It's the second week in February and you know what that means – about five more weeks until St. Patrick’s Day or as I like to say, the Lent of your liver! God bless my liver for seeing me through the last 17 years of writing about St. Patrick’s Day happenings.
Brendan Dunphy has been my co-pilot during this time for as far back as I remember. We cross paths often and those meetings are always punctuated by a warm smile, a pint, and a hug, usually in that order. Each year, he compiles an exhaustive list of Big Green Happenings, which can be found on www.stpatricksdayseason.com.
I’ll have to buy him a pint for this list of musical events so lovingly curated. Here is a partial list, and you would be advised to head over to Dunphy’s website for the full list.
February 28: Eileen Ivers, State Theater, New Brunswick, New Jersey, www.eileenivers.com.
February 28: The Chieftains, NJPAC, Newark, New Jersey, www.thechieftains.com.
March 1: Shilelagh Law, Rockaway Rugby Club, Rockaway Beach, New York, www.halfthebottle.com.
March 1: Derek Warfield, VFW Post 2819, Philadelphia, www.theyoungwolfetones.com.
March 1 The Chieftains, TD Bank PAC, Sewell, New Jersey.
March 1 Black ’47, Newton Theater, Newton, New Jersey, www.black47.com.
March 2: Broken Banjo Strings, Rory Dolan’s, Yonkers, www.brokenbanjostrings.com.
March 6: The Tossers, Stanhope House, Stanhope, New Jersey, www.thetossers.com.
March. 7: Rubberbandits, Mercury Lounge, New York City, www.therubberbandits.wordpress.com.
March 7: Five up and coming bands from Ireland, the Irish Arts Center, New York City, www.irishartscenter.org.
March 7-8: The Craic Fest, Mercury Lounge, New York City, www.thecraicfest.com.
March 10: Dropkick Murphys, Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, New Jersey, www.dropkickmurphys.com.
March 14: The Canny Brothers Band, the Wicked Monk, Brooklyn, www.cannybrothersband.com.
March 14: Sharon Corr, City Winery, New York City, www.citywinery.com.
March 16: Black ’47, Empire Casino, Yonkers, www.black47.com.
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