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Pubs Plan St. Patrick's Parties

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pubs Plan St. Patrick's Parties

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Byline: Tamara McClaran, Shorelines correspondent

St. Patrick's Day is a holiday of tradition and the Beaches' Irish pubs will welcome some of their favorite Irish and Celtic musicians to commemorate the day that allows everyone to be Irish.

"A lot of people come out [to the pubs] for the first time on St. Patrick's Day," said musician Spade McQuade. "They all discover their Irish heritage. Everyone has got a bit of Irish in them."

On Thursday, McQuade and the Allstars, his pickup band that includes members of several local groups, will perform as part of the Fly's Tie Irish Pub's St. Patrick's Day celebration. Like green beer on St. Patrick's Day, McQuade has been a mainstay for years at Fly's Tie, which is on Sailfish Drive in Atlantic Beach.

McQuade will perform mostly traditional Irish music rather than the Irish-flavored modern rock songs he is known for.

"I'll play a lot of songs I don't usually play," he said.

At Lynch's Irish Pub in Jacksonville Beach, the Celtic rock and traditional Irish music band Rathkeltair returns for its St. Patrick's Day celebration. The group is known for its high-energy sound.

"We are heavily grounded in traditional Irish music and we are comfortable putting our own personality in it," said Neil Anderson, who plays the bagpipes. "We like to put our own stamp on it."

Rathkeltair's appearance at Lynch's is also a hometown performance for two of the band's members. Drummer Nick Watson and Trevor Tanner, who sings and plays guitar, mandolin, bass and keyboards, live in Jacksonville Beach. Both played in Celtic Soul. Watson and Anderson were also original members of the Celtic band Seven Nations.

Along with musician Collier Hyams, they formed Rathkeltair three years ago. The band released a live CD last year and is now working on material for their first studio release, which should be out later this year.

"We have a tremendous amount of material and we are still writing new material," Anderson said. …

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