Tom Powers doesn’t plan to wait until March to start celebrating Irish-American Month.
The owner of Celtic harp embarks on its 10th year of the series known as “Irish Music Sundays” airing – you guessed it – Irish music on Sundays. The shows will run from 1 to 4 p.m. and there is no admission charge.
“I’m just proud to help keep Irish music and culture alive in central New York,” says Tom.
The series will kick off on February 20 with a new band called Pint of Order, an offshoot of the highly entertaining pirate troupe, the Paddy Nappers. The group, consisting of William Morton, (vocals), Bailey Quinn, (vocals, guitar), Lynzie Quinn, (vocals, bodhran), Joe Schmidt, (harmonica, whistle, vocals), Mary Margaret Krukonis, (violin, harp, and Joseph Boucher, (drums) will present an afternoon of fun (and possibly rowdy) pub tunes, sing-alongs, Irish party songs and sea shanties.
And since they’re not behaving like pirates, they’ll be waiving their standard entry fee at the gate of (wait for it) – a buck-an-ear. (Yeah, I know, I’m not proud of that one.)
The following Sunday, the region’s number one Irish group, The Blarney Rebel Band, will make their debut. The Blarney Rebel Band have taken what was supposed to be a unique musical experience and packed it into a local phenomenon, an award-winning set with a tracklist that will leave you guessing what’s next.
Named one of the world’s top 20 Celtic bands in the International Irish and Celtic Music Podcast of 2016, BRB had a cut of their debut CD, “Stand With Me Boys”, ranked #1 in the Best of 2009 Podcast Listener’s Poll, and their song “Devil’s Ditch” from their latest CD, “Ever Onward”, won honors in the semi-finals of the “2018 Song of the Year” song and lyric writing competition.
March 6 will feature an afternoon of traditional jigs and reels courtesy of Utica’s Craobh Dugan-O’Looney branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. This group of musicians are well known locally for their lively Irish sessions held in various pubs twice a month.
Some weeks a guy named Mark Sisti will be playing Irish songs. I don’t know him, but he may not stink.
The list will be rounded out by Rick Bedrosian, founder of the Capital District’s legendary Hair Of The Dog. Rick has been a full-time professional musician since 1973. With HOD on hiatus, Bedrosian has focused on solo performances, playing guitar, singing, and telling stories about his decades of musical experiences. Although his show contains a large portion of Irish songs, you can also listen to your favorite songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s, Beatles classics, original songs and much more.
The full program is as follows:
2/20 — Order Pint
2/27 – Blarney Rebel Group
3/6 — Craobh Dugan-O’Looney
3/13 — Marc Sisti
3/20 – Order Pint
3/27 — Craobh Dugan-O’Looney
4/3 — Rick Bedrosian
4/10 – Blarney Rebel Group
4/24 — Mark Sisti
5/1 — Rick Bedrosian
5/15 – Blarney Rebel Group