Local musicians celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
Tim Mowry of Harrisville, left, plays the guitar with his Grumbling Rustics bandmate Steve Jones of Peterborough, who is playing the banjo. The duo is scheduled to perform at DelRossi's Trattoria in Dublin on Friday in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Accordion player Leslie Vogel of Greenfield will join friends and family at a special St. Patrick's Day performance at DelRossi's Trattoria in Dublin on Sunday evening.
As a college student at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Michael Dell’Orto of Wilton got his first taste of Irish music and discovered a passion he is still exploring years later.
“It just reached right down inside of me and grabbed something,” Dell’Orto said Friday of a performance at his university by The Chieftains, a Grammy award-winning Irish musical group. “It was the most amazing experience. I became enamored by Celtic music.”
Dell’Orto has played the guitar since he was 12-years-old, but said his introduction to the music of Ireland a few years later greatly influenced his playing style and challenged him to reach outside his comfort zone.
Dell’Orto is now among a devoted group of Monadnock region musicians who get together every Wednesday at DelRossi’s Trattoria in Dublin for a weekly “Celtic Jam.” This weekend, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the restaurant will be extending its Irish musical offerings on Friday and Sunday with special guests, who include Dell’Orto, Leslie Vogel of Greenfield and her daughter, Rebecca Simmons, as well as the band The Grumbling Rustics.
“The jam session has its own fan base, people who literally come out every Wednesday,” Dell’Orto said. “When we play, we go around in a circle and everyone gets to pick a song, so its hard to anticipate ahead of time what is going to be played at any one given session.”
On Friday at 8 p.m., Tim Mowry of Harrisville, who plays the mandolin and guitar, and Steve Jones of Peterborough, who plays the guitar and banjo, will perform. The duo, known as The Grumbling Rustics, will play a mix of old-time American and Irish music, Jones said.
The Grumbling Rustics formed about 15 years ago, after meeting at DelRossi’s and performing together for the first time. The band hasn’t been back to DelRossi’s for two years and Jones said he’s excited to return to the comfortable and intimate entertainment spot.
St. Patrick’s Day at DelRossi’s will be an all-day music celebration, which will begin with an open “Celtic Jam” at 1 p.m. All acoustic musicians are welcome to join in until 4 p.m. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Dell’Orto, Vogel and possibly the owners of DelRossi’s, David and Elaina DelRossi, will join together to keep the music going throughout the dinner hours.
Vogel, a piano, fiddle and accordion player, said she has studied a lot of classical music, but also loves Irish melodies and the dance-like sound of the fiddle. Bringing live music out into the community is important, Vogel said, adding that she can’t wait to share this St. Patrick’s Day with her friends and fellow musicians.
The events at DelRossi’s are free and open to the public, but donations are requested.
Also on Sunday, the Dublin Community Church is hosting a corned beef and cabbage supper from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with live entertainment.
Bruce Simpson of Dublin will play the guitar and sing a few of his favorite Irish tunes, including “Molly Malone” and “Whiskey in the Jar.” He will also perform instrumental pieces on the mandolin. An assortment of fiddle tunes may also be a part of the evening’s festivities. The cost for the dinner is $10; kids pay half price.
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