Barleyjuice on tap at the Carroll Arts Center
If you’re looking to enjoy a touching, poignant rendition of “Danny Boy”…..this ain’t it! The “juice” will be flowing as the high energy Celtic-Rock band Barleyjuice returns to the stage of the Carroll Arts Center for two live concerts on Friday March 8 and Saturday March 9 at 8 pm.
“It’s not our practice to have the same acts on our stage year after year, but this group has such a loyal following of ‘juicers,’ we can’t help but invite them back,” says Executive Director Sandy Oxx. “They put on a fantastic show and the crowd rocks right along with them.”
Barleyjuice are a beloved bunch of hooligans who were born out of Rock and Roll, reared on British Invasion, Country Western and Progressive Rock, and landed somewhere in the North Channel with a penchant for all things Celtic. Kyf Brewer, Keith “Swanny” Swanson, Shelley Weiss, Eric Worthington, and Gregor Schroeder will thoroughly entertain their audiences in what they describe as “their playground of musical misbehavior” filled with the sounds of bagpipes, fiddle, accordion, mandolin, bouzouki, whistle, piano, harmonica, bass and drums.
Barleyjuice’s first recording was steeped in traditional bagpipe and Celtic singing songs. By their second album, “Another Round,” Swanson and Brewer had written more than half of the material. Encouraged with numerous comparisons to Shane MacGowan & the Pogues, Tom Waits, Ronnie Drew, the Rolling Stones, even Monty Python, they carried on with their own original tunes as well as traditional favorites. Their tongue-in-cheek element delights audiences thoroughly, in addition to, as Brewer notes, making it difficult for them to sing properly. In 2006, Barleyjuice released a third album, “Six Yanks,” and stretched their avid fan base across America and into Europe. Celticradio.net listeners voted “What’s Up Yours?” Song of the Year for 2005. In 2006, “Six Yanks” made #14 on Paddy Rock Radio’s Top Twenty short list (paddyrock.com), and “Whiskey To The Sea” was listener-voted ShowStopper Track on CelticFolkPod.com’s last show of the year.
The performance is sponsored by Westminster dentist, Dr. Patrick Gallagher and Best Western Hotel. Wine, beer and snacks will be available for sale at both concerts.