To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, The Roadside Tavern Gastro Pub in Co. Clare will live stream a series of performances that have been especially curated by owner and master brewer Peter Curtin to mark Ireland’s national holiday.
The diverse programme features local musicians and filmmakers and starts at 5pm on March 17th with a personal welcome by Peter. The Roadside Tavern has been in the Curtin family for over 150 years and Peter is the third generation to carry the torch. He grew up working in the family business and was immersed in the traditional Irish music culture from an early age. As a longstanding advocate for local talent, Peter is delighted to have an opportunity to support an industry which has been hit hard by the global pandemic.
“Since it opened in 1865, The Roadside Tavern has attracted talented musicians from all corners of the globe. Visiting and in-residence musicians have included Micilín Conlon, Oliver Tennyson, Tommy Peoples, The Fureys, Ted Furey, Michael and Seamus Hynes, Micho Russell, Gussie Russell, Seán Tyrrell and many more,” said Peter Curtin.
“This is the second St Patrick’s Day in my living memory that won’t see the pub thronged with locals and tourists. However, I am heartened that today’s technology means that I can do something to support struggling artists during this challenging time and that a worldwide audience can enjoy the ambiance of the Roadside Tavern from afar.”
The Roadside Tavern St Patrick’s Day festivities include film makers Kevin Hegarty and Lou Merkert with music by North Clare musicians Liam Kelly and Oisín Marsh, Michael Hynes and Johnny Conlon, Charles Monod and Adrian Lyons, Blackie O’Connell and Cyril O’Donoghue, Christy Barry of the Doolin Music House and James Devitt.
Each performer will receive an appearance fee from the Roadside Tavern and viewers are welcome to make a voluntary donation online which will be shared amongst the group.
For full performance details and to view the Facebook Live sessions log on to The Roadside Tavern Facebook page.