7 shows for Irish music lovers


The implications of the rapid spread of COVID-19 still had not penetrated into the dawn of St. Patrick’s Day last year, March 17. mostly canceled or mitigated in the mind. But other states had yet to close their doors, and Californians had the odd sensation of looking at social media posts and news footage of the typical alcohol-fueled revelry in cities like Chicago, Boston and Houston.

As St. Patrick’s Day approaches a year later, we again warily observe less constrained people in other states (hello, Texas!), And hopefully last week’s announcement that the shows seem to be gradually resurfacing – at least on the outside – bodes well. for the future. But that doesn’t mean we can’t safely celebrate right now with a song and a raised glass.

There is no shortage of Irish and adjacent Irish musical performances and can be enjoyed at home. Here is a partial list of some of the music streaming shows available in California and beyond.

The black brothers

Coming from one of Ireland’s most distinguished musical families, brothers Michael and Shay Black perform from Berkeley as part of Freight & Salvage’s At Home concert series, playing Dublin street songs, ballads historical, music hall songs and songs from Irish, English and Scottish traditions. The show will be aired twice. Details: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on March 17; a donation of $ 10 or more gives you access; thefreight.org.

The Black Brothers Band is also headlining an international celebration of St. Patrick’s Day on March 13, presented via Zoom, featuring music, storytelling and presentations on Irish culture. Other artists include Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne (12:30 p.m.) and Sock in the Frying Pan (1:15 p.m.). Black Brothers broadcast at 6 p.m. Details: 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 13; $ 10 to $ 20; at.zoom.us/h/ameceltic.

molly’s flogging

LA’s favorite Celtic punk band is broadcasting live from Whelan’s Irish Pub in Dublin, rekindling their traditional St. Patrick’s Day concert tradition after last year’s last-minute cancellation. The band also plays an exclusive acoustic session with virtual get-togethers and offers an impressive variety of group swag. Details: 8 p.m. on March 17; Main concert from $ 15 to $ 65, acoustic and VIP sessions from $ 75 to $ 150; floggingmollylive.com.

Bob Weir and the Wolf Brothers

Founding member of the Grateful Dead, guitarist / singer Bob Weir celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at TRI Studios in San Rafael with his new band The Wolf Bros., featuring bassist Don Was, drummer Jay Lane, keyboardist Jeff Chimenti and Greg Leisz on pedal steel, with special guests The Wolf Pack (Alex Kelly, Brian Switzer, Adam Theis, Mads Tolling and Sheldon Brown). Details: 6 p.m. on March 17; $ 19.99 to $ 24.99; bobweir.net/#!

Gaelynn Lea

The winner of NPR’s second Tiny Desk competition in 2016, folk singer / violinist Lea alternates between her original songs and her favorite Irish tunes, broadcast live from her home in Duluth via Zoom (which includes a meet and greet with the audience after the concert and questions and answers). Details: noon on March 20; $ 5 to $ 25; https://violinscratches.com/patreon.

Celtic experience of the Kavanaugh brothers

Streaming live from The Art Boutiki in San Jose, the Kavanaugh Brothers’ Brother-Led Celtic Experience marks the holidays with an exhilarating repertoire of Irish Rebel music and songs from Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash and others. Details: 8:30 p.m. on March 17; free but registration required; www.facebook.com/KavanaughBrothers.

Gaelic storm

After spending 2020 under wraps, Irish music juggernaut Santa-Monica pub group Gaelic Storm begins its 25th year with “One for the Road,” a two-hour live broadcast featuring original songs and a traditional pub. hymns. Details: March 17, 5 p.m. $ 22; www.gaelicstorm.com.

Dropkick Murphys

The supercharged Celtic punk group is broadcasting a live performance from their hometown of Boston, a hat-trick performance for which they ask viewers for donations “so the group can continue to pay their team and their expenses until the end of the day. resumption of events in person. ” Details: 4 p.m. March 17; free but donations encouraged; www.dropkickmurphys.com.

Contact Andrew Gilbert at jazzscribe@aol.com.


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