|Mom, Dad, and siblings at Castle Island in South Boston (I was the photographer)|
|Castle Island, South Boston|
Well sometime came that St. Patty's Day in 1982 at Rafferty's Pub in Marshfield MA. It was my first St. Patty's Day celebration in a pub and not at the parade on a freezing cold sidewalk in Southie that I had experienced so many times as kid. The pub was busting at the seams with wall to wall people, March Madness Basketball was on the many televisions hovering the bar, the beer was flowing, and the music (The O'Reilly's) was whipping everyone into an Irish Pride frenzy. I was instantly hooked, not only on celebrating St. Patty's Day, but on listening to traditional Irish music as well.
|Taking a St. Patrick's Day walk with Dad|
At this time bands like The Pogues, The Waterboys, and of course U2 were just hitting the scene in the U.S., and it was great to be able to enjoy both the new and the old bands together, furthuring my interest in not only just the music, but the culture and history of Ireland as well. For the next 28 years, wherever the "O'Reilly's played on St. Patrick's Day, I was sure to be there, and with each passing year, I was able to influence others including my parents, family and friends to come join in on the fun of "my" favorite holiday (actually Christmas is #1 but March 17th is a close 2nd) and to reconnect with our Irish heritage.
Although the O'Reilly's have recently retired, I have discovered a new band to celebrate St. Patty's Day with---they are called "The Green Rovers", and they consist of two young guys from Weymouth; one of which is originally from County Clare Ireland. Both these gents are extremely talented, as they have been schooled at the Berkely School Of Music in Boston. They are the perfect crossover band of playing the traditional songs as well as the newer stuff. I have seen them perform many times, and I am amazed at how gifted and versed they are at playing their many different instruments. F.Y.I. they will be at The Bailey Pub in Brant Rock in Marshfield this St. Patrick's Day.
|Castle Island, South Boston|
1. The Green and Red Of Mayo - Saw Doctors
2. Fields Of Athenry (Sgt. Andrew Farrar Tribute Version) - Dropkick Murphys
3. The Foggy Dew - Sinead O'Connor
4. The Homes Of Donegal - Paul Brady
5. Drunken Lullabies - Flogging Molly
6. Galway Girl - Mundy and Sharon Shannon
7. Dirty Old Town - Shane MacGowan/The Pogues
8. The Danny Boy Trilogy - Red Hurley
9. Green Fields of France (Willie McBride) - Dropkick Murphys
10. Come My Little Son - The Auld Locals (Cormac Marnell And Brian Mooney Of Brighton MA)
11. Nancy Whiskey Shane MacGowan/The Pogues
12. The Wild Colonial Boy - The Clancy Brothers With Tommy Makem
13. The Hands That Built America (Closing Theme From The Movie "Gangs Of New York") - U2
14. Mid Atlantic Man - The Green Rovers (Dave Pendergast And Joe Kaszuba Of Weymouth MA)
15. On The One Road - The High Kings With The Wolftones