Irish Night Concert Series

Wednesday - February, 05 @ 7:30pm

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Wednesday February 5 - HORNPIPE NIGHT 3!! Irish Night's 14th Birthday!
Wednesday February 12 - Fiachra O'Regan, Sophie Lavoie & Andre Marchand
Wednesday February 19 - Owen Marshall  & Neil Pearlman
Wednesday February 26 - Dan Faiella, McKinley James & Audrey Budington
Wednesday March 4 - Alden Robinson & Junior Stevens
Wednesday March 11 - Caitlin Finley and Will Woodson (Glory Reel)
Wednesday March 18 - Vacationland Ceili Band
Wednesday March 25 - Ticketed Show! Liz Knowles, Eamon O'Leary and Cathy Jordan! On sale.
Wednesday April 1 - Ryan's Volunteers
Wednesday April  8 - Ticketed Show! - The Friel Sisters from Donegal! On sale.
Wednesday April  15 - Anadama - CD Release!
Wednesday April 22 -  Ryefield Cove - Leslie Anne Harrison & Frederic Pouille
Wednesday April 29 - BLUE's Birthday party - Irish Night Super Session!
Wednesday May 6 - Katie McNally (finally!)
Wednesday May 13 - Croga - Fiona Howell and Chris Gray
Wednesday May 20 - Ticketed Show! Manus McGuire & Joe Carmichael. On sale.
Wednesday May 27 - OPEN!
Wednesday June 3 - The Don Roy Trio
Wednesday June 10 - Liz and Dan Faiella
Wednesday June 17 - Fodhla (Nicole Rabata, Ellery Klein, Bethany Waickman)
Wednesday June 24 - Ticketed Show! Stay tuned! 
Big Names, Small Room Series at Blue! 
3 Shows for Spring 2020! 
ALL ON SALE NOW!Liz Knowles, Eamon O'Leary & Cathy Jordan!
March 25th | $25 | 7:30pm Sharp!

Liz (Open the Door for Three, Martin Hayes Quartet) etc,) Eamon (Murphy Beds) & Cathy (Dervish) are coming together for a once in a lifetime collaboration. This is brand new so there is no promotional material at this point but I think this show speaks for itself! Don't miss. This will go fast.
The Friel Sisters! (Music from Donegal) 
April 8th | $20 | 7:30pm Sharp! 
Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel are traditional musicians born in Glasgow with their family roots firmly entrenched in the Donegal Gaeltacht (Derrynamansher). Being siblings, they achieve a close blend on fiddle, flute and uilleann pipes interspersed with songs sang in unison, many from their family and local repertoire.


Manus McGuire & Joseph Carmichael!
May 20th | $20 | 7:30pm Sharp!

Manus McGuire is an extraordinary fiddler. Sligo born, now resident in East Clare, he grew up in a rich musical environment. Together with his brother Seamus, he was ideally placed to carry on a fiddle tradition made legend by Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and Lad O’Beirne.  Manus is the recipient of the Male Irish Traditional Musician of the year from the Irish American News, and winner of the Fiddler of Dooney contest, among other awards.  He is well known and well respected for his recordings, solo, duo, and bands including Buttons and Bows, Moving Cloud, and Brock McGuire Band. In addition to a busy performing schedule, he also teaches fiddle at intermediate and advanced levels. Web:

Guitarist Joseph Carmichael has spent the past several years collecting an impressive resume in the world of traditional music. An in-demand accompanist in a wide array of Celtic and folk styles, he has performed with such musicians as Brendan Power, Cormac De Barra, Buddy Connolly, Oisín MacDiarmada, James Kelly, Liz Carroll, John Williams, and Mari Black.


Order now! 
1) Send an email to 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), Venmo 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.

Booking now for 2020!   Hey musicians! I've got 2 dates left for the 2020 Spring season! 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 if you are interested. Beginning performers welcome as well as seasoned pros.

Upcoming Events


Thursday, February 20th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Layne’s Wine Gig

Friday, February 21st

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Chris Kemp White & Bri Lane

Friday, February 21st

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Samuel James & D. Gross

Friday, February 21st

8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Leland Sundries

Friday, February 21st

10:00 PM - 11:59 PM

Carl Dimow Quartet

Saturday, February 22nd

6:00 PM - 7:30 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.