March 17th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg
March 7th, 2011, 4:30 pm by Sara
Dave Munnelly and Kiernan Munnelly
Eighth Step impresario Margie Rosenkranz introduced Munnelly with a curious label given by one critic as “the E Street Band of Irish traditional music.” She wasn’t quite sure what that meant, and neither was I. However, if it meant a band of multi-talented instrumentalists from Ireland that play their music with great gusto, well then, the label is right on the mark.
Lead by key button accordionist Dave Munnelly, the band played a wide variety of Celtic based music with bits of Quebecois, Cajun, klezmer and ragtime thrown in. Instrumental jigs/reels with the hand clapping participation of the small but appreciative audience were mixed in with sad/melancholy Scots-Irish ballads sung by guest vocalist and California native Christa Burch, as well as multi-instrumentalist Kiernan Munnelly.
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The St. Patrick’s Day season is kicking into high gear this week, and there may be no better way to celebrate than with the acclaimed Irish band Munnelly, who make their Nippertown debut on Saturday at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady.
Munnelly was founded a dozen years ago by button accordion wizard David Munnelly, who has performed with an all-star cavalcade of Celtic greats over the years, from the Chieftains to DeDanaan. Of course, he’s still at the helm of Munnelly, leading the high-energy band as they weave in and out of a variety of different musical styles, all the while remaining firmly rooted in the rich, earthy tones of Irish traditional music.
Irish Voice has hailed them as “the Irish band to see.”
The Irish Times has proclaimed them to be “the E Street Band of Irish traditional music.”
And LiveIreland.com recently honored Munnelly as the Instrumental/Vocal Band of the Decade.
The band – vocalist Shauna Mullin, guitarist Tony Byrne, fiddler-mandolinist Paul Kelly, pianist Ryan Molloy and jack of all trades Kieran Munnelly on flute, bodhran, snare and vocals, in addition to the great David Munnelly – roars into the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday – the perfect post-parade Celtic celebration. Tix are $22.
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