Irish Aires hosts Emily Standish and Bill Galbraith, collectively know as Constant Billy, are packing up and moving to Oregon. We are very sad to see them go and Irish Aires will miss their variety of traditional and folk programing for the last 8 years on the show. Bill, a native Houstonian, who has resided in the same Zip Code all his life, has been playing music since his High School days and has been performing with Emily who previously was a member of Furagh Larq before the two began making music together as Constant Billy. I am certain they will fit right into the celtic music scene in their new home in Salem. Thanks for all your help through these many years.
Thanks to a couple of the Irish Lads from Houstons Irish Netwark Sam and Ben for their very well planned and informative Show onJuly 27th. Ben had just returned from Ireland and he and Sam included historical and geographical information on all the tunes that they presented. We hope to bring them back for another spot as guest hosts in the near future.
|Revels Houston, July 17, 2019|
|ADULT, TEEN and CHILDREN’S CHORUS AUDITIONS FOR HOUSTON’S 28TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS REVELS“A VICTORIAN ENGLISH CELEBRATIONOF THE WINTER SOLSTICE” We have a Grand Victorian Show this year! Become a part of the top hat and hoop skirt brigade!|
|WHEN AND WHERE SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 10:00 AM TO 1:00 PMSt Luke’s United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer –in the Choir RoomPlease bring a song to sing and sheet music. A pianist will be provided.If you wish to sing with recorded accompaniment,please bring your own equipment. PRE-REGISTRATION FOR AUDITIONS REQUIREDSend an email with your name, email address andphone number to email@example.com Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org|
|ALL-DAY REHEARSALS· Four Saturdays: September 7, October 12, November 9, December 7· Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church,· 6221 Main Street in the Chapel· Children – 9:00 a.m. – Noon· Teens and adults – 9:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. WEEKLY EVENING REHEARSALS· Thursdays beginning September 12· Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church· Children: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.· Teens and adults: 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.· (No rehearsals 10/31 or 11/28. Makeup dates: Mondays, 11/4 and 12/2)|
|CHRISTMAS REVELS PERFORMANCES · Friday, December 13· (1 performance)· Saturday, December 14· (2 performances)· Sunday, December 15· (2 performances)· At MATCH – 3400 Main StreetCHILDREN’S AUDITIONS Children of five years and older are invited to pre-register for the auditions. email@example.com|
We are proud to announce the (re)formation of the Drums and Pipes of the Houston Irish, a new, traditional, regimental-style pipe band now forming in the greater Texas Gulf Coast region.
In the 60’s and 70’s the old ‘Houston Irish Pipe Band’ marched and played across the bayou city including the 1969 Apollo Astronauts parade ( video can be found online ). Many will remember Andy White and Pat Canny, local pipers, WWII and Korean War combat veterans respectively, who were members of that band.
The Drums and Pipes of the Houston Irish will wear the centuries old solid color saffron kilt, green caubeen with an Irish harp cap badge. We are members of a shrinking fraternity of Irish pipe bands worldwide that still wear traditional dress.
We are currently recruiting for pipers and drummers across Houston who wish to play in an Irish regimental-style pipe band. Basic chanter practice, marching, deportment, technique, tune book is provided free of charge. Upon becoming a member of our band we issue the new piper/drummer their Irish harp cap badge ( worn on the caubeen ). We emphasize strict dress, drill and deportment on parade honoring those who went before us as well as the rich history of the Irish warpipes.
ERIN GO BRAGH
For more information contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page.
Friday June 28, 2019 at 9pm it’s Blaggards at Mo’s Irish Pub, 14102 Mueschke Rd, Cypress, TX. This is a No Cover, Kid Friendly show. More info at 281-251-0715
ALSO Friday June 28, 2019 at 9:30pm it’s Piper Jones at McGonigels Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, TX 77098. Piper Jones Band is centered around Highland bagpipes accompanied by bouzouki and drum. In addition to original instrumentals and traditional tunes from Ireland, Scotland, and Appalachia, the group sings powerful harmonies and can lead the audience in traditional Celtic dances. They bring authentic traditional music in an entertaining form, and they always bring out a good crowd in Houston. There is a fee to attend. For details, contact The Duck at (713) 528-5999.
Saturday June 29, 2019 at 9pm it’s Blaggards at Mo’s Irish Pub – Katy, 23511 Katy Fwy Katy, TX. This is a No Cover, Kid Friendly show. More info at 281.665.3535
Saturday July 6, 2019 from 6:30- 8:30 pm it’s Constant Billy performing one of their last shows ever in Houston before moving to Oregon. Come join in the fun and sing along with the “Greatest Celtic Vocal Group In Texas” as we drive away the Summer Blues. EQ has a comfy living room ambience and serves coffees, beer, wine and delicious snacky foods. No cover charge and free parking! www.constantbilly.com
ALSO Saturday July 6, 2019 at 7pm, it’s Blaggards at Stuttgarden Tavern on the Strand, 111 23rd St., Galveston, TX. This is a No Cover, 21+ show. For more info call (409) 497-4972
Thursday July 18, 2019 it’s Blaggards starting at 6pm at T-Bone Tom’s Steakhouse, 707 Texas 146, Kemah, TX. This show has no cover and is all ages. For more info call 281-334-2133.
Friday July 19, 2019 at 9pm it’s Blaggards at Mo’s Irish Pub 14102 Mueschke Rd, Cypress, TX. No Cover, Kid Friendly. Call for details: 281-251-0715.
Saturday July 20, 2019 it’s Blaggards again, this time at 3:30 PM at Warehouse Live, 813 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX. This is an all-day music extravaganza featuring many bands. Call (713) 225-5483 for ticket prices and details.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Set Sail with Wylde Meade at EQ! Sea songs and shanties from across the pond. Celtic, Folk and Early Music laced with tunes from a variety of cultures, served up with great coffee, snacks, beer and wine! EQ Heights is located at 1030 Heights Blvd, Houston, Texas 77008. No cover charge!
Saturday July 27, 2019 it’s Celia & Ella from 6:30-8:30pm at EQ Heights. Celia And Ella sing and play traditional, Celtic and Americana music. They charm audiences with the kind of harmonies only sisters can create and a lively sense of humor. EQ Heights is located at 1030 Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77008. No cover charge, and free parking! Tel: (713) 434-6923
This calendar is updated regularly.
2019 ST. PATRICK’S SEASON EVENTS
There are a gazillion events in the Houston area leading up to and including St. Patrick’s Day, so we’ve tried to organize them by date, by entertainers and by all-day events.
EVENTS BY DATE
Friday, March 8th, 2019 it’s Beer, Booze, Babes, and Balls at Griff’s 27th Annual Greater Houston Irish Open Golf Tournament located at Wildcat Golf Course. Individuals, Teams, and Sponsors are welcome! For details call Griff’s Irish Pub at (713) 528-9912.
Saturday March 9, 2019 from 12 PM – 7 PM it’s Griff’s 22nd Annual Irish Cook-Off and Music Festival at 3416 Roseland St, Houston, Texas 77006. Come join us for our 22nd Annual Irish Cook-off which includes categories for Irish Stew, Chili, Chicken, Desserts, and an Open Dish all while listening to the Great Music of Snit’s Dog and Pony Show and Spin Cycle day and night! So come hungry and ready to have a great time.
Sunday March 10, 2019 from 2pm-6pm it’s the Grand Marshal Reception at Hugh O’Connor’s Pub, 7620 Katy Freeway in the Marq*e Entertainment Center. Music by Godfrey’s Rangers; Irish dancing by Clan Kelly Irish Dancers. Cash bar, light buffet. RSVP to email@example.com
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 6:30pm until 8:30pm it’s Dan’s House of Hope St. Patrick’s Fete, at St. Arnold’s Brewery, 2000 Lyons Avenue. Join us for a relaxing evening with friends and neighbors. You get to have a wonderful time and help support the DHOH mission making a difference in the lives of Young Adult Cancer Fighters! Tickets only $40 ($70 per Couple) Enjoy light buffet and great Irish music by a talented troupe of acoustic musicians.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 beginning at 10:30am, it’s the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Mass celebrated by Rev. Sean P. Horrigan at Chapel of St. Basil, 3802 Yoakum Blvd. on the UST Campus. Join us for our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Father Sean P. Horrigan will once again celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick at the University of St. Thomas’ Chapel of St. Basil. After Mass, stay for brunch and feast on many traditional Irish and Irish-American favorites with your family and friends. In appreciation of your faithful support of the Center, the brunch is on us! Please RSVP by March 4th! firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday March 15 starting at 8:30 PM Blaggards are back at Mo’s Irish Pub – 138 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX. This is a Kid Friendly performance. For details call 281-251-0715
Also Friday March 15th The Dead Rabbits kick off Punk Rock Paddy’s Day weekend over at the Satellite Bar, 6922 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011. Along with the Rabbits a bunch of other bands are playing- call (832) 638-9723 for details.
Saturday March 16, 2019 at noon, RAIN OR SHINE it’s the 60th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade. We have a new route this year: Market Square Park, Historic District in Downtown Houston, 301 Milam St. Houston, TX 77002. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is a two-hour parade that has historically been one of the largest in the U.S. and each year includes over 100 entries to delight the Irish and Irish-at-heart. Visit our Parade Information page to be a part of the parade, to personally support or become a member of our Irish 100 Club. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is presented by the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade Commission. More information athttp://hsppc.org/
Saturday March 16, 2019 at 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM it’s the St Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl Proceeds Benefit Parade. It’s Official!! Crawling for charity is more fun. Come celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Downtown with us. Downtown is the most walk-able crawl-able neighborhood in Houston one of the most bar dense in the South. If your goal is to check out a few bars each with their own parties there is no other place to do it. And with a pub crawl there is no better way to do it!! The best part is it starts right after the parade. Proceeds from tickets go directly to hsppc (non profit who puts on the parade). That’s right you can crawl for charity!! Downtown District has multiple events in and around Market Square Park. Downtownfest, a collection of downtown establishment, are planning their neighborhood block party with events at over 40 establishments within walking distance. Join our mailing list ticket or share this event with the hashtag #stpatricksdowntown for a chance to WIN 4 passes.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY Sunday March 17, 2019 at 2pm-5pm it’s the 41st Annual Cypress Creek Saint Patrick’s Parade, 5603 Farm to Market 1960 Rd W, Houston, TX. The Annual FM 1960 Saint Patrick’s Parade raises funds for the Cypress Creek EMS Education and Scholarships Fund to educate the Medics of Tomorrow. It costs $3700 to put a student through the year-old paramedic program. The fund also helps keep educational equipment up to date in Cypress Creek’s Accredited Paramedic Academy. The three-mile parade features more than 100 elements including floats, fire trucks, police vehicles, rescue boats, high profile flood vehicles, horses, and performing groups. At the midpoint of the parade across from the judges is a vendor market with all kinds of food, drinks, snacks, desserts, and unique merchandise.
BLAGGARDS Friday March 15, 2019 starting at 8:30pm, it’s Blaggards Mo’s Irish Pub – 138 Vintage Park Blvd, Houston, TX. 281-251-0715. This is a Kid Friendly show.
MURDER THE STOUT Saturday March 16, 2019 starting at 2:30pm, it’s Murder the Stout at Market Square Park in downtown Houston. SAME DAY- MTS performs at Mo’s Irish Pub- Katy from 9pm-12:30.
Sunday March 17, 2019 it’s Murder the Stout from noon-1pm at St. Arnold’s Brewery. Then MTS is off to Griff’s Irish Pub where they’ll play starting at 2:30. Finally, MTS will be at the Bull & Bear from 8-11pm.
THE DEAD RABBITS Friday March 15th The Dead Rabbits kick off Punk Rock Paddy’s Day weekend over at the Satellite Bar, 6922 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, Texas 77011. Along with the Rabbits a bunch of other bands are playing- call (832) 638-9723 for details.
THE JIG IS UP! Saturday March 16, 2019 starting at 2pm it’s The Jig is Up! Houston, TX Hugh O’Connor’s, 7620 Katy. All Ages. SAME DAY at 7pm The Jig is Up! is at the Shamrock Shindig, Town Green Park, 2099 Lake Robbins Dr. The Woodlands, TX. All Ages. Venue phone: (281) 210-3900. Two hour show.
Sunday March 17, 2019 starting at 8:45am, it’s The Jig is Up! at the Memorial Hermann Half Marathon, Sugar Land Town Square, 2277 Plaza Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77479. Venue phone: 281-242-7700. All Ages. We will fill Sugar Land Town Square with traditional Irish music from 9 to 11 am, speeding the finishers of the annual St. Patrick’s Day half-marathon. This year it’s actually run ON St. Patrick’s Day! No cover charge. Public invited.
TOMFOOLIGANS Saturday March 16th, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm it’s Tomfooligans at the Shamrock Shindig in the Woodlands.
Sunday March 17th, 2019 from 1:15-2:15 it’s Tomfooligans at Saint Arnold Brewery.
WYLDE MEADE Sunday March 17, 2019 at 1 PM – 3 PM You’re in LUCK! Wylde Meade brings a variety of Irish acoustic songs and tunes to Bean’s Café. No cover- tipping is better than a pot o’ gold. Beans features delicious coffee & eats. 1127 Eldridge Parkway #100, Houston, Texas 77077.
ALL DAY EVENTS- MARCH 15-17, 2019
HUGH O’CONNOR’S PUB Friday March 15, 2019 from 3-7pm at Hugh O’Connors, it’s St. Patrick’s weekend at Hugh O’Connors Enjoy Happy Hour from 3 – 7pm, and jam out to the rousing songs and lively tunes of Godfrey’s Rangers Celtic Folk Band from 6 – 9pm. 7620 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. More info at (832) 430-4961, www.hughoconnors.com
PIMLICO IRISH PUB Saturday March 16, 2019 from 10am-March 18 at 2am it’s the St. Patrick’s Green Festival hosted by Pimlico Irish Pub, 810 Waugh Drive, #100, Houston, Texas 77019. The coolest party of the year gets 2 full days in 2019! Bands, Award-Winning BBQ, green beer, Bagpipes, tons of free stuff thrown! Details will keep coming, so like, follow & find us on IG @pimlicopub!
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL 2019 – AT LUCKY’S PUB DOWNTOWN Sunday March 17, 2019 starting at 9:00 AM it’s the St. Patrick’s Day Festival DOWNTOWN 2019 at Lucky’s Pub, 801 St Emanuel St, Houston, TX. Over 100,000 sq. ft. of party space with 94.5 The Buzz broadcasting live all day. The Rod Ryan Show Live from 10am-2pm! 3 Stages, Tons of Live Music! Green Beer, green beer, and more green beer. Leprechauns & Bagpipers, Breakfast at 9am – Lucky Charms and Breakfast Tacos. Bar opens at 9am. No Cover before Noon for General Admission Downtown! Parking available in Astros Lot B&C! VIP Parking passes available!
FOOD LINEUP: 6 of Houston’s best food trucks! The Burger Joint, Happy Endings, Sticky’s Chicken, The Waffle Bus, Lucky Dawg Hot Dog Stand, The Burger Joint #2
STAGE LINEUP: Over 15 Bands and DJ’s Bud Light Houston. Booth Pimps spinning live all day! And between every set! Reservations: luckyspub.comPhone: (713) 522-2010.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARTY –AT ST. ARNOLD BREWERY Sunday, March 17, 2019 from 11am-6pm it’s the annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Admission to St. Patrick’s Day Party is FREE! We’re going all out again this year for our annual celebration of our two favorite saints. For 2019, that means an all-day St. Patrick’s Day Party throughout our campus featuring live music, beer games, special stout beers, commemorative glassware, food, and our annual Donegal Beard Growing Competition. Best of all, admission is free, free, free!
We’ll have a stage in front our our Downtown skyline view featuring live music from Murder the Stout, The Real McCoys, Tomfooligans, and Dead Rabbits. Our Stout Tent will be set up with Winter Stout and other special release stouts on draft. Our regular beer lineup and commemorative St. Patrick’s Day pint glass will also be available throughout our Beer Garden & Restaurant, Beer Hall, and our outside spaces.
To commemorate the holiday, we’ll be serving Corned Beef & Cabbage, Beef Stew in Bread Bowls, and a limited food menu at our Beer Garden & Restaurant. In addition, we’ll again be hosting the World Elevated Beer Pouring Championship. That means you and a friend could pour beer from a scissor lift into a bucket on the other person’s head. Just like you’ve always wanted. Email email@example.com to enter the competition. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Saint Arnold St. Patrick’s Day Party without our Donegal Beard Growing Competition. 2000 Lyons Ave. Houston, TX 77020 713.686.9494
SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION-AT MCGONIGEL’S MUCKY DUCK Saturday, March 16th & Sunday, March 17th, 2019 it’s the Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck. Two days of traditional Irish music, dance, Irish food & drink for two days of Irish craic (fun)!
Be sure to buy our special two day ticket if you plan to attend both days. Our famous fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, beef Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, and of course, homemade bread pudding with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey Sauce will be served up festival style under the big top.
Award winning piper EJ Jones has assembled world class players to bring you an authentic Irish experience. Two stages with music from 11am until 10pm featuring Piper Jones Band, Clann Kelly Irish Dancers, Ed Miller and Rich Brotherton, Kristin Coyle and the Black Swans, Clandestine, Andrew Finn Magill, Frances Cunningham, Drake Irish Dancers, Pat Byrne, Jim Mackenzie, and Martin Burniston’s Irish Singalong. The Duck is located at 2425 Norfolk St, Houston, Texas 77098, P: (713) 528-5999. Tickets are available online at https://www.mcgonigels.com/
GRIFF’S IRISH PUB EVENTS Saturday, March 16th, 2019 it’s Griff’s 1st Annual Irish Crawfish and Shrimp Boil. Come join us in getting St. Paddy’s weekend started off right with some green beer, irish whiskey, irish crawfish and shrimp. Of course we will have great Zydeco Music to kick-off the party. The Zydeco Creole is playing from 2 to 6, followed by the Green Brothers Band (perfect for St. Patrick’s eve and closing out the evening with the Velostacks! And of course it wouldn’t be a crawfish boil without the one and only Tony Fontenot boiling up the crawfish and Shrimp! What better way to start the St. Patrick’s day celebrations! Enjoy the best Irish crawfish and shrimp in town while partying to live music throughout the day and night! Enjoy 3 bands playing on the big stage! 3416 Roseland Street Houston, Texas 77006, (713) 528-9912.
Sunday, March 17th, 2019 it’s Houston’s Original St. Patty’s Day Party at Griff’s Irish Pub. Griff’s 54th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival. 3416 Roseland. 77006. The Music starts at Noon and goes on into the night on the Big Stage with 5 bands playing on the big stage and two DJ’s mixing on the back patio and the inside bar too! Of course we will have Lots of Green Beer and other Irish libations, Irish Dancers and Face Painting and plenty of Corn Beef and Cabbage along with Griff’s other great food! It’s World Famous because you make it World Famous. Get you pre-sale tickets for only $5.00 at http://www.griffsirishpub.com Pre-sale tickets end at noon on the 16th. Let’s get sham-rocked! (713) 528-9912
BULL & BEAR We will have our full St. Patrick’s Day menu available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 15-17. This will include Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Stew, Steak & Stout Pie, Guinness Fish & Chips and a few others like Irish Car Bomb and Baileys Irish Cream Cheesecakes. As usual our Guinness pints will only be $4.00 and we will have Murder The Stout from 8pm to 11 pm on the 17th. The Bull and Bear Tavern and Eatery, 11980 Westheimer Suite A, Houston, TX 77077 Tel: 281-496-6655
HENDERSON HEIGHTS PUB SAINT PADDY’S DAY PARTY!!!! Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 11 AM, 908 Henderson St, Houston, TX. Live music noon-9pm and food & drink specials all day. No cover.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION AT MO’S IRISH PUB-KATY Sunday, Mar 17, 2019 Mo’s starts out the day the Irish way with a traditional Irish breakfast supplemented by a few American classics. Throughout the day, enjoy a green beer while watching live music, Irish dancers and bag pipers. It is recommended that tickets be bought in advance at https://kegsandeggskaty.eventbrite.com to ensure a seat is available. Breakfast: 9:30-11 a.m. Celebration continues until Sunday 2 a.m. $10.99 adults. $4.99 children. 23511 I-10, Katy. 281.665.3535. http://mosirishpub.com/katy/
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With sadness we report the passing of Jeannie Kearnes the Grand Dame of the Houston St Patrick’s Day Parade. Jeannie and her husband , the late Doc Kearns, started working the parade almost 60 years ago and have continued with daughter Mary and Grandson Sean. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.
Some local Irish dance camps will take place this summer. If you are an Irish dance teacher and want your information here, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule camps today are Tew Academy of Irish Dance June 4-8 1.2 P.M. Ages three through adult always welcome. Email email@example.com for more information.
By Richard Tew
Former Riverdance/Lord of the Dance performer and Irish dance judge Martin Percival is set to launch his new podcast which will discuss a wide range of topics related to Irish dance.
Irish dance history, its current state and its future will be discussed by the art form’s top exponents and historians each week starting in June.
To listen, click here.
To listen to my interview with Martin, click here.