Irish Breakfast Band

Schedule of Events

Main Page Schedule and Performances (this page):

Recordings, available at our concerts or through the links below:

  1. Sean's Treasure (1998), available through this link.
  2. On High Cross Farm (2005), available through this link.
  3. At Home (2015), available through this link.
Favorite Links (more coming soon)

Upcoming Performances and Events

Date Description Time
Thursday, July 11, 2019 This year the fourth First Thursday in Del Ray is actually on the second Thursday of July because the Fourth of July is on the first Thursday of July. If enough of us are available, say four or five, 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, 2019 The penultimate First Thursday in Del Ray for 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, August 17, 2019 We will be playing as part of 2019 Music and Dance from Around the World performance series presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority at the Amphitheater in Ossian Hall Park, 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale, Virginia, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. This is part of the Fairfax County's Summer Entertainment Series. The concert is FREE and held outdoors, so feel free to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. Fairfax County's concert hotline (703-324-7469) will be updated, in case of rain cancellation, an hour prior to the start of the show. 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
Sunday, August 18, 2019 We will be playing at the Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St. NE, Washington, D.C., (where band member Bobby works), part of their Garden Concert Series, last year joined by dancers from Shannon Dunne Dance (still need to work out details for this year). Last time we played at 2 pm.
Thursday, September 5, 2019 The ultimate First Thursday in Del Ray for 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 5, 2019 In past years we have played at Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, along with the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Art on the Avenue is a free event. We are scheduled for 10 to 11 am on the Twin State at the corner of Oxford and Mt. Vernon Avenues. Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
Saturday, October 5, 2019 This year, the Traditional Irish Music Festival in Fairfax, Virginia, is on the same day as Art on the Avenue, so we will likely not be able to do both. The O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) sponsors this Festival.
Admission: $10, Families: $20 maximum.
The festival is from noon to 6:30 pm.
Probably Wednesday, December 11, 2019 In past years we have played at the Holiday Party at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Library, located at 2501 Commonwealth Avenue (between Uhler and Mt. Ida Avenues). All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served from a selection of local restaurants. The Duncan Library Holiday Party is from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, we expect to start around 7 pm.
Tuesday, December 31, 2019 In past years we have played at First Night Alexandria, with dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance at the Lyceum, alternating with another group.
First Night changes admission.
Details not set yet.

Past Performances and Events

Schedule from previous years.

Date Description Time
Saturday, February 17, 2018 Irish Breakfast Band invites you to a Community Ceili Dance! Learn basic Irish social dancing taught by Shannon Dunne. No admission charge, light refreshments provided. Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave., Alexandria, VA 7 to 9 pm.
Saturday, March 17, 2018 Acoustic Coffeehouse Presents: The Irish Breakfast Band! The Pohick Regional Library in Fairfax County is starting a series of after-hours concerts, and we will be playing for St. Patrick's Day! Light refreshments will be served, I'm not sure if there will be an admission charge or request for donations. The address is 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, Virginia. 6:30 to 8:30 pm.
Thursday, April 5, 2018 The first First Thursday in Del Ray of 2018! If there are enough of us 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, April 21, 2018 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 and Craft Sale. This event is free, admission to tour inside the Carlyle House museum is $5 for adults; $3 for children; FREE for Friends of Carlyle House or with your Alexandria Garden Day ticket. This event will take place rain or shine. We will be playing from 10 to 11 am; the Garden Day Herb Sale is from 8 am to 4 pm.
Thursday, May 3, 2018 The second 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 7, 2018 The third 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 23, 2018 Irish Breakfast Band invites you to a Community Ceili Dance! Learn basic Irish social dancing. No admission charge, light refreshments provided. Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave., Alexandria, VA. 7 to 9 pm.
Thursday, July 5, 2018 The fourth First Thursday in Del Ray is on the first day after the Fourth, the fifth (of July), which is also the fifth day of the week (Thursday). If enough of us are available, say four or five, 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, 2018 The penultimate First Thursday in Del Ray for 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, August 18, 2018 We will be playing as part of 2018 Music and Dance from Around the World performance series presented by the Fairfax County Park Authority at the Ossian Hall Park Amphitheater, 7900 Heritage Drive, Annandale, Virginia, joined by members of the Boyle School of Irish Dance. This is part of the Fairfax County's Summer Entertainment Series. The concert is FREE and held outdoors, so feel free to bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. Fairfax County's concert hotline (703-324-7469) will be updated, in case of rain cancellation, an hour prior to the start of the show. 7:30 to 8:30 pm.
Saturday, August 25, 2018 We will be playing at the 2018 Irish Festival at Alexandria's Waterfront Park. The Park is located at 1a Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. The festival is sponsored by the Balllyshaners in part as fundraiser for the annual Alexandria Saint Patrick's Day Parade. The festival is from 11 AM to 7 pm, we are scheduled to start at 2:40 pm.
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 We will be playing at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Library, located at 2501 Commonwealth Avenue (between Uhler and Mt. Ida Avenues). We expect to start around 7 pm for the start of the open house.
Thursday, September 6, 2018 It is looking like enough of us tied up with other things that we will not be playing on the porch of the Anne Welsh Salon for the last First Thursday in Del Ray for 2018. 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 9, 2018 We will be playing at the Northeast Neighborhood Library, 330 7th St. NE, Washington, D.C., (where band member Bobby works), part of their Garden Concert Series, joined by dancers from Shannon Dunne Dance. Because of the rain, we will be playing inside (instead of on the patio). We will be playing at 2 pm.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 We will be playing at the Traditional Irish Music Festival in Fairfax, Virginia, with dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance. The O'Neill Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann (CCE) sponsors this Festival.
Admission: $10, Families: $20 maximum.
The festival is from noon to 6:30 pm, we are scheduled for 4:10 to 5 pm on the Clare Stage.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 We will be at Art on the Avenue in Del Ray, along with the Boyle School of Irish Dance. Art on the Avenue is a free event. We are scheduled for 10 to 11 am on the Twin State at the corner of Oxford and Mt. Vernon Avenues. Art on the Avenue runs from 10 am to 6 pm.
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Not a band concert, but the FSGW and band members Gordon and Karen are hosting a House Concert featuring Dick Hensold and Patsy O'Brien. This is a concert of traditional Celtic music, but with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar and Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), or various whistles. It also features traditional and historical tunes from Cape Breton Island, Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland, with a good measure of original music in the traditional style. As well as a broad range of styles of Celtic music, this program also features an impressive range of expression, from the jaunty and humorous to soulful, led by Patsy's warm and multi-hued baritone voice, Dick's variety of pipes and whistles, and the nimble instrumental virtuosity of both musicians. Please note that none of these instruments are very loud.
Please email program"AT"fsgw.org to RSVP and for the house concert address (replace the "AT" with @, we put it this way to confound SPAM e-mail address collectors). A donation of $15 per person is requested with all proceeds going to the performer.
8 to 10 pm.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 We will be playing at the Holiday Party at the Duncan Branch of the Alexandria Library, located at 2501 Commonwealth Avenue (between Uhler and Mt. Ida Avenues). All are welcome, and light refreshments will be served from a selection of local restaurants. The Duncan Library Holiday Party is from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, we expect to start around 7 pm.
Monday, December 31, 2018 We will be playing at First Night Alexandria, with dancers from the Boyle School of Irish Dance at the Lyceum, alternating with the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet.
First Night changes admission.
NOTE - OUR TIMES HAVE CHANGED: We will play three 30-minute sets at 7:45, 9:15, and 10:45 pm, with the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet playing at 7, 8:30, and 10 pm.
Sunday, March 17, 2019 Irish Breakfast Band invites you to a Community Ceili Dance! Learn basic Irish social dancing. No admission charge, light refreshments provided. Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave., Alexandria, VA. 3 to 5:30 pm.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 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 and Craft Sale. This event is free, admission to tour inside the Carlyle House museum is $5 for adults; $3 for children; FREE for Friends of Carlyle House or with your Alexandria Garden Day ticket. This event will take place rain or shine. If it is raining, we will be under the tents in the back, otherwise we will be out front. We plan to start around 10 AM and play until 11 or a little later; the Garden Day Herb Sale is from 8 am to 4 pm.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 The second 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 6, 2019 The third 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.

If you're interested in having the band perform at your event, please drop a note to sean"AT"irishbreakfastband.com (replace the "AT" with @, we put it this way to confound SPAM e-mail address collectors). Please include your phone number.

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