You don't have to be Irish to love Irish music, and that's no blarney.
Whether it's music you can do an Irish jig to or a Celtic tune with more of a rock and roll beat, the tunes of Erin are as much a part of St. Patrick's Day festivities as corned beef and cabbage and the wearin' of the green.
If you're looking for some good Irish music, check out these three concerts that carry the St. Patrick's spirit well past March 17.
WHEN | WHERE: 7 p.m. Thursday, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Broadhollow Rd.
INFO: 516-334-0800, livenation.com
Irish eyes won't be the only ones smiling when tenors Ronan Tynan, who hails from the Emerald Isle, and Andy Cooney, who hails from Long Island, take the NYCB stage for a St. Patrick's Day Concert.
"It's an Irish show for St. Patrick's Day with all the jingles and whistles and bells," Tynan says. "We're doing all of the good Irish potboilers, the ones everyone knows and loves and would expect me to sing."
Which means the pipes, the pipes will be calling for "Danny Boy," "My Wild Irish Rose," "The Irish Wedding Song" and other traditional tunes. But don't be surprised if the duo throws a few contemporary songs into the Irish stew, and Tynan says he'll also be performing a brand-new song.
"Audiences in New York and particularly on Long Island are wonderful, because they're so loyal and passionate about Irish music," Tynan says. "They celebrate St. Patrick's Day like it's Mardi Gras."
WHEN | WHERE: 9:30 p.m. Saturday, O'Murphy's Pub, 99 Edgemere Rd., Montauk
INFO: 631-668-5005, omurphyspub.com
It's "music for the Celtically insane" when Irish rockers Bangers & Mash take over O'Murphy's Pub for the night. Just don't expect your dad's brand of Irish music. With Jon Carmichael on squeeze box, mandolin and fiddle; Deidre Woodford playing whistles and fiddle; Chad Herth and Seth Lesselbaum on guitar, and Justin "Jay" Seehof beating the drums, the place will be rocking to their set list that blends traditional rock and classical Irish.
And what better way to chow down on a burger or guzzle down a Guinness than with tunes like "Wherever Whiskey Flows" mixed in with some non-Irish goodies like "Born to Be Wild" or "Purple Haze"?
WHEN | WHERE: 7 p.m. March 22, Southampton High School, 141 Narrow Lane
The Celtic Tenors -- Matthew Gilsenan, James Nelson and Daryl Simpson -- mix Irish music and humor in this fundraising concert for the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett and Southampton Presbyterian Church. While the trio's Irish roots will be evident in such corned-beef-and cabbage staples as "Fields of Athenry" to "Whiskey in the Jar," the three amigos can also be counted on to perform a few non-Irish joints like "Ramblin' Man" or "Lay Down Sally," or even the Italian "Nella Fantasia."
And don't be surprised if there's some good-natured ribbing with the audience. At one recent concert, the guys had some fun by trying to lure one Gaelic-speaking audience member on stage to sing a Scottish shanty. (For the record, he politely declined.)