, March 14 through Saturday, March 17, multiple times, four venues include Showcase Live at Foxboro, Cabot Theater in Beverly, Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford and Sanders Theatre, Harvard University in Cambridge, wgbh.org.

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The Burren

The Burren is putting on six different shows this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Pub owners Tommy McCarthy & Louise Costello will be joined by Robert Elliott and Seamus Noonan, who specialize in traditional Irish music. There are shows throughout the day on Saturday and on Sunday, a bonus brunch show at noon to finish off the weekend festivities.

$25, Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, various times, The Burren, 247 Elm St., Somerville, burren.com.

The Lansdowne Pub

The Lansdowne Pub throws a busy weekend with St. Paddy’s festivities. From Thursday to Saturday the pub will host the Jukebox Heroes, the Beat Drops, Patty and the Boys, Boxty, Mickey Rickshaw and Bearfight.

Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17, various times, Lansdowne Pub, 9 Lansdowne St., lansdownepubboston.com.

Harpoon’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival

This March marks the 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day Harpoon Festival, which celebrates Irish culture through traditional Irish food, brewed beer and, of course, music. Head to Harpoon Brewery on March 9 and 10 to hear live pop, rock and Irish tunes.

$25, Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10, various times, Harpoon Brewery306 North Ave, harpoonbrewery.com.

The Brendan Behan Pub

Named after the Irish writer, the Brendan Behan Pub is hosting an Irish music session this Saturday. Join the festivities on St. Patrick’s Day and head to Jamaica Plain for a day of thrilling fun.

Saturday, March 17, The Brendan Behan Pub, 378 Center St., Jamaica Plain, brendanbehanpub.com.

Lower Mills Tavern

The Lower Mills Tavern has planned a full day on this St. Patrick’s Day. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, the Tavern has provided Irish music all day for a full celebration of Boston’s biggest party.

Saturday, March 17, Lower Mills Tavern, 2269 Dorchester Ave., lowermillstavern.com.


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