“Mrs McGrath” from my performance at The Celtic Fox in downtown Topeka, KS, on the 30th June 2017.
I cleaned up the audio a bit, because it had a bit of clipping. The gain ended up a little hot, so I’m updating my pre-show checklist for live recordings.
This is one of my favourite rowdy songs. I love Mrs McGrath’s picante sassiness in the face of her son’s maiming. There are many songs lamenting or outright berating the belligerents of the Peninsular War, but the forlorn parent cycle –including “Mrs McGrath”, “My Son John”, and “My Son Tim”- delivers a quick shot of both humour or haunting sadness. Most songs I know from the Napoleonic wars have more death in lieu of the maiming found in these songs.
“Mrs McGrath”, though definitely an anti-war song, was a popular marching song among the Irish fighters in the years leading up to the Easter Monday Uprising of 1916.
I’ll keep the gate open until the first20th of June. Keep in mind, though, that the sooner you get back to me, the more likely your favorite date will be open. The weekends are likely to go first, and we’ll need to coordinate locations to make it work.
This Saint Patrick’s Day, I return to lovely Kansas City, MO for three shows. First up, I’ll perform at Children’s Mercy Hospital in the morning.
For the afternoon, I return to The Well in Waldo, where I’ve played for the last several years. The Well, run by the successful Lewellen brothers or Lew’s Grill and Bar fame, sits almost a block north of 75th and Wornall. The crowd is fun, all-ages, and just off watching the parade –or the KU game.
In the evening, I’ll head to Hy-Vee in Overland Park –95th and Antioch. Yes, the grocery store is now also a venue for live music and drink. I’m excited to see some friends there, and check out what they’re doing.
Saint Patrick’s Day is over. Spring 2016, though, is here, and summer is coming up fast!
Right now, I’m looking for hosts for my Summer 2016 Concert Tour.
If you’d like to host a house concert, or would just like more info about hosting one, just send me an email right now at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a House Concert Host Guide. Since it’s still early –assuming you’re reading this in April- you’ll likely have your choice of dates to select.
If you want to learn more about house concerts and what’s required to host a show, please continue reading. There’s more…