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St Patricks Day Irish Jam Session and THE BELFAST BOYS Appearing Tue Mar 17th 2015 6:30pm

In celebration of St Patrick's Day we feature our weekly Irish Jam Session with traditional songs and tunes from Ireland beginning at 6:30pm.   At 8:00pm we bring on a wonderful duo from Belfast in Northern Ireland (by way of Hickory NC). 
THE BELFAST BOYS have performed at White Horse numerous times and their blend traditional Celtic tunes and songs will transport you to the Emerald Isle for the evening.

The Irish Jam Session is a free event 
and the BELFAST BOYS concert tickets 
are only $10.

The Belfast Boys 
are Alyn Mearns 
(guitar & vocals) 
and Adrian Rice 
(mandolin, bodhran & vocals).

Alyn and Adrian both hail from the Troubled streets of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mearns has lived in the States since his late teens, but Rice only settled in Hickory (NC) in 2005, having come to Lenoir-Rhyne College as Visiting Writer-in-Residence. Both men have been happily ‘captured’ by lovely American brides. The men met in a local Hickory bookstore and quickly formed a strong bond based on their shared Northern Irish heritage and ‘Belfast-speak’.

They co-wrote a serious and heartfelt tribute song for one of Ireland’s national soccer legends, the late, great, George Best. The song, entitled ‘The Conjuror’ – composed largely in their local haunt, The Olde Hickory Tap Room – reached No. 1 in the Belfast music charts.

As their friendship grew, the two men discovered their shared love of Irish traditional music. Back in Belfast, Adrian had played in an Irish band in his college and post-college years; while Alyn had written and produced a successful Irish CD, entitled ‘The Tree’.

So it was only a matter of time before the idea of an Irish duo would surface: thus – The Belfast Boys.

In performance, the boys work hard to deliver a serious traditional Irish set of jigs, reels, polkas and songs. As their new CD title would suggest, Songs For Crying Out Loud is an emotional first album, full of passionate songs that caress the ear and touch the heart. There are truly stunning new versions of folk favorites like ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘The Mountains of Mourne’, alongside less well-known songs such as the hauntingly beautiful ‘The Blue Hills of Antrim’, and original material like the enchanting ‘Shimna’. Throughout Songs For Crying Out Loud, Mearns displays the full range of his wonderful vocal skills, and the marriage of mandolin and guitar is simply magical