The Black Irish at Golden State Theatre
- When: Wednesday, December 31, 2008, time TBA
- Where: Golden State Theatre, Monterey
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: Not available
This is Irish music. Lower your head in shame if you thought of Riverdance. California's Black Irish--who identify as Americana, Celtic and folk--stop by to help celebrate New Year's Eve as part of First Night Monterey, and the release of their 19th album, California Story. With strumming guitars, warm accordion, harmonica, something that sounds like a mandolin, and other rootsy instruments, they sing manly odes to firemen, laborers, the poor, Irish immigrants, Native Americans, ships, women and, of course, Ireland. From "Mic and Paddy": "And they worked upon the railways and they spiked a thousand miles/ They called them Mic and Paddy and they did not have a dime." Then they chant some Irish ditty like "fiddle me ory ory-yeah" or something really Irish like that. "The Fate of Miss Gregg" is gorgeous. This music could accompany Scorsese's Gangs of New York. It's that Irrrrish. "We'll laugh and be jolly and ban melancholy," they sing. Put me down for one of those. [WR]
8:30-10:30pm. Golden State Theatre, 417 Alvarado St., Monterey. $15/advance; $20/day of show; $12/kid. 373-4778, 372-4555. http://www.goldenstatetheatre.com.