Tuesday, March 1, 2011

It's no sham! Northampton rocks with six shows celebrating St. Patrick's month at the Iron Horse, Calvin Theatre, & Pearl Street.

Saw Doctors, AM Taxi- Sunday, March 6th 8PM Calvin Theatre

The Saw Doctors were a little-known local bar band in Tuam (pronounced "Chewam") in County Galway when they were invited by Mike Scott to be the opening act on the Waterboys' 1988 tour of Ireland and the United Kingdom. In the years since, however, the Saw Doctors have emerged as one of the most successful Irish rock bands since U2. The Washington Post calls them "one of the world's most appealing roots rock outfits." Their most recent album is "The Further Adventures of The Saw Doctors." Live, the band can bottle the energy of a full theatre into an intimate pub where everyone’s raising their pints in harmony and unity. Especially in March!

Saw Doctors (above)

Enter The Haggis- Friday, March 11th 7PM Pearl Street Ballroom

Over the past three albums and five years, Toronto’s Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis has found itself at the center of a grassroots success story ever teetering on the brink of mainstream success. From playing Celtic festivals to headlining them, and from the festival circuit to selling out multiple nights in rock venues, ETH has blazed a path with heavy and almost constant touring up and down the East Coast, to Canada, the West Coast and back again, winning over success one fan, one town, one region at a time.

Enter the Haggis (above)

Zoe Darrow & the Fiddleheads- Saturday, March 12th 7PM Iron Horse

Fiddle Me This! Zoë Darrow ignites the stage with her distinctive blend of traditional Cape Breton, Scottish, and Irish fiddle tunes. With Phil Darrow on guitar and Tom Coburn on piano, she breathes life into fiery reels, lively jigs and hornpipes, and soulful airs. The Valley Advocate named them Best Celtic Band of 2007 and Celtic Heritage Magazine says, "Zoë Darrow is destined to add savory spice to the global mix." Come experience this local rising star!
 Zoe Darrow (center) and the Fiddleheads (above)

The Big Bad Bollocks- Thursday, March 17th 7PM Iron Horse

Fueled by Guinness and Bushmills, Northampton's own Big Bad Bollocks have been endearing themselves to punks, rockers, mods and pub rockers alike since 1989.

Big Bad Bollocks (above)

Solas- Sunday, March 20th 7PM Iron Horse
Acclaimed by many as the most exciting Irish traditional group in the world, Solas are masters of a tradition yet transcend musical category. The LA Times calls them "the best Irish traditional band in the world" While the Boston Herald raves "a five-member Irish-American band of startling instrumental and vocal firepower."

Solas (above)

Gaelic Storm- Saturday, March 26th 8PM Calvin Theatre

After a start playing monthly gigs for friends at Santa Monica’s O’Brien’s Tavern in 1995, the band’s popularity skyrocketed when it appeared in James Cameron’s Titanic as the Celtic party band in the ship’s steerage. Unlike so many other bands that were unable to sustain a career after receiving near-blinding initial exposure, Gaelic Storm has amassed a large, loyal and ever-growing following. Given that the band spends over 200 days a year on the road, it’s a near miracle they find time to write, record and release an album at all but lo and behold, following the path of the band’s 2008 release "What’s The Rumpus?" this past August (2010) they dropped "Cabbage," the seventh Gaelic Storm studio album and fourth on their own label Lost Again Records debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Chart, additionally peaking at #14 on the iTunes overall Album Chart and #11 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart.

Gaelic Storm (above) click for high res.

Tickets for all shows available at Northampton Box Office- 76 Main Streeet, 413-586-8686 and online at IHEG.com

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