Watch out preppies, New York Celtic Music Meetup is invading the Upper East Side!
Yes, it's the weekend before Thanksgiving, the last weekend before holiday madness and crowds take over New York. And for the fourth year in a row, we'll be celebrating with a pub crawl (our 5th altogether). This year, we'll be exploring a corner of the city we rarely venture into: the Upper East Side as this year's big day coincides with Bagad New York's 3rd anniversary fest noz at Hungarian House, which will be the live music that will cap off this year's pub crawl.
So here's this year's tentative route:
2:30: Dylan Murphy's,[masked]rd Ave.
3:30: The Gael Pub,[masked]rd Ave.
4:45: Trinity Pub, 299 E. 84th St.
6:00: Ryan's Daughter, 350 E. 85th St.
7:30: Caledonia Scottish Pub,[masked]nd Ave.
9:00: Hungarian House, 213 E. 82nd St., for Bagad NY 3rd Anniversary Fest Noz
To view a walking map of this year's Crawl, click HERE.
Now about the music. Bagad New York was formed in the fall of 2009 by Breton bagad player (or bagpiper) Yoann LeGoff to promote Breton music and tradition across the US. It now has as many as 15 members or trainees, most of them American-born. A number of visiting musicians from across the Celtic traditions will help the group celebrate its anniversary on this night including:
- Int e' Ya (Montreal)
- Siffleurs de Nuit (Sherbrooke, Quebec)
- Sylvain Payot (Breton fiddler from Saratoga Springs, NY)
- Alex Bartholomew and Mike MacNintch (bagad and Scottish bagpipes players)
- Uilleann piper Stephen Gara
- Scottish-American fiddler Calum Pasqua
- Special guest performance by the New York Celtic Dancers.
To read more about these performers, click HERE. The fest noz will begin around 6 p.m. with Breton dance lessons. The live music and dancing should start around 7. By 9, when we are due to arrive, the party should be in full swing. There will be a cash bar at Hungarian House (beer, wine, cider, soft drinks) and crepes and other Breton foods available for purchase. Raffle tickets will be sold to win gift cards to local Breton and French eateries. We will have a special admission rate of $15 at the door, which includes a drink or food ticket. Regular price is $20 in advance and $25 at the door with nothing included, so this is a pretty good deal.
This will no doubt be a great day and night of Celtic conviviality, music, dance and culture from start to finish and the pub crawl comes but once a year, so be sure to come out and join us for this year's big day. You can as always join us for any portion of the day/night you wish.
See you there!