Two bands. Two sets of brothers.
It was Irish Music Night at the Alive at Five concert series in the Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, and despite the sweltering summer heat, a couple of dancers leapt to the dance floor to cut a jig or two.
It began with the Ruffians, straight outta NYC. They were a rough ‘n’ tumble bunch led by guitarist-vocalist Sean Griffin and his bassist-brother Dan Griffin. Fueled by uileann pipes and fiddle, they were a perfect warm-up act – rough around the edges and without much need for subtlety, but full of spirit and enough attitude to keep things chugging along at a brisk, slightly bruised, never-slow-down Celtic-rock pace.