LIVE: The Town Pants @ Alive at Five, 7/8/10

July 16th, 2010, 2:15 pm by Greg

Ivanka Watkin

Ivanka Watkin

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.

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