The Melting Point
295 E Dougherty Street
Athens, GA 30601
5:00 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013
- All Ages Show -
8th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring special dance performances by the Drake School of Irish Dancing, traditional Irish/Celtic music performed by the Fiddler’s Wife (Noel Blackmon, David Blackmon, Seth Hendershot & Matt Williams) followed by a raucous tribute to THE POGUES by The Welfare Liners & The Knockouts. Doors open @ 5pm, Drake School of Irish dancing promptly @ 6pm. This is an ALL AGES event Regulars at the Irish sessions held at the Globe, Repent At Leisure (Kate Blane, Dan Everett, Matt Kiritsy and Joe Willey) will be performing an acoustic set of traditional celtic/Irish music on St. Patrick's Day on the Melting Point patio stage from 5-6pm. Get there early to get a table and order some of our St.Pat's dinner specials and grab a pint of Guiness! Slainte!
Doors open @ 5pm - Music from Repent At Leisure promptly @ 5pm. All Ages welcome! more >>> The Athens Drake School of Irish Dance is excited to join the Melting Point’s 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! We will be showcasing a variety of Reels, Jigs, and Hornpipes for your enjoyment. Our group consists of dancers of all levels ages 5-13.
We practice at the Studio Dance Academy on Thursday evenings. New students ages 5-adult are welcome to try a class for free in April. Contact instructor Oonagh Benson at Oonagh@bellsouth.net or 404-374-6471 for more information.
Please like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Athens-Drake-School-of-Irish-Dance/171393886207335 to see where we will perform next! more >>> Tonight in the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, The Fiddler's wife, will be performing traditional Irish fiddle tunes (Banish Misfortune, etc), drinking songs (Rattlin' Bog, etc) and dear old love songs (Whiskey Before Breakfast, etc). The Fiddler's Wife is....
David Blackmon is well-known fiddle and mandolin player whose roots are firmly planted in traditional and bluegrass music. In the 80's, he toured and recorded with country music legend Jerry Reed. He is founding member of Blueground Undergrass, a veteran of the Normaltown Flyers and has shared the stage with the likes of Vassar Clements, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas. Having toured and recorded extensively with Widespread Panic, David is considered by many to be a pioneer in fusing bluegrass with blues, jazz and rock. David teaches workshops and classes notably the Master Bluegrass Fiddle Class for the Dahlonega based festival “Bear on the Square” in the Spring of 2012.
Caroline Noel Blackmon's multi-instrumentalist work is well known in the Athens music scene. Her work is far-reaching, from playing bass with world music band “Calliope Fair” to playing mandolin with Athens local Klezmer group “Klezmer Local 42” to singing and playing guitar with American roots music group “Curley Maple”. Noel has spent years finding rare folk songs which are brought back to life in The Fiddler's Wife arrangements. She and David demonstrate for classes old folk songs and fiddle tunes most notably for the University of Georgia, University of Montevallo, workshops at Dahlonega, GA based festival “Bear on the Square” and as well as at various grade schools (Athens Montessori School, Colham Ferry Elementary School, J.J. Harris Elementary Charter School among others).
Matt Williams (from the grand falloons on vocals & guitar)
Seth Hendershot (on percussion) more >>> The Welfare Liners came together from the eclectic Athens, GA music scene in 2010 and combined contemporary and traditional influences to create a brand of bluegrass that has earned praise from young and old. After releasing a self-titled, six-song EP on Ghostmeat Records in 2011, the band found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of The Del McCoury Band, Dawes and Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon). As they continued to perform at bluegrass festivals and local clubs, original compositions made their way in to sets previously dominated by standards from Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and The Stanley Brothers. These new, original songs borrowed heavily from the tradition of brother harmony mastered by Jim & Jesse and The Louvin Brothers, whose songs were also mainstays of early performances by the band.
High On A Hilltop is the debut album from The Welfare Liners. It includes 14 original compositions featuring Rob Keller (Six String Drag, The Drovers Old Time Medicine Show, Workhorses for the Entertainment/Recreational Industry) on vocals and bass fiddle, Wayne Wilson (Athens Grass, The F Holes) on vocals and banjo, Russ Hallauer (Sunbrain, The Lures, founder of Ghostmeat Records) on mandolin, Mark Cunningham (The Burning Angels) on guitar and Adam Poulin (Betsy Frank, Dodd Ferrelle) on fiddle. The album also includes guest appearances by William Tonks (Bloodkin, Barbara Cue) on dobro.
For St. Paddy's, the Welfare Liners will perform Dirty old town, Streams of Whiskey, A pair of brown eyes, Jesse James, Rainy Night In Soho, Billy's Bones, London You're a Lady more >>> The debut album from local ska/bluegrass/punk/funk/mariachi band The Knockouts not only inhabits each genre at some point, but transitions into them with intention instead of blindly borrowing. The combination sounds like circus punk, as if The Clash woke up in 2011, put on some funny costumes and picked up a banjo. So many genres can be identified that naming them all is futile. What you really need to know is that The Knockouts pull it off; ska horns steal the funky show in “Capitol Freak On” and round out the Mexican-sounding “Ceviche Polka,” which is sung in Spanish.
The band draws clear instrumental influence from Ireland, Mexico and the muggy hoe-downs of the South. Both Irish and Southern American farmers found ways to express their comparable financial hard times in the strophic fiddle laments of Celtic folk and bluegrass. The resigned hope for a better day paired with punk’s desperate denial of material satisfaction gives The Knockouts’ genre meld meaning and complexity. The instrumentation is pure and bold, the singer believes in his words, and no genre can own either.
TONIGHT, The Knockouts will be performing: Sunnyside of the Street, Greenland Whaling Fisheries, Lorca's Novena, House of the Gods, Streams of Whiskey, If I Should Fall From Grace, White City, Battle of Brisbane, Rainy Night in Soho, Rain Street, Fiesta and Body of an Americana as a part of the Pogues St. Pat's tribute!
Steve "Easychair" Casadont - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Steering Wheel.
Ned "of the Congo" Gardiner - Banjo, Percussion, dance moves.
Kevin "Kevlar" Sims - Bass, the Looks.
Charles "Box" Greenleaf - Drums, Backing Vocals, the metro-gnome.
John "Crab-orpion" James - Baritone Sax, Holy Hand Grenade.
Bill "Brim-slice" Oglesby - Tenor Sax, Penny Whistle, Cow-berine, attitude.
Alliene "Full-Throttle" Bouchard - Trumpet, Backing Vocals, percussion, Jumping skills. more >>> General Admission $7/$10 day of show
Reserved Table for Four $56
Reserved Table for Two $28