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St. Patrick’s Day Shows: Music Marathons

March 8th, 2016

with Duane and LaurenIf you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style, Pittsburgh is the place to be. That’s according the Niche®, who also says:

Pittsburgh has one of the highest percentage of its population identifying as Irish, great access to bars, a thriving St. Patrick’s Day Parade that boasts over 20,000 participants, and a staggering amount of St. Patrick’s Day hype on Facebook.

10649746_714754118572430_5509741742800892289_nAnd Pittsburgh also has Riley’s Pour House, where bandmate Duane Davis and I will be performing under the big top on Riley’s Outdoor Stage from 4:00 to 7:30PM on Pittsburgh’s Parade Day. After that, we move inside to the pub’s stage where we’ll play till midnight.

Also performing under the tent on Riley’s Parade Day Weekend are The Corned Beef and Curry Band (Friday, 8-11PM) and The Wild Geese (Saturday, 8-Midnight).  You can also expect John Walsh on bagpipes, a visit from St. Patrick himself, and plenty of other surprises. Hope to see you there!

Duane Davis, Lauren Connolly-Moore, and Lawrence Connolly. (Top)
The Corned Beef & Curry Band. (Right)

. . . 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.

Get Ready for the Party of the Year!

March 10th, 2015

Duane and Larry at Riley compressed (340x247)

It starts Friday night at Riley’s when Duane Davis and I take the stage at 8:00, and it’ll continue Saturday when we open for the Wild Geese Band  at 6:00. Should be a rocking good time.

The party continues on Tuesday (the official St. Patrick’s Day).

Other musicians performing at the three-day event will include John Puckett , Mike Gallagher, and Mark Guiser. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this one. Slàinte!