Off The Recordby Mike Farragher
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When you watch the grainy video of Bruce Springsteen joining Boston’s Dropkick Murphys onstage at their annual St. Patrick’s Day residence at the Beantown House of Blues, your first reaction will be something along the lines of, “Wow. I would have harvested an organ to be there.”
Then when the thrill finishes coursing through your bloodstream, you probably would say something like, “Yep. That totally makes sense!”
The Boss went up to Boston to duet with the band on “Peg O’ My Heart,” the single he appears on from the Dropkick’s new best-selling CD, Going Out In Style.
I’m sure it was a combination of all of those things that made me look to the heavens and sigh, “I’m too old for this” as I bowed out early on the Pogues “A Parting Glass” show at Terminal 5 on St. Patrick’s night.
At first I panicked when I read into the “parting glass” reference as a hint of retirement; the band reformed at the turn of the millennium, and we’ve all become so accustomed to an annual visit from the lads each March that the possibility of the world without touring was a world we wanted no part of.
Congratulations to Thomas Johnston and Deirdre Forrest, the folk duo known as Beannacht, for winning best new act at the Jersey Acoustic Music Awards in Asbury Park over the weekend!
The music scene has always been super competitive, those bar band jousts eventually launching the legendary careers of Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny.
The group also won second place for best female singer (robbed!) and best band or duo (robbedx2!).
Considering Fee isn’t 40 yet, you could say that the band just might have another few decades ahead of them. This group of brothers and a sister have just added drummer Ryan Cavan, who joined the band a few weeks ago.
“It's been inspiring to work with our new drummer, Ryan Cavan,” Fee says. “He adds a different dynamic to Celtic Cross by having a jazz background. He brings a looser, slightly more improvised approach to the band's sound and feel.
Wait! Wait! Hold on! The reason you can’t slam the door on my face is that my foot is jammed there in the frame!
Jesus, I know you’re ticked off, but can you just hear me out for a second?
The band, which last toured the U.S. in October of 2009, will return to these shores beginning March 3 in Chicago and running through March 17 in New York City for a St. Patrick’s Day show, or, as the band has rechristened it, “St. James Cagney Day.”
The itinerary includes two-night stands in Boston and Washington, D.C., culminating in a three-night residency in New York City at Terminal 5 from March 15-17.