Four ways to get your Irish on for St. Paddy’s Day in 2014
By Rosemary O’Connor
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Grab something green and check out these Celtic celebrations.
Irish wit, witticisms, and humor abound.
Four comedians who trace their roots to the Emerald Isle team up and poke fun at everything from pet dogs to wild Irish family holidays during the Irish Comedy Tour. March 8, 7:30 p.m. $35. They say Irish wakes are always eventful, and Patrick James Finnegan’s is no exception thanks to lively eulogies, sing-alongs, a missing corpse, and all the attendees at Finnegan’s Farewell. March 13-16, Thurs.-Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 1:30 & 6:30 p.m. $65-$75. Proctors, Schenectady. 518-346-6204; proctors.org
Step dancers leap across local stages.
For more than two decades, Joan McGrenaghan’s Celtic Heels Irish Dance Troupe has performed elaborate jigs and reels in our region. March 1, 11 a.m. $9, $7 children. Celtic dance company Solas An Lae performs contemporary American-Irish numbers, choreographed by local directors Deirdre Lowry and Patrick Brown. March 14-16. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. $20. Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck. 845-876-3080; centerforperformingarts.org
The U.S. premiere of a European production, Rhythm in the Night: An Irish Dance Spectacular tells the tale of legendary hero Balor as he tries to rid the land of the evil sorceress Azura. March 14-15, 8 p.m. $38-$70. Paramount Hudson Valley, Peekskill. 914-739-0039; paramounthudsonvalley.com
Both traditional and modern Celtic tunes transport audiences to Ireland.
The musicians of Celtic Crossroads combine Irish, bluegrass, gypsy, and jazz melodies. March 8, 8 p.m. $20. Eisenhower Hall Theatre, West Point. 845-938-4159; ikehall.com
Renowned Irish tenor Ronan Tynan heads to the Westchester Broadway Theatre, where he belts out some of the arias which made him famous. March 10, 11:15 a.m. $64; 6 p.m. $85. Elmsford. 914-592-2222; broadwaytheatre.com
Hailed as “the hottest Irish acoustic group on the planet” by the New York Times, Lúnasa puts a unique twist on traditional Celtic music. March 16, 7:30 p.m. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. For more than 60 years, the Clancy Family has delighted audiences with classic Irish tunes and their lively family dynamic. March 21, 8:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Towne Crier Café, Beacon. 845-855-1300; townecrier.com
Considered by many to be one of the top Irish fiddlers of our time, Kevin Burke plays his solo concert, “The Naked Fiddle.” If you wish to imbibe, be aware that the event has a bring your own beer and wine policy. March 21, 7 p.m. $27. Studio Red Hook, St. Paul’s Hall, Red Hook. 845-802-6515; studioredhook.com/
Masters of Tradition — which makes use of Irish instruments such as the fiddle, accordion, and uilleann pipe — play jigs, reels, and airs. March 25, 7:30 p.m. $28. The Irish Rovers — a traditional Irish band which has been around since the 1960s — are taking their final bows with their “Farewell to Rovin’ Tour.” March 26, 7:30 p.m. The Egg, Albany. 518-473-1845; theegg.org
Bagpipes blare and the proud Irish march down many Main Streets this month.
• March 1: Featuring more than 3,000 participants, the 19th annual Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 1 p.m. and wends its way through Wappingers Falls. dcsppc.org
• March 6: The third largest parade in the state, the Northern Westchester and Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade marches along Route 6 in Mahopac, beginning at 2 p.m. saintpatricksdayparade.net
• March 15: The 64th Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade — which begins at 2 p.m. on Quail Street and Central Avenue — is preceded by Mass at the city’s Blessed Sacrament Church. albanystpatricksdayparade.com
• March 16: Marchers in the Kingston St. Patrick’s Parade begin at the Kingston Plaza at 1 p.m. and continue into the Rondout section. Spectators who arrive at 12:30 p.m. can watch the 26th annual Shamrock Run. ulsteraoh.com/parade
• March 16: Stepping off from Orange County’s Government Center at 2 p.m., the Mid-Hudson St. Patrick’s Parade marches through Goshen. mhspp.org
• March 23: Rockland County AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. in Pearl River, and has been known to attract close to 80,000 spectators in past years. rocklandcountyaoh.com