With a new album, Tribal, due for release in June 2014, rockabilly musician Imelda May will stop by the Roundhouse for one night playing a St Patrick's Day concert on Monday 17th March with some very special guests. Her 2010 album, Mayhem gained her attention in the UK and caught the attention of Jools Holland, consequently seeing her support him on tour and feature on Later...with Jools Holland. She has played at the Royal Albert Hall is due to play at this year's Hampton Court Palace Festival however, May enjoys most success in Ireland, where she has a triple platinum album under her belt. Perhaps this new album will see her transition into a household name and succeed in getting rockabilly into the mainstream.
St Patrick's Events
Commercial rockabilly and vintage jazz ballads from the platinum-selling Dubliner.
Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Tube: Chalk Farm Station
Dates: 17th March 2014
Greenwich Dance Agency's Borough Hall is the place for a good old fashioned ceili.
Greenwich Dance Agency, The Borough Hall, Royal Hill, London, SE10 8RE
Dates: 15th March 2014
Back by popular demand after last year's sell-out success, Greenwich Dance Agency's Borough Hall is the place to celebrate St Patrick's Day in true Irish style with a night of lively Ceili dancing and live music. Don't worry if you don't know how to do the arms-by-your-side dancing, you'll be guided through the steps by someone who does, calling out the moves. The beautiful 1930s Art Deco Borough Hall is the perfect setting for this fun night of traditional Irish dancing, complete with live music and a bar.
"One of the most memorable evenings you'll spend down the pub" (The Guardian).
Wyndham's Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0DA
Dates: 16th January - 19th April 2014
Some of Ireland's best loved actors including Father Ted's Ardal O'Hanlan and Dervla Kirwan star in Conor McPherson's drama, The Weir, which transferred to London's West End in January 2014 following a hugely successful run at the Donmar Warehouse followed by a stint on Broadway last year. Opening with the gathering of three men in a rural Irish pub, a routine daily pint is soon interrupted by the arrival of a further friend and a female companion. The presence of the woman encourages the men to embark on telling stories that have a supernatural theme. Delving into tales of Irish folklore, ghosts, fairies and mysterious happenings, one story is eventually told that is so realistic and chilling that it surpasses anything the men could have envisaged. "This is one of the most memorable evenings you'll spend down the pub" (The Guardian). Perfect Irish entertainment, so.
The multi award-winning play celebrates its first birthday in the West End on St Patrick's Day.
Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, WC2H 0JP
Dates: 16th March 2013 to 4th July 2015
The multi award-winning musical Once celebrates its first birthday in the West End this St Patrick's Day and is marking the occasion with a special Gala Night on 17th March 2014. It will also be the first night Arthur Darvill, who has previously played the role in the Broadway production, comes to the Pheonix Theatre to join the West End cast, playing the leading role of Guy. Having taken Broadway by storm, winning eight awards at the 2012 Tony Awards including Best New Musical and Best Actor, Once has proved hugely popular. And the story - that of an Irish busker and a young Czech mother who connect over their shared love of music - couldn't be more appropriate for a St Patrick's Day outing in London. Based on the 2006 Irish musical film of the same name, it has been brillliantly adapted by Enda Walsh and retains much of the film's original Grammy nominated soundtrack written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Book tickets for Once, an unforgetable show which follows the development of an unexpected friendship which then becomes a complicated romance.
Irish stand-ups get us in the spirit for St Patrick's Day at the Duchess of Cambridge.
The Duchess Of Cambridge, 320 Goldhawk Road, London, W6 0XF
Tube: Stamford Brook Station
Dates: 14th March 2014
On the eve of St Patrick's Day Irish stand-ups Paddy Lennox, Kieran Lawless, Derek Miles and Gavin Sorohan are at the Duchess of Cambridge getting the west London crowd in the spirit. The MC for the evening is Irish funny man Jarlath Regan who has earned a reputation for his uplifting manner as the warm up man for TV sitcom Mrs Brown's Boy's BBC1. Kieran Lawless, a semi-finalist in the 2008 'So You think you're funny' comedy competition, kicks the evening off and Paddy Lennox, who has supported Micky Flanagan on tour, wraps the night of comedy, served with a side of traditional Irish food, up.
Roddy Doyle's bestselling novel on the London stage.
Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London, W1A 4AF
Dates: 21st September 2013 to 19th April 2015
Roddy Doyle's bestselling novel 'The Commitments', best known as a hit film in the 1990s, comes to the London stage more than 25 years after the book first published. The show, which has been more than two years in the making, has been adapted from the novel by Doyle himself and will be brought to the Palace Theatre stage by award winning director Jamie Lloyd (the man behind the Trafalgar Transformed season at Trafalgar Studios and the recent production of Macbeth starring James McAvoy). The story is a heartwarming tale about a group drawn together by an advert to form the "finest soul act in Dublin". With the music playing such a key role in Alan Parker's 1991 film, and with Doyle and Lloyd behind it, The Commitments has the potential to make a first class musical and you can be one of the first to see it by booking tickets now.
Fancy dress disco with Riverdance and music from Irish popstars
O2 Academy Islington, N1 Centre, Parkfield Street, Islington, London, N1 0PS
Tube: Angel Station
Dates: 15th March 2014
If Irish popstars of yesteryear are your thing, there's only one place to be this St Patrick's Day Eve: the Club de Fromage St Paddy's Day Party. The cheesy club night will see the likes of The Corrs, Westlife, Boyzone, U2, The Cranberries, Jedward, The Pogues and The Undertones blaring from the speakers, along with all the best classic pop and rock from the last 50 years. The night will also include a dramatic Riverdance moment which, with the dress code being leprechauns and Michael Flatley-esque clothing, will be a site not to miss. A meat pie will be up for winning in their 'world-famous' raffle and a Golden Alfie award will be given to the best fancy dress costume. So, dig out your finest leprechaun attire and prepare your feet for some fancy footwork.
Head to The Cow for Irish inspired entertainment.
89 Westbourne Park Road, Bayswater, London, W2 5QH
St Patrick's Day at The Cow is a noisy mish mash of Irish inspired entertainment from Gaz Mayall and The Trojans known for their Gaelic ska and their African-Celtic fusion. The Westbourne Grove pub known for its Irish Rocks, whelks and winkles will be serving a menu featuring Irish stew, Guinness and oysters. The Cow is hugely popular with locals, and it's easy to see why. Wonderful, seasonal food comes in huge, steaming portions, the service is friendly and efficient, there's an impressive wine list and happy faces all around. The seafood sourced from local Notting Hill fishmongers is especially good.
The Spitalfields pub will be hosting a whole host of Irish themed festivities this St Patrick's Weekend.
The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX
Tube: Liverpool Street Station
Dates: 15th - 17th March 2014
The Water Poet, a self-confessed "elegantly scruffy, multi-tasking gem of an east London foodie pub" celebrates St Patrick's Day with a three-day shindig with live music, authentic Irish food and plenty of drinking at this wonderful, cavernous Spitalfields pub. The celebrations kick off on Saturday 15th March when rugby fans can settle in for three Six Nations games: Italy v England at 12.30pm, Wales v Scotland at 2.45pm, and - the one Irish fans will be waiting for - France v Ireland which starts at 5pm. Throughout the day, from 11am until 4pm, a full Irish breakfast will be served including rashers, sausages, Clonakilty black and white pudding, boxty, eggs and soda bread. On Sunday a traditional Irish lunch is served from 12noon while a Guinness Island, a bar dedicated to serving pints of the black stuff, provides an oasis in the garden. Monday, St Patrick's Day itself, is marked with a special lunch menu, the full Irish Breakfast, and in the evening there's traditional Irish music from the fantastic Auburn Fox and their wonderful array of Uilleann pipes, tin and low whistles, guitars play two sets at 6pm and 8pm.
The grand finale: food, live music and entertainment hosted by Irish chef Richard Corrigan.
Bentley's Oyster Bar and Grill, 11-15 Swallow Street, St James's, London, W1B 4DE
Dates: 17th March 2014
For well known Irish chef Richard Corrigan celebrating St Patrick's Day only on the 17th March does not suffice, he's marking the occasion with ten days of Irish food, drink and general merriment at his two London restaurants, Corrigan's in Mayfair and Bentley's in Piccadilly. But for the grand finale on St Patrick's Day itself, 17th March, head to Bentley's, his classy ground-floor seafood bar where The Feast of St Patrick provides a three course lunch in the restaurant followed by live music and entertainment in The Swallow Rooms hosted by Richard Corrigan himself. Expect authentic Irish entertainment and a lively celebrations - a great way to mark St Patrick's Day in London.
Ireland play France in Paris at a massive final-day match on 15th March.
171 North End Road, Earls Court, London, W14 9NL
Tube: West Kensington Station
Ireland face France in the Stade de France, Paris, for a massive final-day Six Nations match on Saturday 15th March and Irish rugby fans in London will be showing their support in pubs across the capital on St Patrick's Day weekend. If the last match on home soil is anything to go by, it'll be an emotional game as Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll rugby's most-capped player, bows out, playing his final Test match. London pubs will be showing the match, which kicks off at 5pm UK time (6pm Paris time), but for a roudy 'big screen' experience head to The Grand in Clapham, boasting a 40 square metre screen - the largest sports screen in the UK - along with several 50-inch plasma TVs. Other prominent rugby venues in London include the Famous Three Kings in West Kensington which is popular with Welsh fans.
A ten-day celebration of Irish food by Michelin-starred chef Richard Corrigan.
Corrigan's Mayfair, 28 Upper Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 7EH
Tube: Marble Arch Station
Dates: 08th - 17th March 2014
Corrigan's Mayfair will be hosting a ten-day celebration for St Patrick's Day with a menu based on traditional Irish fare, a three course Irish Sunday lunch, and a St Patrick's Day Masterclass. The market lunch menu will include Irish staples like collar of bacon with truffle and cabbage, crispy crubeens with beetroot and horseradish, and treacle and Guinness tart with whiskey cream. Sign up for the Feast of St Patrick's Day Masterclass on Saturday 8th March and you'll learn how to cook a classic St Patrick's Day menu, pick up skills like bread baking and filleting fish, and enjoy a four course lunch. A traditional three course Irish Sunday lunch is on the menu on Sunday 16th March, but for the grande finale head over to Bentley's, Richard Corrigan's oyster restaurant on Piccadilly's Swallow street, on Monday 17th March for The Feast of St Patrick with live music and entertainment in The Swallow Rooms hosted by the great Irish chef himself.
Irish actress Olwen Fouere performs a new adaptation based on Joyce's Finnegans Wake.
National Theatre, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Dates: 11th - 22nd March 2014
Irish actress Olwen Fouere, one of Ireland's leading theatre-makers, performs her acclaimed new adaptation of the voice of the river in James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, his notoriously impenetrable novel, in The Shed at the National Theatre from 11th to 22nd March. Premiered at last year's Galway Arts Festival, in riverrun Fouere "swims through the river, pulls an imaginary rope, trails a bird across the horizon, or swirls and swishes from foot to foot, incanting Joyce's language into a sacred celebration," says Brendan Daly reviewing the piece for Irish Theatre Magazine.
The Irish Cultural Centre holds a fundraising shindig at neighbouring Lala Brasserie on Monday 17th March.
1 Blacks Road, London, W6 9DX
Tube: Hammersmith Station
The Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith takes St Patrick's Day very seriously, or at least as seriously as such an euphoric celebration can be. All year round the centre strives to promote Irish culture in London and in 2014 they are holding a fundraising shindig on Monday 17th March at Lala Brasserie - their neighbour's place on Blacks Road. A fabulous night of live Irish music and dance, plenty of craic is promised with live Irish music, a Father Ted Tribute show, food, plenty of craic and good old Irish banter. Paying tribute to the famous TV show, priests are your hosts for the evening and Mrs Doyle is never far away - cup of tea! Join Ted and Co. for a night of comedy, grub and traditional Irish music.
18th December 2014
IN THIS ARTICLE
St Patrick's Day Ceili
St Patrick's Cultural Celebration
Club De Fromage St Paddy's Day Party
St Patrick's Day at The Cow
St Patrick's Day at The Water Poet
The Feast of St Patrick at Bentley's
Six Nations: Ireland v France
St Patrick's Day at Corrigan's
Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith
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