Good places to hear great Irish music this weekend

Towne Crier trends Irish with Kevin McKrell and Donnybrook Fair on Friday, Flash Company on Sunday

Legends of the Irish club scene in the 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. From the late ’70s to the mid-’80s, the trio of Kevin McKrell, David McDonnell and Jeff Strange distinguished themselves in the finest Irish music rooms in the world, from the Mullins Mountain Spring Hotel in East Durham to Manhattan’s Pig and Whistle, 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 others. Kevin McKrell and Donnybrook Fair are now back on the road. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The holiday theme continues at the Towne Crier on the day itself, when Flash Company performs the music of Ireland 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 cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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


New World Celtic Band plays Colony on Sunday

Colony in Woodstock celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on the day itself with a performance by the New World Celtic Band, a collective of singers and players who have been sharing in the joy of traditional Irish music for over a decade. The Band took their name from New World Home Cooking, the famous Woodstock area restaurant at whose weekly Irish resident session the players met and honed their repertoire of jigs, reels and laments. This special community show is free.

New World Celtic Band
Sunday, Mar. 17
8 p.m.
22 Rock City Rd.

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

If you can’t be on the Emerald Isle itself, there is 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 the month of the Irish with a series of Irish-themed events on March 15 through 17. The legendary inn presents free live Irish music all weekend in its authentic Irish pub. Admission will be free for all live Irish music events. Traditional food, Guinness, Irish step dancers, and Irish activities will all be part of the weekend. Musical performers include Jimmy Gallagher, the Kitty Kelly Band and the McBueller Band.

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

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