Irish music nights lined up for St Patrick's Day in PE

Green beer and singalongs planned for Music Kitchen and Eddie Macs

The Bay City Rockers will go green on Saturday as the Bay City Irish Band
The Bay City Rockers will go green on Saturday as the Bay City Irish Band

Port Elizabeth may be thousands of kilometres away from the Emerald Isle but there will still be celebrations aplenty on St Patrick’s Day.

This year the day dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland falls on Sunday March 17 and festivities start on Saturday March 16 at Eddie Mac’s VP Club in Walmer, from 7.30pm onwards.

The singalong continues on Sunday when the Music Kitchen will present a traditional St Patrick’s Day bash, from 3 to 6pm.

At the Victoria Park gig, the Bay City Rockers will bring their repertoire of the old style Irish singalong pub songs to set the atmosphere, performing as the Bay City Irish Band.

The quartet of Larry Kozak, Colin Botha, Rod Johnson and Rob Perrin will later on switch to their popular ’60s, ’70s and ’80s rock and roll set list.Eddie Macs will have special green shaded beers in keeping with the colour associated with the event, together with food specials.

Traditionally a day of feasting on food and many drinks, St Patrick’s Day dates back to the year 1198.

Entry is free for patrons dressed in the Irish fashion or at least wearing a hat of some sorts and there will be prizes for the best dressed couple.

The next day the Music Kitchen is the scene of more tributes to the land of Paddy with The Judge and the Dodger (emulating some Van Morrison), the Wandering Watsons with their own brand of traditional music, and the Ova-The-Hillbillies with some good old sing-a-long Irish pub songs.

There will be Irish fare by the Wildside Craft Meats and Deli and patrons are asked to dress in Green, with prizes for the best dressed.

Doors are open from 2pm and there is a R50 cover charge.

  • Further information on Eddie Macs from Rod Johnson, 083-656-6164 and on the Music Kitchen from Ian Mitchell, 072-994-5096.