WILMINGTON — Join the spirit of Irish music in the Midwest to kick off St. Patrick’s weekend at the Murphy Theatre with the Drowsy Lads and Guinness. The multi-talented band makes what has become a traditional St. Patrick’s weekend appearance in Wilmington this Friday night.
The Drowsy Lads thundered onto the Irish music scene a dozen years ago and have become favorites at Midwest pubs, clubs, festivals, universities and concert halls.
Ohio brothers John and Daniel McKewen, father and son Phil and Josh Franck, and lifelong friend Bryan Brookes bring to the stage a concoction of “we dare you to hold still” Irish dance tunes as well as a full emotional gamut of songs. They’ve won the affections of audiences ranging from casual music-lovers to those steeped in hardcore Trad.
The Lads are lighting up Irish festivals these days, including Milwaukee, Dublin, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Louisville, and have been pleased to share live sets with the likes of Slide, John Whelan, Full Set, Socks in the Frying Pan, and lead dancer of Riverdance Joe Moriarty.
Each Lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, Uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina, and bodhran.
The Lads are fond of creating their own spirited arrangements and offering occasional original compositions, and even mixing in some bits of Bluegrass or Classical. But these never get in the way of their obsession with the pure old musicality of traditional Irish tunes and songs.
The concert is this Friday night, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, visit themurphytheatre.org, call 937-382-3643 or stop by the box office now through Friday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.