Looking outside, you might have already noticed that the weather has broken and winter has lost its’ icy grip on our psyche. Another sure sign would be the annual Bob and Carl St. Patrick’s Day show that is only a few days away.
For many years now, we have begun the day at Clancy’s Irish Pub in Clinton Twp., and this year is no exception. There are many traditions that we have enjoyed throughout our musical careers, but none more rewarding or enduring as our annual rite of spring – St. Patrick’s Day. Carl and I have been at Clancy’s for more than twenty years; (since it was Rosy O’Grady’s, actually). Vince treats us like royalty, the weight staff is awesome and there is usually something fun going on. This year, as in years past, we will usher in the the big day beginning on the night before.
We began playing Irish music back in the early 80’s to satisfy the bar owner we were playing for. (The Wooden Nickel). We performed that year by playing ten songs throughout the evening. These days, there are over a hundred Irish tunes, songs, fables and toasts in our repertoire; and still expanding.
Each year, even before the rising of the sun, we are poised and ready to take on the unique challenges of the day. There are smiles, laughter and good feelings by most everyone we come in contact with. Its not an easy day; as we play most years in excess of ten hours. Sometimes we have played three venues on the same day; and once, entertained for twenty-two hours! However, we would not give up the experience easily, if we didn’t have to.
Last year we had the incredible experience of being live on tv. We were Live In The D, with Karen Drew and Guy Gordon. Check out the video and maybe it will get you into the mood early!
We were there a few years ago when they opened, and we will return on Tuesday to start again, right where we left off. The Green lantern, in Fraser has invited us to help them celebrate “The wearing’ O’ the Green”, as no other place can.
Everyone at the Lantern will be doing all that they can to turn this years St. Pat’s into a tradition for years to come. Come on by and show is your green! (or, anything else you might want to show us).
Here is the schedule or 2015:
Monday March 16, 2015 – Clancy’s Irish Pub – 6:00 – 9:00 Pm
Tuesday March 17, 2015 – Clancy’s Irish Pub – 8:00 Am – 2:00 Pm
Tuesday March 17, 2015 – The Green Lantern – 5:30 Pm – 10:00 Pm
Maybe this will tide you over until the big day arrives . . .
Click on this link to download and listen to Irish Hearts, our very own record that we uploaded just for you. Everyone has a favorite Irish tune, and chances are, yours is included here.