The run-up to St. Patrick's Day is always chaotic (but fun!) for Irish musicians. You end up running around from gig to gig, playing with musicians you wouldn't usually get to hang out with, and performing in places that you have never been in before. With St. Patrick's Day landing on a Saturday this year, it seemed like there were tons of businesses, institutions, and drinking establishments looking for Irish musicians all week to help them get into the Paddy's Day spirit. This is what my week looked like:
SUNDAY: Open Day at the Irish Arts Center. The Irish Arts Center has their annual opening day just before St. Patrick's Day. This year, I did a short demo performance with two of the other teachers, then brought my students on stage for an end-of-term tin whistle performance, before finishing off the afternoon with a sample beginner tin whistle class! The Open Day had such a huge variety of events this year- everything from sample classes to film screenings to an Irish soda bread-making demo. Definitely a not-to-be-missed fun, free event showcasing all things Irish.
TUESDAY: Performance at the Irish Consulate for a lunchtime networking event with the lovely harp player and singer from Limerick, Niamh O'Brien.
THURSDAY: Performance at St. Patrick's Cathedral with Mick Moloney, Athena Turgis, Brendan Dolan, Don Meade, Dan Gurney, and Niamh O'Brien.
FRIDAY: Performances in the Empire State Building for LinkedIn, and at the Irish Consulate for the arrival of the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar.
SATURDAY: Tunes at The Wren Irish bar on the Bowery, with Matt Stapleton and Johnny Cuomo.
SUNDAY: Tunes at The Brass Monkey with Dan Gurney and Breiffni O'Donnell.
What a fun week! Now, back upstate to the calm for a few days before my next stint in the city.