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James McMurtry

Sat, December 15 / 7 PM930 PM

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“James writes like he's lived a lifetime.” —John Mellencamp


“The most vital lyricist in America today.” —Bob Harris, BBC 2 RADIO


“James McMurtry is a true Americana poet – actually he is a poet regardless of genre” —Michael Nesmith


“McMurtry might be the best topical writer performing right now and (Just Us Kids) finds him at his finest.” —Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers


"America's fiercest songwriter" - CNN


“James McMurtry writes songs filled with characters so real that you're sure they're going to climb out of the speakers and look you in the eyes.” —VOICE OF AMERICA

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Open Mic

Mon, December 17 / 630 PM

No cover charge.


This little gem might be a bit easily overlooked in Houston’s typical bar scene, but that’s because it’s an entirely different kind of place. McGonigel’s Mucky Ducky is an Irish pub that features a very popular open mic night every Monday at 7 p.m. (sign up by 6:30 p.m.) You’ll hear plenty of folk, country and acoustic renditions by performers that spent their afternoon in classes at Rice or a long day at the office. Not only does the pub feature an impressive array of live music almost every night, but the Mucky Duck has been listed by Billboard Magazine as one of the 20 best acoustic venues in the country. - CBS HOUSTON


The Duck stage is open for you to present your original compositions or a favorite song made famous by someone else. 


Comedians, poets, jugglers and mimes also welcome.


Don't be shy. Come on out ~ It's your turn to be a Mucky Duck Open Mic Star.


Each performer has 3 songs or 15 minutes for their performance. 

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Trish and Darin Holiday Show

Tue, December 18 / 730 PM

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Annual Dinner Concert for the Holiday


Austin singer-songwriter Trish Murphy and her brother Darin will flit between the kitchen and stage tonight.


She's assembled a menu to accompany the duo's Christmas show at McGonigel's Mucky Duck.


"We're sort of like executive chefs on the deal," she says. "We created and submitted a menu. We'll have some supervision and be puttering around the kitchen before we go onstage. But thank God we don't have to rip off our aprons and sing for our supper."

Murphy is no stranger to the kitchen. She keeps a well-maintained food blog on her Web site and she also teaches a cooking class at Austin's Whole Foods.


She and Darin — who grew up and cut their teeth as a duo in Houston — started cooking as kids. "We had a weird bohemian pace to our lives," she says. "Our parents were real young. But my mom was really traditional about family dinner every night. Everybody helped in the kitchen.


"It was a real egalitarian deal. She didn't serve anything off the stove. It had to be plated and on the right kind of dish. Glasses were filled with ice, tea poured, the ritual never varied. That gave us a kind of grounding in the kitchen that maybe other kids didn't get."


The cooking tonight will be well under way by the time Murphy and her brother show. But since the meal will be family recipes, they'll keep an eye on things in the kitchen.


"So much about cooking is tactile and you're using all of your senses," she says, "knowing by experience how things look or feel. We'll be able to get into there and give everybody a tactile frame of reference."


As for the songs, expect some originals, some holiday medleys and "some other things that are a little less worn out."

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Game Night - Irish Session

Wed, December 19 /

Irish Jam Session at 7:30pm. Games are available all evening.

Board games are hot right now — whether it’s the new Euro-style games like Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, 7 Wonders or Power Grid, or you’re kickin’ it old school with traditional games like the Trumpesque, land-grabbing Monopoly. For a great midweek diversion, head on over to the Mucky Duck for a pint and a little tabletop competition; they’ve been at it for almost 25 years. 

We checked in with Stevie Hazlewood, day manager for McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, and she says the club stocks a nice selection of titles for the Wednesday night Game Night and Irish Session.  “It runs the gamut from Connect Four, to Scrabble, Yahtzee, Risk, three different versions of Monopoly, Scattergories, Cards Against Humanity,” says Hazlewood. Play one of those games or bring your own, and scarf down pub snacks like fish and chips, Welsh rarebit and the club’s famous shepherd’s pie." 

Best of all, there’s no cover. 7:30 p.m.- Susie Tommaney - Houston Press
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Christmas Singalong

Thu, December 20 / 7 PM

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MARTIN BURNISTON'S 28th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SINGALONG

Martin sets the season with at holiday sing-a-long and dinner. 


Please note that table seating for groups of more than eight persons may be at separate tables.

(Dinner not included in standing room price!)