Don't miss the Dublin Irish Festival(http://dublinirishfestival.org/), with an amazing lineup of International and National bands, including yours truly, 9CastleClose(http://9castleclose.com/). We'll be playing the Celtic Rock Stage at 2PM, with a new lineup and new music!!! See you in the Rock Tent!
Summer is officially here, and what says summer better than loud rock 'n roll Celtic music in a dark, crowded pub while drinking a tasty Guinness? That's right - NOTHING.
9cc will be kicking off the cray cray around 9:30 pm at Byrne's Pub, and we'll play until Murt shuts off our microphones. Or, the beer runs out.
See you there.
Please drive responsibly.
We had a glorious St Paddy's weekend with you! Cincy weather co-operated and we got to play to a crazy huge dancin' crowd, and we raised the roof with Columbus folks at Byrne's Pub on St Pat's proper.
To keep the love going, we're doing a special performance for our flute player Beth's 50th b'day this Friday night, at our fave haunt Byrne's Pub. Bluegrass happy hour is free from 7 - 9, and 9cc will get going around 10:30 or so. It'll be a late night - but worth it! We'll be doing a shorter set, there's no cover, and the best Guinness pour in town will be flowin'. There's no end to the fun.
And of course, there's always Kevin's dancing.
Speedo season is just around the corner and 9cc is here to get your body ready for its debut. A 9cc show is the perfect workout/diet plan for you!
Our plan features music that will literally put hair on your chest, and not just any kind of chest hair, the thick, curly kind a lady can run her hands through. You will also have access to an abundance of alcoholic beverages to help tone a round, juicy beer belly the women will be dying to rub. Finally, follow along with Kevin’s unique dance moves such as “the white man jog” and “the hillbilly arm swing” to give your new features a nice sweaty glisten.
Come give life to your perfect speedo figure at one of our upcoming shows, and while your there say hello to new band members Tim O’ Neill (formerly of Knotfibbin’) and Hugh Stockler (formerly of Lacking Judgement and the 43rds).
Saturday, March 15, 6 pm Fountain Square
Monday, March 17, 8 - 11 pm Byrne's Pub
Friday, March 28, 10pmish - midnightish Beth's crazy 50th b'day party at Byrne's Pub
Also, at Byrne's on St Paddy's, 9cc's of Tully will be doing an acoustic set from 1 - 3 pm. This will include Kevin, Beth, Stuart and Tim cranking out some trad tunes!
A New Day, yada yada, Goodbye, blah blah blah...
enough with the sap already! Let's get this party started!
Of course we'll be missing our furry lil' Paddy,
but we're excited about moving forward and having handsome,
youthful Hugh on board.
(yeah, we're shamelessly trying to hook the young chicks to come out).
But most importantly, we're ready to rock!
Here's the upcoming places to come have some beer and craic with us:
March 15th, 6-7:30PM
March 17th, 1-3PM(9cc's of Tully), 8-11PM(full show)
"Of all the money that e'er I've spent
I spent it in good company
And all the harm that e'er I've done
Alas it was to none but me
And for all I've done for want of wit
To memory now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all"
-The Parting Glass
Several years ago I sat down in a Waffle House booth with 3 surly looking characters to discuss putting together an Irish rock band. We had only a general direction of wanting to write and play fun, high energy music that we enjoyed. We downed our scattered, smothered and covered hash browns and coffees and went right to work, swapping mix CD's of new and old songs, writing and recording some really weird stuff (with some good ones in there as well) and had ourselves a jolly old time.
Fast forward 6 years today, the day I must officially bow out of what has been a huge part of my life and probably the greatest complete musical experience I've ever had. Sometimes the most precious gift we can give is time and as much as I love 9CC, the time it takes to create magical musical moments is greater than I can offer right now. As the proud papa of two awesome kids, I want to spend as much time with them as possible and enjoy the small moments of parenthood while
they're still young and cute. Once they become teenagers, I'll probably be begging to get out of the house again! My 3 year old son has already shown some musical talent, you can see here serenading his little sister!
Hugh Stockler, an old friend of the band, is someone you've no doubt seen at many a 9CC gig, sometimes running sound, sometimes dancing and drinking and sometimes passed out on the bathroom floor like a true 9CC'er! He will be taking over the lead guitar duties going forward, so please join us in giving him a big welcome! His first 9CC gig will be at the Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day festival on March, 15, so come on out, cheer him on and buy him a few welcoming rounds. I'll
be there as well, so, you know, if you're in the drink buying mood and all...
While it saddens me to leave Kevin as the last remaining original member, I'm also excited about what this next chapter offers me and the band. I have met, made with music and shared stages with some of the greatest people and musicians from all over the world. And I've been blessed to be in a band with no only incredible musicians but also great friends, from prior members bassist Todd Hale, drummer Ryan Gross, piper Larry Fortson and fiddler Ken Burns to the current lineup of Kevin, Mike, Beth, Stuart, Tom and now Hugh.
And then there's you, the fans of the band, you wonderfully scraggly group of music lovers. I truly thank each and every one of you for making me feel so welcome in your pubs and festivals, so loved in your company and so lucky to be part of something as warm and inviting as the Celtic music scene. You've put a notch in my heart that will always be reserved for you. Here's to you all, I look forward to seeing you at the pubs and fests and sharing some mighty great music and pints with you! And as Glen so solemnly sings, "good night and joy be with you all".
Well, that's a wrap on Dublin Irish Fest 2013 and we had an amazing weekend! Thanks to everyone for coming out and a huge thanks to Pat Byrne and the entire gang at the DIF for all the hardwork they do to put on one of the greatest festivals in the country. It is truly top-notch and an honor to be a small part of it. We're already looking at the calendar for next year.
But before next year arrives, we've got some business to attend to. Next up, the Cincinnati Celtic Festival on Sept. 14th. This will be our first visit to the Cincinnati Celtic Fest and we're really looking forward to it.
This weekend is one of our favorites of the year; it's the Dublin Irish Festival! Come rock yourself silly as we celebrate the honor of opening the Celtic Rock Stage Friday, because those folks knew there wasn't a better way to kick off the rock'n festivities! Come early so you can be at the stage by 4 pm, beer in hand!
Then we're back Sunday - after the church service, nonetheless! - to rock a little more at 1 pm. If you come before 11 am, YOU GET IN FREE!!! Check the schedule for the many spiritual services - including pagan. They're all free. Here's the full event schedule.
Bring your dancing shoes and good change of clothes, it's gonna be fun!
Boy, Cincy and Columbus sure know how to have fun! Thanks to everyone for making St Patrick's Day 2013 such a great time! Can't wait to do it again in 2014? Well you don't have to, just check the schedule for upcoming dates. We'll see you soon!