As the leader of any number of the Local 518’s finest Irish bands over the years – from Donnybrook Fair to the McKrells – Kevin McKrell is quite accustomed to having an over-loaded gig list when St. Patrick’s Day rolls along on the calendar.
But in recent years, the Christmas season has become just as hectic and jam-packed for him.
He’s back at The Egg in Albany at 8pm on Saturday and again at 2pm on Sunday for the annual “Mountain Snow & Mistletoe” celebration led by folk faves Christopher Shaw and Bridget Ball. Once again, Kevin joins fiddler John Kirk and percussionist Brian Melick as the three-piece Mountain Snow Orchestra, and the McKrell-Melick duet of “A Visit From St. Nicholas” (better known as “The Night Before Christmas”) is always a riotous highlight of the seasonal show. Tix are $24.
Then next week, Kevin and the McKrells roll into a four-day stand at Proctors in Schenectady, returning as special guests for the 32nd annual Melodies of Christmas concerts, featuring the Empire State Orchestra & Youth Chorale. Showtimes are 7pm on Thursday-Saturday (December 15-17) as well as 3pm on Sunday, December 18. Tix are $25, although there are a limited number of $15 tix available for Thursday and Friday.