Monday, March 21, 2011
All during March, I indulged in an Irish music fix. I tuned in to Celtic Podcast before work. I rallied a dozen or so of us to hear the Wailing O'Sheas at Piper Down and almost 60 to hear Swagger and the Young Dubliners at The Depot. Ten of us decided our St. Paddy's would be incomplete without hearing a real Irish band, Flogging Molly. A half-day road trip from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas was followed by a quick dinner and the concert just a day after St. Patrick's Day on Friday night.
Speed of Darkness
The Likes of You Again
Requiem for a Dying Song
The Worst Day Since Yesterday
Saints and Sinners
(No More) Paddy's Lament
So Sail On
Black Friday Rule
Don't Shut 'Em Down
Rebels of the Sacred Heart
Devil's Dance Floor
If I Ever Leave This World Alive
What's Left of the Flag
Seven Deadly Sins
Dave King – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bodhrán, banjo, spoons
Bridget Regan – fiddle, tin whistle, uillean pipes, vocals
Dennis Casey – guitar, vocals
Matt Hensley – accordion, concertina
Nathen Maxwell – bass guitar, vocals
Bob Schmidt – mandolin, banjo
George Schwindt – drums, percussion
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Missed the concert? Press play and get jiggy without delay.
Last Saturday, I shared my love of the Irish rock bands Young Dubliners and Swagger with a few dozen of my closest friends. For those of us who had jigged non-stop through Swagger and the Dubs at the Irish Festival in August and the Harry O's concert in late December, buying a ticket to their concert at The Depot in Salt Lake City was an easy decision. In February, a bunch of us went to Piper Down to hear Swagger and I got a few more converts. Still others heard about the concert events I posted on Meetup.com and Facebook, or through their friends. And then I actually told people I had a ticket for them to buy, which helped them make plans to go. All told ... 57 unless there were more I didn't count.
For me, the Celtic rock-a-thon wasn't as much about the concert itself as it was about seeing everyone having a great time. And of course, I was having a jiggy bit of fun myself. The pictures have been posted to Facebook and captured much attention and, in some cases, vigorous debate about hidden agendas, subliminal meanings, intentional exorcisms, and other such. Amazing how so many could be so apparently compromised, including in one photo, me. The "notifications" were plentiful, informing that my Facebook friends and their friends were liking and commenting on my photos. Several friends made concert photos their Facebook "profile pictures." And why not? you only get to be a leprechaun once a year. Incidentally ... I don't think I have attended a music event in recent history where I took so few pictures of the bands.
My blogger soul sister and friend Linda summed up the evening this way ...
I was not actually very familiar with the Young Dubliners prior to Saturday night's concert. I had seen Swagger at Piper Down a few weeks prior, and really enjoyed them, so I figured the Dubs would also be good. I was not disappointed. What a fun concert! It's a good thing we were all out on the floor as it was music that just made you want to move and groove. My ancestry is German, but after that concert I was really hoping that there is truth to the bit of family lore that says my great, great grandfather's love for the Irish parlor maid caused him to leave behind the family castle in Germany to immigrate to the states just so he could marry her! I'd like to think there really is a little Irish in me. - Linda
I did the first jig when Swagger started up! - Joe
Lively, fun, energetic music. Great friends. Knew it'd get hot, but got even hotter. Enjoyed the spontaneous (huge) group swinging back and forth. Sore feet. Squished in between the masses, but still managed to find a little room to jig (or more accurately jump). Lots of sweaty people. Enjoyed the people who dressed up. Found it humorous in the beginning when there was about a half dozen of us short girls together in the front. - Anne
It was a blast. Everyone I met that night was so nice. My legs were pretty dead by the end of the night. I definitely need to retire the shirt I was wearing...not my color at all. That was my first time at The Depot.......what a great venue. - Chris
All I can say is my feet and legs hurt for days from all the dancing! - Carolyn
I have seen the Dubs on occasion and as always they did not disappoint. They rocked the house. Swagger, it was my first experience and they set the tone and the atmosphere for what was to come. Shared the floor with old friends and made some new friends that night too. Hopefully I did not step on too many toes while trying to dance. Missed the leprechaun girls dancing though. Thanks everyone for a wonderful time. - Joe
Pressed up against a hot and sweaty crowd - amazing music and fabulous dancing... Such an incredibly fun time!!! :) - Karen
I danced so hard, I swear I saw short leprechaun girls up front. They were the best! LOL- Arthur
Other comments may be added here soon as my fellow groupies attempt to arrest their thoughts into a sentence or two. Meanwhile, these pictures are worth at least a thousand words. Enjoy!
The Young Dubliners and Swagger Posts Featured on FeliciaEvita
Irish Music Festival - The Young Dubliners
Irish Music Festival - Swagger and Others
Swagger at Piper Down
The Young Dubliners and Swagger in a Blizzard
Swagger at the Utah Hibernian Society Fundraiser
Swagger The Band
The Young Dubliners