Good places to listen to good Irish music this weekend

Towne Crier in Irish Fashion with Kevin McKrell and Donnybrook Fair Friday, Flash Company Sunday

Legends of the Irish club scene in the United States, Donnybrook Fair returns to the Towne Crier Cafe in Beacon for a special St. Patrick’s show on Friday, March 15 at 8:30 p.m. The trio made up of Kevin McKrell, David McDonnell and Jeff Strange have distinguished themselves in the finest Irish music halls in the world, from the Mullins Mountain Spring Hotel in East Durham to the Pig and Whistle in Manhattan, the Patriot Game in San Diego, the ‘Irish Village and Thornes in Chicago, the Blarney Stone in Pittsburgh, the Gaelic League of Detroit, McCafferty’s Red Hand in St. Paul and many more. Kevin McKrell and Donnybrook Fair are now back on the road. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The holiday theme continues at the Towne Crier on the day, when The Flash Company performs Irish music on Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m. Led by Hudson Valley singer-songwriters Eric Garrison and Jim Pospisil, Flash Company is a quartet dedicated to the styles and culture of Irish music. The ensemble performs on mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, bodhran, tenor banjo, melodica, bass and guitar. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Towne Crier Café, 379 Main Street, Beacon, (845) 855-1300,

New World Celtic Band plays Colony on Sunday

Colony in Woodstock celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on the same day with a performance by the New World Celtic Band, a collective of singers and musicians who have shared the joy of traditional Irish music for over a decade. The group takes its name from New World Home Cooking, the famous restaurant in the Woodstock area during the weekly Irish Residents’ Session where players met and honed their repertoire of jigs, reels and wails. This special community broadcast is free.

New World Celtic Group
Sunday March 17
8 p.m.
22 Rock City Road.

Full weekend of St. Patrick’s Day entertainment at Gavin’s Irish Country Inn

If you can’t be on the Emerald Isle itself, there’s no more authentic place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than in East Durham. Gavin’s Irish Country Inn in East Durham kicks off its 2019 season and Irish Month with a series of Irish-themed events from March 15-17. The legendary inn presents free live Irish music all weekend in its authentic Irish pub. Admission will be free to all live Irish music events. Traditional food, Guinness, Irish dancers and Irish activities will be part of the weekend. Musical performers include Jimmy Gallagher, the Kitty Kelly Band and the McBueller Band.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend accommodation rates start at $74.50 per adult per night for a three or two night stay or $99 per adult for one night. For the full meal and event schedule, visit the website.

March 15-17
Gavin’s Irish Country Inn
118 Golden Hill Road.
(518) 634-2582


Comments are closed.