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"As long as Newfoundland exists well have Newfoundland expatriates," says OBrien. "The common denominator amongst all of them is, I really enjoy being in Winnipeg, or I really enjoy being in Barrhead, Alta., but God, I cant wait to get home.
"Thats something that just doesnt change."
Transplanted Rock dwellers craving the sounds of home as well as fans of authentic Celtic music will want to catch the Irish Descendants at Maxx Fish this Tuesday night.
Thats March 16. Its a St. Patricks Day eve, of sorts. But come on now, if Newfies can make St. Paddys Day last two weeks Whistlerites can sure as heck make it last two days.
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St. Patricks Day happenings around town
As the frontman for one of the most well known and successful Celtic bands in Canada, Con OBrien says the worst thing about St. Patricks Day is that he always has to work.
Here are some of the other musicians in town who will be working so the rest of us can raise our pints to great tunes.
Who: The Bowen Trio
Where: Dubh Linn Gate Pub
As the only Irish themed Pub in town the Dubh Linn Gate will be St. Patricks Day headquarters. Its guaranteed regular performers Cam Salay, Rob Thompson and Moritz Behm will be doing it up right with their standard high-energy guitar and fiddle tunes.
Who: Guitar Doug
The local legend will be strumming his signature guitar cover tunes for the après ski revellers at Merlins in the afternoon. Its sure to be an epic set what with all the Irish folks among us celebrating the fact that they ski for free that day. Thats those of us with legitimate Irish passports for proof, so put down your family trees because insisting that somewhere way back in your lineage is a great great uncle Sheamus isnt going to cut it.
Who: Doug & Kyla
Where: Blacks Pub
After his apres set up in the Benchlands, Guitar Doug makes his way down the hill to Blacks Pub where hell be joined by lovely folk punk violinist Kyla Uyede for a night of good time Celtic-flavoured favourites. Kyla may have learned how to play at classical music academies, but she fiddles on Devil Went Down to Georgia like a hillbilly demon.