Irish Breakfast Band

Previous Years' Schedule of Events

Previous Years' Performances and Events

Date Description Time
Saturday, June 4, 2005 The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park.
(Free, although the Folklore Society requests a donation)
We performed from 3:45 to 4:45 PM.
Saturday, June 11, 2005 Irish Breakfast Band CD Release Party
"On High Cross Farm"
Del Ray United Methodist Church
100 East Windsor Ave.
Alexandria, VA
(Free)
7:00 to 9:30 PM
Tuesday, August 2, 2005 Family Night Out, Warwick Pool, 3301 Landover St. (near corner of Burgess), Alexandria (near the Del Ray area)
(Free)
7:30 to 8:30 PM
Thursday, August 4, 2005 On the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for First Thursday on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray (theme for this Thursday is "Lights, Camera, Fashion: Beauty and Fashion on the Avenue," as well as the start of the Street Wide Sidewalk Sale. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 PM, but we may not play the full amount of time.
Friday, August 5, 2005 Royal Lake Park
5344 Gainsborough Drive
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
For more information see the Fairfax County 2005 Summer Entertainment Series.
(Free)
7:30 to 8:30 PM
Sunday, August 7, 2005 Spaghetti Dinner and Talent Show, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church (Chuck and Carol's church), 2700 South 19th St., Arlington, VA 22204 (near Glebe and I-395).
The pastor, Fr. Tuz, likes our CD, and asked if some of us could come play.
The spaghetti dinner is 5 - 7 pm, followed by the talent show.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 Levine School of Music, summer String Camp, at the Levine School of Music, NW DC Campus, Sallie Mae Hall, 2801 Upton St., NW, Washington, DC 20008 3:10 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, August 21, 2005 DC United soccer supporters picnic, Ft. Hunt Park. Picnic from Noon - 5 PM
Saturday, September 24, 2005 Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Ceili with Hugh Conway (Instructor/Caller) and the Boyle School of Irish Dance
Knights of Columbus
9290 Stonewall Road
Manassas, VA
$10.00 Advance, $15.00 At Door, $5.00 Children
7 to 11 PM
Saturday, October 1, 2005 Art on the Avenue in Del Ray.
(Free)
Art on the Avenue runs from 10 AM to 6 PM. We are scheduled from noon to 1 PM.
Sunday, October 16, 2005 Traditional Irish Music Festival
Van Dyck Park
3730 Old Lee Highway
Fairfax, Virginia
(between St. Leo's Church and the John Wood Center).
Sponsored by the O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Free, although donations are welcome and appreciated.
The festival was from 12 noon to 6 PM. We played at 4:20 on the Clare Stage
Saturday, October 22, 2005 Grand Opening Gala at the Duncan Branch, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues
(free)
The Duncan Branch Grand Opening Gala was from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 A small group (3 of us) played for a fundraiser for the Washington Theological Union at the City Club of Washington at their Franklin Square location.
(Chuck was contacted by a charity fundraiser he knows from the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing.)
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 5, 2005 Boyle School of Irish Dance annual Jig-a-thon to raise money for school costumes.
Stonewall Middle School (10100 Lomond Drive Manassas, VA 20109.)
2:00 to 3:00 PM.
Two Sundays, November 27 and December 4, 2005 Somewhat as an experiment, we will be playing two informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 5:00 to about 7:00 PM or so.
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues (2501 Commonwealth Avenue).
Free. Contributions to the luncheon table are welcome, as are new, unwrapped toys for distribution by Community Partners for Children.
The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is from noon to 2:00 P.M. We will play first. The Mount Vernon School Choir will be performing at about 1:15 P.M.
Saturday, December 31, 2005 First Night Alexandria
Our location will be at the Alexandria Union Station at 110 Callahan Drive.
(Admission)
We are playing at 7:00, 8:30 and 10:00 PM, alternating with the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet Plus at 7:45, 9:15 and 10:45 PM
Sunday, January 22, 2006 Informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the fourth Sunday of the month (at least through March). Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Saturday, February 4, 2006 The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Mini 2006 Midwinter Festival: A Day of Music and Dance, at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, Maryland.
(Admission charged)
The Irish Breakfast Band will lead an "Irish Jam" from 5:00 to 6:00 PM. The Mini-Fest will be from noon until 6:00 pm, with eight performing areas in the school, including music, storytelling, and dance. The Mini-Fest also includes an additional evening concert, from 7:30 to 10:30 pm.
Sunday, February 26, 2006 Informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the fourth Sunday of the month (at least through March). Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Saturday, March 18, 2006 Concert IN the Green at The Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336, Telephone: (757) 336-0614.
$5 adults/ $2 youth age 2-16.
7 PM.
Sunday, March 26, 2006 Informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the fourth Sunday of the month (at least through March). Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Saturday, April 15, 2006 We will play for the opening day of the Del Ray Farmer's Market. The Farmer's Market is from 8 AM to Noon, but we started about 8:15 and played for about 2-1/2 hours...
Sunday, April 30, 2006 We are continuing the informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the LAST Sunday of the month (this was the first month when there was a difference between the fourth Sunday and the last Sunday). Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Check for updates, an stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Thursday, May 4, 2006 First Thursday in Del Ray is starting up again for the season! We play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for First Thursday on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 PM, but we may not play the full amount of time.
Saturday, May 6, 2006 We played for Eaglemania at Braddock Elementary School (Becky's kids' school), 2825 Heritage Drive, Annandale, Virginia 22003. We played at around 12:30 PM
Sunday, May 28, 2006 We are continuing the informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Check for updates, an stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Thursday, June 1, 2006 (tentative performance) First Thursday in Del Ray is starting up again for the season! We usually play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for First Thursday on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 PM, but we may not play the full amount of time.
Saturday, June 3, 2006 The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park.
(Free, although the Folklore Society requests a donation)
We played at noon.
Sunday, June 25, 2006. Informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Check for updates, an stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Thursday, July 6, 2006 (tentative performance) First Thursday in Del Ray! Instead of playing on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for First Thursday on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray, we will be playing where the Farmer's Market usually is. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 PM, but we usually start around 7:00 and finish at about 8:30 or 8:45.
Friday, July 7, 2006 Change in venue! We are a late substitution for the Spotlight by Starlight Concert Series at Mason District Park and NOT at Lake Accotink as previously posted. Mason District Park (Fairfax County) is at 6621 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA. 7:30 to 8:30 PM
Sunday, July 30, 2006 Enough of us will be in town to continue over the Summer the informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Check for updates, an stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Tuesday, August 1, 2006 Family Night Out! Join your Del Ray and Warwick Village neighbors for food, entertainment, and swimming at Landover Park and Pool in Warwick Village, 3301 Landover St. (near corner of Burgess), Alexandria.

Your neighborhood associations have been working hard to bring you a great event. We will have hamburgers, hot dogs and gardenburgers for all. There will be music from the Irish Breakfast Band, a Tai Kwon Do demonstration, a balloon artist, visits from our fire and police departments, and the pool will stay open late for all who want to swim.

If you don't want to walk, don't despair - you can take Dash About to National Night Out. There will be special Dash About bus service running up and down Mt. Vernon Ave to and from Landover Park for the duration of the event. If you'd rather drive, the manager of the Foodway has generously agreed to allow National Night Out attendees to park in the Foodway parking lot.
(Free)

The Family Night Out is from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. We should be playing around 7 or so.
Thursday, August 3, 2006 First Thursday in Del Ray! We usually play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for First Thursday on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 PM, but we usually start around 7:00 and finish at about 8:30 or 8:45.
Sunday, August 27, 2006. We are playing for a picnic for members of Friends of Art on the Avenue. Because of this special event, we will NOT have our last Sunday informal performance/ open band/ session at Molly Malones in Arlington. The picnic is from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, but we are not sure yet exactly when we will be playing.
Thursday, September 7, 2006 The Last First Thursday in Del Ray! We usually play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for First Thursday on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 PM, but we usually start around 7:00 and finish at about 8:30 or 8:45.
Sunday, September 24, 2006 We are continuing the informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at Molly Malones in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Check for updates, an stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Saturday, October 7, 2006 Art on the Avenue in Del Ray.
(Free)
Art on the Avenue runs from 10 AM to 6 PM. We are scheduled from noon to 1 PM.
Sunday, October 8, 2006 A few of us played at the Alexandria Scottish Heritage Fair at Fort Ward Park in Alexandria. Around 4 PM.
Sunday, October 22, 2006 Traditional Irish Music Festival, Van Dyck Park, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia (between St. Leo's Church and the John Wood Center). Sponsored by the O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) and the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
Free, although donations are welcome and appreciated.
The festival is from 12 noon to 6 PM. We will be on the Galway Stage from 3 to 3:45 PM.
Sunday, October 29, 2006 We will continue the informal performances/ open bands/ sessions at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant (formerly known as Molly Malones) in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Check for updates, an stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Sunday, November 26, 2006 We will hold an informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant (formerly known as Molly Malones) in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 PM.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Annual book fair and sale, etc., at Claremont Immersion Elementary School, 4700 South Chesterfield Road, Arlington, Virginia The event is from 6 to 8 pm; we will start to play at about 7 pm.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues (2501 Commonwealth Avenue).
Free. Contributions to the luncheon table are welcome, as are new, unwrapped toys for distribution by Community Partners for Children.
The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is from noon to 2:00 pm, and we will be playing at the start of the event.
Sunday, December 31, 2006 First Night Alexandria
Our location will be at the Atrium Building, 277 South Washington Street Alexandria, Virginia.
(Admission)
We are doing 1/2 hour shows on the hour at 7, 8, 9, and 10 pm, alternating with the 2nd Story Band (at 7:30, 8:30, and 9:30).
Sunday, January 28, 2007 We will hold an informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant (formerly known as Molly Malones) in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 pm.
Saturday, February 3, 2007 The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Mini 2007 MidWinter Festival at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, Maryland.
(Admission charged)
The Irish Breakfast Band will lead an "Irish Jam" from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. The Mini-Fest will be from noon until 10 pm.
Sunday, February 25, 2007 We had to cancel our informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant (formerly known as Molly Malones) due to the predicted snow and ice storm. From about 6:00 to about 8:00 pm.
Saturday, March 10, 2007 We will be playing for an open house at the Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library at 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, Virginia. We will start playing around 12:30 pm.
Saturday, March 17, 2007 We will be doing another St. Patrick's Day concert, "An Irish Celebration - A Celtic Concert in the Green," at The Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, Virginia 23336, Telephone: (757) 336-0614.
$7 adults/ $3 youth age 2-16.
7 pm.
Friday, March 23, 2007 We will be doing a concert at the Fairfax Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA. 8 pm to 9:30 pm, with one intermission.
Saturday, March 24, 2007 This is not an Irish Breakfast Band performance, but band members Karen and Gordon are hosting a house concert for the Syncopaths, a Celtic Band that is also playing at the FSGW dance on Sunday, March 25th.
Suggested Donation of $15.00 to the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Click here for more information.
8:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Sunday, March 25, 2007 We will hold an informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant (formerly known as Molly Malones) in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 pm.
Saturday, April 14, 2007 We will play for the opening day of the Del Ray Farmer's Market (south east corner of East Oxford & Mt. Vernon Avenues. The Farmer's Market is from 8 am to Noon, but we will start a little later and play for about 2 hours, somewhat dependent upon how cold it is, etc.
Sunday, April 15, 2007 Learn Irish ceili dancing with Dance Master Hugh Conway
The Old Presbyterian Meeting House Fellowship Hall, 316/318 S. Royal St., Alexandria
Suggested donation: $5 per person
3 to 5 pm
Saturday, April 21, 2007 We well be playing at the Carlyle House in Old Town (121 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria) for the Friends of Carlyle House Annual Herb Sale, then later at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. All of this has to do with the 74th Annual Historic Garden Tour. From about 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Carlyle House, then we will move to the Presbyterian Meeting House.
Sunday, April 29, 2007 We will hold an informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant (formerly known as Molly Malones) in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 pm.
Sunday, May 13, 2007 Learn Irish ceili dancing with Dance Master Hugh Conway. Band member Lisa Anderson is organizing these dances at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House Fellowship Hall, 316/318 S. Royal St., Alexandria, and has asked members of the Band to play. Suggested donation: $5 per person. 3 to 5:30 pm
Sunday, May 27, 2007 We will hold an informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant (formerly known as Molly Malones) in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 pm.
Thursday, May 31, 2007 This is not a band performance, but Band members/children Maggie, Catherine, Emma, Jannie, and Molly will be dancing in the Boyle School of Irish Dance Spring Recital at Bryant High School, 2709 Popkins Lane, in Alexandria (south of the Beltway). Tickets are $7 per adult, with no charge for children under 12 years. 6:00 to 8:00 pm, doors open at 5:45 pm.
Saturday, June 2, 2007 The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park.
(Free, although the Folklore Society requests a donation)
2:30 to 3:30 pm at the Yurt Village stage (same stage as last year).
Thursday, June 7, 2007 The second First Thursday in Del Ray for the year! Instead of playing on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon, we will be playing where the Farmer's Market usually is. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; we are not sure yet exactly when we will be playing.
Sunday, June 10, 2007 Learn Irish ceili dancing with Dance Master Hugh Conway, at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House Fellowship Hall, 316/318 S. Royal St., Alexandria. Band member Lisa Anderson is organizing these dances and has asked members of the Band to play. Suggested donation: $5 per person. She plans to resume in the Fall, on the second Sunday of the month. 3 to 5:30 pm
Sunday, July 29, 2007 We held an informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant (formerly known as Molly Malones) in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the last Sunday of the month. Co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Check back with us later, and stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 pm.
Thursday, August 2, 2007 First Thursday in Del Ray! We usually play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for First Thursday on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm. Only three of us showed this last time, and we started quite late...
Tuesday, August 7, 2007 National Night Out Pool Party & Picnic. Join your Del Ray and Warwick Village neighbors for food, entertainment, and swimming at the park and pool near the Colasanto Center and the Mount Vernon Rec. Center in Alexandria.
(Free)
The Night Out is from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. We should be playing around 7 or so.
Sunday, August 26, 2007 We are playing for a picnic for members of Friends of Art on the Avenue. Because of this special event, we will NOT have our last Sunday informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington. Last year the picnic was from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, but we are not sure yet exactly when we will be playing.
Thursday, September 6, 2007 First Thursday in Del Ray! We usually play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for First Thursday on Mt. Vernon Ave. in Del Ray. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm, but we usually start around 7:00 and finish at about 8:30 or 8:45.
Sunday, September 16, 2007 Learn Irish ceili dancing with Dance Master Hugh Conway, at the Old Presbyterian Meeting House Fellowship Hall, 316/318 S. Royal St., Alexandria. Band member Lisa Anderson is organizing these dances and has asked members of the Band to play. Suggested donation: $5 per person. She plans to resume in the Fall on the third Sunday of the month. 3 to 5:30 pm
Saturday, September 22, 2007 Traditional Irish Music Festival, Van Dyck Park, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia (between St. Leo's Church and the John Wood Center). Sponsored by the O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE).
Free, although donations to CCE are welcome and appreciated.
The festival is from noon to 6 pm. CORRECTION! We are on the Pavilion Stage from 2:20 to 3 pm with dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance.
Sunday, September 23, 2007 We will hold an informal performance/ open band/ session at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA, on the fourth of the month. Former co-owner Noel Sweeney is married to Alannah Boyle Sweeney of the Boyle School of Irish Dance, where a number of our band kids take lessons. Stop by to listen or join in... From about 6:00 to about 8:00 pm.
Sunday, September 30, 2007 We will be joined by dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance for the final concert in the Eastern Market Music series, sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Foundation. The Foundation established the Eastern Market Fund with the goal of seeing the Eastern Market building fully restored and functioning again as the center of Capitol Hill community life.

They have had a great lineup of blues, jazz, bluegrass, contemporary acoustic, Irish, a capella R and B, and Klezmer music on Sundays, beginning July 22. Come out to the Eastern Market, spend the day catching some great music, getting some wonderful food from the vendors and cafes, and browsing the flea market.

The music site is located at the corner of 7th St. and North Carolina Ave., S.E., outside of Port City Java. It is one block north of the Eastern Market Metro station.

We will be playing from 1:00 to 3:30 pm. We plan to do a one-hour set from 1:00 to 2:00 pm, let the Boyle school do some dances from 2:00 to 2:30 pm, then do another set from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.
Saturday, October 6, 2007 Art on the Avenue in Del Ray! The 12th Annual Multi-Cultural Arts, Crafts & Music Festival is on Mount Vernon Avenue between Bellefonte and Hume Avenues.
(Free)
Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm, and we are playing from 4 to 5 pm on the Twin Stage at the Corner of Mt. Vernon and Oxford Avenues. In addition, some of our younger members will be dancing with the Boyle School of Irish Dance on the Children's Stage from 3:30 to 4 pm.
Sunday, October 21, 2007 Learn Irish ceili dancing with Dance Master Hugh Conway. We have been holding these on the third Sunday. Band member Lisa Anderson is organizing these dances and has asked members of the Band to play. Lisa has decided to move these to O'Sullivan's Irish Pub and Restaurant in Arlington, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, VA. We will make this our session as well, instead of the informal performance/session on the last Sunday of the month. At the previous location she was asking for a donation, but I do not know what the arrangement is for O'Sullivans... 6 to 8 pm
Thursday, November 29, 2007 Annual book fair and sale, etc., at Claremont Immersion Elementary School, 4700 South Chesterfield Road, Arlington, Virginia The event is from 6 to 8 pm; we will probably start to play at about 7 pm.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues (2501 Commonwealth Avenue).
Free. Contributions to the luncheon table are welcome, as are new, unwrapped toys for distribution by Community Partners for Children. The library is also doing a food drive, i.e., canned and other nonperishable foods for ALIVE food bank.
The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is from noon to about 2:00 pm, and we will play at the start of the event. Our girls have been teaching some of the librarians some Irish dance steps, so it should be quite a show!
Monday, December 31, 2007 First Night Alexandria
Our location will be the Masonic Temple's East Dining Room, 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria, Virginia.
(Admission)
Our 1/2-hour shows are at 7, 8:30, and 10 pm. As we did last year, we are alternating with the 2nd Story Band.
Saturday, February 2, 2008 The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Mini 2008 MidWinter Festival at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, Maryland.
(Admission charged)
Irish Seisiún (Jam) with the Irish Breakfast Band from 3:30 to 5 pm. The Mini-Fest will be from noon until 10:30 pm.
Saturday, February 23, 2008 We will be performing for the residents at the Heatherwood Retirement Community, 9642 Burke Lake Road, Burke, VA 22015. We were asked by residents Mae and Charlie McKeon, who are friends (and the former dentist) of the Doherty and Moran families. 1:00-2:00 pm.
Saturday, March 15, 2008 Join the Irish Breakfast Band and the Boyle School of Irish Dance for a free concert at the Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 E. Windsor Ave., Alexandria (the entrance to the basement hall is on west end of the church off of Clyde Ave.). Help us celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish music and dance. If you would like, bring a dessert to share!
Here is a preliminary copy of our set list.
7 to 9 pm.
Sunday, April 6, 2008 We will be playing for a ceili with Hugh Conway in the Parish Hall (not the main building) of St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church, located at the junction of Fairfax Station Rd. and Ox Rd (Rt.123). Do not go to the main church building on Sideburn Road. In the afternoon, 3:30 to around 6:00 or 6:30 pm
Saturday, April 12, 2008 We will be playing for the opening day of the Del Ray Farmer's Market (south east corner of East Oxford & Mt. Vernon Avenues. The Farmer's Market is from 8 am to Noon. We will start around 8 am when the market opens. How long we play will depend upon the weather, mostly how cold it is, etc.
Saturday, April 19, 2008 We will be playing at the Carlyle House in Old Town (121 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria) for the Friends of Carlyle House Annual Herb Sale. The Garden Day Herb Sale is from 9 am to 4 pm. We will play from about 11 am to about 1 pm, like we did last year.
Thursday, May 1, 2008 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, May 10, 2008 (Mother's Day weekend) We are having a concert at the MAR-VA Theater Performing Arts Center, 103 Market St., Pokomoke City, Maryland. This will be a fundraiser for the MAR-VA Theater Performing Arts Center, so they will probably charge an admission. 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 17, 2008 We will be playing for a private party/graduation celebration, with the proceeds going to charity. Evening.
Saturday, May 31, 2008 The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park.
(Free, although the Folklore Society requests a donation)
Noon at the Yurt Village stage (same stage as last year).
Thursday, June 5, 2008 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, July 3, 2008 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, August 2, 2008 Not a band event, but Maggie, Jannie, and Catherine will be dancing at Alexandria's annual Irish Festival with the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The festival is at the Waterfront Park at 1A Prince St. in Alexandria, VA, and is a free event. The festival is from noon to 7 pm, the Boyle School of Irish Dance is performing at 2:45 pm.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of National Night Out with the Alexandria Police, Fire Department, and your neighbors. We will be playing inside the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, VA. This is a free event. We will be playing from about 7 to 8 pm.
Thursday, August 7, 2008 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, September 4, 2008 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, September 6, 2008 Come to a fabulous house concert with The Red Wellies! The Red Wellies is a trio of fine Irish Traditional musicians operating out of Asheville, North Carolina. Fiddler Claudine Odell (her friends and family call her "Beanie") is a highly respected Irish fiddle teacher who has studied with some of the greats, including Tommy Peoples and Martin Hayes. Her nephew, Duncan Wickel, on fiddle and Uilleann pipes, has toured with John Doyle and is a member of the Cathie Ryan Band. Beanie and Duncan have been playing together for more than a decade, and the resulting "twin fiddle" near-unison sound is goose-bump inducing. They are joined by Vincent Fogarty, whose tasteful bouzouki accompaniment combines a love for traditional Irish music with a rock-solid sense of rhythm and style. The house concert is at Karen and Gordon's house (call 703 548-5784 for more info) as part of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's house concert series.
Suggested Donation of $15.00 to the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, with all proceeds going to the performers.
8:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
Sunday, September 7, 2008 We are playing for the annual BBQ/picnic for members of Friends of Art on the Avenue at Eclectic Nature. The picnic is from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, but we are not sure yet exactly when we will be playing.
Saturday, September 27, 2008 Because of the weather (and the difficulty setting up stages on soggy ground) the Traditional Irish Music Festival has moved to the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub and Restaurant, 3971 Chainbridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, (703) 293-9600. The Festival is sponsored by the O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE).
Free, although donations to CCE are welcome and appreciated.
The festival is from noon to 6 pm. The schedule has changed and now we are scheduled for 2 to 2:30. Because of the limited space we may have a few dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance (including our own girls, who will play if they don't have room to dance) but it will not be a full dance show.
Saturday, October 4, 2008 For Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, we will be joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. We are performing on the Twin Stages. Art on the Avenue is a free event. We are on from 4:00 to 5:00 pm; Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues (2501 Commonwealth Avenue). This is a free event, although people are usually asked to bring food to share and a donation of food or toys for one of the local charities. The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is usually from noon to about 2:00 pm.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 First Night Alexandria! We will be performing at the Christ Church Auditorium this year (Christ Church is at 118 North Washington Street in Alexandria, Virginia). Admission charged. We are on at 7-7:30, 8:30-9, and 10-10:30 pm, alternating with the Alexandria Kleztet (at 7:45-8:15, 9:15-9:45, and 10:45-11:15).
Saturday, February 7, 2009 The Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Mid-Winter Festival at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park, Maryland.
(Admission charged)
Our performance is from 1 to 2 pm in the Cafetorium (this is a change/update to what was published in the FSGW newsletter). The Mini-Fest runs from noon until 10:30 pm.
Saturday, February 21, 2009 We will be playing at the Westminster Coffee Cafe in the Fellowship Hall of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Rd. (at Monticello) in Alexandria, Virginia. The Coffee Cafe starts at 7:30 pm; we will play from 9 to at least 9:30 pm (or later).
Saturday, March 7, 2009 Some of us (sometimes known as Gordon's Irish Trio) will be playing at the Mango Mike's Restaurant, 4580 Duke St. in Alexandria, Virginia. We generally don't make this a formal band event, as it is a rally for Council-member Del Pepper's campaign. The Boyle School of Irish Dance will also be performing. From about 3:30 to 5:00 pm or so.
Saturday, March 14, 2009 Concert and ceili at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 1800 Seton Dr., Crofton, Maryland, in support of the food drive. 6:00 to 6:30 concert and 7 to 7:30 ceili.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 St. Patrick's Day at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia! 7:30 to 9:30 pm.
Friday, March 27, 2009 We will be doing a concert at the Fairfax Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. This concert is part of the Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall, sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Admission is free. 8 pm to 9:30 pm with one intermission.
Saturday, April 11, 2009 We will NOT play for the Del Ray Farmer's Market (south east corner of East Oxford & Mt. Vernon Avenues). We've spoken to the organizers and mutually agreed that the risk of rain is too high (and our instruments don't do well in the rain). We will look for another weekend to play at the market. The Farmer's Market is from 8 am to Noon. The forecast of rain has prevented us from playing.
Saturday, April 18, 2009 We will be playing at the Carlyle House in Old Town (121 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria) for the Friends of Carlyle House Annual Herb Sale. The Garden Day Herb Sale is from 9 am to 4 pm; we are playing from 10 am to noon.
Friday, May 1, 2009 We will be performing at Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike (one block west of Glebe Road) in Arlington, Virginia. Starting at 7:30 pm.
Saturday, May 16, 2009 Once again we are having a concert at the MAR-VA Theater Performing Arts Center, 103 Market St., Pokomoke City, Maryland, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. This will be a fundraiser for the MAR-VA Theater Performing Arts Center, with all of the admission proceeds going to theater. Probably 7:00 pm again, same as last year.
Saturday, May 30, 2009 We will be at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance on the Potomac Palisades Stage.
(Free, although the Folklore Society requests a donation).
We are scheduled for Noon to 12:50 pm. The Festival runs from noon to 7:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Monday, June 8, 2009 Not an IBB concert, but Maggie will be performing at Minnie Howard as part of the Orchestra in their Spring Concert. 7:30 pm.
Thursday, June 11, 2009 Not an IBB concert, but Jannie will be performing at George Washington Middle School as part of the Orchestra in their Spring Concert, and Maggie (as an alumni) will be joining for part of the concert. 7:30 pm.
Saturday, June 13, 2009 Peter Hayes' House--School fundraiser (Mt. Vernon PTA). Afternoon.
Friday, June 26, 2009 Not an IBB performance, but a very special house concert by the Syncopaths, not to be missed! IBB members Maggie, Jannie, Karen, and Gordon are hosting this concert organized by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. A donation is requested, will all proceeds going to the performers. 8 pm.
Thursday, July 2, 2009 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, July 30, 2009 We will be playing at the amphitheater in Fort Ward Park (4301 W. Braddock Road) for the City of Alexandria's Twilight Concert series. 7 to 8 pm.
Thursday, August 6, 2009 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 We will be playing at the Amphitheater in Lee District Park for the Fairfax County Parks & Recreation's Lee District Nights Concert Series, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
Thursday, September 3, 2009 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Sunday, September 20, 2009 We are playing for the annual BBQ/picnic for members of Friends of Art on the Avenue at Eclectic Nature on Mt. Vernon Ave. just south of Monroe. The picnic is from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, but we are not sure yet exactly when we will be playing.
Saturday, September 26, 2009 This year the Traditional Irish Music Festival has moved to the Auld Shebeen Irish Pub and Restaurant (and surrounding Old Town Fairfax venues). We will be playing a 30 minute show in the "cellar" or Dance Hall of the Auld Shebeen with the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The Auld Shebeen is located at 3971 Chainbridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, (703) 293-9600. The Festival is sponsored by the O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE).
Free, although donations to CCE are welcome and appreciated.
The festival is from noon to 6 pm. We are tentatively scheduled for 1:45 to 2:15 pm.
Thursday, October 1, 2009 The last First Thursday in Del Ray of the year! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, October 3, 2009 We will perform at Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Art on the Avenue is a free event. We are on at 11 am, Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
Saturday, October 17, 2009 We will perform at the 7th Annual Rippon Lodge Harvest Festival at Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, VA, possibly joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance (although this conflicts with the Rhythm of Ireland Feis in Williamsburg, at which some of our musicians and dancers will be competing). The Lodge is charging $5 per person, children under 2 free. The Festival runs from 11 am to 4 pm. We are still working out when we will be playing.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues (2501 Commonwealth Avenue). This is a free event, although people are usually asked to bring food to share and a donation of a toy for one of the local charities. The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is usually from noon to about 2:00 pm.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 Not a band concert, but band member Maggie Johnston will be playing with the TC orchestra at T. C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia. 7:30 pm.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 Not a band concert, but band member Jannie Johnston will be playing with the GW orchestra at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue Alexandria, Virginia. 7:30 pm.
Thursday, December 31, 2009 For the first time in as long as anyone can remember, and (as we recall) only the second time since there has been a First Night Alexandria, we will NOT be performing. We understand that First Night Alexandria had some very difficult decisions to make this year, necessitated by a lower turnout last year resulting in lower ticket sales. We are told that First Night Alexandria has cut five venues and will be hiring at least ten fewer groups. N/A
Saturday, January 9, 2010 Not a IBB concert, but band member Jannie Johnston will be playing with the District X Honors Orchestra on Saturday afternoon. District X of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association includes the top middle and high school orchestra students from Alexandria, Falls Church, and the Annandale, Edison, Falls Church, Hayfield, Lee, Mount Vernon, Stuart, and West Potomac Fairfax County schools. The concert will be in the Auditorium of T. C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia. This promises to be a great concert! 3 pm.
Saturday, March 13, 2010 We will be performing at Greenspring Retirement Home, 7410 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, Virginia. Greenspring is located just off the Franconia-Springfield Parkway. We will be performing in the Village Square Lobby area. Parking is limited, as this event is focused on entertainment for Greenspring residents. 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 We will be playing again this year for St. Patrick's Day at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia! 8:00 to 10:00 pm.
Saturday, March 20, 2010 We will be doing a fundraiser for Haiti at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, Virginia. 7:00 pm.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 We will be playing at the Carlyle House in Old Town (121 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria) for the Friends of Carlyle House Annual Herb Sale, most likely joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The Garden Day Herb Sale is from 8 am to 4 pm; we are playing from 9:30 to 10:30 am (then heading over to our next event at the Beatley Library).
Also on Saturday, April 17, 2010 We will be playing at the Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, most likely joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. We are playing from about 11:30 am to 12:30 pm (right after our previous event at the Carlyle House).
Saturday, May 1, 2010 We played background music for a reception for the inauguration of the Michael Collins Gaelic Athletic League. The reception was at the Hotel Monaco on King St. The Mayor of our fair city and the Ambassador of Ireland were there to make a few remarks. Some irish dancers (not from the Boyle School) were asked to perform as well, but did not show. 3 to 5:30 pm.
Thursday, May 6, 2010 The first First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Friday, May 7, 2010 We will be performing at Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike (one block west of Glebe Road) in Arlington, Virginia, most likely joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. 7:30 pm.
Thursday, June 3, 2010 Not an IBB performance, but band members Maggie, Catherine, Emma, Jannie, and Molly will be dancing in the Boyle School of Irish Dance Recital at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, VA. Because of this we will probably not do First Thursday in Del Ray this month.
Tickets are $10, children under 5 free.
6 pm.
Saturday, June 5, 2010 We will be at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park. Unfortunately our dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance are booked for another performance and will NOT be joining us.
(Free, although the Folklore Society requests a donation).
12:45 to 1:20 on the Crystal Pool Stage. The Festival runs from noon to 7:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 Not a band concert, but band member Maggie Johnston will be playing with the orchestra at T. C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia. 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 Come to a fabulous house concert with The Red Wellies! The Red Wellies is a trio of fine Irish Traditional musicians operating out of Asheville, North Carolina. Fiddler Claudine Odell (her friends and family call her "Beanie") is a highly respected Irish fiddle teacher who has studied with some of the greats, including Tommy Peoples and Martin Hayes (and started out fiddling with the Irish Breakfast Band several decades ago). Her nephew, Duncan Wickel, on fiddle and Uilleann pipes, has toured with John Doyle and is a member of the Cathie Ryan Band. Beanie and Duncan have been playing together for more than a decade, and the resulting "twin fiddle" near-unison sound is goose-bump inducing. They are joined by Vincent Fogarty, whose tasteful bouzouki accompaniment combines a love for traditional Irish music with a rock-solid sense of rhythm and style. The house concert is at Karen and Gordon's house in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria (call 703 548-5784 for more information and directions) as part of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's house concert series.
Suggested Donation of $15.00 to the Folklore Society of Greater Washington, with all proceeds going to the performers.
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 Not a band concert, but band member Jannie Johnston will be playing with the orchestra at George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia. 7:30 pm.
Thursday, July 1, 2010 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Tuesday, August 3, 2008 Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of National Night Out with the Alexandria Police, Fire Department, and your neighbors. We will be playing inside the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, VA. This is a free event. The schedule is not final yet, but based on previous years we probably will be playing from about 7 to 8 pm.
Thursday, August 5, 2010 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon, although with National Night Out on the same week, we may opt out of playing this month. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, September 2, 2010 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, September 18, 2010 We will perform at the 8th Annual Rippon Lodge Harvest Festival at Rippon Lodge Historic Site, 15520 Blackburn Road, Woodbridge, Virginia. The Lodge will be charging $5 per person, children under 2 free. The Festival runs from 11 am to 4 pm. We performed from 11 am to noon.
Saturday, September 25, 2010 We will be playing at the Traditional Irish Music Festival in Fairfax, Virginia, joined by dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The Festival is sponsored by the O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE).
Free, although donations to CCE are welcome and appreciated.
The festival is from noon to 6 pm. We are scheduled for the Space (main stage) from 2:20 to 3:00 p.m. (note that this different from the time previously posted).
Saturday, October 2, 2010 We will perform at Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Art on the Avenue is a free event. We are on at noon, Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 Not a band concert, but band members Maggie and Jannie Johnston will be playing with the orchestra at T. C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia. 7:30 pm.
Friday, December 31, 2010 First Night Alexandria! We will be performing at the Christ Church Auditorium, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Christ Church is at 118 North Washington Street in Alexandria, Virginia. Admission charged. We are on at 7-7:30, 8:30-9, and 10-10:30 pm, alternating with the Blue Moon Cowgirls (who will be performing at 7:45-8:15, 9:15-9:45, and 10:45-11:15).
Saturday, January 8, 2011 Not an IBB concert, but band member Jannie Johnston will be playing with the District X Honors Orchestra on Saturday afternoon. District X of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association includes the top middle and high school orchestra students from Alexandria, Falls Church, and the Annandale, Edison, Falls Church, Hayfield, Lee, Mount Vernon, Stuart, and West Potomac Fairfax County schools. The concert will be at West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria, VA 22307. This promises to be a great concert! 3 pm.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 At least a small group of us will be playing for the Arlington Artists Alliance's ARTFEST at the Hendry House on Fort C.F. Smith Park, 2411 N. 24th Street, Arlington, VA 22207. We starting around 2 pm and playing for about 45 minutes to an hour.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011. We are playing for a special "enrichment" music class at the Drew Model School, 3500 S. 23rd Street, Arlington, VA, 22206. 3:45 to 4:45 pm.
Thursday, May 5, 2011 The first First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. However, with a concert scheduled the next night, it is not clear we will be able to get a critical mass. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Friday, May 6, 2011 We will be performing at Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike (one block west of Glebe Road) in Arlington, Virginia, possibly joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. 7 pm start.
Thursday, June 2, 2011 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, June 4, 2011 We will be at the Folklore Society of Greater Washington's annual Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park. Unfortunately our dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance are booked for another performance and will NOT be joining us.
(Free, although the Folklore Society requests a donation).
Noon on the Crystal Pool Stage. The Festival runs from noon to 7:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Thursday, July 7, 2011 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, August 4, 2011 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, August 27, 2011 This concert is cancelled due to hurricane Irene! Once again we are having a concert at the MAR-VA Theater Performing Arts Center, 103 Market St., Pocomoke City, Maryland, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance (click here for our planned program). We will be joined by singer/songwriter Sarah Bernstein. Tickets are $15. This will be a fundraiser for the MAR-VA Theater Performing Arts Center, with the ticket proceeds going to theater. This concert is cancelled due to hurricane Irene!
Thursday, September 1, 2011 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, September 24, 2011 We are performing at the Traditional Irish Music Festival in Fairfax, Virginia. The O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) sponsors this Festival. Updated performance information! We are performing twice, first with the Boyle School of Irish Dance on the Galway Stage, and then (because of the limited space) a smaller group will perform without dancers in the Auld Shebeen.
Free, although donations to CCE are welcome and appreciated.
We are performing from 12:40 to 1:10 pm with the Boyle School of Irish Dance on the Galway Stage and from 3:45 to 4:45 pm in the Auld Shebeen (without dancers). The festival is from noon to about 6:30 pm or so.
Saturday, October 1, 2011 We are performing at Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Art on the Avenue is a free event. We are on at noon on the Twin Stages (at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and East Oxford Avenues). Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
Saturday, November 12, 2011 Not an IBB concert, but we are hosting famed New York fiddler Brian Conway and Donna Long for a House Concert at the home of Karen and Gordon in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. Call 703-548-5784 or email mjkandg"at"verizon.net for directions. Suggested donation of $15, with all proceeds to the performers. 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2011 Not an IBB concert, but the day after Brian and Donna's the House Concert (as part of the Maryland Irish Festival) Brian will be conducting a free workshop for all melody instruments from noon to 12:45 pm and judging the music competition from 2 to 4 pm, after which Brian and Donna will perform from 4:00 to 4:45 pm. Noon to 12:45 pm, 2 to 4 pm, and 4 to 4:45 pm, in the Cultural Hall.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues (2501 Commonwealth Avenue). This is a free event, although people are usually asked to bring food to share and a donation of a toy for one of the local charities. The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is 6:30 to 8:30 pm, we expect to start playing around 7 or so...
Wednesday, December 21, 2010 Not a band concert, but band members Maggie and Jannie Johnston will be playing with their orchestra at T. C. Williams High School, 3330 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia. 7:30 pm.
Saturday, December 31, 2011 We are performing at First Night Alexandria, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. We will be at the Alexandria Union Station at 110 Callahan Drive.
Admission charged.
First Night Alexandria start as early as 6 pm (for some kid-oriented events), and ends with the midnight fireworks show and lawn dance party until 12:30 am. We are doing four half-hour performances that start at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 pm.
Saturday, January 7, 2012 Not an IBB concert, but band member Maggie Johnston will be playing with the District X Honors Orchestra on Saturday afternoon. District X of the Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association includes the top middle and high school orchestra students from Alexandria, Falls Church, and the Annandale, Edison, Falls Church, Hayfield, Lee, Mount Vernon, Stuart, and West Potomac Fairfax County schools. The concert will be at Carl Sandburg Middle School, 8428 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria, VA. This promises to be a great concert! 3 pm.
Saturday, February 25, 2012 We will be for a Sock Hop Benefiting the Miracle League of Alexandria at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center's Gymnasium, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, VA, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance.
Ticket costs are $25 per person, $40 per couple, and $50 per family. You can purchase tickets online or at A Show of Hands in Del Ray (2301 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA).
The Sock Hop is listed 7-10 pm, but we are on at 6 pm, so plan to arrive early (we understand the times for the Sock Hop may be changing)!
Saturday, March 3, 2012 Not an official band event (because this could be considered a partisan political event), but some of our members will be playing at a party for a long-time band friend and supporter, Alexandria City Councilwoman Del Pepper, at Mango Mike's, 4580 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA. 3:30 to 5 pm.
Friday, March 9, 2012 We will be doing a concert at the Fairfax Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. This concert is part of the Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall, sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Admission is free. 8 pm to 9:30 pm with one intermission.
Saturday, March 17, 2012 (St. Patrick's Day) We will be performing at the Vienna Choral Society's Celtic Arts Festival at Vienna Elementary School, 128 Center St. South, Vienna, VA. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors & students, with a family rate of $35. The festival is from 1 to 5 pm, there is an opening event at 1 pm, and we are playing after that until 2 pm.
Saturday, April 21, 2012 We will be playing at the Carlyle House in Old Town (121 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria) for the Friends of Carlyle House Historic Park Annual Garden Day Herb and Craft Sale, possibly joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The Garden Day Herb Sale is from 8 am to 4 pm; we are playing from 11 am until about noon.
Thursday, May 3, 2012 The first First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, May 5, 2012 We will be playing for the opening of the Del Ray Farmer's Market (south east corner of East Oxford & Mt. Vernon Avenues). The Farmer's Market is from 8 am to Noon. We are playing from about 9 am to 11 am.
Thursday, June 7, 2012 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, July 5, 2012 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, August 2, 2012 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, September 6, 2012 The last First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, September 8, 2012 As part of a full day of special events to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Alexandria Library (founded as a subscription in 1794, but becoming Alexandria City's public library in 1937), we will be playing at the Duncan Branch, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues (2501 Commonwealth Avenue). We start playing at 11 am.
Friday, September 28, 2012 The Irish Embassy invited us to play for EURO NIGHT 2012. EURO NIGHT ran from 6:30 to 11:30 pm, we played at the fountain as guests arrived from 6:30 to 8 pm (actually a little later, as we were having a great time).
Saturday, October 6, 2012 We are performing at Art on the Avenue on the Twin Stages in Del Ray, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Art on the Avenue is a free event. We are on at noon, Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm. In addition, our dancers are also performing at 4:30 pm on the Children's Stage.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Library, located at Commonwealth and Mt. Ida Avenues (2501 Commonwealth Avenue). This is a potluck event (i.e., bring a dish and share). The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is 6:30 to 8:30 pm, we expect to start playing around 7 or so...
Saturday, December 31, 2012 We are performing at First Night Alexandria, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. We will be at the North Lodge of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, alternating with Janna Audey and Rob Santos.
Admission charged.
We are doing three 30-minute performances that start at 7:45, 9:15, and 10:45 pm (alternating with Janna Audey and Rob Santos, who perform at 7:00, 8:30, and 10:00 pm).
Saturday, April 6, 2013 We will be playing at the 2013 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (CCE) North American Province Convention, which will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Maryland. We will have with us two teams of dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance. 4:00 to 4:45 pm.
Saturday, April 20, 2013 We will be playing at the Carlyle House in Old Town (121 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria) for the Friends of Carlyle House Historic Park Annual Garden Day Herb and Craft Sale, possibly joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The Garden Day Herb Sale is from 8 am to 4 pm; we are playing from 11 am until about noon.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Not an IBB concert, but we are hosting a House Concert with Jesse Smith (fiddle) and Sean Gavin (flute, whistle, and uilleann pipes) at the home of Karen and Gordon in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. Call 703-548-5784 or email mjkandg at verizon.net for directions. Suggested donation of $15, with all proceeds to the performers. 7:30 pm
Thursday, May 2, 2013 The first First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, June 13, 2013 (rescheduled from June 6 due to rain) First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 "First" Thursday in Del Ray! Del Ray is celebrating the third first Thursday of the season on the second Thursday in July, because the first Thursday is the fourth (just thinking about this makes me want to take the fifth). If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, August 1, 2013 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 The last First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, September 21, 2013 We are performing at the Traditional Irish Music Festival in Fairfax, Virginia. The O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) sponsors this Festival.
Free, although donations to CCE are welcome and appreciated.
We don't know our schedule yet. The festival is from noon to 6 pm or so, followed by a Ceili from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Friday, September 27, 2013 Again this year, the Irish Embassy invited us to play for EURO NIGHT 2013
Admission charged, last year it sold out in advance, so you may want to consider tickets in advance.
EURO NIGHT runs from 6:30 to 11:30 pm, we don't know our schedule yet but last year we played at the fountain as guests arrived from 6:30 to 8 pm.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 We are performing at Art on the Avenue on the Twin Stages in Del Ray, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Art on the Avenue is a free event. We are on at 4 pm, Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 We will be playing for the Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Library, located at 2501 Commonwealth Avenue (between Uhler and Mt. Ida Avenues). This is a potluck event (i.e., bring a dish and share). The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, we expect to start playing around 7 or so...
Saturday, December 21, 2013 Only a few of us (weather dependent) may be able to play for the runners in the Boyle School of Irish Dance's 2nd annual Celtic Christmas 5K and 1-mile Fun Run at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station, Virginia. Because of downed trees on the trail due to the ice storms earlier in the week, the run was rescheduled from December 14th to December 21st. The 1-Mile Fun Run and Walk begins at 8:30 am. The 5K Race begins at 9:30 am.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 We will perform at First Night Alexandria, joined by dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance. We will be at the North Lodge of the George Washington Masonic Memorial, alternating with the Folsom Prisoners.
Admission charged.
We are doing three 30-minute performances that start at 7:45, 9:15, and 10:45 pm (alternating with the Folsom Prisoners, who perform at 7:00, 8:30, and 10:00 pm).
Friday, March 14, 2014 We will be doing a concert at the Fairfax Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, Virginia, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. This concert is part of the Bonita Lestina Performance Series at Old Town Hall, sponsored by the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Admission is free. 8 pm to 9:30 pm with one intermission.
Monday, March 17, 2014 Somewhat on a whim and with little advanced notice, we dropped in for St. Patrick's Day at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub, 2300 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia! 7:30 to around 9 or 9:30 pm.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 We will be playing at the Carlyle House in Old Town (121 N. Fairfax St. in Alexandria) for the Friends of Carlyle House Historic Park Annual Garden Day Herb and Craft Sale, possibly joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The Garden Day Herb Sale is from 8 am to 4 pm; if it is like last year, we will probably be playing from 11 am until about noon.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 The first First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Sunday June 8, 2014 Taste of Del Ray, in the parking lot behind Virginia/United Bank at Oxford and Mt. Vernon Ave. Advance tickets are $10 per adult and $5 for children under 12 years of age and can be purchased at the Del Ray Farmer's Market (Mt. Vernon & E. Oxford) or the Del Ray Variety (203 East Custis Avenue) beginning Saturday May 24th. Tickets are $15 on the day of the event. Taste of Del Ray runs from 1 to 4 pm (ticket sales start at 12:30 pm), our time is flexible but we expect to play from 12:30 to 3, with a break in there somewhere...
Saturday, June 28, 2014 We will be playing at the Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale, Virginia, possibly joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Starting at 7:30 pm
Thursday, July 3, 2014 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, August 30, 2014 We will be playing for the Irish Music and Dance Showcase, which will be held in the Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park. Admission is free (although at other Glen Echo events we have seen requests for voluntary donations). We will be playing from 2:00 to 2:45 pm. The showcase runs from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
Monday, September 1, 2014 We will be playing at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church's International Festival, possibly joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. We do not know if the church is charging admission, but at the very least they will be asking for donations. We will be playing from 2:30 to 3:30 pm. On Monday the festival runs from 11 am to 5 pm.
Thursday, September 4, 2014 The last First Thursday in Del Ray! If enough of us are available, we sometimes play on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon. First Thursday is from 6 to 9 pm; if we play, we usually play from around 7 to 8 or 8:30 pm.
Saturday, September 13, 2014 We are performing at the Traditional Irish Music Festival in Fairfax, Virginia, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) sponsors this Festival.
Free, although donations to CCE are welcome and appreciated.
We are playing on the Clare Stage from about 1:30 to 2 pm. Later, a smaller group of us will be playing from about 4 to 5 pm on the Auld Shebeen stage. The festival is from noon to 6 pm or so, followed by a Ceili from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Friday, September 26, 2014 Unfortunately, it looks like EURO NIGHT 2014 is off, so we will not be playing after all. This video from Euro Night 2012 includes us playing at the beginning.
Saturday, October 4, 2014 We will be performing at Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, joined by the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Art on the Avenue is a free event. Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm, and we are playing from 4 to 5 pm on the Twin Stage at the Corner of Mt. Vernon and Oxford Avenues.
Sunday, November 9, 2014 We played for a fundraiser for VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) at O'Sullivan's Irish Pub, 3207 Washington Blvd., Arlington, Virginia. The fundraiser runs from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, we were on from 7:30 to 8 pm.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 We will be at the Holiday Open House at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Library, located at 2501 Commonwealth Avenue (between Uhler and Mt. Ida Avenues). Food and entertainment will be provided, generously funded by the Friends of Duncan Branch Library. The Duncan Library Holiday Open House is from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, we expect to start playing around 7 pm.
Saturday, December 20, 2014 We played for the runners in the Boyle School of Irish Dance's 3rd annual Celtic Christmas 5K and 1-mile Fun Run at Burke Lake Park in Fairfax Station, Virginia. The 1-Mile Fun Run and Walk begins at 8:30 am. The 5K Race begins at 9:30 am.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 We will be performing at First Night Alexandria, including our "in-band" dancers who trained with the Boyle School of Irish Dance. We will be at the North Lodge of the George Washington Masonic Memorial. Because of two health emergencies, the group King Teddy had to cancel, so the Folsom Prisoners have moved to the Theater in the Masonic Memorial and we will NOT be alternating with them after all.
First Night changes admission.
Our schedule has changed. We are doing FOUR 30-minute performances that start at 7:30, 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30 pm.

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