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Find Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day in Sacramento region

Bee staff

Whiskey and Stitches plays non-traditional traditional Irish American-flavored rock.
Whiskey and Stitches plays non-traditional traditional Irish American-flavored rock. Courtesy Whiskey and Stitches

If you’re looking for a spot to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, March 17, here’s a sampling of shows.

Whiskey and Stitches

This band, which is happy to say it helped bring Irish-based rock to the Sacramento area, again this year supplies the soundtrack to a day-long tent celebration.

When: Music starts at 3 p.m.

Where: 36 Handles Pub, 1010 White Rock Road, El Dorado Hills

Cost: No cover charge

Information: 916-941-3606,

One Eyed Reilly

This Sacramento band plays Celtic and Americana rock and will present an outdoor concert.

When: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Corin Courtyard, Mondavi Center, 1 Shields Ave., Davis

Cost: Free

Information: 866-754-2787;

Altan and Lúnasa with Tim O’Brien

This show features two traditional Irish bands and one West Virginia songwriter-instrumentalist.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center, 1 Shields Ave., Davis

Cost: $12.50-$45

Information: 866-754-2787;

Loreena McKennitt

This Canadian vocalist says she’s been in love with Celtic music since the 1970s.

When: 8 p.m.

Where: Harris Center, 10 College Parkway, Folsom

Cost: Sold out

Information: 916-608-6888;

Three Times Through

The Nevada City-based quartet, which mixes a Celtic repertoire with contemporary music, will headline an evening celebration.

When: 5-9 p.m.

Where: Auburn Alehouse, 289 Washington St., Auburn

Cost: No cover

Information: 530-885-2537.

The Pikeys and Bobby and the Kennedys

If it’s Irish music with a hint of punk you’re craving, the 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is the event for you, with a raucous traditional Irish set to open the night.

When: 3-11 p.m.

Where: Fox & Goose, 1001 R St., Sacramento

Cost: $2-$10

Information: 916-443-8825;


This Sacramento-based quintet provides the Celtic music for a celebration on the river.

When: 6-9 p.m.

Where: Delta King, 1000 Front St., Sacramento

Cost: No cover