Irish Night Concert Series

Wednesday - July, 10 @ 7:30pm

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COMING hUP!
Wednesday July 3 - Sean Gavin & Colm Gannon - Just added! Ticketed show!
Wednesday July 10 - Matt Christian and Max Carmichael
Wednesday July 17- Grey Larsen
Wednesday July 24- Vacationland Ceili Band
Wednesday July 31 - Ship in the Clouds (Laura Feddersen, Nathan Gourley, Anna Colliton, Natasha Sheehy) 
Booking now for Fall/Winter!Hey musicians! I've got  dates starting in September 2019 filling up right now. We are taking all kinds of music - anything directly or indirectly related to some kind of traditional music and we'd love to hear you on a Wednesday sometime. Get in touch with me at [email protected] if you are interested. Beginning performers welcome as well as seasoned pros.
Big Names, Small Room Series at Blue! 
Sèan Gavin & Colm Gannon 
July 3rd | $20 | 8pm Sharp!
Just Added Colm on accordion! Tickets are selling!

Uilleann Pipes | Flute | Whistle - Member of the Irish trad group BUA!
Uilleann piper and flute player, Seán Gavin, is one of the most highly regarded Irish musicians of his generation. In 2016 he became the first and only musician born outside Ireland to win the prestigious Seán Ó Riada gold medal, and his most recent recording, a collaboration with fiddler Jesse Smith, accompanist John Blake, and bodhran player Johnny “Ringo” McDonagh, was hailed by The IrishEcho as “traditional music at its best!” Seán also tours regularly with the groups Bua and Téada, both of which have gleaned top praise from Irish music critics around the globe. Originally from Detroit, he was encouraged in music by his father Mick, a fiddler from Co. Clare, Ireland, and his brother Michael, a multi-instrumentalist. At age 12, he started work on the uilleann pipes with the late Al Purcell, a former pupil of piper Leo Rowsome. Seán moved to Chicago at age 20 where he spent a decade playing and studying with the windy city’s finest musicians, particularly Sligo flute-legend Kevin Henry. Seán currently lives in the twin cities of Minnesota, where he is active in the non-profit Center for Irish Music.
Video: https://youtu.be/mrCKE4O1xTE
Video: https://youtu.be/frCr-H-qwtg

Colm was born in Dorchester, Boston, to Connemara parents - his father John from Droim & his mother Gerry from Túirín. He learnt to play his music from his father & his brother Sean. Colm won the All-Ireland in 1994 on the Button Accordion and then moved to Ennis, with fiddler Jesse Smith, where he got to play with all the great musicians there. After a couple of years, Colm was asked to join “Riverdance the show” with whom he toured for 4 years. He has toured the states with the world-renowned “Dervish” and, as part of the group “Ragús”, performed with Dolly Parton in “Dollywood”. Now living in Droim, he plays throughout Irelandand the US promoting his new album “The Rights of Man”, featuring Alec Finn, Johnny McDonagh, John Blake and Kelly Gannon. He has recorded extensively and has released the albums “Return to Droim”, “Trasna Na dTonnta” – a duet album with his father John Gannon, and “The Ewe with the Crooked Horn” along with Jesse Smith and John Blake.
Video: https://youtu.be/XS2Qf74oxfM

Order now! 
1) Send an email to [email protected] to reserve your spots and confirm there is space. (seating is first come. first served but you are guaranteed a seat if you order in advance - NO more standing spots)
2) Tom will reply with payment information: Please pay in advance by check, iPhone CASH app ($TomRota) or Paypal - [email protected] (if Paypal, please send as "friends' and family"). If it's too late for a check, you can bring cash to the show - exact change please!
Or you can take your chances at the door but first arrivals get the seats. No refunds unless show is cancelled.
 Doors will open at 7PM for seating and dinner. There is a 2 item purchase minimum for these shows at Blue. We encourage you to support the pub by coming early and eating there.
Session after the concert! - usually around 10pm. All are welcome.

Big Names, Small Room Series at Blue! 
Gerry O'Connor
(with Kevin McElroy)
October 2nd | $20 | 7:30pm Sharp!
ON SALE NOW!

One of Ireland’s most highly-lauded fiddlers is coming to Blue this October. Fiddler Gerry O’Connor, from Dundalk, Co. Louth, plays in the fluid, lyrical style of the great Sligo masters and relates stories of his lifetime in the music with the humor, humility and eloquence inherent to the Irish diaspora. Gerry’s live performances rise above the usual recital, creating a background to pull the listener in, encouraging them to participate and eventually arriving at the end of the musical journey, all the wiser, fully sated and yet ready for more.

Gerry had an authentic upbringing in traditional Irish music, growing up in a family of musicians, dancers and singers and performing from an early age. He won numerous All Ireland awards in a range of duets, trios and céilí band as well as becoming an accomplished step-dancer which gives his music its rock-steady rhythm and the pulse (or “lift”) commonly attributed to the great players in the tradition. Gerry has performed all over the globe with many legendary Irishensembles, including Skylark, Planxty, Bothy Band, De Danann, Boys of the Lough and The Chieftains. Gerry’s solo CD Journeyman was rated in the top five Albums of 2004 by The Irish Times.
Gerry will be joined by Kevin McElroy on guitar for this show.

Video: https://youtu.be/A3myoCeRP6M
Video: https://youtu.be/9vUc7qgP2Zg

Order now! 
1) Send an email to [email protected] to reserve your spots and confirm there is space. (seating is first come. first served but you are guaranteed a seat if you order in advance - NO more standing spots)
2) Tom will reply with payment information: Please pay in advance by check, iPhone CASH app ($TomRota) or Paypal - [email protected] (if Paypal, please send as "friends' and family"). If it's too late for a check, you can bring cash to the show - exact change please!
Or you can take your chances at the door but first arrivals get the seats. No refunds unless show is cancelled.
 Doors will open at 6pm for seating and dinner. There is a 2 item purchase minimum for these shows at Blue. We encourage you to support the pub by coming early and eating there.
Session after the concert! - usually around 10pm. All are welcome.

Upcoming Events

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9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

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Thursday, July 18th

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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Thursday, July 18th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Middle Eastern Dance night with Zapion & Friends

Thursday, July 18th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Layne’s Wine Gig

Friday, July 19th

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

The Ghosts of Johnson City

Friday, July 19th

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Hours
Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.