October 14, 2006
Irish Energy in New York
You forget just how many Irish live in New York until you end up watching a band you have never heard of but everyone around you knows their pulse. Irish-born Saw Doctors played at the Nokia Theater in Times Square and the place was jammed as thousands made their way through the venue doors, each of us opening our bags for the security guards to check, scan and approve or not.
They all seemed to know the drill, every word to every song and even matched the lead singer's gestures as he swayed to more melodramatic tunes, that blended a dash of Housemartins with Irish folky rock.
Then there's the infamous Connollys a couple of blocks away, where Black 47 plays weekly. They have appeared on Jay Leno and write touching but powerful songs, including references to growing up in the Bronx, home to some of the band members.
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I wish I'd had know they were in NYC, I've often seen them in their native Galway.
Posted by: paul | Oct 17, 2006 1:48:30 PM