Saturday, September 14, 2019

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day

Kennedy School - Kennedy School Hotel

All Day

Free admission

All ages welcome

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About Halfway to St. Patrick's Day

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day

We try not to do anything halfway around these parts - except for this annual party, that is! It's a full-on celebration marking the halfway point to our favorite holiday. We'll have music, food and drink specials and more. Get the cool event stamp for your Passport.

Food Specials

Irish Fries Are Smiling
fresh-cut fries topped with cheese & ale sauce, crisp bacon, sour cream & green onion • $10.50

Irish Reuben
hot corned beef, Swiss cheese, buttermilk coleslaw & mustard sauce on grilled rye bread with your choice of fresh-cut fries or tots • $14.50

Workingman's Corned Beef & Cabbage (available at select locations)
with Hammerhead Ale, red potatoes & carrots 15.75

Drink Specials

Iced Irish Coffee
Jameson Irish whiskey, our cold brew coffee & whipped cream • $8

Irish Mule
Tullamore D.E.W., fresh-squeezed lime & ginger beer • $8

McMenamins Irish Stout
a coffee-like roasted barley bitterness, semi-sweet chocolate & a moderate hop bitterness • $5

Live Music:

Castletown • Noon - 3 pm

Irish Dancers • 3 pm

The New Shilling Band • 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Hills and Hallows • 6 - 9 pm

About Hills & Hollows

Hills & Hollows

Hills & Hollows is a Portland, Oregon based duo weaving Celtic Roots music and song with a mystical heart. Ryan Powell and Jake Greico share a love for the songs and tunes of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and beyond. They share a unique weaving of songs ancient and new with jigs, reels, and melodies of Ireland played on Flute, Irish Bouzouki, Bodhran, Whistle, Guitar, Stomp Box and a wee bit of Didjeridu.

Joining together in song and music is an ancient way of harmonizing our hearts with the present moment and to form a true community of deep listening and collective heart song.

About us:

Ryan Powell was indoctrinated at birth into a lifetime love of Irish music by his father John who sang him the old ballads in his deep voice whenever he had the chance and a captive audience. Ryan took up guitar and whistle at a young age and began to play ballads after his first visit to Ireland as a young teenager in 1986. During the early 1990's, Ryan lived in Ireland for 6 months and busked the streets of Galway and Dublin while studying James Joyce with Senator David Norris and absorbing the rich culture and music of the east and west of the country.

In the mid 1990's, Ryan was one of the founders of Celtic Rock band Blind Rafferty which played all around the Pacific Northwest for 6 years and recorded two albums.

Today, Ryan weaves together his study of Daoist philosophy, martial arts and energy cultivation with his love of Irish music and lore. He guides the One Root Sacred Ireland journey to the SW of Ireland every few years and orchestrates a deep tour of the land which includes local storytellers and guides and daily health building Qigong practice.

Jake Greico has been performing traditional music for dances, pub audiences and events since 2005. Hailing from Vermont and exposed from an early age to the lively folk music scene there, he's been honing his craft on Irish flute, DADGAD guitar, and folk singing since his late teens. Now a Portland resident of eight years, Jake collaborates regularly in sessions and performances with many of the most highly regarded Irish musicians in the area. He currently performs most frequently with "Outbound Traveler (, a trio whose music spans traditional and contemporary folk traditions from the Appalachia's to the British Isles; and "Hills and Hollows", a duo whose focus is to bring together Celtic song and tunes in a mystical and heartfelt way. Jake has established his footing on a lifelong path of music and performance, and these two projects represent the leading edge of his his ever-deepening journey with traditional music. Both groups are receiving high praise for the richness, beauty and diversity of their respective sounds.



About The New Shilling Band


The New Shilling Band

Peter Yeates (guitar, lead and backing vocals) is a veteran singer/songwriter/guitarist from Dublin, Ireland. He has taken his early rock roots and combined them with his Celtic influences to create a hard-driving yet soulful sound. Peter has toured much of the world as a solo act and also with various Irish musicians, including James Kelly (Planxty, Patrick Street), Noel Hill (Planxty), Tommy Hayes (Stockton's Wing) and accordion player Paddy O'Brian. 

Ken Larson (bodhrán, lead and backing vocals) originally from Minneapolis, MN, has developed an inventive and unique style in his three decades of playing bodhrán. He pulls an amazing range of sounds from the simple Irish drum. He has toured the US with Peter Yeates, in the two decades of collaboration, and has also performed and recorded with some of the premier Celtic groups in the Portland area. 

About Castletown

Celtic Folk Rock


Portland, OR based "Castletown" has a sound best described as "Energetic Celtic Folk Rock," blending the heart and soul of traditional Irish reels with modern folk, blues, jazz and country influences with Robert Richter on guitar and vocals, Katie Lubiens on fiddle, Casey McBride on drums and percussion and Willi Jaam on bass. Their new CD "In Reel Time" was released in early 2016.

The group has been lighting up stages around the Pacific Northwest and beyond with performances at the Northwest Folklife in Seattle, Yachats Celtic Music Festival, LaGrande Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Salem Art Fair, Vancouver Recycled Arts Festival, Astoria Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival, Portland and Eugene Saturday Markets, and Galway Bay Irish Pub in Ocean Shores, WA. They have also toured California and Arizona.

Native Portlander Richter began teaching himself guitar at the age of 12 when he purchased a Sears "Silvertone" guitar from a neighbor for $5 and the promise to mow his lawn for a month. Over the years Richter has become known as a versatile singer/songwriter and guitarist writing the original Celtic influenced songs appearing on Castletown's CD.

Katie Lubiens originally from the San Francisco Bay Area is a talented fiddler and graduated from the University of Nevada Reno after attending on a music scholarship. She is a creative player noted for her passionate and energetic style.

Casey McBride also from Portland is well known as a versatile drummer and percussionist performing in multiple projects.

Willi Jaam as well from Portland is a skilled bass player with the ability play many different genres.