Greener energy on St Patrick’s Day
Camden Market set to host live music trail from Ireland’s finest emerging talent
27 February, 2020 — By Róisín Gadelrab
Aislinn Logan will be part of Camden’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations
IN Chicago, the river is known to turn green for St Patrick’s Day. In Camden, if events conspire – and you never know in the current unpredictable climate – the green algae may just come back and turn the canal an eerie emerald colour in time for the celebration of Ireland’s patron saint.
Either way, there are just a few weeks to go until St Patrick’s Day (March 17). And, as ever, the Mayor of London has put together a programme of events in the lead-up to the big day that will culminate in a grand show at Trafalgar Square.
And Camden, the home of London Irish Centre – and the choice of residence for many generations of Irish people – plays a big part in the celebrations.
Camden Market has given over March 14 to its St Patrick’s Day Takeover. For the fourth year running, the market has put together a free, live Irish music trail combined with unusual street food and quirky drinks specials.
Running from noon to 7pm, the trail showcases some of Ireland’s finest emerging talent, performing intimate sets at various venues and locations across the market. There will also be an Irish-themed pop-up bar open until late throughout the weekend, screening the final Six Nations rugby matches.
Acts signed up so far feature a list of London-based Irish artists including Belfast multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and vocalist Aislinn Logan, known for her ’80s-style synthpop; Blue Americans – electropop duo Kriss Platt and Daniel Morgan Ball, previously of More Than Conquerors; talented lyricist Luke Carey, who merges contemporary and upbeat vocals with a classical acoustic style to create laid-back guitar pop; hip-hop/pop/urban storyteller Sample Answer, who has taken his guitar-led style from street to stage; Kildare folk singer/songwriter Hayley Solas and Dundalk’s Video Blue, Jim O’Donoghue Martin’s ambient electronica and guitar driven alt-pop project, a personal rolling document of his life.
There will also be a variety of food and drink with an Irish twist.
Other events going on elsewhere in the capital include:
SATURDAY, MARCH 14
• Damien Dempsey, Electric Ballroom, 6pm, £25. One of Dublin’s many heroes, former boxer Damien Dempsey combines his very human edge with his unique poetic lyricism. Dempsey will be joined by special guests on the night.
• Free Walking Tours – Where the String Broke, Camden Town tube station (Kentish Town Road exit), 10.30am, free but booking required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Explore Camden Town’s Irish links with ballrooms, pubs, churches, hostels and the characters that made this part of London Ireland’s own for so many years. Lumpers, singers, writers and navvies will all feature in this vibrant and important story.
• KILA, London Irish Centre, 7pm, £18/20. Following the last two years’ sold-out shows, Irish folk and world music specialists KILA will headline an exciting St Patrick’s programme.
SUNDAY, MARCH 15
• Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Parade + festival ft Imelda May + KILA and more. Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, 12pm-6pm, free. Now in its 18th year, the Mayor’s St Patrick’s festival is the largest celebration of Irish culture and community in London. Follow the parade from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, where new and established Irish acts will perform throughout the day at Trafalgar Square.
TUESDAY, MARCH 17
• Paddy’s Night Party featuring Neck + Sound Of The Suburb + Lace & Whisky, The Dublin Castle, 7.15pm, £7/£5. Six-piece band NECK blend authentic traditional Irish music with high-energy punk to create their own unique and uplifting London-Irish brew – Psycho-Ceilídh. Seasoned musicians Sound Of The Suburb bring their own take on retro-rock embracing country, rock ‘n’ roll, ’60s beat music and ’70s pop, while acoustic duo Lace & Whisky switch from bluesy numbers to commercial pop songs.