The Hippo


Mar 21, 2018








Perfect Green Storm
Saturday St. Patrick’s Day overflows with fun


It’s said that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day; nowhere is that more true than in the tavern trade. Authentic pubs typically have a digital clock on the wall counting down the days to March 17. The rest get in on the fun with corned beef and cabbage on the menu and green beer behind the bar, with extra points for Guinness. 
Those looking to start early can choose between two local concerts by national acts beloved by Celtic music fans. At the Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord, 225-1111) Altan plays traditional Irish music. Throughout their career, Altan “has shown unwavering commitment to bringing the beauty of traditional music to contemporary audiences, particularly that of the Donegal fiddlers and singers.” The show is at 7:30 p.m on Thursday, March 15, and tickets are $34.50 to $39.50 at
The Seamus Egan Project also appears on Thursday at Dana Center for the Humanities (100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, 641-7700). The founding member of the seminal band Solas performs with friends and musical guests, playing selections from his highly regarded catalog along with new songs that haven’t been recorded or performed live. Show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.75 for adults.
St. Pat’s is bookended with traditional music from Thursday regulars Jeff and Friends, with Janet, Tobin & Crew on Sunday at Beara Irish Brewing (2800 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, 342-3272), a Seacoast brewery featuring beers made with genuine Irish barley.
A ubiquitous presence every St. Patrick’s Day, Jim Barnes, best known as the New Hampshire Irish Balladeer, sings on the day after at Hungry Buffalo (58 Route 129, Loudon, 798-3737), which usually offers its special bison corned brisket dinner and chocolate Guinness cake with Baileys frosting.
Sunapee Coffeehouse (9 Lower Main St., Sunapee, 446-3426, ext. 11) has an Irish “seisiun” with traditional Irish tunes and songs, and stories about about Ireland’s history and culture. The Friday, March 16, 7 p.m. session has Skip Gorman and Jane Orzechowski on fiddle, Deanna Stiles and Grant Taylor on flute, Tim Travers on button accordion and Vic Reno on guitar and other instruments. 
Now, on to the big day.
• Alan’s (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) The St. Pat’s party lasts Friday through Sunday, with Mama Sez playing a benefit show for Town Line Trail Dusters to kick things off on March 16, with Those Guys returning on Saturday, and all you can eat traditional Irish fare all weekend long.
• American Legion Post 51 (232 Calef Highway, Epping, 679-8320) The Line Up band playing classic rock ’n’ roll music starting at 8 p.m., $7 per person, and a cash bar will be open.
• Area 23 (254 N. State St., Concord, 552-0137) Sure, there will be plenty of Irish music all day long throughout the state, but Queen City Soul will be in to funk up St. Patrick’s Day in style at this iconic Capitol City spot.
• Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564) Colossal Reuben sandwiches, corned beef & cabbage dinner with music from Crazy Steve and Friends starting at 7 p.m.
• Backyard Brewery & Kitchen (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545, will hold its first annual Kegs and Cabbage St. Patrick’s Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature a buffet with items like corned beef, cabbage, turnips, potatoes, stout lamb stew and pot leek soup, as well as several specialty Irish whiskey cocktails. The Jordan Wysocki Duo will also be playing the Celtic fiddle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• The Bar (2B Burnham Road, Hudson, 943-5250) There will be live entertainment and a  corned beef and cabbage dinner for $12.
• Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363) Step dancers, live Irish session and full Irish menu at this traditional pub, one of the state’s most venerable.
• Barley House Seacoast (43 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, 379-9161) The most recently opened BH has the usual corned beef, and Guinness, with step dancers at noon and traditional music from Liz & Dan from 2 to 5 p.m.
• Bonfire (950 Elm St., Manchester, 663-7678) Downtown country bar joins the fun with WOKQ and WPKQ broadcasting live. Kegs and eggs breakfast and a TBA live band kick things off at 6:30 a.m.; Dan Morgan plays at 9 a.m., followed by Isaiah Bennett at noon, Nicole Knox Murphy at 4 p.m. and Eric Grant Band closing it out starting at 9 p.m. Bar Olympics run from 10 a.m. to noon, with drink specials and food served all day.
• Cara (11 Fourth St., Dover, 343-4390) Hibernian Bagpipers kick off a traditional breakfast with black and white pudding, scrambled eggs and beans, followed by Jubilly, Murray Irish Dancers, in rotation throughout the day. DJ SKD also spins tunes.
• Castleton Banquet and Conference Center (58 Enterprise Drive, Windham) Comedy with Lenny Clarke to benefit the Kayla Bertolami Scholarship Fund. Chicken Parmesan or New England boiled dinner will be served. Tickets are $75.
• Cheers (17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180) It’s all about the food at this Concord location, with Irish Stew in a bread bowl and Guinness cupcakes topping the list of St. Patrick’s Day specials.
• Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) Bite the Bullet, a multi-genre cover band, returns for another St. Patrick’s Day. Maybe they’ll play a Pogues song, or something from U2.
• Community Oven (845 Lafayette Road, Hampton, 601-6311) Alan Goodrich performs. The veteran Concord, Mass.,-based singer-songwriter, guitarist and solo performer recently released his first album of original songs.
• Concord City Auditorium (2 Prince St., Concord, 344-4747) Hanneke Cassel performs with her trio at 7:30 p.m.; tickets $23 at The Boston fiddler melds Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island influences with bluegrass grooves for a “uniquely American approach to Scottish music.”
• Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) Chad Lamarsh from 3 to 6 p.m. and Rob Duquette from 7 to 10 p.m. at the upscale restaurant-bar’s flagship location. At the newly opened location (41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033) it’s Brad Bosse from 3 to 6 p.m. and Steve Tolley playing 7 to 10 p.m. Both locations offering specials like a traditional Reuben with Sriracha dressing, Guinness-braised corned beef and honey whiskey-glazed carrots.
• Covered Bridge (Cedar Street, Contoocook, 746-5191) Singer-songwriter Will Hatch, who recently released a great new album of original songs, plays live.
• Crow’s Nest (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow, 974-1686) Among The Living finishes a day that begins with corned beef and cabbage, green beer drafts and other shenanigans.
• Derryfield (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) D-Comp from 3 to 6:30 p.m., followed by returning champions Last Kid Picked at 9 p.m.
• Dover Brickhouse (2 Orchard St., Dover, 749-3838) The day begins with a traditional Irish breakfast. Later it’s live music without any Dropkick Murphys covers from Rick Rude, Big Mess, Cool Parents and Cardinal Seth on Gray Street; there’s a $5 cover. 
• Falls Grill & Tavern (421 Central Ave., Dover, 749-0995) Tony DePalma plays at noon; later, Irish fiddle duo Liz & Dan Faiella play; at 6:30 Eyenine and the Lonely Ghosts take it to the finish.
• Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, will serve Irish food and drink specials all St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
• Fody’s (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) Open at noon, serving Chef Wess Therrien’s famous Reubens as well as his acclaimed corned beef dinner. Joe Macdonald plays music from 6 to 9 p.m. and Katrina Marie Band closes things out from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) Open at noon and there are specials all day, with Erin’s Guild playing traditional Irish music at 6 p.m., the AOH bagpipers at 9 p.m. at this popular Irish spot.
• Grill 28 (200 Grafton Road (Pease Golf Course), Portsmouth, 433-1331) Second annual St. Patrick’s Day party with The Rust Project, with specials, drawings and giveaways (must be present to claim prize). 
• Halligan (32 W. Broadway, Derry, 965-3490) Bagpipes at 2 p.m. and drummers appear. The tavern opens at 8 a.m. and promises a special menu.
• Harlow’s (3 School St., Peterborough, 924-6365) Rebels of the Sacred Heart perform “the best songs from across the board of Irish vocal pub and punk music.” $10 cover.
• Hilltop Pizzeria (1724 Dover Road, Epsom, 736-0027) Fuzz Boxx plays its annual St. Patty’s “Whack Attack” party at the aptly named Epsom joint.
• Holy Grail (64 Main St., Epping, 679-9559) On St. Patrick’s Day, the popular pub housed in a former church opens at 6 a.m. with a traditional Irish Breakfast. There is live music from Max Sullivan at 1 p.m. and Conner Mullen at 5 p.m.
• Hooked & Ignite (100 Hanover St., Manchester, 664-0064) Promising “Beer, Bagpipes and Corned Beef.” Call for details.
• J’s Tavern (63 Union Square, Milford, 554-1433) Finigan and Fitzgerald play traditional Irish tunes, with plenty of Guinness on tap and Irish fare.
• Kathleen’s Cottage (91 Lake St., Bristol, 744-6336) First pints at 6 a.m. Later in the day session musicians and their friends will be taking turns into the evening playing outstanding Irish traditional music. Féileacán Irish Dance Academy appears at 4 p.m., and Kathleen performs several solo pieces at different periods of the day as well.
• Kelley’s Row (417 Route 108, Somersworth, 692-2200) Open at 6 a.m. for breakfast, with lunch and dinner served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Traditional Irish band Bradigan, a regular for 16 years at both the old Dover location and the new place in Somersworth, starts at noon and plays through the evening, with breaks for bagpipers, drums and the John Grimes Irish Step Dancing School’s Dover Rovers. $5 cover charge.
• Killarney’s (9 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, 888-1551) Karen Grenier kicks off the music on Friday, which includes an Irish dinner followed by the traditional Tappn O’ Keg ceremony — bring a non-perishable food item for Nashua Soup Kitchen. Saturday has all the traditional food, with Grenier performing again, and the Police & Fire Pipe and Drum Band at 7:30 p.m.
• Logan’s Run (816 Lafayette Road, Hampton, 926-4343) CB&C for $12.99, Guinness and other beer specials, a live DJ, prizes, giveaways and whiskey promos. The family restaurant will also be selling shamrocks and Jell-O shots, donating 10 percent of proceeds to raise money for MDA.
• Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665) Irish music and prizes all day long. Revelers can enter to win Celtics or ski tickets. 
• Mama McDonough’s (5 Depot St., Hillsborough 680-4148) Open at 8 a.m., with breakfast until noon and then moving to the pub menu, with corned beef and cabbage available by 11 a.m. All kinds of specials and giveaways going on, with music starting early this year, at 9 a.m. with Matt Beaudin, followed by Young Folk at noon, Shelf Life at 4 p.m. and Dan Morgan Band from 8 p.m. to close.
• Club Manchvegas (50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 222-1677) Rock 101 Morning Buzz radio personalities from 8 to noon, going live on the station with callbacks every hour, games and giveaways, with Tullamore Dew and Slane Irish Whiskey featuring prominently. Wizecrackaz plays at 2 p.m.
• Master McGrath’s (8 Batchelder Road, Seabrook, 474-6540) Chef Mario’s Famous Corn Beef & Cabbage, green Bud Light aluminums, green carnations for the lassies with live entertainment all day and bagpipers passing through. Cover charge after 2 p.m. at this very Irish pub.
• McGarvey’s (1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721) 10 a.m open for this Irish saloon; call for details. Expect Guinness draft running non-stop, along with DJ music. 
• Merrill’s Tavern (85 Country Club Drive, Atkinson, 382-8700) Enjoy Irish tunes from Stephen Decuire. 
• Moe Joe’s (2175 Candia Road, Candia, 769-4093) Black Pudding Rovers appear from 4 to 8 p.m. In its 18th year, BPR plays reels, hornpipes, polkas and Irish ballads with audience participation. The band features Irish fiddler Patrick Hornung, Mike Becker and Ken Wyman on guitar, and Gary Hunter on woodwinds. CB&C dinner offered at $14.95.
• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) Opens at 5:30 a.m., breakfast with full beer and liquor, Irish and Jameson promos, Bands playing in the back room all day and evening — Amanda McCarthy Duo, Brad Bosse, Cam MacMaster’s Irish Trio and The Conniption Fits.
• Music Hall (28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, 436-2400) Saint Patrick’s Day Comedy Spectacular features three of the funniest comedians of Irish descent Boston has to offer — Jim McCue, Joey Carroll and Kendra Cunningham. Tickets are $32 to $37 at
• O’Shea’s (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7089) Live music all day with Jenni Lynn Duo and The Hallorans. Free promos with Baileys, Jameson, Paddys, Murphys and Guinness, door prizes and raffles from noon to 1 a.m.
• Old Salt (28 Chestnut St, Portsmouth, 436-2400) Kegs and Eggs breakfast at 9 a.m. with live Irish music all day long. Two-hour Open Bud Light, Mimosa and Bloody Mary Breakfast Buffet Bar is $25 per person.
• Paradise North (583 D.W. Highway, Merrimack, 262-5886) Live acoustic Irish music and classic rock, with special St. Patrick’s Day food features from noon to 9:30 p.m. 
• Pasta Loft (241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270) Irish step dancers at 4 and 5:30 p.m. with Fat Back Band playing at 9:30 p.m. Corned beef dinner and green beer all day. 
• Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) A traditional Irish feast, green beer and Irish music with The O’Brien Clan playing two sets, noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. From 7:30 to 10:30, Justin Jaymes plays.
• Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535) The real deal, spread across four days. Thursday, welcome Bill McElaney direct from Donegal, Ireland. Friday it’s the Molly McGuires Band.The big day starts at 8 a.m. with Kegs & Eggs, and music beginning at 10 a.m. from Irish Whispa, with Bill McElaney, direct from Ireland, at 2 p.m. Bagpipers will appear and party favorites Pop Farmers will close the night. On Sunday, the pub offers a Hangover Brunch.
• Penuche’s Music Hall (1087 Elm St., Manchester, 206-5599) Luke Johansen performs on guitar, singing “Songs and Stories for Saint Patrick’s Day.”
• Pitman’s Freight Room (94 New Salem St., Laconia, 527-0043) Not exactly Irish, but a fun party with funky music from Entrain.
• Portsmouth Book & Bar (40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth, 427-9197) Penhallow is a local Portsmouth band that plays traditional Irish music as well as fast jigs and reels. Performers include Paul Delnero, Lloyd Allen, Tyler Buck, Jeff Murdock and Joseph Fuller.
• Portsmouth Gas Light (64 Market St., Portsmouth, 430-9122) Doors open at 9 p.m. and DJ Koko-P will keep you entertained all night. Also Sev in the grill and Chris Powers playing live in the pub. 
• Ri Ra (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) The Inaugural Rí Rá Paddyfest runs all week long. Call the pub for details. On St. Patrick’s Day, watch the final match of Six Nations Rugby while enjoying Irish breakfast; later there’s Irish music and a full menu.
• Salt hill Pub (2 W. Park St., Lebanon, 448-4532) At the flagship location, and at its now five pubs, it’s an all-day, all-night party, starting with the ceremonial first pint and Irish Breakfast at 9 a.m. with a traditional menu the rest of the day. Four bands perform at each location, and everywhere there’s Irish dancing, a photo booth, the drive-by-bagpiper and Guinness Girls, cash and other swag. A pub-wide winner gets a grand prize trip for two to Ireland. Lines form early, with music from Bel Clare at 9 a.m., followed by Jim Barnes, Irish balladeer, at 1 p.m. and Atlantic Crossing at 4:30 p.m.; O’hAnleigh takes it from 9 p.m. to closing. 
• Salt hill Pub Hanover (7 Lebanon St., Hanover, 676-7855) It’s the same deal as at the Lebanon location, with the following musical schedule: Jim Barnes, Irish balladeer, at 9 a.m.; Bel Clare at 12:30 p.m.; The Frogz at 5 p.m., and The Salthill Ceili Band at 9 p.m.
• Salt hill Pub Newport (58 Main St., Newport, 863-7774) The second pub in the chain offers traditional music with Salthill Ceili Band at 9 a.m., O’hAnleigh at 12:30 p.m., Bel Clare at 5 p.m. and Black Agnes at 9 p.m.
• Salt hill Pub Sunapee (1407 Route 103, Newbury, 763-2667) At the “Shanty” — named after the pub owned by ShP founders Josh and Joe Tuohy’s parents, once in the same location — music begins with O’hAnleigh at 9 a.m., followed by Atlantic Crossing at noon, Chris Powers at 3:30 p.m. and Bel Clare at 9 p.m. 
• Salt hill Pub West Lebanon (5 Airport Road, West Lebanon, 298-5566) The newest location has the following musical schedule: Eire Flare at 9:30 a.m., Salthill Ceili Band at 1:30 p.m., O’hAnleigh at 4:30 p.m. and Atlantic Crossing at 9 p.m.
• Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) Breakfast is served at 5:30 a.m. and first pint at 6 a.m. Sumptuous  food, drink promotions and live music from afternoon to closing. Watch Ireland take on England in Six Nations rugby action. 96.5 The Mill broadcasts live throughout the morning, giving away Guinness glasses and tickets to see U2. Music includes The Gobshites, JL Trio and The Rebel Collective.
• Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki is as authentic as it gets, playing fiddle and occasionally singing. He’s close to home this year, performing with his trio. Tickets $10 at
• Strange Brew (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) Music all day long from David Rousseau, Jerry Short & Rick Watson, the NHPA Pipes, Olde Salt and Eric “Fingers” Ray. Go to for schedule.
• The Goat (20 L St., Hampton, 601-6928) April Cushman Band plays country music.
• Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St., Portsmouth, 427-8645) Red Sky Mary and Mockingbirds both perform.
• Thompson Tavern (421 Central Ave., Dover, 842-5663) Open at 10 a.m. with Irish food, Jell-O shots, Irish music and plenty of green beer, with special live bagpipe performances at 4:15 and 7:30 p.m. Squeezed in between is a pub crawl from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Tupelo Music Hall (10 A St., Derry St. Patrick’s Day with the Glengarry Bhoys is a can’t-miss treat. Yoke Shire opens. Tickets $25 to $30 at
• Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Corned beef cabbage dinner all day with live Irish music by The O’Gills from 2 to 6 p.m. and Fatha Groove from 6 to 10 p.m.
• Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) Diezel performs rock ’n’ roll while putting its best Irish foot forward.
• Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) Opens at 6 a.m. with Irish breakfast buffet till 11 a.m. Madra Rua Band plays at 11. Raffle prizes, with Hot Hits 94.1 broadcasting live. Expect bagpiper appearances, with Six Nations rugby on the big screen. 


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