Irish Night Concert Series

Wednesday - November, 06 @ 7:30pm

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Wednesday November 6 - Matt Heaton & Flynn Cohen - NEW!
Wednesday November 13 - Ticketed Show - Liz Knowles - SOLO!! *sold out*
Wednesday November 20 - Ed & Neil Pearlman
Wednesday November 27 - Le Bon Truc 
Wednesday December 4 - Liana Wolk & Miles Isacke 
Wednesday December 11 - Helen Kisiel with Kevin McElroy, Junior Stevens & Will Woodson
Wednesday December 18 - Hanz Araki & Friends
Wednesday December 25 - Merry Christmas! No Irish Night

Big Names, Small Room Series at Blue
Liz Knowles - Solo
November 13th | $20 | 7:30pm Sharp!

Coming to Blue November 13th, Irish fiddle player Liz Knowles in a rare solo appearance! When teaching, Liz likes to describe ornamentation as simply the ways in which we approach a note, sit in a note, and go away from a note. For this concert at Blue, she has put together an evening of music that best encompasses how she came to Irish music, how she has lived in and with Irish music and how she sees the path forward with Irish music. The Blue audience might be familiar with Liz’s playing in the trio Open the Door for Three but these days she is also a member of the newly formed Martin Hayes Quartet and the String Sisters. Liz, originally from Kentucky, first distinguished herself as a violinist in New York City, performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and Broadway, with such artists such as Marcus Roberts, the Bang-on-a-Can Orchestra, Bobby McFerrin, Paula Cole, Steve Reich, Eliot Goldenthal, Rachel Barton, Don Henley, and Tim O’Brien. After dedicating herself to the learning of Irish music, she then performed with Cherish the Ladies, Riverdance and as soloist on the soundtrack for the film Michael Collins, played on Broadway with The Pirate Queen and traveled Europe, Asia and South America for over four years as music director, producer, and performer with Celtic Legends. The Kennedy Center featured Liz as their resident fiddler for their Ireland 100 festival in 2016 in honor of the 1916 Centennial. During her time at the festival, she performed as soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra for the opening night, collaborated and performed a show with actress Fiona Shaw and performed with OTD43 on the Millennium Stage. Her compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed by Liz Carroll, John Whelan, Flook, Chicago’s Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Beolach, Bachue, J.P. Cormier, Michael Black, John Doyle, and Ensemble Galilei. She will bring a little of all of her musical experiences, influences, and compositions— and maybe stories!—with her in November for an evening of solo fiddle/hardanger and a possible surprise guest or two!


Liz (and Pat Broaders, from Open the Door for Three, at the Kennedy Center)

Opening night at the Kennedy Center w/ Colin Dunne

Martin Hayes Quartet, Irish Arts Center, NYC 2016

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


Tuesday, July 7th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Irish Night Concert Series with Brenda Castles

Wednesday, July 8th

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Out of the Blue Livestream Series with Frank Fotusky

Thursday, July 9th

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Out of the Blue Live Stream Series with Jimmy Dority

Friday, July 10th

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Out of the Blue Livestream Series with FOBRO

Saturday, July 11th

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

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.