Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day! w/ The Kilmaine Saints, Garrahan's Ghost, Ogham Stones, and Dave Pedrick
Because St. Paddy’s Day is too big of a celebration to have just once a year!
September 19, 2014 · 4:00pm
Our King Street Seisiun in March was so much fun that we can’t wait an entire year to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day again, so we’ve decided to jump ahead and celebrate at the midpoint: Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day. We’ll have great music from The Kilmaine Saints and The Ogham Stones, as well as dancing, great food, and lots of Irish beer. Don’t forget to wear your green. We won’t be closing the street, but we’ll be opening our doors to you for an amazing Irish party.
Because St. Paddy’s Day is too big of a celebration to have just once a year! Just $10 gets you inside the door for the music and all the festivities of the day. We’ll have drink and food specials, as well.
4pm -6pm – Irish Session w/ Dave Pedrick
6-8pm – Ogham Stones in Pub
9pm – The Kilmaine Saints and Garrahan’s Ghost in The Temple
The Kilmaine Saints
September of 2012 saw the release of The Kilmaine Saints’ latest studio effort, “Drunken Redemption”, a hard-hitting follow-up to their debut CD “The Good, The Plaid & The Ugly”. With a mix of original songs and old Irish Traditional tunes (to which the Saints put their own modern spin), it has been a fan favorite and ranked by many reviewers as one of the Top Celtic Rock CDs for 2012. John Bowles, reviewer for Paddy Rock.com stated, “From start to finish you have trads, rebel songs, drinking songs, and songs about being strong, proud, and… you know… IRISH!! I wouldn’t be surprised if they had this release playing in every Irish pub from Boston to Chicago to L.A. and throughout the world… having every one of us raising our pints high in the air and singing along.” The popularity of both albums and the growing legions of fans have led to label interest, many newspaper and radio interviews, and airplay on several mediums, locally, nationally, and internationally.
The Kilmaine Saints were first conceived in 2009 by a few members of the Lochiel Emerald Society Pipes and Drums as a means to play bagpipes year round and acquire free beer and pub food. Although the idea of a band was mostly for fun, it quickly became clear that the music scene around them was lacking, and they knew just what it needed. A short time later, the Saints rounded out their crew with a singer from County Mayo, a brilliant fiddler, and an upbeat guitarist, and began pounding through blistering, high-energy live sets that have kept people wanting more. With their love of superior music and complimentary beer, the Kilmaine Saints and their Guiness-soaked hearts have been storming the North East, playing hundreds of shows from small-town pubs to large stage events. In addition to being the go-to band for the Philly chapter of the Dropkick Murphy charity fund (The Claddagh Fund), they have many large Irish festivals under their belt, including Pipes in the Valley, Celtic Fling, ShamrockFest, Annapolis Irish Festival and the Wildwood Irish Weekend, all festivals with attendance in the thousands.
With their passion for creating and performing music, and an ever-growing fan base, it’s a good bet you’ll hear one of the Kilmaine Saints’ songs being played everyplace that pints are raised and the whiskey is flowing. “The enthusiasm of [this] band is contagious; it reaches right into your soul and will get your feet moving and your heart pumping.” (The Celtic Crier)
Garrahan’s Ghost came to be one lazy Saturday afternoon about 6 years ago as fiddler Clint Keener, guitarist Joe Anderson, and brothers’ Aaron (former bodrahn player) and Dan Shiflet (accordionist) began learning a handful of traditional Irish folk songs… it was after a common ground and goal were established that Garrahan’s Ghost sought out singer/guitarist Andrew Nevin and Barry Jewels on mandolin. Growing up together, the six members of Garrahan’s Ghost had always been trying to tap into their own creative vein in music. In the beginning, at least fifteen years ago, most of the members found themselves drawn to fast paced, angst-driven punk rock. The sounds of their bands blasted from shacks deep in the woods, local fire-halls, and many other random places. These common roots and lessons learned thereafter brought these once young friends to reunite with traditional instruments in hand. This time, however, within a genre which could best be described as “non-traditional” folk. After a few months of Irish traditionals to set the stage and build momentum, the original songs began to flow freely from each member. From that point on, writing heart-felt and unique material has become the primary focus of the band. The band’s name, Garrahan’s Ghost, originates from Dan and Aaron’s Irish great-grandfather. And, although totally accidental and ironic, the latest set of originals have been mostly themed around tales of each member’s immigrant ancestors. We plan to release their first all original album in Spring 2011. Following the release of the record, the band will continue to play their favorite local pubs around York, Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Gettysburg and surrounding areas.
6-8 pm in the Pub
The Ogham Stones
Born in the back room of a pub and raised in the basement of an abandoned armory, we are Lancaster’s greatest Celtic rock band…Slainte!