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. . . and the Band Plays On @ Riley’s

January 5th, 2016

c and l 2Ten years ago, after finishing our CD Home from the Field at Imagine Audio + Media, The Laughrey Connolly Band stopped at Riley’s to unwind over a couple pints. Another band Corned Beef & Curry was setting up, and we stayed for their first set. They’re one of my favorite pub bands. Click the link above or this one here to see why.

Before long, we were regulars at Riley’s, and when we recorded our second CD Two Sees, Corned Beef and Curry fiddler Bob Banerjee joined us on a few of the tracks. Looking back, it seems it was all destined to be.

duane and leeFast forward ten years. Our CDs are out of print and band mate Chris Laughrey lives 1,500 miles away, but that doesn’t stop us from playing from time to time . . . and one of those times comes this Friday, when we return to Riley’s for a one-night show.

Chris, Lee, Duane, and I will take the stage around 8:00. Along the way we’ll be joined by Lauren Moore, and the music won’t stop until morning. (Well, technically, a few minutes past midnight, but that’s still morning, right?)

To get you in the mood, you’ll find a track from Two Seas below. It features Bob Banerjee on fiddle, Duane Davis on bass, Lee McGinn on drums, and Chris and me on guitars.

I don’t know where the time goes, but when this band gets together, it all comes back again.

Hope to see you Friday. Until then . . . rock on!

Image Credits:
– Christopher Laughrey and Lawrence Connolly (a.k.a. The 21st-Century Scop).
– Duane Davis and Lee McGinn.
– The cover of Two Seas. (If you have a copy, it’s a collector’s item.)
Photos copyright © The 21st-Century Scop.

Rocking the Pour House:
A Great Way to Spend a Friday Night

January 17th, 2015

Duane and Larry at Riley compressed (340x247)Riley’s Pour House just keeps getting better. Since Jim  and Cheryl Riley took over a few years back, the pub has become a mecca for people who love fun times and good music . . . and last night was no exception.

My good friend Duane Davis joined me on bass and backing vocals. We’ve been playing together for years, first teaming up in a band fronted by my brother John Connolly and then in the Laughrey Connolly Band.

All four of us (340x301)We opened with “Wagon Wheel” then moved on through a set of contemporary tunes before breaking into the chest of Irish and Celtic music. Along the way we were joined by vocalist Lauren Connolly Moore, who sang harmonies on “Bye Bye Love,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” and “Leaving Liverpool”; and pianist Tommy B., who helped rock the house on such crowd favorites as “That’s All Right,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “House of the Rising Sun.” The packed house also joined in, raising the roof on the chorus of “Sweet Caroline.”

Tommy & Wild Geese (340x334)Since Riley’s has become a gathering place for music lovers and musicians alike, you never know who is going to drop by.

Last night we had a surprise visit from members of The Wild Geese Band, who took the spotlight for a late-night guest performance. Tommy B. joined them for a ringing rendition of “The Fields of Athenry.” Great stuff!

The Wild Geese will be returning to Riley’s for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Show on the city’s Parade Day, where they’ll be headlining along side The Laughrey Connolly Band. Not to be missed!

Rileys Public House Lauren piano (220x340)Lauren Connolly Moore helped close the night. Her performances are among the many reasons regulars at Riley’s always make a point of sticking around. Whether accompanying herself on the piano or singing a cappella, she always manages to bring down the house. Last night, her performance of “Long Time Travelling” was one of the highlights of the evening.

All of this goes to show why people who love good music and good times are finding Riley’s Pour House the place to be. And it’s not only a great place on weekends. Riley’s features a storytelling night on the last Tuesday of every month. This month’s session will feature tales about resolutions. I’ll be there. Until then . . . scop on!

Photos:
Duane Davis and Lawrence Connolly.
Lauren Connolly Moore, Tommy B., Duane Davis, and Lawrence Connolly.
Tommy B. and The Wild Geese.
Lauren Connolly Moore.
All photos © 2015 by Lawrence C. Connolly.