I'm fond of the new Irish pub to which I can walk from my house. I owe them quite a bit, actually, and not the bar-tab kind of way.
Father Paddy's Public House popped into existence in Woodland last year and brought to us the things that I would consider a prerequisite for such an establishment, such as decent beer on tap and fine plate of fish and chips, but also something I hadn't thought to expect. Live local music. Specifically live local Irish music, which I didn't even know we had around here.
Turns out we have quite a bit of it.
Casting around for something do last November, with family in town and a serious case of post-election depression on, we walked into Father Paddy's to hear One Eyed Reilly, who play this awesome mix of folk and rock with a dash of Charlie Daniels or Pink Floyd or whatever else they feel like throwing in. And I found myself actually smiling.
And their fiddle player? Holy crap! Very few bands can cover Flogging Molly and match Bridget Regan in my estimation. This guy can.
One Eyed Reilly led us to Irishpalooza at Harlow's in Sac, which introduced us to whole host of cool local bands. Now I'm listening to The Pikeys in my headphones and wearing my Whiskey and Stitches t-shirt while I checkout the events schedule at the pub.
I don't know if this is a new thing or not, but this whole deal where local venues are starting shows at 6 or 7pm instead of 9 is sort of a godsend for parents. Not only is it possible for old people like me to go to a show, but it means I can bring my kid along where appropriate and introduce him to cool music. Very appreciated.
So Woodlanders, and general Sacramento-area folks, here what I've been listening to. And if you're not from around here, well, the internet pretty much means everyone's from around here, right?
So cheers to Father Paddy's and to all my new favorite bands. See you guys around?
And on a non-local but still related side note, if you haven't checked out Dropkick Murphys new album, it's also worth some time in your ears. I particularly like the one about the hat.