Planning your St. Patrick’s Day? Plan on the Duck!
Traditional Irish music, Irish dance, Irish food, Irish drink. All make for a day of Irish fun!
2020 will be the Duck’s 30th year as Houston’s home for a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The fun begins when award winning piper EJ Jones heralds the day from the rooftop piping in duckers from far and wide. Come hungry! You don’t want to miss the Duck’s famous fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, beef Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, and, of course, homemade bread pudding with Tullamore DEW Irish Whiskey Sauce. When you think of the Duck, think tradition! Traditional Irish Music. Traditional Irish Food. Traditional Irish Song. Traditional Irish Fun (Craic)
LINE UP: The Piper Jones Band, Clandestine, Pat Byrne (the winner of The Voice of Ireland) Ulla, the Flying Fish Sailors, Wyndnwyre, Clann Kelly Irish Dancers, Martin Burniston’s Irish Singalong, Lowground, Francis Cunningham and Master of Ceremonies, juggler and comedian with mad skills, Mr. Jim MacKenzie.
Emerald VIP Reserved Seating (limited)
With something for everyone, this will be a day to remember!
Award winning piper EJ Jones has assembled world class players to bring you an authentic Irish experience. Two stages with music from 11am until 10 pm.
EMERALD RESERVE – VIP TICKET
“Save me a seat” with the “Emerald Reserve Ticket”
Your ticket ensures that you will have a reserved seat, at your selected seating time, under the big top in the Emerald Reserve VIP area with a designated server.
Emerald Reserve tickets also include all day General Admission to our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.
Food and drink sold separately.
Seating for the Emerald Reserve VIP Seating: 11am or 4:30pm
PIPER JONES BAND appx 12pm, 8:45pm
So, a bagpiper, a bouzouki player, and a drummer walk into an Irish pub… and they proceed to rock the joint!
The Piper Jones Band bringing their foot stomping brand of Celtic music to the Duck for Houston’s premiere Irish party.
CLANN KELLY IRISH DANCERS appx 11:15. 4:30pm
What is one of the most asked questions about our McGonigel’s Mucky Duck St. Patrick’s Day Celebration….when are the dancers going to be here? Soon! As always, a highlight of the day.
Clann Kelly, an Irish dancing school established in 2016, is registered with An Coimisium le Rinci Gaelacha, The Irish Dancing Commission, in Dublin, Ireland. Under the tutelage of Anna Kelly the Kelly School dancers will put you in the spirit of the day.
ULLA appx 5:15, 7:30
Úlla came together organically via shared connections in the Austin music scene. All full-time musicians, Úlla is comprised of a bunch of Irish expats joined by several trad-Irish music fans to form a collective that share and celebrate a mutual love of Irish musical heritage.
CLANDESTINE appx 2:30, 6:30
Clandestine is hard-driving, toe-tapping Texas Celtic sound. Clandestine is known for their brand of blasting tune sets and fresh songs. Piper EJ Jones and fiddler Gregory McQueen lead the tunes with the full force of their individual musical energies. Al Cofrin brings cittern and occasionally another set of bagpipes to the mix.
Percussionist and singer Emily Dugas captivates with her original song collaborations with Al, as well as her singular interpretations of songs in the Celtic genre. EJ and Al also join Emily on vocals, with many songs now set in three-part harmony.
PAT BYRNE appx 5:15. 7:30pm
An Irish singer-songwriter, Pat Byrne has come a long way since his first deal with Universal. In late 2017, Byrne began his migration to Austin, Texas. Immersed in the Texas music scene, Pat penned several new songs and released the “Rituals” LP in October 2018. In 2019, Pat took the US by storm, with breakout performances at the 30A Festival, SXSW, Kerrville Folk Festival and the Americana Festival.
“The raspy melodic soul of Byrne’s voice recalls the emotional spells the late Austin troubadour Jimmy LaFave used to cast, though Byrne’s songwriting bears a distinctive Irish stamp. He’s more contemporary than strict traditionalists, putting him more in the league of Glen Hansard or Luka Bloom.”
WYNDNWYRE appx 11:15
Wyndnwyre performs traditional instrumental and vocal music from the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Jigs, reels, waltzes, hornpipes and slow airs all performed on traditional instruments will raise your spirits and calm your nerves.
LOWGROUND appx 4:15pm, 6:45
Creme de la creme of the Houston Irish music scene, Lowground features the compelling and nuanced fiddling of Katie Geringer and Tess Hartis, traditional Irish dance tunes, and the motive and emotive accompaniment of Kendall Rogers’s guitar and keyboard.
FRANCES CUNNINGHAM appx 3:15pm, 6:15pm
Every pub has its regulars, but some of them are a little more regular than others. Frances Cunningham started off playing twenty years ago as a regular Irish Session player every Wednesday night at the Duck.
We were all sad to see her move to Nashville, but the road was calling. Not long after moving to Nashville, Frances became a “regular” once again. This time at the Grand Ole Opry.
However, there’s nothing “regular” about her playing! You will recognize her extraordinary talent the moment she picks up her Irish bouzouki. Frances was the winner of the Midwest Fleadh for banjo.
MARTIN BURNISTON. appx 2:30pm, 3:45pm,
Master of Ceremonies –
Sword swallowing, unicycle riding, comedian with mad skills, Mr. Jim MacKenzie, will keep you entertained during set changes.