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March 14, 2013

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with concerts, Irish music

Celebrate your Irish side with music, parties

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“There’s an excitement when our audience sees a band on the way up and can say a couple years later that they saw them back when they played at the Belleville space,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s sooner than that as in the case of (previous performer) JD McPherson who is now doing dates with Bob Seeger and getting standing ovations.”

In addition to Goitse, revelers will have several other chances to wear their green and show their Irish pride this weekend:

Fiddle player at Cat in the Cradle

Irish pub entertainer Patsy Whelan will bring his fiddle-playing talents to the Cat in the Cradle Coffeehouse at the Byfield Community Arts Center Saturday night. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15.

“Undoubtedly one of the finest fiddle players in the region, Patsy’s laughing, sentimental, sometimes bawdy music will keep you on your feet dancing,” organizers wrote in a press release.

The Cat Cafe will be serving Guinness and several other beverages, as well as snacks. The arts center is located at 7 Central St., Byfield.

Joppa Flatts party

Local band Joppa Flatts is returning to The Grog for another St. Patrick’s Day party — or “paaahty” as they like to call it. The fun begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Newburyport pub.

Lead guitarist Chris Santarelli promised a festive night with some new tunes mixed in with their usual lineup of songs.

“We usually play some U2 and dress in festive green,” he said.

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