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Music, food, dancers to celebrate week of St. Patrick's Day

Entertainment lineups to embrace all things Irish

With St. Patrick's Day falling on Saturday, March 17 this year, it's a grand occasion to celebrate the wearing of the green, corned beef and cabbage and the music of the Emerald Isle.

Here's a roundup of a few of the events taking place that are representative of the light-hearted offerings at venues across the area.


The Claddagh Irish Pub in Geneva will add extra lilt to its lineup with three days of entertainment.

Irish dancers from the Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance will launch the entertainment at 7 p.m. March 16, followed by Sprig O'Mint performing until 10 p.m. that evening. The band plays popular Irish tunes. Guests are encouraged to join in jigs on the dance floor.

A full day of events is planned between 9 a.m. and midnight on St. Patrick's Day, beginning with Kegs & Eggs at 9 a.m.

• 11 a.m. to noon: Batavia's String Theory ensemble

• Noon to 3 p.m.: Celtic Sounds band

• 4 to 7 p.m.: February Sky duo

• 5 and 7 p.m.: Irish dancers from Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance

• 8 p.m. to midnight: The Bare Hambones

• DJ Mindmonic will spin tunes all day between live music sets

The next day is dubbed Hangover Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m., offering the balm of live music will be Peter and Katie Whalen starting at 3 p.m. March 18, and Irish dancers returning at 4 p.m.

The Claddagh is located at 1702 Commons Drive, Geneva, with more information offered at 630-208-0337 or


Calamity Jane's Bar & Restaurant in Sugar Grove plans a multiday party and will offer corned beef and cabbage for lunch and dinner from March 16 to 18.

From 7 to 10 p.m. March 16, Fox Valley Grass promises to play real bluegrass music and some Irish songs, jigs and reels, owner Jane Alabastro said.

Barney's Bevy will perform traditional Irish tunes on guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo and bouzouki from 2 to 4 p.m. March 17 to get the music rolling.

The Ron Porter Trio will take over from 6 to 10 p.m. that evening.

"They were here on St. Patrick's Day last year, and they were wonderful," Alabastro said. "They play here once a month."

In preparation for the day, decorations have long been up and the bar is adding green beer and green Jell-O shots for the occasion.

The venue is at 9S593 Route 47, Sugar Grove. For more information, visit or call 630-466-4427.


McNally's Irish Pub in St. Charles will begin St. Patrick's Day with Mass music performed by Irish native Gavin Coyle at 8 a.m., after which breakfast will be available featuring the new menu. Coyle will sing during the meal, as well. Performers from the Flannery School of Irish Dance will appear at 1 p.m. and the band Scramble will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. Bagpipes will be played at various times, and there will be face painting and giveaways. Weather permitting, the outdoor plaza will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

On March 18, Paul McHugh will perform from 4 to 7 p.m. to cap the special week.

McNally's is at 109 W. Main St., St. Charles. For more information, call 630-513-6300 or visit


St. Patrick's Day will linger into Monday, when the band Trillium performs at 1 p.m. March 19 at the Town and Country Public Library, 320 E. North St., Elburn.

"It's a busy time of year if you play Celtic music," said Mim Eichmann, a singer and hammered dulcimer and percussion player with the band. "It's kind of like Christmas."

There will be an upbeat collection of reels and jigs and horn pipes.

People can register at or call 630-365-2244.


And for people who still don't want the Irish celebration to stop, Fermilab will present The High Kings in concert at 8 p.m. March 24 at Fermilab Ramsey Auditorium off Kirk Road and Pine Street in Batavia.

Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden are the talent behind the band carrying on the tradition of the Irish ballad. Their own original hits and fresh arrangements of classics are part of the mix.

Tickets cost $38 for adults, $19 for youth 18 and younger. For tickets, visit

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