Music, food mark St. Patrick’s Day across St. Croix Valley
Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on Sunday, expect a weekend full of events marking the day when everyone is a little Irish.
Numerous venues across the region host concerts and dances celebrating Irish music and culture. Charlie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub in the Water Street Inn hosts three days of Irish music and dance tunes in the pub and ballroom. The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson hosts a performance of instrumental dance music of Ireland.
Three days in Ireland
Charlie’s Restaurant and Irish Pub in the Water Street Inn hosts a weekend of Irish music starting with a performance from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. by the Hounds of Finn, a St. Paul-based band that performs Irish folk-rock and roots music from around the world, sprinkled with traditional Irish and Scottish tunes.
Saturday offers a full lineup of performances in the pub and ballroom. From 2 to 6 p.m., Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson offer a repertoire of Irish songs and dance tunes many people might not have heard in the pub. Paul and Lorraine follow Dahill from 7 to 11 p.m. with songs about drinking, lost loves, plenty of death, doom and destruction and some happy nights in the pub.
If you’re in a dancing mood, the Jolly Groggers from northeast Minneapolis will keep the the Water Street Inn ballroom jigging from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m., then the high-energy Hounds of Finn pick up the pace from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Dahill and Paul and Lorraine are back at Charlie’s Irish Pub Sunday, with Dahill performing from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Paul and Lorraine rounding out the day from 8 to 11:30 p.m.
The Hounds of Finn are back in the ballroom from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, followed by the Jolly Groggers from 5 to 9 p.m.
Charlie’s also offers an Irish buffet from noon to close Saturday and Sunday with a menu of Irish favorites: corned beef and cabbage with new potatoes, lamb stew, Guinness pot roast, shepherd’s pie, walleye cakes, Reuben purses, fish-and-chips, baked Irish potatoes, smoked salmon and more.
And if you party a little too hearty, the Water Street Inn offers room packages for anyone wanting to spend the weekend.
Call 651-439-6000 for more information.
Traditional Irish music trio
HUDSON, Wis. — Chulrua (cool-ROO-ah), a traditional Irish music trio of Paddy O’Brien on button accordion, Nathan Gourley on fiddle and Brian Miller on guitar, vocals and flute, performs a St. Patrick’s Day concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson.
“The music we play is the old instrumental dance music of Ireland: jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, and slides. We also play walking marches, songs, slow airs, set dances and the harp music of Turlough O’Carolan and others. We strive to present these tunes and songs in keeping with the old tradition – as they were handed down from generation to generation in Ireland,” O’Brien said.
A product of County Offaly in the midlands of Ireland, O’Brien is regarded by serious players and collectors of Irish traditional music as one of the tradition’s most important repositories. In a musical career that spans nearly 40 years, he has collected more than 3,000 compositions, including many rare and unusual tunes.
His mastery of the two-row button accordion was also acknowledged through prestigious awards. He was named Oireachtas champion four times and All-Ireland senior accordion champion.
In Ireland, he played and recorded with the famed Castle Ceili Band and Ceoltoiri Laighean. In 1978, O’Brien began playing regularly in the United States. He has been featured on numerous recordings.
In 2012, O’Brien was selected as Ireland’s TG4 Gradam Ceoil Cumadóir, or Traditional Composer of the Year, among the highest honors in Irish traditional music.
For further information, go to www.chulrua.com.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for students of all ages. Reservations can be made by contacting The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409.
Ladies night out
It’s “The luck of the Irish” tonight during Ladies Night Out evening full of great shopping, dining, ideas and fun on Main Street in downtown Stillwater. There’s a prize for the best “wearing of the green,” so grab your favorite leprechaun, polish up your lucky shamrock and make plans to follow the rainbow to a good time. Shops offer discounts as well as drink specials, appetizers and food samples, fashion tips and decorating ideas throughtout the evening.
The Grand Finale takes place at 8:30 p.m. at the Dock Cafe at 425 East Nelson St. with great prizes including a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to any of the participating businesses.
St. Patrick’s Day cuisine
Several St. Croix Valley restaurants offer St. Patrick’s Day meal specials. They include:
Joseph’s Restaurant serves corned beef and cabbage, red potatoes and rye toast from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Hesley Jensen American Legion Post No. 491 in Bayport serves Reuben sandwiches from 2 p.m. until the food is gone Saturday.
Brine’s Bar and Restaurant in downtown Stillwater offers its home-cooked Reuben sandwich and green beer Sunday.
The Gasthaus Bavarian Hunter serves its popular corned beef-and-cabbage dinner from noon to 8 p.m.
The Stillwater Eagles 94 serves Speedy’s corned beef and cabbage for $9. Served until we run out. We also will have Bingo with Teddy at 2 p.m.