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Friday


The Rising

The Rising

The Rising combines the most progressive modes of Irish Music to create a new and inspiring form of Irish Trad-Rock. The Rising have not only the traditional musicians who have helped to form the scene, but the new blood that drives the music to it's unique potential.  The heart of Ireland lives in the music of the Rising in a new and thrilling way. 

The members of The Rising found each other the old fashioned way - out on the road. The Rising plays upwards of two hundred shows every year nationally, internationally, and in the New England area. The band's chemistry and new take on Irish traditionals is both rousing and refreshing. The band is most at home on stage, and their performances are as fun for the band as they are for their audiences.


The Savage Brothers

A Hartford based band established in 1984, is a 6 piece funkin', rockin', and rhythm group. The band features a two piece horn section and three brothers of the same last name…Savage. The band has performed over 4000 shows all over New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Mexico. The Savage Brothers have shared the stage with such acts such as Tower of Power, Joan Osborne, James Cotton, Southside Johnny, Lisa Lisa, The Guess Who, Marshall Tucker, and John Cafferty.

The group is made up of Keith Kruser, guitar, keyboard and vocals; Steve Savage, trombone, harmonica, rhythm guitar, and vocals; Michael Savage, drums and vocals; Frank Cook, lead guitar; Les Haley, bass and vocals and Tom Savage saxes, flute, and vocals. They have released 2 full albums/CDs including the latest "Population 6" which has been critically acclaimed and has sold over 5000 copies!


Saturday


The Raging Hornpipes

The Raging Hornpipes are one of New York's newest Irish Celtic Rock bands, with members hailing from Ireland, the UK and the US. The band is fronted by Monaghan man Eddie McCabe on lead vocals and guitar and also features Danny McLaughlin (Manchester, UK) on uilleann pipes; Jake James (NYC) on fiddle; Tony Steele (Monaghan, Ireland) on bass; and Darragh Tracey (Tyrone, Ireland) on drums.

The Raging Hornpipes play a mix of Irish folk and rock standards and original songs, rhythmic reels and jigs & with talented Irish Dancers on set. They recently secured the coveted Saturday night residency at Paddy Reilly's, the home of Irish music in New York. The band is still in its early days though is already making a big impression on the Festival scene and has performed alongside Black 47, The Stripes and a range of other bands with performances in venues such as Citifield on Irish Night, The Suffolk Theater (as written up in the New York Times), Gaelic Park Irish Festival and a range of others.

 

Ireland the Band

Formed in the winter of 2013 with the idea of blending all phases of Irish music into a kick ass show. One person was heard to have said it's like listening to the Wolfe tones jamming with the chieftains. Irish music is all about the craic and the culture that is infused with every note that's played and sung. When you attend our shows leave your troubles at the door and come on in. Your sure to leave with a smile on your face!!!

 

The Highland Rovers

Over the past 16+ years, the band has paid its dues playing Irish pubs, clubs and festivals throughout the New York Metropolitan area and along the eastern seaboard.

Today, the HRB’s resume includes performances across the United States at venues ranging from well-known Irish pubs to larger arenas such as Shea Stadium. The band has performed with top Irish artists including the Saw Doctors, the Young Dubliners, The Wolfetones, Tommy Makem and The Spain Brothers, Derrick Warfield, Bad Haggis and The Prodigals. HRB has also performed numerous shows with their longtime friends and mentors, the Marshall Tucker Band.

The band has produced five albums to date with their most current CD being, “Live... From County Fairfield”


The Savage Brothers

A Hartford based band established in 1984, is a 6 piece funkin', rockin', and rhythm group. The band features a two piece horn section and three brothers of the same last name…Savage. The band has performed over 4000 shows all over New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Mexico. The Savage Brothers have shared the stage with such acts such as Tower of Power, Joan Osborne, James Cotton, Southside Johnny, Lisa Lisa, The Guess Who, Marshall Tucker, and John Cafferty.

The group is made up of Keith Kruser, guitar, keyboard and vocals; Steve Savage, trombone, harmonica, rhythm guitar, and vocals; Michael Savage, drums and vocals; Frank Cook, lead guitar; Les Haley, bass and vocals and Tom Savage saxes, flute, and vocals. They have released 2 full albums/CDs including the latest "Population 6" which has been critically acclaimed and has sold over 5000 copies!


Sunday


The John Whealan Band

Although John grew up near London in Dunstable, England, he was raised on the fiddle and pipe music of Ireland. Dunstable has a large Irish community, and his father, Denis, was from Ireland’s County Wexford. “Ours was a very traditional household,” John says. “My father didn’t have any major vices – his only addiction was to Irish music.” Denis Whelan carried a reel-to-reel tape recorder to many shows, collecting hours of live music. Songs of home elicited sentimental tears, even when the words were not in English. “It was not the words but the emotion of the music that moved me”.

 

The Highland Rovers

Over the past 16+ years, the band has paid its dues playing Irish pubs, clubs and festivals throughout the New York Metropolitan area and along the eastern seaboard.

Today, the HRB’s resume includes performances across the United States at venues ranging from well-known Irish pubs to larger arenas such as Shea Stadium. The band has performed with top Irish artists including the Saw Doctors, the Young Dubliners, The Wolfetones, Tommy Makem and The Spain Brothers, Derrick Warfield, Bad Haggis and The Prodigals. HRB has also performed numerous shows with their longtime friends and mentors, the Marshall Tucker Band.

The band has produced five albums to date with their most current CD being, “Live... From County Fairfield”

 

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