Monday is St. Patrick's Day, but the biggest celebration is happening Sunday.
Traditional Irish band Story Road returns to Pacific Grove for the second annual St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza at St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.
The quartet performs a mix of Irish, Scottish and Americana music, ranging from "driving dance tune medleys to heartbreaking songs of love and immigration," according to a news release.
The group started two years ago as a side project for two members of acclaimed Santa Cruz Celtic band Molly's Revenge — fiddler John Weed and guitarist/songwriter Stuart Mason — and Portland, Ore., singer Colleen Raney. Johnny B. Connolly, a Portland resident born and raised in Dublin, soon joined on button accordion.
You can likely expect selections from albums released last year by both Molly's Revenge (the instrumental "Trio") and Raney ("Here This is Home"). In its review of "Trio," Folkworks.org described Weed as wielding "a wicked bow with authentic flair" and called Mason a "picking maestro." Irish music-focused Tradconnect.com called Raney "one of America's best traditional voices."
At St. Mary's, Weed is familiar as the leader of free weekly Celtic music lessons for youngsters in a program called Celtoid Kids, who will also perform Sunday. Additional entertainment comes from the Rosemary Turco Irish Dancers. Food ("tatties with toppings"), wine and beer will be available for purchase, with sales benefitting the St.
Bookending the extravaganza is music at Flannigan's Irish-American Pub in Carmel, which kicks off the weekend with the heavy, hard-driving Celtic rock of Monterey's Bog Iron at 9 p.m. Saturday. The five-piece band features Dublin-born John Michael on vocals and guitarist Patrick Golden, who regularly play Flannigan's as a duo. David Burners on bass and drummers Keith Graves and Tim Burke (a prodigal son) round out the group.
On Monday — you know, the actual holiday — the music returns to Flannigan's with The Reel Deal, a seven-piece band playing traditional Celtic music on the Monterey Peninsula. For more information, including the time, see www.flanaganscarmel.com.
The pub will serve corned beef and cabbage all weekend. GO!
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
·What: St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza, featuring Story Road
·When: 3 p.m. Sunday
·Where: St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, Central Avenue and 12th Street, Pacific Grove
·Tickets: $20; $8 kids 12 and under. www.storyroadband.com
·Information: Jackie Pierce at 224-3819 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST. PATRICK'S DAY