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The Larkin and Moran Brothers
Gaelic Park Irish Fest This Weekend!! May 24th, 2017 - 9:49pm

Helllooo All!!

The Memorial Holiday weekend is here.  We will return to Gaelic Park Irish Fest this Saturday May 27 at 9:30 PM on the Tara Stage and Monday May 29 at 5 PM on the Emerald Stage.  Always a great time so come on out and join us.

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

I really like the public hot tub at the hotels, the whirlpool. I especially like to go there when there's a guy in there already and say "Hey, man, you mind if I join ya?" 

And he says "no." 

Then I go and I turn the whirlpool heat up. After a few minute I come by and I add some carrots and onions... then I say "Hey man, just simmer for ahw-I mean, sit there."


That's All For Now!!

See you this weekend!!

Slainte!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Mount Prospect Irish Fest This Saturday April 26th, 2017 - 9:45pm

Helloo Alll !!

And we're back!!!   This Friday April 28 we return to 6th Annual Mount Prospect Irish Fest at 8 PM.  After the Paddy's Day season, it's great to be back!!

Next Sunday Afternoon May 7 we will be at 115 Bourbon Street for the IBEW Local 134 Helping Hand Fundraiser.  We play around 2:30 PM.

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

Dr Sweeney tells his patient: "I have bad news and worse news, Kevin."


"Oh dear," Kevin replies. "What's the bad news?" asks the patient.

The doctor replies: "You only have 24 hours to live."

"That's terrible," says the patient. "How can the news possibly be worse?"

Dr Sweeney replies: "I've been trying to contact you since yesterday."

That's All For Now!!

See you Friday!!

Slainte!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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The Road To St Patrick's Day - Week 3 March 7th, 2017 - 8:42pm

Hellooo All!!!!!

Downtown Parade on Saturday, South Side Irish Parade on Sunday!! The fun continues into week 3 on the Road to St Patrick's Day(Note Mahoney's tent cover):

Friday March 10th - St. Alphonsus Irishfest at 6 PM $10 cover
(New show at this Prospect Heights Parish. We are looking forward to it!!)

Saturday March 11th - Mahoney's Pub Tent Show at 7 PM $10 Cover after 3 PM
(After years of fun playing another 'Tent Show' we take it to this cool River West Pub. You can hit the downtown parade then join us for the evening. Get a Hotel room downtown and Ueber back and forth!! Earlier link showed all day price but only $10 cover after 3 PM)

Sunday March 12th - Gaelic Park Emerald Room at 1:30 PM
(Back again at this great post South Side Parade venue....)


Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

A wedding occurred, just outside Cavan in Ireland. To keep tradition going, everyone got drunk and the bride's and groom's families have a storming fight and begin wrecking the reception room and generally kicking the crap out of each other.

The Police get called in to break up the fight. The following week, all members of both families appear in court. The fight continues in the court room until the Judge finally brings calm with the use of his hammer, shouting "Silence in Court".

The court room goes silent and Paddy Sweeney (the best man) stands up and says, "Judge.. I was the best man at the wedding and I think I should explain what happened". The Judge agrees and asks Paddy to take the stand. Paddy begins his explanation by telling the court that it is traditional in a Cavan wedding that the Best Man gets the first dance with the Bride. The judge says "OK".

"Well", said Paddy, "After I had finished the first dance, the music kept going, so I continued dancing to the second song, and after that the music kept going and I was dancing to the third song.. when all of a sudden the Groom leapt over the table, ran towards us and gave the Bride an unmerciful kick in her privates".

The Judge instantly responded... "God.. that must of hurt!"

Paddy replies "HURT!.. He broke three of my fingers."

That joke was dedicated to our Cavan friend, Frank O'Connor. See you this weekend!!

That's All For Now!!

Slainte!!

Dan Larkin
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Week 2 on The Road to St Paddy's Day! February 28th, 2017 - 8:49pm

Helllooo Alll!!!

Great weekend last week. Now on to week 2:

Friday March 3rd - Reilly's Daughter at 9 PM
(Come on out and rock with us at this iconic South Side Music Venue!)
Saturday March 4th - Manhattan Irish Fest at 8 PM
(After a year off we return to this great Fest. Manhattan knows how to throw a party)


Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis...

Paddy Sweeney goes into a bar and orders seven shots of tequila and one Guinness.

The barman lines up shots and goes to get the Guinness.

When he comes back with the pint, all seven shots are gone.

The barman says: "Wow! You sure drank those fast."

Paddy explains: "You would drink fast too if you had what I have."

The barman asks: "What do you have?"

The guy reaches into his pocket and says: "Fifty cents!"

See you this weekend!!

That's All For Now!!

Slainte!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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The Road to St Paddy's Day Schedule!!! February 22nd, 2017 - 9:21pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin, ' I don't have ducks. I don't have a row.  I have squirrels... and they're drunk...'



Hellooo All!!!

Wow is that a teaser, Mike?  Only time will tell.  It's great to be back.  The road to St Paddy's day starts this weekend.  We are playing some new haunts as well as old favorites this year.  This Friday February 24, we return to the Des Plaines POD Irish Fest and start at 8 PM.  It's a great event that benefits the Special Olympics.  Tickets are limited so call 847-391-5367 today!

On Saturday February 25 we return to the South Side Irish Pre Parade Party starting at 6 PM.  This is a parade fundraiser to help with providing services to the South Side Irish Parade as well as a hell of a good time.  Ticket can be purchased through the link above.

Road to St Paddy's Day Schedule (also know as the High Holy Days)

As announced above we have a number of new venues this year as well as old haunts.  We are pumped with this line up this year!!  Here is a break down of our events

Friday March 3rd - Reilly's Daughter at 9 PM 
(Come on out and rock with us at this iconic South Side Music Venue!)
Saturday March 4th - Manhattan Irish Fest at 8 PM 
(After a year off we return to this great Fest.  Manhattan knows how to throw a party)
Friday March 10th - St. Alphonsus Irishfest at 6 PM 
(New show at this Prospect Heights Parish.  We are looking forward to it!!)
Saturday March 11th - Mahoney's Pub Tent Show at 7 PM 
(After years of fun playing another 'Tent Show' we take it to this cool River West Pub. You can hit the downtown parade then join us for the evening.  Get a Hotel room downtown and Ueber back and forth!!) 
Sunday March 12th - Gaelic Park Emerald Room at 1:30 PM 
(Back again at this great post South Side Parade venue....)
Thursday March 16th - 115 Bourbon Street at 8 PM 
(Start your St Paddy's Weekend early at a favorite place on the South Side)
Friday St Patrick's Day - She-Nannigan's House of Beer at 2 PM 
(A new bar for us we play an afternoon set at this Iconic Division Street Bar) 
Friday St Patrick's Day - Forever Green @ the Chicago Cultural Center at 7 PM 
(We return to Chicago Largest St Patrick's Day Party at a new place this year!!)

See you this weekend!!

That's All For Now!!

Slainte!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Mahoney's Pub This Saturday January 30th, 2017 - 9:40pm

Helloo All....

Wow we blinked and January 2017 is already over.  Well don't fret we have a show this Saturday February 4 starting at 9 PM at a new great place we have been playing Mahoney's Pub & Grille at 551 N. Ogden Ave.  

We have lots of great shows coming up in the high holy days of February and March.  Check out the schedule on www.CelticRatPack.com!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

Looking forward to a great 2017.  Here goes:

A husband and wife have four sons. The oldest three are tall with red hair and light skin while the youngest son is short with black hair and dark eyes.

The father was on his deathbed when he turned to his wife and said, "Honey, before I die, be totally honest with me: Is our youngest son my child?"

The wife replied, "I swear on everything that's holy that he is your son."

With that, the husband passed away. The wife muttered, "Thank God he didn't ask about the other three."

See you on Saturday!!

That's All For Now!!

Slainte!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Mahoney's Pub This Saturday December 14th, 2016 - 9:55pm

Helloo All!!!!!

Baby is it cold outside....

But this Saturday December 17 warm your hearts as we play at a new place for us Mahoney's Pub & Grille for our second and last Christmas show. Mahoney's is located on 551 N Ogden. Music starts at 9 as well. We are looking forward to the new venue.

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat!!!

Christmas Gift Needed?

As we always say at our shows our CDs and t-shirts make wonderful stocking stuffers. Come see us and give the gift that keep giving!! (oh yeah I said that already) Also remember all our CDs can be purchased through iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon as well.

Load those devices with music as you gift a music device to your favorite person.

Merry Christmas

We gave Sean a week off with sharing his thoughts to you but he did send this nice Irish Christmas message....

"May you be blessed

With the spirit of the season, which is peace,

The gladness of the season, which is hope,

And the heart o
f the season, which is love."




That's all for Now!!

Come out Saturday and help us celebrate Christmas!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Ballydoyle Downers This Saturday December 5th, 2016 - 9:46pm

Helloo  All!!!!!

The Holiday Season is upon us and we have a couple of special Holiday shows for you.  This Saturday December 10 we return to a great place Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove.  Music starts at 9 PM.  We always have a great time at Ballydoyle and we'll sing a Carol or two!!

Next Saturday December 17 we play at a new place for us Mahoney's Pub & Grille.  Mahoney's is located on 551 N Ogden.  Music starts at 9 as well.  We are looking forward to the new venue.

Christmas Gift Needed? 

As we always say at our shows our CDs and t-shirts make wonderful stocking stuffers. Come see us and give the gift that keep giving!! (oh yeah I said that already) Also remember all our CDs can be purchased through iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon as well. 

Load those devices with music as you gift a music device to your favorite person. 

Sean's Searing (Christmas) Thoughts ... by Sean Dennis

'At a monastery high in the mountains, the monks have a rigid vow of silence. Only at Christmas, and only by one monk, and only with one sentence, is the vow allowed to be broken. One Christmas, Brother Paddy is allowed to speak and he says, "I like the mashed potatoes we have with the Christmas turkey!" and he sits down. Silence ensues for 365 days. The next Christmas, Brother Mick gets his turn, and he says "I think the mashed potatoes are lumpy and I hate them!" Once again, silence for 366 days (it's leap year). 

The following Christmas, Brother Tom rises and says, "I am fed up with this constant bickering!"

That's all for Now!!

Come out Saturday and help us celebrate Christmas!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Golden Ace Inn This Saturday!! October 18th, 2016 - 10:31pm


Helloo Alll!!

Hey Indy! We're Coming Back!! We are making a return trip to McGinley's Golden Ace Inn in Indianapolis this Saturday October 22. Show starts at 9 PM. The 'Ace' is a one of a kind pub. The oldest pub in Indiana and still owned by the family with Donegal roots. This is another one to pull a road trip on!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

Feeling better these days... here goes...

A man boarded an airplane and took his seat. As he settled in, he glanced up and saw the most beautiful woman boarding the plane. He soon realized she was heading straight towards his seat. As fate would have it, she took the seat right beside his. Eager to strike up a conversation he blurted out, "Business trip or pleasure?"

She turned, smiled and said, "Business. I'm going to the Annual Nymphomaniacs of America Convention in Boston."


He swallowed hard. Here was the most gorgeous woman he had ever seen sitting next to him and she was going to a meeting of nymphomaniacs! Struggling to maintain his composure, he calmly asked, "What's your business at this convention?"


"Lecturer," she responded. "I use information that I have learned from my personal experiences to debunk some of the popular myths about sexuality."


"Really?" he said. "And what kind of myths are there?"


"Well," she explained, "one popular myth is that African-American men are the most well-endowed of all men, when in fact it is the Native American Indian who is most likely to possess that trait. Another popular myth is that Frenchmen are the best lovers, when actually it is men of Mexican descent who are the best. I have also discovered that the lover with absolutely the best stamina is the Southern Redneck."


Suddenly the woman became a little uncomfortable and blushed.. "I'm Sorry," she said, "I shouldn't really be discussing all of this with you. I don't even know your name."

"Tonto," the man said, "Tonto Gonzales, but my friends call me Bubba".


Thanks Sean!!

Come on and and play!!

See you Saturday!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Long Grove Irish Days!! August 31st, 2016 - 9:42pm

Hellooo All!!!

Just a Quick Note:  The holiday weekend is coming up and this on Sunday September 4th we return to Long Grove Irish Days at 6 PM.  All eyes will be smiling when the historic shopping district of Long Grove presents Irish Days, a celebration of Irish culture, music, food and drink.   We may participate in the kilt contest.

Then on Saturday September 10 we will play at the 77 Beats at the Beverly Arts Center Concert Series that starts at 7 PM.  Presented by the Old Town School of Folk Music, the series celebrates Chicago's 77 official neighborhoods with music that is local to those neighborhoods they play in.  Go South Side!!!

Murph's Gift of Music Golf Outing

The Murph's Gift of Music is holding there bi-annual golf outing on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge. It's only $120 per golfer or.  It includes 18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Lunch & Dinner with 2 hour Open Bar.  All proceed go to music Scholarships from the foundation.  For more info contact Gerry Sexton 847 917-4260 or e-mail grs51400@comcast.net.

Sign up today !!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts by Sean Dennis (is on hiatus due to depressed circumstances)


See you Sunday!!

Slainte!!! 

Dan Larkin 
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Will County Celtic Fest August 24th, 2016 - 8:48pm

Hellooo All!!!

I hope all is well with you.  We have a couple of festivals in the coming weeks.   It promises to be a great weekend and we will be playing this Saturday August 27 at the Will County Celtic Fest starting on Main Stage at 7 PM.  

Then on Sunday September 4th we return to Long Grove Irish Days at 6 PM.  Festivals in the summer, fun times!!

Murph's Gift of Music Golf Outing

The Murph's Gift of Music is holding there bi-annual golf outing on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge. It's only $120 per golfer or.  It includes 18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Lunch & Dinner with 2 hour Open Bar.  All proceed go to music Scholarships from the foundation.  For more info contact Gerry Sexton 847 917-4260 or e-mail grs51400@comcast.net.

Sign up today !!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

A petrol station owner in Ireland was trying to increase his sales, so he put up a sign that read, 'Free Sex with Fill-Up.'

Paddy pulled in, filled his tank and asked for his free sex. The owner told him to pick a number from 1 to 10. If he guessed correctly, he would get his free sex. 

Paddy guessed 8, and the proprietor said, 'You were close. The number was 7. Sorry. No sex this time.' 

A week later, Paddy, along with his friend Kevin, pulled in for another fill-up. Again he asked for his free sex. The proprietor again gave him the same story, and asked him to guess the correct number.

Paddy guessed 2. The proprietor said, 'Sorry, it was 3. You were close, but no free sex this time.' 

As they were driving away, Kevin said to Paddy, 'I think that game is rigged and he doesn't really give away free sex at all.' 

Paddy replied, 'No it's genuine enough Kevin. My wife won twice last week.'





See you Saturday!!

Slainte!!! 

Dan Larkin 
www.celticratpack.com
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Goose Island Summer Series with WXRT @ Park Grill August 2nd, 2016 - 10:10pm

Hellooo All....

Just a quick note to join us this Friday, August 5th as Goose Island along with WXRT is keeping the party going all summer long with a live music series on The Plaza at Millennium Park.  Join us after work at 4:30 PM.

Irish American News

Although they got the name wrong (again) we are featured as the cover story on the month's Irish American News.  Get your copy at many Irish pubs and outlets around Chicago and Midwest.

Murph's Gift of Music Golf Outing

The Murph's Gift of Music is holding there bi-annual golf outing on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge.  It's only $120 per golfer or four a foursome $550 if paid by 8/21/16.  It includes 18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Lunch &
Dinner with 2 hour Open Bar.  All proceed go to music Scholarships from the foundation.  For more info contact Gerry Sexton 847 917-4260 or e-mail grs51400@comcast.net.

See you Friday!!

Slainte!!! 

Dan Larkin 
www.celticratpack.com
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Sunday Afternoon At Reilly's Daughter July 19th, 2016 - 9:59pm

Helloo All....

I hope your summer is going well.  If you want to hang out this Sunday July 24, join us on the patio at Reilly's Daughter from 4 to 7 PM.  It promises to be a good afternoon.  

Murph's Gift of Music Golf Outing

The Murph's Gift of Music is holding there bi-annual golf outing on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at Village Greens Golf Course in Woodridge.  It's only $120 per golfer or four a foursome $450 if paid by 8/21/16.  It includes 18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Lunch &
Dinner with 2 hour Open Bar.  All proceed go to music Scholarships from the foundation.  For more info contact Gerry Sexton 847 917-4260 or e-mail grs51400@comcast.net.

Irish American News August Cover

Please check out the August edition from the Irish American News for a story on our 20th anniversary. 

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

Paddy had long heard the stories of an amazing family tradition.  It   
seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been 
   
able to walk on water on their 18th birthday.  On that special day, 
   
they'd each walked across the lake to the pub on the far side for 
   
their first legal drink.
 So when Paddy's 18th birthday came around, he and his pal Mick took   
a boat out to the middle of the lake. Paddy stepped out of the boat --
  
and nearly drowned!  Mick just barely managed to pull him to safety.
 Furious and confused, Paddy went to see his grandmother.  He asked   
her, "Grandma, tis me 18th birthday, so why can't I walk across the lake 
 
 
like me father, his father and his father before him?"
 Granny looked deeply into Paddy's troubled blue eyes and said,   
"Because ye father, ye grandfather and ye great-grandfather were all
born in December, when the lake is frozen, and ye were born in August,   
ya fookin idiot!"




Thanks Sean!!

See you Sunday!!

Slainte!!! 

Dan Larkin 
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Irish Heritage Fest July 7th, 2016 - 9:34pm

Helloo Alll !!

We are fresh off our tour to Ireland and ready to play this Saturday July 9 at Irish Heritage Fest at 3PM.  It promises to be a great show so come to the Irish American Heritage Center this Saturday.

Ireland Tour Wrap Up

What can I say?  We had great weather plenty of music, food and a great group who came with us this time.  It was my first time in the North of Ireland and it was fascinating to be there.  The Irish were concerned with Brexit vote happening while we were there.  Consensus North and South was it wasn't good for Ireland.

Every time I start planning these tours I always think it could be the last time.  My son Jimmy is 14 and this is his third trip to Ireland.  On the plane ride home he said to me, 'Dad let's go again in 2020.'  I asked why? He said, 'I'll be 18 and will be able to be served in Ireland.'  Of course he will....

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

I was walking along the street the other day when I slipped in some dog shit.  As I tried to clean my shoes a minute later another guy did exactly the same thing.

I said to him, 'I just did that!'  

So he punched me in the face and called me a dirty bastard....


Thanks Sean!!

See you Saturday!!

Slainte!!! 

Dan Larkin 
www.celticratpack.com
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Bringing Ireland to You June 22nd, 2016 - 10:11am

Hellooo All !!!

Don't have a lot of time to put together a whole update since we are having loads of fun in Ireland this week.  We will bring Ireland to America tomorrow.  You say, 'How is that possible, Dan?'  Well if you go to this link tomorrow at 10 AM - http://www.earthcam.com/world/ireland/dublin/?cam=templebar you can see us sing to America at that time.  Check it out and let us know if you have any request.

Slainte!!! 

Dan Larkin 
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Ireland Shows Announced May 8th, 2016 - 9:22pm

Hellooo Alll ....

This is an update to let you know we have our Ireland Tour (named the Gang Green Ireland Tour, get it?). We will be playing informally almost every night but we also have some shows lined up!!

Sunday June 19 at Harry's Bar - Stranolar, Co. Donegal
Tuesday June 21 at McGettigans Pub - Galway City, Co. Galway
Thursday June 23 at East Side Tavern - Dublin, Co. Dublin (Duh!)

All start time are around 8 PM. Also about 4 PM on June 23 we are going to make our way to the world famousThe Temple Bar in Dublin and play for anyone who wants to watch on Earthcam.com. Here is the link- http://www.earthcam.com/world/ireland/dublin/?cam=templebar.

It should be 10 AM but all you need is your computer to view! We still have a couple spots left so sign up today!!

Gaelic Park Irish Fest

We have our times at Gaelic Park Irish Fest on Memorial Day Weekend. We play on Saturday May 28th at 9:30 PM on the Tara Stage and Monday May 30th at 6:30 PM on the Emerald Stage. So come on out!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

All ten senior members of the Board of Directors of the company were called into the chairman's office one at a time, until only Paddy Sweeney, the most junior member, was left sitting outside.

Finally the chairman summoned Paddy. He entered the office to find the chairman and the nine other directors seated around a table. The chairman invited Paddy to join them, which he did.

As soon as he sat down the chairman turned to Paddy, looking him squarely in the eye, and with a stern voice, asked, "Have you ever had sex with Mrs. Foyt, my secretary?"

"Oh, no sir, positively not!" Paddy replied.

"Are you absolutely sure?" asked the chairman.

"Honest, I've never been close enough to even touch her!"

"You'd swear to that?" again asked the Chairman

"Yes, I swear I've never had sex with Mrs. Foyt-anytime, anywhere."

"Good, then you fire her!"

Thanks Sean!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Mount Prospect Irish Fest April 26th, 2016 - 9:27pm

Brother Mike's Musings... By Mike Larkin 'After a check up a doctor asked his patient, "Is there anything else you would like to discuss?' "Well," said the patient, 'I was thinking about getting a vasectomy." The Doctor replied, "That's a big decision. Have you talked it over with your family?" "Yes we took a vote," said the patient, "And they are in favor of it 15 to 2."....


Hellooo All!!

I don't normally write about past shows but a great night was had by all last Sunday at the Songs of Freedom: A Tribute Concert to the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland's Freedom at the Irish American Heritage Center. We played along with a lot of great Chicago Irish music Talent. Catherine O'Connell, the Chancey Brothers, Jimmy Keane, Jeff Ward, Kathy Cowan, the Dooley Brothers, Jimmy Moore, the Sullivan Brothers and Dennis Cahill as well as Eamonn McDonagh who did a great job on the 'Bold Fenian Men'. It got great reviews and we were happy to participate in it.

Also a nice shout out to Bob McNamara (Bob Chancey)who put the whole thing together.

2016 'Gang Green' Ireland Tour Sign Up

Last Sunday also got me pumped about our upcoming trip to Ireland. We are getting close to filling the tour. We have about 6 -8 spots open so join us while you still can!! Come see us this weekend and we can let you know details as well be please contact Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 ortriseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

We will have our show list in Ireland out shortly. I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

This Weekend

This Friday April 27 we will return to play at Mount Prospect's 5th Annual Irish Fest at 8 PM. Come and celebrate in a huge heated tent with lot's of food and drink!!

Then on Sunday May 1 we will play the IBEW Local 134 Helping Hand Benefit at 115 Bourbon Street from 2-5 PM. This benefit helps their members who need assistance in times of troubles. It is a blast so come on out!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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1916 Easter Rising Concert April 20th, 2016 - 9:22am

Hellooo All!!

We had a little time to rest (and dry out) but it's great to get back this weekend. We have a pretty good weekend being capped off by a really special event being held this Sunday April 24th at the Irish American Heritage Center Commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland's Freedom. A whole day is planned capped with a concert called Songs of Freedom: A Tribute Concert to the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland's Freedom starting at 4:30 PM.

We will be playing along with lot of great Chicago Irish music Talent. atherine O'Connell, the Chancey Brothers, Jimmy Keane, Jeff Ward, Kathy Cowan, the Dooley Brothers, Jimmy Moore, the Sullivan Brothers, Dennis Cahill will also be playing with us. It promises to be a special night.

I remember all the stories my grandfather and uncles told our families about this time in Ireland's history and couldn't be more proud to play this concert

Pulling Positive For Pattie


On Friday April 22 we are set to play for the Pulling Positive For Pattie Benefit at 115 Bourbon Street that starts at 7 PM. Come out out for a good cause.

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis


Paddy had been drinking all night at the pub. Tommy the bartender finally said that it was closing time and it was time to go home. So Paddy stepped off the barstool and fell flat on his face. He tried to stand up and again he fell to the floor.

Paddy figured he'll crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that will sober him up. Once outside he grabbed the lamp post and lifted himself up, took one step and fell flat on his face.

Paddy then decided to crawl the 2 blocks to his home. When he reached the front door he pulled himself up by the doorknob, opened the door, and again fell flat on his face.

Discouraged, he crawled across the floor into his bedroom. When he reached his bed he tried one more time to stand up. This time he managed to pull himself upright, but he quickly tumbled into bed and fell sound asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow.

Paddy was awakened the next morning to his wife Lauren standing over him, shouting, "So, you've been out drinking again!!"

"What makes you say that darling?" Paddy asked, putting on an innocent look.

"Tommy the bartender called. You left your wheelchair at the pub again.

2016 'Gang Green' Ireland Tour Sign Up

We are getting close to filling the tour. We have about 6 -8 spots open so join us while you still can!! Come see us this weekend and we can let you know details as well be please contact Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin

 
 
St Patrick's Day 2016 March 15th, 2016 - 9:36pm

Helllooo All!!!

Wow what a great weekend. We played 14 hours in 47 hours, ate breakfast at Denny's, had a surprise guest star join us for a few emotional songs at the Kerry Piper Tent Show and finished like we always do Sunday night among friends. All that and St Patrick's Day isn't until this Thursday.

Well this Thursday March 17th we want you to first listen in to the Steve Dahl Show on WLS-AM 890 between 4 and 5 PM for our St Patrick's Day appearance. Then head south to 115 Bourbon Street for our annual St Patrick's Day Show that starts at 7 PM. Bring your shillelagh!!!

Finally don't forget on March 20 we will play the 26th Annual Tourney 4 Tommy 3 on 3 benefit at St Rita High School. Music starts at 1 PM. Great event for a great cause

Check out This Story...


Great article by Vickie Jurkowski at the Daily Southtown - http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/lifestyles/ct-sta-larkin-moran-band-st-0318-20160315-story.html.

2016 'Gang Green' Ireland Tour Sign Up

We are getting close to filling the tour. We have about 6 -8 spots open so join us while you still can!! Come see us Saturday and we can let you know details as well be please contact Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539ortriseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis



Paddy Sweeney had been drinking all night at the pub. Kevin the bartender finally said that it was closing time and it was time to go home. So Paddy stepped off the barstool and fell flat on his face.

He tried to stand up and again he fell to the floor. So Paddy figured he'll crawl outside and get some fresh air and maybe that will sober him up. Once outside he grabbed the lamp post and lifted himself up, took one step and fell flat on his face.

So Paddy decided to crawl the 2 blocks to his home. When he reached the front door he pulled himself up by the doorknob, opened the door, and again fell flat on his face.

Discouraged, he crawled across the floor into his bedroom. When he reached his bed he tried one more time to stand up. This time he managed to pull himself upright, but he quickly tumbled into bed and fell sound asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow.

Paddy was awakened the next morning to his wife Lauren standing over him, shouting, "So, you've been out drinking again!!"

"What makes you say that darling?" Paddy asked, putting on an innocent look.

"Kevin the bartender called. You left your wheelchair at the pub again.

Hope to see this Thursday and Saturday!! It's Party time!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
St Paddy's Day Weekend Shows March 9th, 2016 - 8:18pm

Helloo All....

A big weekend is planned and we are ready. We kick off Friday night at Reilly's Daughter!!

Friday the 11th Reilly's Daughter Oak Lawn, IL 9:00 PM
Saturday the 12th Tommy Nevin's Pub Naperville, IL 11:45 AM
Saturday the 12therry Piper Tent Show Willowbrook, IL 9:00 PM
Sunday the 13th Gaelic Park - Emerald Room Oak Forest, IL 1:30 PM

Kerry Piper Promo Video


Check out our Kerry Piper Promo Video!! https://youtu.be/441yKeZVWyY

Southside Irish Parade Official Guide


Check out story in Beverly Review!! http://www.beverlyreview.net/special/page_e9ede624-12f4-5927-b65d-0f781c376f86.html#page_01c

New T-Shirts are In!!!


Long overdue (I know I'm lazy) we have restocked with some cool new colors. Available at all our shows as well as CDs. Don't forget to check out iTunes as well.

2016 'Gang Green' Ireland Tour Sign Up

We are getting close to filling the tour. We have about 6 -8 spots open so join us while you still can!! Come see us Saturday and we can let you know details as well be please contact Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 ortriseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis


I don't understand, when I offer to wash your back, all you have to say is yes or no...


Not all this, "Who the hell are you and how did you get in here?" nonsense...


I'm just saying....


Thanks Sean.

Hope to see this Weekend!! It's Party time!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
South Side Irish PreParade Party February 24th, 2016 - 7:32pm

Hellooo All....

The High Holy Days begin this Saturday February 27 for the South Side Irish PreParade Party at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. The event starts at 6 PM and we go on around 6:30 PM. A great event that supports the biggest neighborhood St Patrick's Day parade in the country.

March Schedule -

Here is a glance at where you could follow us in March:

Friday the 4thorever Green @ The Park West, Chicago 7:00 PM
Saturday the 5th St Gabe's Celebrate's St. Patrick's Day, Chicago 7:00 PM
Friday the 11th Reilly's Daughter Oak Lawn, IL 9:00 PM
Saturday the 12th Tommy Nevin's Pub Naperville, IL 11:45 AM
Saturday the 12therry Piper Tent ShowWillowbrook, IL 9:00 PM
Sunday the 13th Gaelic Park - Emerald Room Oak Forest, IL 1:30 PM
Thursday the 17th15 Bourbon StreetMerrionette Park, IL, 7:00 PM
Sunday the 20th Tourney 4 Tommy Chicago, IL 1:00 PM

We also have some appearances planned as well so check back soon!!

New T-Shirts are In!!!


Long overdue (I know I'm lazy) we have restocked with some cool new colors. Available at all our shows as well as CDs. Don't forget to check out iTunes as well.

2016 'Gang Green' Ireland Tour Sign Up

We are getting close to filling the tour. We have about 6 -8 spots open so join us while you still can!! Come see us Saturday and we can let you know details as well be please contact Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... By Sean Dennis

A nun teaching Sunday School was speaking to her class one morning and she asked the question, 'When you die and go to Heaven... which part of your body goes first?


Suzy raised her hand and said,- 'I think it's your hands.'


'Why do you think it's your hands, Suzy?'


Suzy replied, 'Because when you pray, you hold your hands together in front of you and God just takes your hands first.'


'What a wonderful answer!' the nun said.


Little Johnny raised then his hand and said, 'No Sister, I really think it's your feet.'


The nun looked at him with the strangest look on her face. 'Now Johnny, why do you think it would be your feet?


Little Johnny said,- 'Well, I walked into Mommy and Daddy's bedroom the other night. Mommy had her legs straight up in the air and she was saying, 'Oh God, I'm coming'. I gotta tell you, if Dad hadn't pinned her down, we'd have lost her.”

Thanks Sean.

Hope to see this Saturday!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Des Plaines POD Irish Fest This Friday February 3rd, 2016 - 10:27pm

Hellooo All!!!


This Friday February 5 is our official kick off to St Paddy's Day season. We will be playing the Des Plaines POD Irish Fest. Doors open at 5:30 and dinner is at 7 PM. We go on around 8 PM. Get you tickets early since this event does sell out.

This March is also the 20th anniversary of our first show on March 1, 1996. It's hard to believe it's been that long and allot has changed in that time. We have the usual great line up this March including a return to the Steve Dahl Show on St Paddy's Day.


2016 'Gang Green' Ireland Tour Sign Up

The recent sign ups have gone well. We will continue to sign up at in Feb and Mar shows or when the slots sell out so get your spot today

Come see us Friday and we can let you know details as well be please contact Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... By Sean Dennis


A teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment; get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it.

The next day the kids came back and one by one began to tell their stories. Eventually the teacher asked Danny, "Danny, do you have
a story to share?"

"Yes, ma'am, my dad told a story about my Uncle Paddy Sweeney. Uncle Paddy was a pilot during Desert Storm and his plane was hit. He had to bail out over enemy territory and all he had was a 5th of whiskey, a pistol and a survival knife. He drank the whiskey as he parachuted down; landing right in the middle of twenty enemy troops. He shot fifteen of them with the pistol until he ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, 'till the blade broke and then he killed the last Iraqi with his bare hands."

"Good heavens," said the horrified teacher, "What kind of moral did your father tell you from that horrible story?"

"Stay the hell away from Uncle Paddy when he's been drinking!"

Thanks Sean.

Hope to see this Saturday!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Ireland Tour Dates/ St Rita Winterfest January 19th, 2016 - 10:10pm

Hellooo All...

It sure is cold this week but we know you can stay warm this Saturday January 23 and join us at St Rita Winter Fest. Door open at 6:30 and we play from 7 to 10 in the Quiet Man Room . Entrance Fee covers dinner, open bar and all entertainment!!

2016 'Gang Green' Ireland Tour Sign Up

The recent sign up went well. There is a few dates you need to focus on. The first one is the down payment deadline of Feb 1. This is to lock in airline cost as well as a place on tour. We still have availability but it's going fast so get signed up soon!! The second date is April 1 when final payment is due. The last one is June 16 the day we leave.

For more details see attach Tour Flyer which includes info on how to sign up!! Come see us Saturday and we can let you know details as well be please contact Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... By Sean Dennis

A new store that sells new husbands has opened in downtown Chicago, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs

She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids.

'That's nice,' she thinks, 'but I want more.'

So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking.

'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework.

'Oh, mercy me!' she exclaims, 'I can hardly stand it!'

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.

PLEASE NOTE:

To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a New Wives store just across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex, have money and like beer

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited.

Thanks Sean.

Hope to see this Saturday!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
This Friday Barney Callaghan's/Ireland Trip Sign Up!! January 3rd, 2016 - 9:19pm

Helooo All!!

And Happy New Year. I've got a felling this years for me and you. 2016 actually looks like a big year. It was on March 1, 1996 that 'The Larkin Brothers and Terry Moran played their first show at a now defunct restaurant in Frankfort IL so this year we will be celebrating our 20 anniversary of that show. 2016 is also the 100 anniversary of the Easter Uprising in Ireland that led to the end of British rule on most of the island. In Part to celebrate this event we will be heading to Ireland in June.

So yeah it will be a big year. We also have a full St Paddy's and Festival schedule planned as well. So come on out and enjoy the new year with us!

Barney Callaghan's This Friday For Gang Green Ireland Trip Sign Up

The first show of the new year happens this Friday January 8 at Barney Callaghan's Pub at 8 PM. We will also have Cathy Featherstone from CIE tour there as well to assist anyone who would like to sign up to join us on our tour.

Remember we are going there next June 16 to 24, 2016. We plan to tour Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Derry, Donegal, Galway and Dublin. Along the way we will sing a song or two.

Contact:Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

On a transatlantic flight, a plane passes through a severe storm. The turbulence is awful, and things go from bad to worse when one wing is struck by lightning.

One woman, in particular, loses it. Screaming, she stands up in the front of the plane.

'I'm too young to die,' she wails.

Then she yells, 'If I'm going to die, I want my last minutes on earth to be memorable! Is there anyone on this plane who can make me feel like a WOMAN?'

For a moment there is silence. Everyone has forgotten their own peril. They all stare, eyes riveted, at this desperate woman in the front of the plane.

Then a man from Cork stands up in the rear of the plane. He is handsome, well built, with dark brown hair and blue eyes. He starts to walk slowly up the aisle, unbuttoning his shirt, one button at a time.

No one moves. He removes his shirt. Muscles ripple across his chest.

She gasps.

He whispers . . 'Here, iron this. Then get me a beer'.


Thanks Sean.

Hope to see this Friday!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack
 
 
Merry Christmas December 22nd, 2015 - 9:52pm

It is a very busy time of year that's for sure. First of all, I do want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Larkin and Moran Brothers because I don't always remember. Joe also wants to bring on some Christmas spirit with one of the few joke he has about Christmas. Take it away Joe:

Thanks Dan. I all the years you have been sending these update I think 'dis is my first time' to tell a joke so here goes.

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.
'In honor of this holy season' Saint Peter said, 'You must each possess something that symbolizes Christmas to get into heaven.'


The Englishman fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. 'It's a candle', he said.
'You may pass through the pearly gates' Saint Peter said.


The Scotsman reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, 'They're bells.'
Saint Peter said 'You may pass through the pearly gates'.


The Irishman started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's panties.
St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, 'And just what do those symbolize?'
The Irishman replied, 'These are Carol's.


Thanks Joe! Your first time? It's another Christmas miracle!!

Gang Green Ireland Tour Sign Up at Barney Callahan's

There is no better time than right now to sign up and join us on out 2016 tour of Ireland. We are going there next June 16 to 24, 2016. We plan to tour Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Derry, Donegal, Galway and Dublin. Along the way we will sing a song or two. It could make a great Christmas present!!!

For more details see attach Tour Flyer which includes info on how to sign up!! We are also planning a group sign up night on Friday January 8 at a show at Barney Callahan's Pub.

Contact:Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

Have a Great Christmas!! Wait! Wait!


This is Sean...


Sean's Searing Thoughts


I have a Christmas joke as well...

A couple, the Sweeney's, were in a busy shopping center just before Christmas. The wife, Lauren, suddenly noticed that her husband, Paddy, was missing and as they had a lot to do, so she called him on his cell phone.

She said " Where are you Paddy, you know we have lots to do."

Paddy said "You remember the jewelers we went into about 10 years ago, and you fell in love with that diamond necklace? I could not afford it at the time and I said that one day I would get it for you?"

Little tears started to flow down her cheek and she got all
choked up…

"Yes, I do remember that shop." she replied.

"Well I am in the bar next to that."


Thanks Sean!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Golden Ace Inn Christmas Show / Ireland Tour Update November 29th, 2015 - 9:21pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' I just burned 2000 calories. That's the last time I put a pizza in the oven and take a nap...'


McGinley's Golden Ace Inn - December 5th


Hey if you are looking to get away for a nice weekend, go to Indianapolis and come see our show on Saturday December 5 at McGinley's Golden Ace Inn. Show starts at 8 :30 PM. It will be our Christmas Show this year. The Golden Ace is one of the oldest family in the nation and the oldest Irish Pub in Indianapolis. Just a great place to be.



Gang Green Ireland Tour


There is no better time than right now to sign up and join us on out 2016 tour of Ireland. We are going there next June 16 to 24, 2016. We plan to tour Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Derry, Donegal, Galway and Dublin. Along the way we will sing a song or two. It could make a great Christmas present!!!

For more details see attach Tour Flyer which includes info on how to sign up!! We are also planning a group sign up night on Friday January 8 at a show at Barney Callahan's Pub.

Contact:Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com for more info!!

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play next Saturday in Indy!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Murph's Gift of Music This Saturday!! November 2nd, 2015 - 8:40pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'When I was a boy, my mom would send me to the Jewels with $5 and I would come back with 5 potatoes, 2 loaves of bread, 3 gallons of milk, a hunk of cheese, a box of tea and 6 eggs. You can't do that now. Too many security cameras...'


Hellooo All


It's Monday morning ovember 2nd and still nice enough outside in Chicago to not wear a coat to work. Enjoy it while we can before you know it we will be knee deep in snow.

A big show this weekend. On Saturday Nov 7th we will play at 115 Bourbon Street for the Murph's Gift of Music benefit. We've been working hard to make this year's event a fun one. We have some other music acts joining us as well. The event starts at 3 PM and goes to 8 PM. As you know Murph was all about music, it was his life's passion. This event will benefit the Michael J Murphy Music Scholarship Fund. This Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity. Entrance Tickets $30 for Adults, Kids 13-20 -$15, 6-12-$6, Under 6-Free.

Here is the line up on entertainment-

3:00 -4:00 - A Week Back and Friends
4:00-4:20 – Bagpipes & Drums of the Emerald Society
4:30 - 5:30 - Coyote Riot
6:00 – 8:00 - Larkin and Moran Brothers

The Gang Green Tour of Ireland 2016


Yes we have a name!! We thank all who sent in some great suggestions on what to name our Ireland tour. We have selected the 'Gang' Green Tour as a nice (albeit medically challenged) play on words. It's also the 20th anniversary of the band next year and 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter uprising. So there is two more reasons to join us next June.

We will travel through Ireland on an 8 day/7 night private tour through Ireland - heading north to Belfast, up to Derry and Donegal, on to Galway , through Tipperary (home of the Larkin clan) ending in Dublin for the final nights.

Inclusive Tour Includes:
3 star + Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
Full breakfast daily
Group dinners ( 4 evenings)
Highlights: Titanic Museum, Van Morrison's Birthplace, Giant's Causeway, Kinnegar Brewing Co tour and tasting, Cliff of Moher, Kilmainham Jail, Guinness Storehouse - plus much much more!
Musical entertainment provided by your hosts
Luxury Motor Coach with private Driver/Guide
Round trip Airfare from Chicago to Dublin
Air Inclusive rate: $3049
(Land only available $1989)
Contact:Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this Saturday!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Queen of Martyrs Fest!! September 23rd, 2015 - 6:42am

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'Thank you, hard taco shells, for surviving the long journey from factory, to supermarket, to my plate and then breaking the moment I put something inside you. Thank you...'

Hellooo All!


The busy month of September continues this weekend. Besides the pub crawl (Details below) we have a great show planned for Sunday Evening September 27 at Queen of Martyrs Fest from 6 to 9 PM. The forecast this weekend is projected to be perfect summer like weather. We'll see you there!!

Murph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl This Saturday

We are seeing big demand for the Crawl. Don't forget to let us know if you can make it so we have enough Shirts!!

The Pub Crawl begins at Western Ave at 1 PM on Saturday Sept 26th. You can also pick us up at any pub along the crawl. This pub crawl will help raise funds for the Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund and benefit scheduled at 115 Bourbon Street (www.115bourbonstreet.com) on Nov 7th.

A bus will then take you from the first pub to a crawl to other pubs. Here is the schedule:

1:00-2:30 Cork & Kerry Pub (10614 S Western Ave Chicago, IL)
3:00-4:30 Blackthorn Irish Pub 3300 W 111th St, Chicago, IL
5:00-7:00 Clancy’s Pizza Pub (4624 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, IL)
7:30-9:00 O'Rourke's Office(11064 S Western, Chicago IL)

Please contact Dan Larkin at larkinbros@aol.com or 1-773-960-3892 to sign up. The only limitation is how many we can fit on the bus so let us know!! A $10 dollar donation helps defray cost of bus and shirt.

You can also go to the Murph's Gift of Music web site and prebook your space.

Ireland Tour Update


Mark your calendars to travel with us to Ireland next summer ~ June 16 – 24, 2016! We have received many name possibilities. Keep the suggestions coming!!

Just a reminder:
We will travel through Ireland on an 8 day/7 night private tour through Ireland - heading north to Belfast, up to Derry and Donegal, on to Galway , through Tipperary (home of the Larkin clan) ending in Dublin for the final nights.

Inclusive Tour Includes:
3 star + Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
Full breakfast daily
Group dinners ( 4 evenings)
Highlights: Titanic Museum, Van Morrison’s Birthplace, Giant’s Causeway, Kinnegar Brewing Co tour and tasting, Cliff of Moher, Kilmainham Jail, Guinness Storehouse - plus much much more!
Musical entertainment provided by your hosts
Luxury Motor Coach with private Driver/Guide
Round trip Airfare from Chicago to Dublin
Air Inclusive rate: $3049
(Land only available $1989)
Contact:Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com
Details and booking information will be coming out soon!

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this Weekeend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Summer Series @ Montrose Beach September 3rd, 2015 - 10:48pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'You know it's summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer....'

Helloo All


And that is Mike's suggestive lead in to remind you of our Ireland Tour next June when the rain is warmer, but only slightly. But summer isn't quite over in Chicago and even though it's the day after Labor Day we will join our good friends Coyote Riot next Tuesday Sept 8 at the Summer Series @ the Dock on Montrose Beach . We go on at 7 PM and will stick around to catch the boys after us.

Murph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl

Mike Murphy was an inspiration to us as a friend and band mate and he always pointed us in the right direction. One South Side Irish Parade Day Show, a big Hooley broke out in a pub we were playing that involved the band. When the ruckus started settling down Murph looked at a few of us and said, 'We need to get back up on stage and start playing like nothing happened!' and we did...

Murph was taken from us way too early but he lives on in his scholarship fund. Besides the fund raiser we will have in November the preview has been a biannual pub crawl.

The Pub Crawl begins at Western Ave at 1 PM on Saturday Sept 26th. You can also pick us up at any pub along the crawl. This pub crawl will help raise funds for the Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund and benefit scheduled at 115 Bourbon Street (www.115bourbonstreet.com) on Nov 7th.

A bus will then take you from the first pub to a crawl to other pubs. Here is the schedule:

1:00-2:30 Cork & Kerry Pub (10614 S Western Ave Chicago, IL)
3:00-4:30 Blackthorn Irish Pub 3300 W 111th St, Chicago, IL
5:00-7:00 Clancy’s Pizza Pub (4624 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn, IL)
7:30-9:00 O'Rourke's Office(11064 S Western, Chicago IL)

Please contact Dan Larkin at larkinbros@aol.com or 1-773-960-3892 to sign up. We have had a great response at past pub crawls and we need to be prepared to handle all who want to attend. The only limitation is how many we can fit on the bus so let us know!! A $10 dollar donation helps defray cost of bus and shirt.

You can also go to the Murph's Gift of Music web site and prebook your space.

That's All For Now!!

Happy Labor Day and come out and play next Tuesday!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Will County Celtic Fest / 2016 Ireland Tour Announcement August 25th, 2015 - 5:48pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy...'

Hellooo All


We have pretty exciting update. First of all we play this Saturday August 29 at the Will County Celtic Fest in Joliet IL on the main stage at 8 PM. We are looking forward to a great evening there so come out!

Also:

Announcing 2016 Larkin & Moran Brothers Tour of Ireland

Mark your calendars to travel with us to Ireland next summer ~ June 16 – 24, 2016!

We will travel through Ireland on an 8 day/7 night private tour through Ireland - heading north to Belfast, up to Derry and Donegal, on to Galway , through Tipperary (home of the Larkin clan) ending in Dublin for the final nights.

Inclusive Tour Includes:
3 star + Hotel accommodation for 7 nights
Full breakfast daily
Group dinners ( 4 evenings)
Highlights: Titanic Museum, Van Morrison’s Birthplace, Giant’s Causeway, Kinnegar Brewing Co tour and tasting, Cliff of Moher, Kilmainham Jail, Guinness Storehouse - plus much much more!
Musical entertainment provided by your hosts
Luxury Motor Coach with private Driver/Guide
Round trip Airfare from Chicago to Dublin
Air Inclusive rate: $3049
(Land only available $1989)
Contact:Cathy Featherstone- 847.542.1539 or triseasonsgroups@gmail.com
Details and booking information will be coming out soon!

We also need suggestions on naming the tour. In 2008 we had the 'Seven Drunken Nights' tour and in 2011 it was called 'The Hunt For Green October' Tour

I assure you that coming to Ireland with us is a blast so sign up today!!

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this Saturday!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Irish American Heritage Fest This Saturday!!! July 9th, 2015 - 10:54pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'y grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle...'

Hellooo Allll!!!


Happy summer! But in Chicago it has been mostly Autumn. Well this Saturday July 11 we heat it up The Irish American Heritage Fest at 4 PM on the Main Stage. We are happy to return to such a great fest.

Upcoming Events


Stay tune for some announcements to come out in the next month. We will host a Biannual Pub Crawl for the Michael J Murphy Music Scholarship Fund and will have the schedule up shortly. These events are a blast and we will be playing along the way.

Also details to a June 2016 Ireland Tour will be out in the next few week.

Stay tune to these exiting event!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

This one is a little long but I think you will like it.


The Sweeney were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Sweeney kissed his wife goodbye and said, 'Well, I'm off now. The man should be here soon.'


Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. 'Good morning,
Ma'am', he said, 'I've come to...'


'Oh, no need to explain,' Mrs. Sweeney cut in, embarrassed, 'I've been expecting you.'


'Have you really?' said the photographer. 'Well, that's good. Did you know babies are my specialty?'


'Well that's what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat !.


After a moment she asked, blushing, 'Well, where do we start?'


'Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there.'


'Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn't work out for Patrick and me!'


'Well, Ma'am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results.'


'My, that's a lot!', gasped Mrs. Sweeney.


'Ma'am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I'd love to be In and out in five minutes, but I'm sure you'd be disappointed with
that.'


'Don't I know it,' said Mrs. Sweeney quietly.


The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. 'This was done on the top of a bus,' he said.


'Oh, my God!' Mrs. Sweeney exclaimed, grasping at her throat.


'And these twins turned out exceptionally well - when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with.'


'She was difficult?' asked Mrs. Sweeney.


'Yes, I'm afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to
get a good look'


'Four and five deep?' said Mrs. Sweeney, her eyes wide with amazement..


'Yes', the photographer replied. 'And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling - I could hardly
concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just
had to pack it all in.'


Mrs. Sweeney leaned forward. 'Do you mean they actually chewed on your, uh...equipment?'


'It's true, Ma'am, yes.. Well, if you're ready, I'll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away.'


'Tripod?'


'Oh yes, Ma'am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It's much too big to be held in the hand very long.'

I think long was an understatement but you were right it was good!!

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this Saturday!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Holy Redeemer Fest June 16th, 2015 - 10:50pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin '"Why is a puck called a puck? Because dirty little bastard was taken..."

Hellooo All..


Thanks Mike for your rare (and angry) insight into hockey. Yes the Blackhawks are once again Stanley Cup Champs!!! It was very exciting watching the series and of course the outcome was even better for Chicago fans. They won at home for the first time since 1938. April 12, 1938 to be exact which is before the Larkin Brothers' mother was even born. Even though the Blackhawks have one 3 Cups in in last 6 season, in Chicago sports you measure championships in decades....

Hey great show this weekend. We play at Holy Redeemer Summer Fest in Evergreen Park on Saturday June 20 at 8 PM. It's a great fest and I think we may have played there years ago...1997? Anyway come here our sty-lings....

Random Thoughts....


We are close to announcing a long awaited (return) 2016 Tour of Ireland soon

Putting the final touches on a biannual Pub Crawl for the Michael J Murphy Music Fund on September 26. Stay tuned.

It's been decided that the band wants to do at least two albums very soon. A new studio CD and a Live CD. Looking for a venue for the live CD and a great audience. Thoughts?

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis


Now I know those who made it out on Memorial Day at Gaelic Park were disappointed not to see Sean but he was in a dark place that day. Happily though Sean has been playing a lot of golf to soothe his inner demons. I think this is where this thought came from.

Thanks Dan I am feeling much better, I think. Here goes:


Taking a wee break from the golf course, Rory Mcllroy drives his new Mercedes into an Irish gas station.

An attendant, Paddy Sweeney, greets him in a typical Irish manner, unaware who the golf pro is... "Top o’ the mornin to ya".

As Rory gets out of the car, two tees fall out of his pocket.

"What are those things, laddie?" asks the attendant.


"They're called tees," replies Rory.


"And what would ya be usin 'em for, now?" inquires Paddy.


"Well, they're for resting my balls on when I drive," replies Rory.


"Aw, Jaysus, Maryan' Joseph!" exclaims the Irish attendant. "Those fellas at Mercedes think of everything.


That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this Saturday!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Gaelic Park Irish Fest 2015 This Weekend!! May 19th, 2015 - 8:15pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin.... ' believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party...'

Hellooo All....

It's that time of year again, Memorial Day Weekend. It's the passage to summer, schools out and summer vacations begin.

Around my house we call it 'The Summer of Cath!' named after my wife of almost 30 years. My youngest son, Jimmy, and I even sing a song around the house called 'The Summer of Cath!' You see my wife is a teacher (and a damn good one) and summer is the best time to be a teacher.

The lightness around the house begins around May 1st. It's like Thursday night in anticipation of the weekend. there is talk about creating this year's 'Bucket List' and what tropical drinks we will be trying over the summer. Personally I like 'May Cath' but 'June Cath' is the absolute best. I come home every day from work (I'm not a teacher or a full time musician) and the house is care free.

This last until about July 20th. For the rest of us it's like a Sunday evening and knowing you have work Monday morning. 'August Cath' is a return to normalcy and not very fun. But I digress...

This weekend we play Gaelic Park Irish Fest. We start on Saturday May 23 at 7 PM on the Crossroads Stage and then play 9:30 PM on the Tara Stage. On Monday we close out the Emerald Stage at 6:30 PM. It's a great fest so come on out!!! Maybe we'll see 'Black Joe' but the biggest question I have is, ' Why to they call them theHigh Kings?

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis


Hello everyone, this is Sean. Been a little depress lately but I think I need a weekend of playing drums to get that out of me. Here is one you'll like:


Paddy Sweeney was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an date with his wife Lauren and couldn't find a parking place.


Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me, she'll kill me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'


Miraculously, a parking place appeared.


Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.'


Wow. Sean thanks again

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Mount Prospect Irish Fest - This Saturday!! April 22nd, 2015 - 10:22pm

Brother Mike's Musings.... by Mike Larkin.. 'f you're planning to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, I suggest you sleep late...'

Hellooo Alll!!!


Our April rest is over! And just in time too. We play this Saturday April 25 at the 4th Annual Mount Prospect Irish Fest at 8 PM. I know what your thinking it's April and still flipping cold but no bother we will be in a huge heated tent!

Then on to May where on Sunday May 3 we play at the IBEW Local 134 Helping Hand Fundraiser . We start at 2 PM and the event is at 115 Bourbon Street! It should be electrifying!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

Thanks Dan. Boy I have spring fever. (I also have a fever for more cow bell.)


'Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes.


After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire. Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper."


Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: "First Question: Which tire was flat?"

Thanks Sean.

Hope to see this Saturday!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Des Plaines POD Irish Fest!!! February 11th, 2015 - 8:36pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin.. ' I hate it when the voices in my head go silent. I never know what those jerks are planning next....'

Helooo All

February is here and we start edging into the March high holy days. This Friday February 13 we return to the Des Plaines POD's 11th Annual Irish Fest. The event starts at 5:30 PM and we go on at 8 PM Tickets are limited so please go to the link if you are interested in going. It's a great event that benefits the Special Olympics of Illinois.

Next Saturday February 21 we play at 115 Bourbon Street for the South Side Irish Parade Pre Party Fundraiser at 6 PM. The South Side Irish Parade is the largest neighborhood St Patrick's Day Parade and this party kicks it off. Also Next Sunday will be playing again a benefit at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St, Merrionette Park IL for our good friends at the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society, Chicago Police. The hours are 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Then March is here!! Some highlights include Forever Green at the Park West, Kerry Piper Tent Show and 115 Bourbon Street on Paddy's Day!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

Sean joins us this Friday for the first time since November. I can only hope he has under went some serious therapy. He does have a contribution for this week's update.

Thanks Dan I get to finally see day light this weekend. Here is the thought for the day.


A guy is reading his paper when his wife walks up behind him and smacks him on the back of the head with a frying pan.


He asks, "What was that for?"


She says, "I found a piece of paper in your pocket with Betty Sue written on it."


He says, "Jeez, honey, remember last week when I went to the track? Betty Sue was the name of the horse I went there to bet on." She shrugs and walks away.


Three days later he is reading his paper when she walks up behind him and smacks him on the back of the head again with the frying pan.


He asks, "What was that for?"


She answers, "Your horse called."

Thanks Sean.

Hope to see this Friday!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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St Rita Winter Fest 2015!! January 22nd, 2015 - 10:31pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'What do you get from sitting on the ice too long...Polaroids....'

Hellooo All...

I wonder if anyone under 25 will get that joke? What's a Polaroid? But it is appropriate since it is January. This Saturday January 24 we will be playing St Rita's Winterfest . It's a great indoor festival that takes up a good portion of the school. Doors open at 6:30 and we start around 7 ish.

March is around the corner so check out the web site and start making your St Paddy's Day plans!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

It's been a long winter for Sean and he won't be back with us until February. I shutter at what black hole he has fallen into and how he will emerge. He did however text me this delightful little ditty...

Hi Dan - Here's one for you-


'There were two men, one was a Blackhawks fan and the other was a Red Wings fan. These men were both madly in love with the same woman.


So the woman challenged that whichever man does a better job at making love to her would be her boyfriend. Both men accepted the challenge. That night, the woman made love with the Blackhawks fan and then the next night with the Red Wings fan.


The next day the woman chose the Blackhawks fan to be her boyfriend. Shocked and outraged, the Redwings fan asked why she didn't choose him.


She replied by saying, "You, like your team not only come up short but always finish early!" Go Hawks!!

Thanks Sean.

Hope to see this Saturday!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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First Show of 2015 - Ballydoyle Aurora This Saturday January 6th, 2015 - 11:08pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'If I had nine of my fingers cut off in a bloody industrial accident I wouldn't type any slower. (So I have that going for me)'....

Helllooo Alll

Well the holidays are over and the deep freeze is upon us. More importantly you have an opportunity to come out and have a pint and warm yourself this Saturday January 10th at Ballydoyle Aurora at 9 PM where we will play the night away. It is a great pub in downtown Aurora across from the Hollywood Casino and close to hotels.

It is great to be back after a bit of a holiday break. We have great plans over the next few month and we hope you come out. New songs and new faces.


Sean's Searing Thoughts

And now another installment from the dark nether world of our drummer Sean Dennis...

Thanks Dan and Happy New Year....


Maria, a devout Catholic, got married and had 10 children. After her first husband died, she remarried and had 10 more children. A few weeks after her second husband died, Maria also passed away.


At Maria's funeral, the priest looked skyward and said, "At last, they're finally together."


Her sister sitting in the front row said, "Excuse me, Father, but do you mean she and her first husband, or she and her second husband?"


The priest replied, "I mean her legs."

Wow Sean thanks again

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Ballydoyle Aurora This Saturday!! November 11th, 2014 - 10:41pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin "My belt holds my pants up, but the belt loops hold my belt up. I don't really know what's happening down there. Who is the real hero?"

Hellooo All....

This note will find you just in time for the return of the Polar Vortex. This Saturday November 15th we play at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in downtown Aurora at 9 PM. It a great area for night life. It will be last show of 2014 so make a night of it with us. We'll even go to the casino across the street after (and before) the show!! We are staying at the Comfort Suites down the street.


Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

This show is the closest one to a holiday show. I asked Sean if he had any thoughts. Now we all know that Sean is our drummer an never misses a beat (although he has been known to be a beat off) but he has one he would like to share.

Thanks Dan


One Man's Thanksgiving Horror Story...


Paddy and Lauren have been married for 15 years. Every morning for 15 years, Paddy wakes up, farts loudly, rolls over onto his back and gets up for work.


Every morning for 15 years, Lauren yells, "One of these days, you're gonna fart your guts out!"


One Thanksgiving morning, Lauren's preparing the turkey and gets an idea. Before her husband gets up, she creeps upstairs and places the turkey innards in his pajama bottoms, giggling to herself.


Well, later that morning, Paddy wakes up and goes through his morning ritual. He screams as he goes running into the bathroom. Lauren laughs, but is concerned after noticing that Paddy has been in the bathroom for 3 hours.


She runs upstairs, and is about to knock on the door, when Paddy opens up, pale as a ghost. He says, "You were right. You were right. I did fart my guts out, but by the grace of God and these two fingers I got them back up there again."

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Golden Ace Inn This Saturday!! October 23rd, 2014 - 9:46pm

Brother Mike's Musings.... by Mike Larkin 'I kept a diary right after I was born. Day 1: Tired from the move. Day 2: Everyone thinks I'm an idiot...'

Hellooo Alll

Can you say road trip? This Saturday October 25th we return to our favorite spot in Indianapolis - McGinley's Golden Ace Inn and the show starts at 9 PM. It is one of the oldest continuous family run Pubs in the US and a great spot to raise a pint with us. Tell your friends and come out to see us at this Historic pub!!

Next show is Saturday November 15th at Ballydoyle Irish Pub - Aurora. It will be last show of 2014 so make a night of it with us. We'll even go to the casino across the street after (and before) the show!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts ... by Sean Dennis

Yes it's another installment from our disturbed drummer Sean Dennis.

One night, Mrs Sweeney answers the door to see her husband's best friend, Kevin, standing on the doorstep.


"Hello Kevin, but where is my husband Paddy? He went with you to the beer factory"


Kevin shook his head. "Oh no Mrs Sweeney, there was a terrible accident at the beer factory, your husband fell into a vat of Guinness stout and drowned"


Mrs Sweeney starts crying. "Oh don't tell me that, did he at least go quickly?"


Kevin shakes his head. "Not really - he got out 3 times to pee!"

Thanks Sean. Are you sure this lady doesn't live on 108th & St Louis? The names sound familiar.

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Let's Roon ALS October 14th, 2014 - 10:49pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'My other brother-in-law died. He was a karate expert, then joined the army. The first time he saluted, he killed himself...'

Hellooo Alll

What was his name Mike, 'Hugo' Moran? But seriously folks try the veal....

This Sunday October 18 we play at a benefit call Let's Roon ALS at 115 Bourbon Street. The event starts technically starts at 1 PM but you can get there early for the start of the Bear Game if you want. We will go on after the game. It's a great cause for a great family.

Next Saturday October 25th we return to our favorite spot in Indianapolis - McGinley's Golden Ace Inn and the show starts at 9 PM. It is one of the oldest continuous family run Pubs in the US and a great spot to raise a pint with us. Tell your friends and come out to see us!!

Studio Work

The good news is we are recording!!! Hope to get this out in 2015 so let us know if you have any suggestions to songs we can include. I know Neil is looking to do his version of 'Let It Go!' from Frozen.

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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1/2 Way To St Paddy's Day at Nevins Brewing Company!! September 17th, 2014 - 9:34pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' My uncle was the town drunk. Most of the time that's not so bad; but the town was Chicago...'

Hellooo All...

That same uncle took a trip to Toronto and saw a billboard that said 'Drink Canada Dry!' and he saw it as a challenge. If only Rob Ford was there to party with him in those days.

It is hard to believe but today is 1/2 way to St. Patrick's Day. Let's face it the reason why the date is even noted is it is a great excuse to have a party!! This Saturday Sept 20 we plan to do just that at Nevin's Brewing Company in Plainfield at 9 PM. We will be sharing the stage with a great bunch of lads from a band called Coyote Riot and we will switch off playing a few sets.

Top Ten Reasons Why To See Us This Weekend

10. Beer
9. Joe demonstrates his new talent as a ventriloquist
8.Whiskey
7.Sean will speak for the first time since 2012
6.Neil dances the Hustle!
5More Beer
4Mike gets angry (it happens all the time but it is still good enough to rank number 4)
3.Joe throws his dummy across the room in frustration after the dummy insults him for the fifth time
2.Kevin sings lead on Danny Boy

and the number 1 reason to come see us this weekend -- Did I mention beer?

October Shows

Check out the web site for our October shows. We have a road trip to Indianapolis planned and a possible surprise show. Stay Tuned.

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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East Dundee Heritage Fest !!! September 10th, 2014 - 10:11pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'My son complains about headaches. I tell him all the time, when you get out of bed, it's feet first!'

Hellooo All....

And we're back and ready to go this weekend. On Saturday September 13 we return to The East Dundee Heritage Fest at 7 :30 PM on the Depot Stage. Playing in the Dundee area in early September brings back memories of the Fox Valley Irish Fest from the late nineties till just a few years ago. Hope to see some old friends this Saturday

Next Saturday September 20 we play at a great 1/2 way to St Paddy's Day Show at Nevins Brewing Company with a great band Coyote Riot. We will switch off sets and probably play a song or two together. Show starts at 9 PM and going well into the night. Come on out to a great place and a great new tradition!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts... by Sean Dennis

A man and a woman were having dinner in a fine restaurant.

Their waitress, taking another order at a table a few paces away noticed that the man was slowly sliding down his chair and under
the table, with the woman acting unconcerned. The waitress watched as the man slid all the way down his chair and out of sight under the table.

Still, the woman dining across from him appeared calm and unruffled, apparently unaware that her dining companion had
disappeared. After the waitress finished taking the order, she came over to the table and said to the woman, "Pardon me, ma'am, but I think your husband just slid under the table."

The woman calmly looked up at her and replied firmly, "No, he didn't. He just walked in the door."

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Long Grove Iris Days!! August 28th, 2014 - 4:52pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'If I was given the opportunity to choose how I died I would have to say just like my grandfather did, peacefully in my sleep, not like all the screaming passengers that were also in his car.'

Helloo Alll.....

Great time last weekend in Peoria! Good session every night after the show. Great crowd, great people plus Kevin and Sean came out on top at the casino (as usual).

This weekend Saturday August 30th we play at Long Grove Irish Days in Long Grove IL at 5:40 PM. It has been a few years since we played there but we have had some great times in the past. They have a great men in kilt contest that Joe almost won in the past but scared away the nuns in the front row.

Next Saturday September 6th we will play for the Princess Mya Rose Benefit at 115 Bourbon Street. Please check out link for information but the benefit starts at 4PM and we start at 5 PM. It should be a blast.

Sean's Stories From The Road

Had the benefit to listen to our beloved Sean Dennis tell us a few of his stories this weekend. By far this one is the best:

A group of third, fourth and fifth graders accompanied by two lady teachers, went on a field trip to the local race track to learn about thoroughbred horses and the supporting industry.

During the tour some of the children wanted to go to the toilet so it was decided that the girls would go with one teacher and the boys would go with the other.

As the teacher assigned to the boys waited outside the men's toilet one of the boys came out and told her he couldn't reach the urinal. Having no choice she went inside and began hoisting up the little boys by their armpits.

As she lifted one she couldn't help but notice that he was rather well endowed, especially for a little kid.

"I guess you must be in the fifth," she said.

"No ma'am," he replied, "I'm in the seventh, riding Silver Arrow. But thanks for the lift anyhow."

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
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Peoria Erin Feis This Weekend August 21st, 2014 - 2:07pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'My grandmother is over ninety and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle...'

Hellooo All

And we're back.... Had a great time last weekend at our Gaelic Park Patio Show. It wasn't without incident however. I have been holding our equipment at my next door neighbors garage (who is also my mom) as we remodel my basement and recording studio. Thankfully it's finished but we had not transferred the equipment back because we don't always need all of it.

A couple of week's ago Danny borrowed the equipment for his block party but returned it back to my mom's garage. Our late band van that we have used since 2007 developed engine issues so we donated it and are looking for a new one. For the show we had to borrow Danny's roommate Artie's pick up track that also happens manual transmission which only Mike or Joe can drive.

Mike picked it up and it was a bit of an adventure in itself as he was a little rusty on the clutch. Well when we made it to Gaelic Park we were missing the chord bag. Danny indicated his roommate is the one who returned the equipment a couple of weeks before. I told him I was certain I emptied my mom's garage and please call Artie and find out what he did with it. After he called it was revealed that he left that bag in my Garage which of course I didn't check. My wife graciously brought the bag up and we were only 20 minutes late.

The good news is that we have replaced the band van.

Peoria Erin Feis and Long Grove Irish Days

It's fest season. This weekend August 22 and 23 we return to Peoria Erin Feis. We play both nights at the O'Neil's Pub Stage at 9:15 PM. Coincidentally when we bought the last van in 2007 Peoria was the first place we played after the purchase as well.

On Saturday August 30th we play at Long Grove Irish Days in Long Grove IL at 5:40 PM. It has been a few years since we played there but we have had some great times in the past.

Shirts are in Stock

Just got a new batch of shirts this past week. All our merchandise is available at all shows.

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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The Carraig Pub at Chicago Gaelic Park on the Patio This Friday!! August 12th, 2014 - 10:41pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' I can whistle with my fingers, especially if I have a whistle...'

Hellooo All

Believe it or not Mike figured that out tonight as he ran his daughter's basketball practice. Well the summer break is over and it's time to play some music. It is going to be a busy August and September and it starts this Friday August 15 at The Carraig Pub at Chicago Gaelic Park on the Patio (outside) at 8 PM. Weather is supposed to be great and the craic definitely will be.

Next Weekend we play at Peoria's Erin Feis on Friday Aug 22 and Saturday August 23. It's a great fest on the banks of the Illinois River. Of course if you are in the mood there is also Big Al's... It's World Famous!!!

More news to come in following weeks. As we go on the road we will bring some good stories back with us. Stay tuned!!

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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Irish American Heritage Fest This Saturday July 8th, 2014 - 10:54pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'My sister wanted to be an actress, but she never made it. She does live in a trailer. She got halfway. She's an actress, she just never gets called to the set...'

Helloo All

Been a good summer so far but it's time to get out a play. We are at the Irish American Heritage Fest on Saturday July 12 at 5:30 PM on the main stage. It is a great fest and we always have a good time. If you have a request let me know and I will include (results may vary, only at participating festivals)!!

August also promises to be a busy month with a patio show at Gaelic Park as well as fests in Peoria and Long Grove.

Sean's Searing Thoughts

Been awhile since we had this segment but it is back by popular demand, take it away Sean.

Thanks Dan... here goes---


A Russian, an Italian and an Irishman got out of work and were deciding where to go for a drink. The Irishman said "Let's all go to O'Learys. With every third round, the bartender will give each of us a free Guiness."


The Italian said "That sounds good, but if we go to Baldini's with every third round they bring a free bottle of wine to the table."


The Russian said "That sounds fine but if we go to Gouvstof's we drink for free all night and then go out into the parking lot and get laid."


"That sounds to good to be true!" the Irishman exclaimed. "Have you actually been there?"


"No," the Russian replied, "but my wife goes there all the time."

Thanks Sean!

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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Gaelic Park Irish Fest This Weekend!! May 22nd, 2014 - 5:19pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'I like refried beans. That's why I wanna try fried beans, because maybe they're just as good and we're just wasting time...'

Helloo All....

Mike's a little late on the Cinco de Mayo humor but it's still funny.

Summer festival season begin's this weekend!! Come see us this weekend at Gaelic Park Irish Fest. We play on the Tara Stage on Saturday March 24 at 9:30 PM. We also play on Monday March 26 twice- 4:30 PM at the Crossroads Stage and 6:30 PM at the Emerald Stage.

Memorial Day Humor from Terry Moran

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?"
"Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet..

"How can you be so sure?" she protested. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the
duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and
strolled out of the room.

The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck."

The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman.. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!"
she cried, "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead!"

The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $150."

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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Helping Hand Fundraiser!! April 25th, 2014 - 1:04pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin "I wear a necklace, cause I wanna know when I'm upside down..."

Hellooo All

I think the good weather is really coming. This weekend looks a little rainy but finally no more snow. Come on out this Sunday April 27th for a great fundraiser run by the IBEW local 134 called Getting Back and Giving Back Benefit II for their Helping Hand Fund at 115 Bourbon Street at 1 PM. This fund helps those members who are in distress. It should be a blast!!

Festivals, Festivals and More Festivals

The summer festival season is around the corner and our schedule is filling up. Check out the web site CelticRatPack.com for details.

..And The Band Played On... The Early Years

In the Autumn of 1997 and 1998 with just the original members (Dan, Mike, Joe and Terry) along with musician Frank O'Connor, a local musician from County Cavan, we recorded two CDs, And The Band Played On (released March 1998) and Bogs, Valleys and Faerie Rings (released March 1999) in his Evergreen Park home studio called Breffni Studios .

The equipment Frank had was common at the time but much less sophisticated than today's home studios and limited to 8 recording tracks. Frank did well to make the CDs sound special and was very helpful give each song extra instrumentation as well as a backing vocal or two. After the recording of the last CDs Frank packed his bags and moved to San Francisco where to this day he still plays every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at Lefty O'Douls at Union Square in San Francisco.

The CD at that time sold in large quantities and quickly and our s were no exception. After a couple of pressings and with the release of our newer CDs we made the decision not to order more CDs as part of our offerings, probably around 2005. Over the years since we get allot of request to offer them again so we thought why not put them out as a digital offering compilation. That's what we have done. 19 songs --> here is the link to iTunes -->https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/band-played-on...-early-years/id825805326.....

That's All For Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack
 
 
Mount Prospect Irish Fest April 9th, 2014 - 10:33pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin 'A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing...'


Hellooo All...

Having a couple of week off sure is good for the liver...I mean soul... Hey this weekend we return to a great fest called Mount Prospect Irish Fest on Saturday April 12 at 8 PM. It will be in a heated tent so don't let the cool spring air scare you.

Then on Sunday April 13 we play a tribute benefit to Brian McDevitt, a Chicago Cop who was killed while riding his bike called Remember His Ride: Celebrating Brian. The event start at 2 PM so come on out.

Sean's Searing Thoughts

And now, another installment from Sean:

Thanks Dan - 'A female police officer is making an arrest of a male subject and says'"You have the right to remain silent and anything you say will be used against you"


The Man responded, "boobs".

Thanks Sean, well everyone that's all for Now!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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St Paddy's Weekend March 14th, 2014 - 4:38pm

Brother Mike's Musings... I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, 'I'm going to mop the floor with your face.' I said, 'You'll be sorry.' He said, 'Oh, yeah? Why?' I said, 'Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well.'

Well, Well Well...

It is here. The biggest week of the year for us that is, St Paddy's Weekend so with further delay here is the schedule:

Friday the 14th Tommy Nevin's Pub - Frankfort 9680 Lincolnway Lane Frankfort, IL 9:00 PM
Saturday the 15thTommy Nevin's Pub - Naperville 3032 English Rows Naperville, IL 12:00 PM
Saturday the 15thKerry Piper Tent Show 7900 Joliet Road Willowbrook, IL 9:00 PM
Sunday the 16thGaelic Park - Emerald Room 6119 W 147th Street Oak Forest , Illinois 1:30 PM
Sunday the 16thNevin's Brewing Company 12337 SOUTH RT. 59 Plainfield, IL 7:00 PM
Monday the 17thTribes Alehouse 9501 West 171 Street Tinley Park, Illinois 2:00 PM
Monday the 17th115 Bourbon Street 3359 West 115th Street Merrionette Park, Illinois 7:00 PM

Sean's Searing Thoughts

Due to the explicit nature of this weekend's searing thought we will skip this section this week.

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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Forever Green!!! March 4th, 2014 - 10:10pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' Why do they call it rush hour when nothing moves?'

Hellooo Alll!!

March Madness Week End 2-----

This Friday March 7th we return to Forever Green at the Park West. This event is run by the Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago and is one of the largest St Patrick's day parties around. The event starts at 6 PM. Check out http://youngirish.com/fg39/event-details/ to purchase tickets. For you southsider they offer a bus going to and from Rhino bar (103rd & Western) you can sign up for the bus when you purchase your ticket for the event

Also next Saturday March 8th we will play St Mike's St Pat's Party in Orland Park IL. We go on around 7 PM but the event starts earlier then that.

Sean's Searing Thoughts

Sean is back again and competing with Mike for clever things to say, Sean?

Thanks Dan but it is really no competition, Mike is a wanker. Here goes:

When I see lovers names carved in a tree, I don't think it's cute. I just think it's crazy how many people bring knives on a date...

Thanks Sean, well everyone that's all for Now!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack
 
 
February 27th, 2014 - 4:11pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin... 'While playing golf today I hit two good balls. I stepped on a rake....'


Hellooo All


You played golf today? In this weather? Anyway March is just two days away and the schedule is loaded with some great events. This Saturday March 1 we travel down to Starved Rock Country and the Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) Irish Night at Senica's Oak Ridge. We go on around 7 PM (ish)

Then next Saturday March 7th we return to Forever Green at the Park West. This event is run by the Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago and is one of the largest St Patrick's day parties around. The event starts at 6 PM.

Also next Saturday March 8th we will play St Mike's St Pat's Party in Orland Park IL. We go on around 7 PM but the event starts earlier then that.

...And The Band Played On... The Early Years


In the Autumn of 1997 and 1998 with just the original members (Dan, Mike, Joe and Terry) along with musician Frank O'Connor, a local musician from County Cavan, we recorded two CDs, And The Band Played On (released March 1998) and Bogs, Valleys and Faerie Rings (released March 1999) in his Evergreen Park home studio called Breffni Studios .

The equipment Frank had was common at the time but much less sophisticated than today's home studios and limited to 8 recording tracks. Frank did well to make the CDs sound special and was very helpful give each song extra instrumentation as well as a backing vocal or two. After the recording of the last CDs Frank packed his bags and moved to San Francisco where to this day he still plays every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at Lefty O'Douls at Union Square in San Francisco.

The CD at that time sold in large quantities and quickly and our s were no exception. After a couple of pressings and with the release of our newer CDs we made the decision not to order more CDs as part of our offerings, probably around 2005. Over the years since we get allot of request to offer them again so we thought why not put them out as a digital offering compilation. That's what we have done. 19 songs --> here is the link to iTunes --> https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/band-played-on...-early-years/id825805326.....


New LNMB Shirts Now Available


That's right we have a new style Larkin and Moran Brothers T-Shirt this year, now available. Check them out at our show!!

Sean's Searing Thoughts


I have to admit it Sean works at it even if I don't want to go to that dark place...ever... Now for Sean's installment to this week's update.

Thanks Dan... you are correct it is a dark place and you don't want to be there, ever. OK here goes:


The mother superior calls all the nuns together.
She then says to them, "I must tell you something very very serious. We have a case of gonorrhea in the convent."
A nun in the back responds, "Thank god I'm so tired of Zinfandel."


Thanks Sean, well everyone that's all for Now!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
The Beneficial Weekend February 18th, 2014 - 9:14pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' If my kid couldn't draw I'd make sure that my kitchen magnets didn't work...'

Helloo All....


Welcome to mid February... and it's still snowing...yeah....

But we are having some warm weather which means we are over the freezing mark... it is all in your perspective.

This weekend however could be beneficially to you (heh..heh.. catch the pun?) we will be at the Barbara Vic Fundraiser at 115 Bourbon Street this Friday February 22 at 7 PM. Then on Saturday we play for the Frosty Walk at Brother Rice High School from 4 to 6 PM. It should be a blast so come on out.

And The Band Played On... The Larkin and Moran Brothers... The Early Years


Great news! We have released many of the tracks on the first two CDs, And The Band Played On and Bogs, Valleys and Faeries Rings, on a new digital release call ...And The Band Played On... The Early Years available on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby. These CDs have been out of print for years and demand to get them in some form has been great. We will have a links for you by next update. We will also have upload cards for sale at a great discount at all shows.

Also have some great new shirts for sale this coming March so check them out!!

ean's Searing Thoughts


So I'm thinking this entry to the update has run it's course (like Neal's piece hee hee ) but I am mistaken. Sean Dennis is the talk of the update so let's see what he has for us this time. Sean:

'Thanks Dan. OK everyone sit back and enjoy...


As an airplane is about to crash, a female passenger jumps up frantically and announces, "If I'm going to die, I want to die feeling like a woman."


She removes all her clothes and asks, "Is there someone on this plane who is man enough to make me feel like a woman?"


A man stands up removes his shirt and says, "Here, iron this!"'

That's all for Now!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Slainte!!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Carriag Pub This Saturday!! January 29th, 2014 - 9:46pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'I recently took up ice sculpting. Last night I made an ice cube. This morning I made 12, I was prolific...'

Hellooo All

...and I'm sure you made them outside, right? Only been a week but I'm back with another update. We are going into the high season so you will be hearing more from me so get used to it. This Saturday February 1 we make our long awaited return to Gaelic Park's Carraig Pub.

Next Friday we return to the 10th Annual Des Plaines Police Department Irish Fest 2014 at St. Zachary's Church in Des Plaines (where else?) at 7PM ish. This event routinely sells out so get your tickets by hitting the link above.

Sean's Searing Thoughts

Back by popular demand and the fact that Sean has allot of time on his hands.

A drunk walks into a bar, orders a shot and and immediately pukes all over his own shirt. "Wha' my gonna do now? My wifez gonna kill me."

"Relax," the bartender says, "give me a five-dollar bill." The bartender folds up the bill and puts it in the guy's shirt pocket. "Tell your wife some drunk puked on you and gave you five bucks to have your shirt cleaned."

"Thass a great idea!"

When the drunk gets home his wife answers the door. "Where have you been? What happened to your shirt?"

He tries to put on a sober voice and says, "Relaaax honey, some drunk guy puked on me and gave me five bucks to have my shirt cleaned."

The drunk's wife reaches in his pocket, grabs the money, and says, "There's $10 in here!"

"Oh yeah, he pissed my pants, too."

That's all for Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack
 
 
St Rita Winter Fest !! January 23rd, 2014 - 1:26pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' When I encountered rich people for the first time, I discovered that not only do they holiday in places that are hard to find on a map, but that they also use the names of seasons as verbs. When they asked me, 'Where did you summer and winter growing up?' I would usually say, 'As a child? The same place I springed and falled.'...

Hellooo All...


Appropriate as always Mike. Man it's cold outside. (All: How cold is it?) It's so cold that even people named 'Ed' don't have enough time to write their names in the snow. Seriously folks I'll be here all week, try the veal.

We do have a place where you can warm up and see us this weekend. On Saturday January 25 we will be playing at St. Rita's HS Winterfest 2014 from 7 to 10PM. It is like an summer fest... except it is indoors... and it is winter... Ok maybe it's just a Winterfest. But there are multiple bands playing and the admission price included dinner and open bar. So come on out to a great event.

Next Saturday February 1 we have a long awaited return to a great pub- The Carriag Pub at Chicago Gaelic Park at 9 PM. It's been awhile since we played there but it will be a blast as usual.

March Madness


Check out our web site. We have most of our schedule posted for St Paddy's Day season and we are looking forward to a month worth of fun and song.

Hope to see you soon!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Christmas Show at Nevin's Brewing Company December 19th, 2013 - 7:44pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'I'll bet when Luke Skywalker first got his robo-hand, his buddies were all like, "Cool hand, Luke...'

Helloo All...

Part 2 of our Christmas Show spectacular will be at Nevins Brewing Company in Planfield this Friday December 20 at 9 PM. Simply stated if you don't come out see this show, you're officially part of The War On Christmas. Just kidding it's not that bad but it will be a blast. Nevin's has a full selection of craft beers that they brew on sight, great food and one hell of a stage.

Breaking News: A Random Thought From Terry Moran

Terry: I'm convinced that I will NEVER be mature enough to not at least smirk ANY time somebody says, "Come again?" to me. Why I just repeated again in my head and chuckled again...

Christmas is Coming and the Goose is Getting Fat

Finally this is most likely the last update before the Holidays but from the Larkin and Moran Brothers we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Spend time with family (except this Friday bring them to Nevin's) and friends (again this Friday at Nevin's) and remember why we celebrate this time of year.

As the great comedian George Carlin said, 'The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.' wait no that wasn't the sediment I was trying to capture. I'll try again....

As the late singer Dale Evans said, 'Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas...'

Merry Christmas!!
Looking forward to a great 2014!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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Ballydoyle Christmas Show This Saturday!! December 11th, 2013 - 10:43pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... ' Stephen Hawking held a chair at Cambridge for 30 years. Pretty incredible, I'm able-bodied and get tired after holding a door for five minutes...'

Helloooo alll......


Happy Christmas to all. To celebrate we play our first of two Christmas shows this Saturday December 14 at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Drove at 9 PM. Our Christmas shows are legendary and Ballydoyle is a great place to see us bring in the Christmas cheer.

So make it your meeting place to celebrate the Christmas season.

Get Your Larkin & Moran Brothers Merchandise and Gift the Gift That Keeps Giving


Man that is a long headline...

As we always say at our shows our CDs and shirts make wonderful stocking stuffers. Come see us and give the gift that keep giving!! (oh yeah I said that already) Also remember all our CDs can be purchased through iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon as well.

Load those devices with music as you gift a music device to your favorite person.

Sean's Second Shot



Sean Dennis made an appearance in the update page last time and is back by overwhelming popular demand. And no it is not an apology. Take it away Sean....

Thanks Dan... OK Sometimes my jokes don't work...


I walked into the butcher shop just now. He's a real friendly Irish fellow named Paul.


While ringing me up, Paul says, "It's sure to get dark soon now."


"I hate it," I say.


"It'll be over before you know it," Paul says.


"You sound like my proctologist," I reply.


Crickets are still chirping.....



That's all for Now!!

Come out Saturday and help us celebrate Christmas!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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Ballydoyle Aurora This Saturday!! November 11th, 2013 - 8:26pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... ' We're Christening my nephew this weekend. I hope the champagne bottle breaks on the first swing....'

Helllooo Alll....


Boy I really need to explain this concept to Mike after I finish this update and at least before this weekend. Big Show this Saturday Night! Come on out to Ballydoyle Aurora on Saturday Nov. 16 at 9 PM. This venue is fantastic, located on the Fox River in downtown Aurora and across the street from the Hollywood Casino, we have a blast every time we play there.

It is also where we recorded our video Drake Street Rainbow last year. So come out out and have a few pints an sing along with us.

Sean's Searing Thoughts


I'm not sure you have net Sean Dennis, drummer extraordinaire for the Larkin and Moran Brothers, but he had a joke he wanted me to pass along to the e-mail list. As Sean told me (read: disclaimer):

A woman arrived at a party. While scanning the guests, she spotted an attractive man standing alone.
She approached him, smiled and said, "Hello. My name is Carmen." "That's a beautiful name," he replied. "Is it a family name?"
"No," she replied. As a matter of fact I gave it to myself. It represents the things that I enjoy the most - cars and men. Therefore I chose "Carmen". "What's your name?" she asked.
He answered "B.J. Titsengolf."


Note: Sean is not given a microphone at our shows for a reason....

That's all for Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

follow us on Twitter @celticratpack
 
 
Golden Ace Inn October 9th, 2013 - 9:59pm

Brother Mike's Musings... By Mike Larkin... ' Most people don't know that my father was a professional wrestler. It was good for me as a kid because he never really hit me....'

Hellllooo Allll!!!


It's a great October and this year's Hunt for Green October takes us to Indianapolis. This Saturday October 12 we return to Indianapolis and McGinley's Golden Ace Inn at 9 PM. It is Indiana's oldest Irish Pub and run by the McGinley family. It has been a couple of years but we are very excited to return.

Sponge Bob Is expected to be there and has actually paid for a decent hotel room.

Murph's Gift Of Music Benefit Coming!!!

The big date is coming on October 19 (only a week and a half) when we will appear at Murph's Gift Of Music Benefit at 115 Bourbon Street from 3 to 8 PM. It is a tribute to Murph's memory as well as the charity set up in his name.

Beer, Food as well as the best entertainment we can find is all included in the $30 donation. There is also a silent auction and special raffles as well. Please get your tickets early as we are getting a great response! They can be purchase on line up until Midnight Oct 18, at the Door, or by contacting one of the following Committee Members listed on that page.

The entertainment will be emceed by yours truly. Besides us we have the Coyote Riot, The Chancey Brothers, The Bag Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society and A Week Back and Friends.

It promises to be a great time for a great cause.

Still my Favorite Joe Story...

Our trip this weekend to the Ace it brings back memories of another trip we had to Indy from Joe...


So I forgot to tell you this story about when we were in Indianapolis. We were in a local Irish Pub eating and I've just wolfed down about 1/2 a lamb, a 1/2 pound of potatoes, and about 6 Guinesses. Needless to say, my body had to "free up a little salary cap", if you know what I mean.


So I excuse myself to the toilet. now for some reason, on the way in, I pay little attention to the symbols on the outside of the door (and later when I went back, it's not like they had a woman symbol and a man symbol....it was the "Fir" and "Mna" sign. Now growing up in America I have a hard enough time with which means women and which means men when I'm sober so I took my best guess figuring the odds were 50/50.)


So I head right for the stall, close the door, and start my "business" (btw, the stall doors went all the way to the ground, I love that...it's like having your own little crap apartment (pun intended)). So I'm reading a $10 bill, b/c I HAVE to read something....and these 2 Irish women come into the bathroom. now at this time, I'm thinking "Idiots, you've just walked into the men's room". until the 3rd woman walks in. "must be another idiot" I think...or maybe....


D'oh!


So now I've got myself what you call a "situation"...in the meantime, I've also mistakenly put myself in a little recon position. so these 3 women start yapping about a "friend" of theirs who is at dinner, they are all friends with, yet they clearly hate...(done in best Irish accent) "Did you see her hair?"..."Her boyfriend is HIDEOUS!"..."She is such a b*tch" (her words, not mine)....


It's good to know that women are consistent everywhere...I'm sure the 3 of them went back to their table smiling at their friend and laughing with her....brilliant!


So anyway, they are in the bathroom bitching, pissing, doing their makeup, etc...and I'm in there with my pants at my ankles holding a $10 bill waiting for them to leave so I can go join everyone for another drink.


Well about 5 minutes go by and they're still yapping away...in addition, i've got lamb/potato/Guinness saliva in my throat that I'm dying to clear, but I can't clear my throat b/c it will give away the fact that there is a man in the bathroom. FINALLY, they leave, and I make my move. the bill goes back in the pocket, pants up, tuck in shirt, zipper up, flush toilet using foot....then another woman comes in the bathroom....


and another....


The first one goes into the stall, the 2nd one to the sink....NOW i'm standing in the stall waiting, like a horse waiting for the starting gate to open....


Patience......patience......


I listen for the sink chick....(probably checking her hair)....I really have 2 options at this point: wait for nobody to be in the bathroom, or I can run for the door and hope that she doesn't look to her left....I'm 60/40 to make it....but I need to make a decision quickly b/c the other chick is finishing up in the stall....


So I RUN for it....I keep my head down and it's really only about 5 steps to the door, but I have to walk TOWARDS the sink area...if she looks left, I'm screwed. I hear the stall woman coming out of her stall...I turn 5 steps into 3 leaps and reach for the door....


but the door is already opening....


There's only 1 thing you can say to the 3rd woman coming into the bathroom with the shocked look on her face...


"How's it goin'?", I ask, rhetorically.


Now I have to go into the MEN'S (I now will have Fir tattooed on my brain) room to wash up....and then back to the table....

Guess what day it is?

It's Hump Daayyyy

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Sponge Bob Lives!! September 11th, 2013 - 10:28pm

Brother Mike's Musings.... by Mike Larkin. 'If my kid couldn't draw I'd make sure that my kitchen magnets didn't work....'

Helloooo Alll.....


Just buy a good stainless steel refrigerator Mike. Hey it's great to be back. Had a great time at the Murph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl Fundraiser last Saturday. Lot's of good stories.

We want to ongratulate 'Sponge' Bob Brown on the accomplishment of surviving a night at the Beverly Inn and Suites last Saturday. He checked in and asked the receptionist if he could walk to the first pub O'Rourke's Office and her reply was ' I wouldn't if I were you!'

Busy Weekend coming up. On Friday September 13 we play Dundee Heritage Fest in East Dundee at 7 PM. Great return to the area that used to have the Fox Valley Irish Fest. Hope to see some old friends there

On Saturday September 14 we will play at the 1st Annual Half Way To St Patrick's Day 2013 Festival at Chicago Plumbers 130 Hall. This is a fundraiser for the St Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Chicago at we go on at 5 PM.

October Shows


It never too early to announce some great upcoming shows. On October 12 we return to Indianapolis and McGinley's Golden Ace Inn at 9 PM. It is Indiana's oldest Irish Pub and run by the McGinley family. It has been a couple of years but we are very excited to return. Can you say road trip?

Then on Oct 19 we will be playing at the fundraiser for Murph's Gift of Music with Coyote Riot, The Chancey Brothers, The Bag Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society and A Week Back and Friends. The event starts at 3 PM so please make plans on coming!!

Ireland Trip Postponed


We regret that we will have to cancel plans to host a trip to Ireland next June. We know there were many who were waiting for the announcement concerning the trip but circumstances dictate we will need to push the trip out, most likely until 2015.

We hope that those who were hoping to go understand. We also welcome everyone who can come with us when we can plan this trip in the not too distant future.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Muph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl September 3rd, 2013 - 8:07am

Brother Mike's Musings.... by Mike Larkin ' My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them....'

Hellooo Alll...

We could sure use some real water lately Mike. Too Dry.. August is almost finished and we are coming up on the Labor Day weekend. We have a few shows planned for September starting off next weekend for the Murph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl on Saturday September 7 stating at 1 PM at O'Rourke's Office.

This pub crawl will help raise funds for the Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund and benefit scheduled at 115 Bourbon Street (www.115bourbonstreet.com) on October 19th.

A bus will then take you to a crawl from other pubs. Here is the schedule:

1:00-2:30 O'Rourke's Office(11064 S Western, Chicago IL)
3:00-4:30 Tailgators Sports Bar (9356 S Cicero, Oak Lawn, IL)
5:00-7:30 Tommy Nevin's Frankfort (9680 Lincolnway Lane, Frankfort, IL.)
8:00-9:30 McNally's Pub (11136 S Western, Chicago, IL)

Please contact Dan Larkin at larkinbros@aol.com or 1-773-960-3892 to sign up. We have had a great response and we need to be prepared to handle all who want to attend. The only limitation is how many we can fit on the bus so let us know!! A $10 dollar donation helps defray cost of bus and shirt.

We will be playing games at all pubs along the way and a session at the Tommy Nevin's so any musician who want to join in just bring your instrument or voices!

See You Saturday!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Palatine's Sounds of Summer August 8th, 2013 - 3:24pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' Manure is like Cialis at a party- it's better to spread it out and watch things grow....'

Hellooo All.....

What a wonderful summer it has been so far!! Join us next Saturday August 10 at 8 PM for Palatine's Sounds of Summer Concert Series at the Fred P Hall Amphitheater. This was rescheduled from July when we were washed out by mother nature. What a better way to spend a Saturday night!!

Murph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl Schedule Announced!!!


The Pub Crawl begin's at O'Rourke's Office at Noon on Saturday Sept 7th. So far we have a great response. You can also pick us up at any pub along the crawl. This pub crawl will help raise funds for the Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund and benefit scheduled at 115 Bourbon Street (www.115bourbonstreet.com) on October 19th.

A bus will then take you to a crawl from there to other pubs.

1:00-2:30 O'Rourke's Office(11064 S Western, Chicago IL)
3:00-4:30 Tailgators Sports Bar (9356 S Cicero, Oak Lawn, IL)
5:00-7:30 Tommy Nevin's Frankfort (9680 Lincolnway Lane, Frankfort, IL.)
8:00-9:30 McNally's Pub (11136 S Western, Chicago, IL)

Please contact Dan Larkin at larkinbros@aol.com or 1-773-960-3892 to sign up. We have had a great response and we need to be prepared to handle all who want to attend. The only limitation is how many we can fit on the bus so let us know!! A $10 dollar donation helps defray cost of bus and shirt.

We will be playing games at all pubs along the way and a session at the Tommy Nevin's so any musician who want to join in just bring your instrument or voices!

New CD Recording Has Begun!!!


Now that the Castlegregory Studio has been updated we have begun record our next CD. Look for updates as we progress. also let us know if you have anything you would like us to record!!

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Irish American Heritage Fest - This Saturday!! July 11th, 2013 - 10:31pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin..'Please don't tell your friends about your indigestion. 'How are you' is a greeting, not a question...'
Hellooo all

It's been a great summer so far and this weekend we will be appearing at a great fest on Chicago's North Side called the Irish American Heritage Fest on Saturday July 13, 2013 on the Main Stage at 7:30 PM. Other great acts will be playing all weekend such as Derek Warfield and the Young Dubliners and our good friends the Chancey Brothers. The weather is supposed to be perfect so come out and tip a pint with us.


Murph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl Scheduled for September 7!!!


Mike Murphy was a member of the Larkin and Moran Brothers from 2000 until his life was cut short at 32 in 2008. His family and friends help set up The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization). Murph taught at the Music School in Oak Lawn and encouraged and inspired people of all ages to learn how to play an instrument and love music.

The Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity. The organization's goal is to carry on Murph's legacy and make a difference in a life by giving them the gift of music. Since 2009 hundreds of kids have benefited from this fund and we know Murph is proud.

Back in 2009 we held our first Pub Crawl in support of the first Murph's Gift Of Music benefit. We had our second one in 2011. Both events were a blast and we raised a bunch of money for the fund. We have secure a bus again and are working on the schedule and will publish next week. We will have a bus so leave the driving to us or so pick us up at any pub along the crawl.

This pub crawl will help raise funds for the Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund and benefit scheduled at 115 Bourbon Street (www.115bourbonstreet.com) on October 19th.

Please contact Dan Larkin at larkinbros@aol.com or 1-773-960-3892 to sign up. We have had a great response and we need to be prepared to handle all who want to attend. The only limitation is how many we can fit on the bus so let us know!! A $10 dollar donation helps defray cost of bus and shirt.

We will be playing games at all pubs along the way and a session at the Kerry Piper so any musician who want to join in just bring your instrument or voices!

Another Installment of Neil Sullivan's Cheesy Pick Up Lines You Should Never Use

Neil Sullivan, the fiddle player, is back after popular demand with his segment cheesy pick up lines you should never use... Neil?

thank you dan I know it was only a matter of time when i would be accepted. hello everyone this is neal. you can tell it's me because of the italics and the fact that my generation gave up on using capitals in writing and we also like stupid abbreviations - ulm!

as you might remember from the last update my now regular section is called 'cheesy pick up lines you should never use'. and now for this weeks line:

"my love for you is like diarrhea, i just can't hold it in."


thank you very much, tee hee!!

Hello everyone this is Dan. Wow that one is out there but I think I remember Neil actual using it...

Ireland Tour announcement is about a week or two away, stay tuned.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Seventeen Seconds of Joy (Sorry Boston Fans) June 25th, 2013 - 9:25pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ... 'Babies don't need a vacation, but I still see them at the beach... it pisses me off! I'll go over to a little baby and say 'What are you doing here? You never worked a day in your life!'

Hellooo All...


How about those Blackhawks!! Yes it is good to be a Chicagoan today... Actually I am very happy to say there will be no seventh game tomorrow night but mostly since we are playing in Palatine at the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater at 8 PM as well (June 26) and are happy not to compete with that. It is a great venue and I guarantee good weather.

Also This Saturday June 29 we are appearing at The Blackout Diaries to give a tale of woe. It starts at 8 PM at the Lincoln Lodge at here are some details for tickets:

Buy tickets in advance as the show some times sells out follow this link!!-----

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/395603

Oh the Summertime is here!!

Take Care and see you this week!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Quigley's This Friday June 18th, 2013 - 9:30pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'I tried real hard to play golf, and I was so bad at it they would have to check me for ticks at the end of the round because I'd spent about half the day in the woods...'

Hellooo All..

Yes it is summer time and Mike is making his yearly attempt at being Jack Nicklaus. Hope you are having a great summer so far and speaking of which we will be at Quigley's Irish Pub in Oak Lawn, IL this Friday June 21 at 9 PM for their summer music series. It promises to be a great night.

Also a week from Wednesday June 26 we will appear at the Fred P Hall Amphitheather in Palatine, IL for an outdoor concert in the park at 8 PM. It is a pretty cool venue so bring a few chairs and enjoy.

Blackout Diaries


We will also appear at the Blackout Diaries on Saturday June 29 at 8 PM. It will be the Larkin and Moran Brothers turn at appearing at what is described below.

WHAT: The Blackout Diaries is a comedy show were standup comedians, plus ‘regular’ people (cops, firefighters, teachers, etc) tell true drinking stories. Then you, the audience, can ask questions. Still wondering? Check out some photos from the show.

WHO: The show was created by its host, Sean Flannery. It is produced in conjunction with Chicago Underground Comedy, one Chicago’s most critically acclaimed showcases.

WHEN / WHERE: The show is every Saturday at The Lincoln Lodge @ 8:00 PM.

WHY: 32 oz beers.

IS IT REAL? Yes, stories are all true (so far as our crack fact checkers can verify… they are also drunk).

Next CD/Ireland Trip Planning


Lot's of work is being done to get the next CD started. A complete upgrade of ' Castlegregory Studios' is almost complete. I have heard some demos from the boys so it promises to be our best.

Also we should be announcing an Ireland Tour shortly so stay tuned.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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St Catherine's Summerfest This Thursday!! June 4th, 2013 - 9:55pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... 'I want to go to Whole Foods and take little bites out of all of the peaches, just so they'll have to change their name....'

Helloo All


Please join us this Thursday June 6 at 7 PM for our annual show at St Catherine's Summer Fest in Oak Lawn, IL. It is our longest running annual show, dating back to 1996. Thursday is their 'Irish Night' and a great way to celebrate the end of school year and beginning of summer.

Of course their has always been a bit of sadness to this show as it marks memories of when our friend Mike Murphy was taken from us way too soon. June 6 marks the fifth anniversary of his death to a hit and run driver. His last show with us was the night before at St Catherine's. Rest is peace brother!!

Murph's Gift of Music

The legacy of Murph's life is the scholarship fund created in his name by his mother - The Michael J Murphy Music Scholarship Fund. This year their will be another major fundraiser at 115 Bourbon Street on October 19 at 2 PM. It promises to be a great day of music and fun. Prior to that in August or September we will sponsor another Pub Crawl. The last two have been a blast!!

Murph was a music teacher and an inspiration to his students. Since 2010 over 100 kids have benefited from this award.

Cheesy Pick Up Lines You Should Never Use

Neil Sullivan, the fiddle player, has ask for another shot at his most recent contribution to the update to redeem himself... Neil?

thank you dan for another shot. hello everyone this is neal. you can tell it's me because of the italics and the fact that my generation gave up on using capitals in writing and we also like stupid abbreviations - lol!


as you might remember from the last update my new section is called 'cheesy pick up lines you should never use'. ontrary to what the old man says many people said they liked my section. so here goes:


You might not be the best looking girl here, but beauty is only a light switch away.


thank you very much, bff!!

Hello everyone this is Dan. For Neal, the many people who liked it represent his multiple personalities. Just kidding Neal, OK, that one wasn't that bad.

Lot's of shows in June including some stand up, so keep in touch.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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Gaelic Park Irish Fest This Weekend!! May 21st, 2013 - 7:38pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'I called the mechanic because I think the bulb on my Service Engine light went out....'

Hellooo All....


I've seen that light... as long as it is on you know the band van will run... Big weekend coming up as Gaelic Park Irish Fest kicks off summer festival season. We will be there for two shows on Saturday May 25. The first set is at 6 PM at the Crossroads Stage. It will be a strip down 'storytellers' show. After that join us at the Tara Stage for a full band show at 7:30.

We return on Monday May 27, Memorial Day, on the Emerald Stage for our annual fest close out show at 6:30 PM. Join us!!!

Cheesy Pick Up Lines You Should Never Use

Neal Sullivan, our young and impressionable fiddle player, has been asking for some update time to identify more with the younger generation. I said great. I'll now turn it over to him and his new section (titled above). And now here's Neal:

thanks dan. hello everyone this is neal. you can tell it's me because of the italics and the fact that my generation gave up on using capitals in writing and we use stupid abbreviations - lmao. so my new section is called 'cheesy pick up lines you should never use'. let me know how you like it, here is my first one:


hi there. you must work at subway, cause you just gave me a footlong.


thank you very much, lmao!


Hello!! This is Dan again. You can tell because that could be the only installment we ever give Neal (laugh my ass off)....

RIP Ray Manzarek


We were saddened to hear about the death of rock legend from the band the Doors, Ray Manzarek. As a fellow alumnus of St Rita High School, we were honored and fortunate to open for Ray and fellow Door Robbie Krieger at a concert at St Rita in 2005 for their 100th anniversary.

Ray and Robbie were extremely gracious to us and for sometime after Robbie would wear our band shirt at their concerts. I mean this is the guy who wrote ' Light My Fire' wearing a LMB shirt. It always floors me when I think of it.

Ray was pretty humorous when we offered him a shirt. He loved the green one but had no use for the yellow one...

Lot's of shows in the next month, so keep in touch.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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Mount Prospect Irish Fest April 24th, 2013 - 9:45pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' My brother's wife's family is Byzantine Catholic. Their service is pretty cool. Way better than the Saltine Catholics. That mass can be a little dry...'

Hellooo all....


These pretzel's are making me thirsty! But seriously I'll be here all week, try the veal!! OK now that I got that out of my system I can really start the update.

It's been a nice little break (we like to call it the Post-March-Betty-Ford-Clinic-Cleansing break actually) but we are ready to hit the ground running this weekend at the Mount Prospect Irish Fest this Saturday April 27 at 8 PM in downtown Mount Prospect.

It is the earliest fest of the season but it is in a big heated tent and parking is free near by. Last year we had a blast so it promises to be a grand return. The pints will be flowing.

Forward Planning

Promises to be a busy year. Besides booking show at festivals we will be working on a new CD with a hopeful release of March 2014. Including the 2 early releases this will be our seventh CD. Some of the originals are being demoed for consideration and it promises to be our best after what I have heard so far.

We also plan on doing some stand up comedy toward the end of June this year, details to follow.

Ireland Tour 2014 will start planning in the next month for an expected summertime trip. Stay tuned.

Drake Street Rainbow Video

Still receiving great responses from our new video ' Drake Street Rainbow' If you haven't seen it check it out with the Video Link.



E-mail Lists

We have tons of friends & fans on social media such as Facebook and Twitter but we also maintain a large e-mail update list. It is still the best way not to miss an update as sometimes traffic on the social web sites gets too congested. If you or someone you know would like to be added to our e-mail list just send me a note at larkinbros@aol.com and we'll add you.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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This Saturday March 4 Meg March 27th, 2013 - 7:05pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin.. ' I don't have a Facebook or Twitter account, so I just go around announcing out loud what I am doing at random times. I have 3 followers so far but I think 2 of them are cops...'

Hellooo all...


I know you think Mike is trying to be witty but the fact is he just made a true statement. It is pretty weird when he takes his plate of food at a restaurant, goes around the room, shows everyone what he is eating and tells them to take a mental picture.

Or when the Blackhawks win a game and he opens his front door and yells, 'HAWKS WIN, PATRICK KANE IS AWESOME!!' followed by, "GOING TO BED NOW, I'M FEELING CONSTIPATED!"

Come and join us for one last show this March at March 4 Meg fundraiser at Bleekers Bowl in Evergreen Park on Saturday March 30, 2013 at 1 PM. Then it is off to our yearly cleansing at the Betty Ford Clinic.

Big plans will then be underway for a new Ireland Tour in 2014 as well as a new CD. Onward!!

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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The Existence of Dog February 27th, 2013 - 9:14pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' What do you get when you cross an agnostic, a insomniac and a person with dyslexia? A person who stays up all night wondering about the xistence of Dog..."


Helloo All


We had a great time last weekend including a road trip to La Salle, IL for the Illinois Valley Community College's Irish Night last Saturday. After hat show we ended up at an after show pub called Backstreet where Mike, Joe and Sean regaled us with some dancing to their favorite song - Staying Alive. Good times...

This Friday March 1st, the fun continues as we play at the kick off night of Queen of Martyrs Celtic Ceili which starts around 7 PM.

Next Friday March 8th, we play a great event run by the Young Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago called Forever Green at the Park West at 7 PM

For those who plan on attending I have good news for those who live on the Southside of the city. They will have a bus for Forever Green. It will pick up at Sean's Rhino Bar, on 103rd & Western at around 5:30-6 PM and bring you back at 11 PM (ish) for $10 round-trip.

Next Saturday March 9th we will be at St Mike's St Pat's Party in Orland Park starting around 7 PM. Finally on Sunday March 10th, on Southside Irish Parade Day we will be at Gaelic Park's Ireland On Parade in the Emerald room at 1:30 PM. Then a trip to the Beverly neighborhood for some night time fun.

SALE! SALE! SALE!

As we always say at our shows our CDs and shirts make wonderful gifts for any occasion. Come see us and give the gift that keep giving!! Also remember all our CDs can be purchased through iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon as well. More T-Shirts are on the way too.

Finally Valentine's Day Scorecard for Guys--- How did you rate?

I'm a little late with this one but again I pulled in at -54 but it is because I like beer so much...

1) SIMPLE DUTIES
You go out to buy her flowers: +5
But return with beer: -5
You check out a suspicious noise at night: 0
You check out a suspicious noise and it's nothing: 0
You check out a suspicious noise and it's something: +5
You pummel it with a six iron: +10
It's her cat: -10

2) SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS
You stay by her side the entire party: 0
You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with a drinking buddy: -2
Named Tiffany: -4
Tiffany is a dancer: -6
Tiffany has implants: -8

3) SATURDAY AFTERNOONS
You visit her parents: +1
You visit her parents and actually make conversation: +3
You visit her parents and stare vacantly at the television: -3
And the television is off: -6
You spend the afternoon watching college football in your underwear: -6
And you didn't even go to college: -10
And it's not really your underwear: -15

4) HER BIRTHDAY
You take her out to dinner: 0
You take her out to dinner and it's not a sports bar: +1
Okay, it is a sports bar: -2
And it's all-you-can-eat night: -3
It's a sports bar, it's all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted the colors of your favorite team: -10
You give her a gift: 0
You give her a gift, and it's a small appliance: -10
You give her a gift, and it's not a small appliance: +1
You give her a gift, and it isn't chocolate: +2
You give her a gift that you'll be paying off for months: +30
You wait until the last minute and buy her a gift that day: -10
With her credit card: -30
And whatever you bought is two sizes too big: -40

5) THOUGHTFULNESS
You forget to pick her up at the bus station: -25
Which is in Detroit: -35
And the pouring rain dissolves her leg cast: -50

6) A NIGHT OUT WITH YOUR PALS
You have a few beers: -9
For every beer after three, -2 again
And miss curfew by an hour: -12
You get home at 3 a.m.: -20
You get home at 3 a.m. smelling of booze and cheap cigars: -30
And not wearing any pants: -40
Is that a tattoo? -200

7) A NIGHT OUT, JUST THE TWO OF YOU
You go see a comic: +2
He's crude and sexist: -2
You laugh: -5
You laugh too much: -10
She's not laughing: -15
You laugh harder: -25

8) DRIVING
You lose the directions on a trip: -4
You lose the directions and end up getting lost: -10
You end up getting lost in a bad part of town: -15
You get lost in a bad part of town and meet the locals: -25
She finds out you lied about having a black belt: -60

9) COMMUNICATION
When she wants to talk, you listen, displaying a concerned expression:+20
When she wants to talk, you listen, for over 30 minutes: +5
You listen for more than 30 minutes, without looking at the television:+10
She realizes this is because you've fallen asleep: -10

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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This Weekend - Barbara Vic and IVCC February 20th, 2013 - 11:08pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin,, 'Do you think that when they asked Abraham Lincoln for his ID that he just whipped out a penny?'

Helloo All...


Wow Mike that was topical and so close to President's Day, don't you think? With President's Day over now we won't be seeing George Washington and Abe Lincoln wrapping about deals on a mattress. We are now in full St Patrick's Day season and will start hearing leprechaun's pitch shamrock shakes.

Not that I am complaining because it also means lots of music and celebration for the best holiday in America!!

This Friday February 22, we kick it of at 115 Bourbon Street for the Barbara Vic School Fundraiser. The party starts at 7 PM.

Then on Saturday ebruary 23, we make a grand return to the Illinois Valley Community College Irish Night in LaSalle, IL after a three year hiatus. It is always a blast and the people in the LaSalle-Peru area definitely know how to throw a party!! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we will play from 7 to 11. Admission is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call the IVCC Foundation office at (815) 224-0253 for information.

Next Friday March 1 we play at the kick off night of Queen of Martyrs Celtic Ceili which starts around 7 PM.

Forever Green News - South Side Bus... Leave the Driving to Us!!

For those who plan on attending one of our signature show events on Friday March 8 at the Park West Forever Green I just received good news for those who live on the Southside of the city. They have announced that they will have a bus for Forever Green. It will pick up at Sean's Rhino Bar, on 103rd & Western at around 5:30-6 PM and bring you back at 11 PM (ish) for $10 round-trip. Check our website www.youngirish.com/fg38.

E-mail Lists

We have tons of friends & fans on social media such as Facebook and Twitter but we also maintain a large e-mail update list. It is still the best way not to miss an update as sometimes traffic on the social web sites gets too congested. If you or someone you know would like to be added to our e-mail list just send me a note atlarkinbros@aol.com and we'll add you.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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This Friday at Des Plaines Irish Fest February 7th, 2013 - 7:44am

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin "A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down..."
Hellloo All

Wow it been awhile but we are ready to start playing again. This Friday we return the Des Plaines Police Dept Irish Fest that benefits the Special Olympics of Illinois. Event starts at 7 PM and details can be found on the link. We start at around 8 PM. This year it is our official kick off to the St Patrick's Day Season... Yes it is a season.

Drake Street Rainbow Video

Great response from our new video ' Drake Street Rainbow' If you haven't seen it check it out with this Video Link.

High Holy Days

As mentioned above the March Madness Season has started. Lots of shows so check out our web sitewww.celticratpack.com fo the show schedule.

Forever Green News - South Side Bus... Leave the Driving to Us!!

For those who plan on attending one of our signature show events on Friday March 8 at the Park West Forever Green I just received good news for those who live on the Southside of the city. They have announced that they will have a bus for Forever Green. It will pick up at Sean's Rhino Bar, on 103rd & Western at around 5:30-6 PM and bring you back at 11 PM (ish) for $10 round-trip. Check our website www.youngirish.com/fg38.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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Video Premiere This Saturday Ballydoyle Aurora January 9th, 2013 - 6:07pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'Interesting fact more people are killed each year by toasters then sharks. So if you're swimming in the ocean and see a toaster, swim for your life...'

Helloo All!!!


Last September we were finally able to find a date and place to shoot a video of one of our songs from the CD éistigí- Drake Street Rainbow. Now it is hard enough getting seven to eight guys in the band to each show when all have full time jobs and many children (concentrated on the four oldest members we have 14 kids combined) let alone find time to record a CD and then shoot a video.

We started the process last March after we hired Mitchel Mussatto to record our performance, 2012 Forever Green, at the Park West. He did such a great job (Look at the Youtube link- click here) that we thought it made sense to finally shoot the video. It took awhile to sort out all the pieces and schedules but we did it at Ballydoyle Aurora on September 28, 2012.

Ballydoyle in Aurora was always the choice we had in mind but due to it's location relative to the South Side of Chicago we decided to look into other, closer places. We knew we had to have extras for the video and felt it could be difficult to convince people (who we knew would come) to drive 40+ miles, in the morning mind you, and sit and listen to the same song, over and over and over...

In the end though Ballydoyle Aurora was the only choice and if you come to this Saturday, January 12 Video Premiere Show you will understand why. We start at 9 PM. the plan is to play for a bit and then show the video. We hope to have the whole production crew and actors on hand as well.

High, Holy Days...


Most of the February and March shows have been posted on our web site CelticRatPack.com. Start planning your St Paddy's Day festivities early!!

That's all this Week!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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Kerry Piper Christmas Show December 4th, 2012 - 10:02pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... 'As I get older and we approach Christmas I realize that Santa is very jolly because he knows where all the bad girls live...'

Helloo All...


It is that time of year again and we will have our annual Christmas Show this Saturday December 8 at the Kerry Piper Irish Pub at 9 PM. Get ready to start Caroling your hearts away and spread the Christmas cheer as Buddy the Elf says: 'The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.'


Hey wait a minute Buddy could replace Mike in the quote department...

SALE! SALE! SALE!


As we always say at our shows our CDs and shirts make wonderful stocking stuffers. Come see us and give the gift that keep giving!! Also remember all our CDs can be purchased through iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon as well. Load those devices with music as you gift a music device to your favorite person.

Here is the link to our CD on Itunes:

éistigí

Paddy

Band o'Brothers

Live at The Kerry Piper

And Amazon:

éistigí

Paddy

Band o'Brothers
Live at the Kerry Piper

'Drake Street Rainbow' Video Premier - Ballydoyle Aurora Jan 12.

As indicated on our last update we will premier our video at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora IL at our show on January 12 which starts at 9 PM.

We will introduce the actors and production team. It is a great venue and there are tons of hotels (and a casino) within walking distance. We would like to fill the place so start making plans to attend. There are plenty of Hotels in the area. We will be sending an invite shortly!!

Happy Christmas!!!

See you soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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Black Wednesday at The Kerry Piper November 19th, 2012 - 7:14pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'Thanksgiving is the day when you turn to another family member and say, "How long has Mom been drinking like this?"...'

Helloo All


That's true Mike and I'm just glad Mom doesn't get this e-mail or go on Facebook....

But seriously join us the Black Wednesday November 21 at the Kerry Piper in Willowbrook, IL. This show is a tradition and a great start to the long Thanksgiving weekend. Show starts at 9 PM!!

'Drake Street Rainbow' Video Premier Announcement


Last September we spent a day shooting our first video at Ballydoyle in Aurora, IL. The production has been completed so we would like to premier this video at Ballydoyle Aurora at our show on January 12 which starts at 9 PM.

We will introduce the actors and production team. It is a great venue and there are tons of hotels (and a casino) within walking distance. We would like to fill the place so start making plans to attend. More to come....

Christmas is Coming and the Goose is Getting Fat


As we always say at our shows our CDs and shirts make wonderful stocking stuffers. Come see us and give the gift that keep giving!! Also remember all our CDs can be purchased through iTunes, CDBaby and Amazon as well. Load those devices with music as you gift a music device to your favorite person...

See you soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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A Tribute To Herbie November 8th, 2012 - 10:20pm

Brother Mike usually has something to say here but not this week. We just wanted to acknowledge what most people in Chicago already know. They buried Captain Herbie Johnson CFD today who was taken in a fire last Friday. He was everything the news reports has portrayed him as - A Real Life Hero.
As a friend of the family, I got to know Herbie when Dan Jr and and Herbie's son Tom played football together at St Rita High School for the Class of 2004. My wife knew the family since she was small and worked with Herbie's mother and sisters Julie and Peggy and brother John at now closed Central Community Hospital on 57th & Wood in the old St Basil's Parish. Brother Joe went to High School with his brother Teddy and Terry.

Mike knew him best as a fellow fireman who taught him at the Fire Academy and mentored and befriended him. I would love Mike's stories about Herbie and knew how much he looked up to him.

I was in Quigley's Pub last Friday night when I received the bad news. Others who knew Herbie were there as well and it was extremely shocking and sad. As I toasted with Terry Byrne, his nephew Tom Berry and Brian O'Sullivan all of us were equally touched by Herbie and his big personality. Chicago lost a great man last Friday, Rest is Peace Herbie.

Take Care,

Dan Larkin

 
 
Halloween Party at The Kerry Piper October 22nd, 2012 - 10:06pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin...It takes only one drink to get me drunk. The trouble is, I can't remember if it's the thirteenth or the fourteenth...'

Helloo All


Even though we haven't played in a bit we have been busy getting ready for the upcoming six months. Believe or not much of our March schedule is already set. We also recorded our first video a few week's back and it should be released shortly. Finally just as we are touting the video of 'Drake Street Rainbow off the éistigí CD plans are underway to start recording a new CD.

Halloween Show


It's that time of year again an this Saturday October 27 we will have our Halloween show at the Kerry Piper Pub in Willowbrook at 9 PM. Come in your best costume and we will judge a contest at the half way point of the show to who should win the grand prize.

I remember in years past when a certain group went as the Jackson 5. Thanks god cell phone cameras were not really around then -- we might have some explaining to do...

November Shows


We have a pretty busy November with stops at Bally Doyle in Downers Grove on November 10, Quigley's in Oak Lawn on November 17 and returning back to the Kerry Piper for our annual Black Wednesday Show on November 21.

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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1/2 Way To St Patrick's Day September 13th, 2012 - 10:18pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' As you get older three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and then.. um.. I can't remember the other two...'

Helllooo All


And I thought I was the ' Old Man' Larkin. Join us this Saturday September 15 for our 1/2 way to St Patrick's Day Shows. First at 3 PM we play at the Half Way To South Side Irish Parade Party at 115 Bourbon Street. If that's not enough follow us out to Tommy Nevins Irish Pub in Frankfort for a session starting at 9 PM.

Want To Be In a Music Video?


Who doesn't !?! Well we are embarking on our first video shoot on the morning of September 29 at Ballydoyle Aurora at 8 AM. We need extras to make it look like we actually have lots of fans!!! Join us won't you and we'll have an early lunch!!

Music Available

Our CDs are available at all our shows, the Rampant Lion Store in Villa Park and Paddy on the Square in Long Grove. Don't want to go out and shop. The Rampant Lion also has on line sales so click here to the Rampant Lion On Line Store.

Finally all our CDs will be available for digital sales at iTunes and Amazon. There is nothing better then giving a music device of your choice (iPod, iPhone, iPad or any Window or Android based device) to your favorite person and loading it with Larkin and Moran Brothers music!!

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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Rakes Do Hurt August 24th, 2012 - 9:23pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin "While playing golf today I hit two good balls... I stepped on a rake..."


Helloo All....


Ouch, Mike that sounds like it hurt... It's great to be back. We had a great weekend last week at Milwaukee Irish Fest. The weather was good and the session at the hotel was fabulous. At one point leading the session were sons of both The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. It is just too bad I'm old and can't stay up too late anymore....

People are always asking " Why don't you do more shows on the North Side?" (and no it's not just Neal Sullivan). Well next Friday August 31 we will be at Goose Island - Wrigleyville at 9 PM. Now of course if we are going to be able to make it up North regularly we need people to show up so we will be invited back. So come on out!!!

Next Saturday September 1 we will play at the "End of Summer Party on the Patio" The Carriag Pub at Gaelic Park. This party starts at 8 PM on Gaelic Park's Patio. It should be a great time.

All Hallows College Benefit

The following Sunday September 9 we return to Gaelic Park for the All Hallows College benefit. All Hallows College is a Catholic and Vincentian higher education institute located in Dublin, Ireland. The college has a rich history and legacy of training some 6,000 missionary priests to serve the Irish Diaspora throughout the world since 1842.

This benefit is to create a scholarship fund to send Chicago students to study at All Hallows College in Dublin, Ireland. The benefit will take place on at Gaelic Park. Wewould appreciate any assistance helping to “spread the word” about the event.

Raffle Prize
A full year tuition, room & board at All Hallows College*
OR
2 week stay for two in Dublin, at All Hallows (room, meals, and excursions)**!

*Student must meet minimum academic requirements for study at All Hallows.
**Airfare not included.

That's all for now!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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Milwaukee Irish Fest - Kevin Runs A Marathon August 16th, 2012 - 1:09pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin..." I was walking down a street the other day and I found a wallet, and I was gonna keep it, rather than return it, but I thought: well, if I lost a hundred and fifty dollars, how would I feel? And I realized I would want to be taught a lesson..."

Hellooo All


It seems like last week since I sent an update...oh wait it was last week... (maybe that's why). This Saturday we return to Milwaukee Irish Fest on August 18 at 10 PM on the Snug Stage. The weather promises to be fantastic and Lake Michigan is right next to the stage. It also promises to be a great session afterward.

Stories From The Road...


I promised some new stories from the road but sadly nothing as outrageous as some of the ones I posted the last few weeks happened. I mean don't get me wrong La Crosse Irish Fest was a great success. It is one of the best fests in the Midwest in my opinion and we got to hang out with all the other acts at the sessions afterward and make some new friends.

Sean went golfing, Danny probably saved some guys life in a convenience store parking lot and Kevin ran a marathon because it was on his way (after all he is the most interesting man in the world).

I did here a great story about the 'Single Woman', here it is:

I was shopping at the local supermarket where I selected the following items for my apartment:

One half-gallon of 2% milk
One carton of eggs
One quart of orange juice
One head of lettuce
One 2 lb. Can of coffee
One 1 lb. package of bacon

As I was unloading my items on the conveyor belt to check out, a drunk man standing behind me watched as I placed the items in front of the cashier. While the cashier was ringing up the purchases, the drunk calmly stated, “You must be single.”

I was a bit startled by this proclamation, but I was intrigued by the derelict's intuition since I indeed had never found "Mr. Right." I looked at the six items on the belt and saw nothing particularly unusual about my selections that could have tipped off the drunk to my marital status.

Curiosity getting the better of me, I responded, “Yes, you are correct! But, how on earth did you know that?”

The drunk replied, “Cause you're ugly.”



It was told to me by a single woman :)....

That's all for now!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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La Crosse Irish Fest : Mike Likes Gum!! August 8th, 2012 - 10:28pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin " I often go from stool to stool in bars hoping to get lucky... unfortunately there's never any gum under any of them..."

Hellooo Alll...

Makes you think twice about shaking Mike's hand, doesn't it? Hey Lacrosse Wisconsin, we are on our way to rock the La Crosse Irish Fest on Friday August 10 at 6:15 PM and Saturday August 11 at 6:45 PM. Great fest grounds and the weather is going to be great.

Next weekend we return to Milwaukee Irish Fest on August 18 at 10 PM on the Snug Stage. It will be great to spend two weekends in Wisconsin at some of the best fest in the country.

Stories From The Road

We promise to get some new stories in the next two weeks but since last weeks story was so popular on last week's update here is another one from the past:

Here was a recent story from Joe Larkin during our Aug - Oct festival run. As you can see sometimes the hotel can be a lonely place:

" ...it's around 9:30pm and as I was walking to the elevator, I pass a room service tray in the hallway that has a side dish of asparagus, untouched, a glass of water with lemon that still has the saran wrap on top...utensils not used, and a mystery silver bin covering a plate. I look up ahead of me and behind me and the coast is clear. I lift the silver bin and there is the top and bottom part of a hamburger bun, sans burger, and a side of fries, untouched (allegedly).

Now, I love fries. I really love fries. They are my kryptonite. Not steak fries, not potato wedges, not string fries, just medium width, McDonalds-width french fries.....and these were right in my sweet spot. This was clearly the case of some Atkins freak who just spent 40 bucks on a room service burger and glass of wine. Well, one man's garbage is another man's gold.....but this is disgusting....it's like Costanza eating the eclair out of the garbage....but this seemed different, because I could almost guarantee that this person didn't touch the fries. However, cold fries suck, no matter how good they are hot.....so I test them.

Result: Warm to very warm

Now I've got what I refer to as a situation. There is that little bottle of Heinz catsup that is in that death-wrap that usually requires a knife or some teeth to open. The knife is in the silverware pile that is still wrapped up in the napkin (which makes me wonder what this dude wiped his hands on) but I really don't want to get caught trying to open the catsup with my teeth while standing over an apparent stranger's room service platter.

So I grab the catsup and walk in the other direction, with my book under one arm, and biting at the top of the mini catsup bottle. I finally get a good tear going, and open the bottle, throwing the plastic sealer on the hallway floor (f--king slob). Back down the hall to the tray, I look both ways, gently lift the silver tray again, and dump the catsup on the clean part of the tray.

What the f--- is wrong with me.....

I actually grab the little salt shaker and season the fries while looking in both directions. I grab 3 or 4, dip in the catsup, and slam them in my mouth. Mmmmm, ….my book is now on the floor, and I've got that same feeling you got when you were making out with your girlfriend in high school, and waiting for her dad to come down the stairs. MAN, these fries are good. As I'm putting the 2nd handful of fries in my mouth, I hear a ding....the elevator. So what do I do? I grab a triple handful, dip them in the catsup, cover up the plate, pick up my book, and hide the fries behind my back as a guest passes me in the hallway. I get to the elevator nook in the hallway, and in 2 bites, shove the fries in my mouth.

I look up at my reflection in the elevator door and start laughing my ass off at what a fat hungry dumb-ass I am...."

This is why it is good to be old and the first one in bed....

That's all for now!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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My OCD ...by Mike Larkin August 1st, 2012 - 11:10pm

Brother Mike's Musings.... by Mike Larkin... " I think I might have OCD, only it really should be called CDO because then all the letters will be in alphabetical order LIKE IT SHOULD BE..."

Helloo All....

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. We have been but we come back in August with a vengeance. Join us this Saturday August 4th for a month long kick off at Quigley's Summer Patio Series at 6 PM in Oak Lawn. It was a blast last year when we played and it should be a good time this year as well.

Festival Season

After a few years absence we return to both the LaCrosse Irish Fest on August 10 & 11 and Milwaukee Irish Fest on August 18. We are really excited about playing these festivals and there are always great story. Here is a story from 2007...

So I forgot to tell you this story about when we were in LaCrosse. We were in a local Irish Pub eating and I've just wolfed down about 1/2 a lamb, a 1/2 pound of potatoes, and about 6 Guinesses. Needless to say, my body had to "free up a little salary cap", if you know what I mean.

So I excuse myself to the toilet. now for some reason, on the way in, I pay little attention to the symbols on the outside of the door (and later when I went back, it's not like they had a woman symbol and a man symbol....it was the "Fir" and "Mna" sign. Now growing up in America I have a hard enough time with which means women and which means men when I'm sober so I took my best guess figuring the odds were 50/50.)

So I head right for the stall, close the door, and start my "business" (btw, the stall doors went all the way to the ground, I love that...it's like having your own little crap apartment (pun intended)). So I'm reading a $10 bill, b/c I HAVE to read something....and these 2 Irish women come into the bathroom. now at this time, I'm thinking "Idiots, you've just walked into the men's room". until the 3rd woman walks in. "must be another idiot" I think...or maybe....

D'oh!

So now I've got myself what you call a "situation"...in the meantime, I've also mistakenly put myself in a little recon position. so these 3 women start yapping about a "friend" of theirs who is at dinner, they are all friends with, yet they clearly hate...(done in best Irish accent) "Did you see her hair?"..."Her boyfriend is HIDEOUS!"..."She is such a b*tch" (her words, not mine)....

It's good to know that women are consistent everywhere...I'm sure the 3 of them went back to their table smiling at their friend and laughing with her....brilliant!

So anyway, they are in the bathroom bitching, pissing, doing their makeup, etc...and I'm in there with my pants at my ankles holding a $10 bill waiting for them to leave so I can go join everyone for another drink.


Well about 5 minutes go by and they're still yapping away...in addition, i've got lamb/potato/Guinness saliva in my throat that I'm dying to clear, but I can't clear my throat b/c it will give away the fact that there is a man in the bathroom. FINALLY, they leave, and I make my move. the bill goes back in the pocket, pants up, tuck in shirt, zipper up, flush toilet using foot....then another woman comes in the bathroom....

and another....

The first one goes into the stall, the 2nd one to the sink....NOW i'm standing in the stall waiting, like a horse waiting for the starting gate to open....

Patience......patience......

I listen for the sink chick....(probably checking her hair)....I really have 2 options at this point: wait for nobody to be in the bathroom, or I can run for the door and hope that she doesn't look to her left....I'm 60/40 to make it....but I need to make a decision quickly b/c the other chick is finishing up in the stall....

So I RUN for it....I keep my head down and it's really only about 5 steps to the door, but I have to walk TOWARDS the sink area...if she looks left, I'm screwed. I hear the stall woman coming out of her stall...I turn 5 steps into 3 leaps and reach for the door....

but the door is already opening....


There's only 1 thing you can say to the 3rd woman coming into the bathroom with the shocked look on her face...

"How's it goin'?", I ask, rhetorically.

Now I have to go into the MEN'S (I now will have Fir tattooed on my brain) room to wash up....and then back to the table....




That's all for now!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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It's So Hot!!! July 6th, 2012 - 2:46pm

Brother Mike's Musings.... by Mike Larkin... ' It is so hot out that I saw a tree today whistling for a dog to do it's business...'.

Hello Alll...


I guess I have to call Mike out today. That one is more of an observation than a musing... But speaking of Mike---I'm not sure you are aware of Mike recent foray into the world of comedy. Not that he isn't always telling stories on stage but he is also doing it without the aid of a song and some Guinness.

Check out this YouTube video skit that Mike is featured in about four guys and there foray into fantasy football. -----Any Given (Fantasy) Sunday

The Michael J Murphy Music Scholarship Fund Golf Classic

There is still space to sign up for The Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund Golf Classic so click on above link. 18 holes of Golf to benefit the fund is being held at Carriage Green Country Club in Darien on Saturday July 21 starting at 8 PM. Kevin Moran's is participating along with Sean Dennis and myself. The only warning we have from our foursome is to be sure to bring a helmet in case you are playing ahead (or behind or one hole over) of us.

Irish American Heritage Fest

Next show promises to be a great time. We play on the Main Stage at the Irish American Heritage Festival on Saturday July 14 at 5:30 PM. Lot's of great acts will be there before and after us that night. The Irish American Heritage Center is located at 4626 N Knox on Chicago's North Side.

E-mail Lists Reminder

We have tons of friends & fans on social media such as Facebook and Twitter but we also maintain a large e-mail update list. It is still the best way not to miss an update as sometimes traffic on the social web sites gets too congested. If you or someone you know would like to be added to our e-mail list just send me a note at larkinbros@aol.com and we'll add you.

That's all for now!!

Slainte,


Dan Larkin
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Let's Make Golf Carts June 5th, 2012 - 10:23pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... 'I'd like to get four people who do cart wheels very good, and make a golf cart..."


Hellooo All


Summer time is here and there is no better kick off than St Catherine's Summer Fest in Oak Lawn, Illinois. We play there this Thursday June 7 at 7 PM. This is our 17th straight year of appearing at this great fest. It promises to be great weather and a great time!!

The Michael J Murphy Music Scholarship Fund Golf Classic


Sadly it has been four year since Murph was taken from us. As great as being at the St Catherine's Fest every year is, it is also a reminder of the tragedy of the night of June 6, 2008 since it was the night after the fest that year.

Murph's legacy however is the Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund. The fund, started by his mother Mary Ann, has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity.

A great summer event of 18 holes of Golf to benefit the fund is being held at Carriage Green Country Club in Darien on Saturday July 21 starting at 8 PM. Please click on the links for details on how to participate for this great event. If you include Kevin Moran's participation I guess you could say it is a 'celebrity' golf event... but maybe not...


E-mail Lists

We have tons of friends & fans on social media such as Facebook and Twitter but we also maintain a large e-mail update list. It is still the best way not to miss an update as sometimes traffic on the social web sites gets too congested. If you or someone you know would like to be added to our e-mail list just send me a note at larkinbros@aol.com and we'll add you.

That's all for now!!

Slainte,


Dan Larkin
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What's Joe Saying? May 24th, 2012 - 7:34am

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' You know there is a problem with the education system when you realize that out of the 3 R's only one begins with an R...'

Helloo All


That is actually pretty deep for you Mike. OK it's been a small break but we have been a bit busy. Young Dan got married this month and we wish him and his new wife, Andrea, all the best.

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and it wouldn't be the same if we weren't playing at Gaelic Park Irish Fest. We take the Tara Stage on Friday May 25 at 9 PM and the Emerald Stage on Monday May 28 at 6 PM. It promises to be a great weekend so come on out and join us!!

YouTube Videos of March's Park West Show

If you get a chance take a look at the many videos recently posted on YouTube from our show at Forever Green at the Park West this past March. Here is a link to one of them -Rosie's Place at The Park West. They are really done very well. The trick will be trying to understand some of Joe's banter at the beginning of 'The Galway Girl'.

More should be posted soon....

The Summer Time Is Coming...and The Trees are Sweetly Blooming...

..and for those of you like myself who are allergic to the Cottonwood Tree, it really sucks. But summer means festival time. In addition to this weekend we will be playing at tons of festivals including a return to both Milwaukee and La Crosse Irish Fests in August. Check out the web site www.CelticRatPack.com for all details.

E-mail Lists


We have tons of friends & fans on social media such as Facebook and Twitter but we also maintain a large e-mail update list. It is still the best way not to miss an update as sometimes traffic on the social web sites gets too congested. If you or someone you know would like to be added to our e-mail list just send me a note at larkinbros@aol.com and we'll add you.

That's all for now!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
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Do Not Attempt To Scale Mount Prospect!! April 18th, 2012 - 10:40pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'Whenever someone asks me if I want water with my Scotch, I say I'm thirsty, not dirty...'

Helloo All....


Wow what a break. As most of you may know after the March season there is always a few members of the band that need to admit themselves to the Betty Ford clinic for an annual rehab. This year was Danny and Neal's first go at rehab and they really had a good time.

But we are back this weekend at Mount Prospect Irish Fest on Saturday April 21 at 8 PM. We received a great post on Facebook about this show coming Saturday from Dan Foran who said- A word of caution about this Saturday's Fest: After a few pints of Guinness, don't under any circumstances attempt to scale Mount Prospect.


I think it is excellent advise....

Speaking of Facebook


Stay tuned as video of our show at Forever Green at the Park West this past March are being posted on YouTube and linked on our Facebook site. ( Does anyone know how to post videos to Facebook?)

New Shirts Are (Finally) In

My shirt guy, Tony, has finally come through with the new Larkin and Moran Brothers Shirts. It is a baseball style shirt that features a new logo design by Quinn Cunningham from the band Coyote Riot. I think you will like them and add them to your collection of 'drinking' shirts!!

That's all for now!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
 
 
THE BIG WEEKEND March 15th, 2012 - 5:13pm

Brother Mikes Musings... by Mike Larkin... 'When you don't know what you're talking about, it's hard to know when you're finished...'

Helloo All


Another appropriate musing from Mike especially given the schedule this weekend. I'm going to cut to the chase on where to tell you just to go to the web site Celticratpack.com to see where we are playing. I mean from 9 PM tomorrow night until 12:30 AM Sunday morning we will be basically playing. You can't know how relieve it is knowing that we move the clocks forward last weekend. We are going to need a full 24 hours of Sunday to recover....

One note however that is not on the web site. We are excited to make an appearance on the Steve Dahl Show on Friday Morning. This is a subscriber based podcast but I know from our past appearances on Steve Dahl's radio show that we have allot of mutual fans. So listen in subscribers and the rest subscribe to his show it is a great show!!

New Shirts Are (Finally) In


My shirt guy, Tony, has finally come through with the new Larkin and Moran Brothers Shirts. It is a baseball style shirt that features a new logo design by Quin Cunningham from the band Coyote Riot. I think you will like them and add them to your collection of 'drinking' shirts!!

That's all for now!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Forever Green 37 at The Park West March 7th, 2012 - 8:21pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin "So I was getting into my car the other day and this guy says to me "Can you give me a lift?" I said "Sure, you look great, the world's your oyster, go for it buddy...."

Hellloooo All


Wow I need to use that one day... Lot's of news to report and little time.

Great show this Friday March 9 call Forever Green 37 at the Park West Theater, Downtown Chicago. We are pleased to be playing this event which was formerly at Navy Pier in a great venue like the Park West. Door open at 6:30 PM and we go on after opening band Spoken Four. Just a note this event is selling out quickly so get your tickets today.

Then on Sunday March 11 we return (as does the South Side Irish Parade) to Gaelic Park 1:30 PM. This show is a tradition for us and a great time for the whole family.

Next Weekend will be a St Patrick's day whirl wind so stay tuned....

Paddy Rock Vol. 4

I know I mentioned this a few weeks ago but just a reminder since it was eleased this past yesterday. The Larkin and Moran Brothers are excited to be part of a compilation CD called Paddy Rock Vol 4. Our song 'Drake Street Rainbow' will be featured along with other songs from Irish/Celtic bands such as The Sandcarvers, Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers, The Mickey Finns, The Tossers, and many more.

It will be available on the web through Paddyrock.com and at http://www.createspace.com/2026104 for $11 (U.S. dollars).

New Shirts Are (Finally) In


My shirt guy, Tony, has finally come through with the new Larkin and Moran Brothers Shirts. It is a baseball style shirt that features a new logo design by Quin Cunningham from the band Coyote Riot. I think you will like them and add them to your collection of 'drinking' shirts!!

That's all for now!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack
 
 
March Madness Begins!! February 29th, 2012 - 10:04pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'So I said to my personal trainer: 'Can you teach me to do the splits?' He said: 'How flexible are you?' I said: Well as you know I can't make Tuesdays....'


Helloo All


Well you learn something everyday, Mike has a personal trainer. Hmm, interesting although based on the results the trainer can be that expensive. (This is the time when Sean Dennis would provide a rim shot...)

Great shows again last weekend. We played for the Pipes and Drums of the Chicago Fire Department last Saturday and three rounds of Jameson came to the stage before we informed the crowd that there wasn't a back up band to take over once we collapsed.

March Madness Begins This Weekend


Two great show planned this weekend. On Friday March 2 we play at Queen of Martyrs St Patrick's Day Party in Evergreen Park at 8 PM. Then on Saturday March 3 we play at another Parish in Orland Park for St. Mike's St Paddy's Day Party at 7:30 Pm. These are both great events with plenty of Food and Drink so come on out.

Next weekend we do into full Paddy's Day mode with a great show on Friday March 9 call Forevergreen 37 at the Park West Theater, Downtown Chicago. We are pleased to be playing this event which was formerly at Navy Pier in a great venue like the Park West. Door open at 6:30 PM and we go on after opening band Spoken Four.

Then next Sunday March 11 we return (as does the Southside Irish Parade) to Gaelic Park 1:30 PM as tradition. Then we head to our favorite back yard in Beverly for a post parade performance!!

Mary Pat Schmidt

We posted a note last Friday on Facebook but for those didn't see we have a bit of sad news. Mary Pat Schmidt, mother of or friend and Merch Manager Kathleen Schmidt pass away last Friday February 24. She fought a brave fight against cancer but that didn't stop her from making our Ireland Tour last October. Please remember her family in your prayer.

There is a wake on Friday March2 at Donnellan Funeral Home in Evanston from 6 to 9 PM and a Funeral Mass the following day at St. Athanasius Church after a visitation at 10 AM.

See You Soon!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack
 
 
Bourbon Street Pre Paddy's Preview February 21st, 2012 - 10:05pm

Brother Mike's Musings.... by Mike Larkin... ' It is so hot out that I saw a tree today whistling for a dog to do it's business...'.

Hello Alll...


I guess I have to call Mike out today. That one is more of an observation than a musing... But speaking of Mike---I'm not sure you are aware of Mike recent foray into the world of comedy. Not that he isn't always telling stories on stage but he is also doing it without the aid of a song and some Guinness.

Check out this YouTube video skit that Mike is featured in about four guys and there foray into fantasy football. -----Any Given (Fantasy) Sunday

The Michael J Murphy Music Scholarship Fund Golf Classic

There is still space to sign up for The Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund Golf Classic so click on above link. 18 holes of Golf to benefit the fund is being held at Carriage Green Country Club in Darien on Saturday July 21 starting at 8 PM. Kevin Moran's is participating along with Sean Dennis and myself. The only warning we have from our foursome is to be sure to bring a helmet in case you are playing ahead (or behind or one hole over) of us.

Irish American Heritage Fest

Next show promises to be a great time. We play on the Main Stage at the Irish American Heritage Festival on Saturday July 14 at 5:30 PM. Lot's of great acts will be there before and after us that night. The Irish American Heritage Center is located at 4626 N Knox on Chicago's North Side.

E-mail Lists Reminder

We have tons of friends & fans on social media such as Facebook and Twitter but we also maintain a large e-mail update list. It is still the best way not to miss an update as sometimes traffic on the social web sites gets too congested. If you or someone you know would like to be added to our e-mail list just send me a note at larkinbros@aol.com and we'll add you.

That's all for now!!

Slainte,


Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
Follow us on Twitter @CelticRatPack
 
 
St Pat's Day Season Begins!! February 15th, 2012 - 5:48pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin.. 'I find people are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs....'

Hellooo All....

That's a bit political Mike, isn't it? I guess it is an election year... It is also the start of St Pat's Season for us. This weekend we have two shows. On Friday February 17 we start the season at the 8th Annual Des Plaines Police Dept Irish Fest at. It is a great set up and a fun time doors open at 5:30 and we go on at 8 PM. Tickets are limited (it has sold out last few years) and cannot be purchase at the door so check out the link for information.

Then on Saturday February 18 we will be playing for an important fundraiser for the return of the Southside Irish Parade. After a two year absence the parade will return on March 11. There have been allot of stories since the announcement of the Parade's return (talk about political) but the parade is definitely on and this is an important fundraiser to make it happen. The event is at 115 Bourbon Street and starts at 6 PM. We play from 6:30 to 10 PM. For tickets follow the link above and they will be available at the door.

We have some great shows planned in weekends coming including a show at the Park West so please check out www.celticratpack.com for full schedule!

Paddy Rock Vol. 4

The Larkin and Moran Brothers are excited to be part of a compilation CD called Paddy Rock Vol 4. Our song 'Drake Street rainbow will be featured along with other songs from Irish/Celtic bands such as The Sandcarvers, Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers, The Mickey Finns, The Tossers, and many more. Release date will be Tuesday, March 6, 2012!!!

It will be available on the web through Paddyrock.com and at http://www.createspace.com/2026104 for $11 (U.S. dollars).

That's all for now!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
follow us on Twitter @celticratpack

 
 
Winter Classic Show - This Saturday January 25th, 2012 - 8:18pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin.. 'I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a nice party...'

Hellooo All....
Speaking of nice parties we will be having our Winter Classic Show this Saturday night January 28 at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in downtown Aurora at 9 PM. It is a great pub and located right across the street from the Hollywood Casino which can be a problem.

You see last year Kevin went over to play some craps during our break and missed the first three songs of the second set. When he came back he apparently also used his bass as collateral and lost so he had to bring it back the casino. The rest of the show he played the bass with his deep voice like Bobby McFerrin of 'Don't Worry Be Happy' fame.

All things ended OK as Sean Dennis won his bass back for him after the show....

Great Video From Murph's November Benefit

Below is a link to a YouTube video of some of the band performances at last November's Murph's Gift Of Music Benefit. It features all of Murph's band- A Week Back, Us and Leave Tribute along with the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald Society. Mrs Murphy is also featured with some great words with a recording of Murph (with Leave) to close it out. Give it a listen -


March Season Is Coming


Great season is planned. Check our our web site www.celticratpack.com for details to make your plans!!

That's all for now!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
 
 
Happy New Year January 7th, 2012 - 1:59pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin... "I used to remember when I was allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve. Lately I feel like I'm being forced to..."
Helloo All...

Ah, Mike, that's called age...

But never mind about that- Happy New Year 2012 !! Now it may be our last according to the Mayan Calendar. All this talk of doomsday harkens me back to Y2K when every computer in the world would ceast to function when the world went from 1999 to 2000.

The Mayan Calendar stops at December 21 2012. I personally think it was Miguel, the calendar maker, who just got tired of making calendar dates he would never see but I may not waste my time or money on Christmas gifts next year just in case....

Radio Rebel Gael

I was interviewed recently on a great Celtic podcast out of The Bronx, New York called Radio Rebel Gael. Here is the posted preview of the podcast:

RADIO REBEL GAEL Presents : New Years Feile ! FEAT. Exclusive Interviews w/ Mick O’Brien of THE DRUIDS(Kildare), Ray Kelly of THE MICKEY FINNS (New York), Eoin McCarthy of WHISKEY OF THE DAMNED (Milwaukee), and Dan Larkin of THE LARKIN & MORAN BROTHERS (Chicago) ! and Tons More !

It was fun. Give it a listen and follow the link - http://spinxpress.com/bronxgael

January Show - Ballydoyle Aurora - Winterfest Classic


While we have a full plate in Feb, March and April which we will annouce shortly (or go to web site www.celticratpack.com) we have but one January show. Come on out to downtown Aurora to see us at of Winter Classic Show at Ballydoyle Irish Pub on Saturday January 28 at 9 PM. It is a great place and close to the casino. After the show you can join us as we will be refused admission to the casino once again.

The road to March is coming shortly with some great shows to announce.

That's all for now!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

 
 
At Least He's Not Kevin December 8th, 2011 - 9:09pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'Show me a man with both feet on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants on...'

Helllooo All...

Because we are having a 'Pants Party', right Mike? Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat but there is only one Larkin and Moran Brothers Christmas Show this year. Join us this Saturday December 10 at The Kerry Piper Pub in Willowbrook at 9 PM. Come on out and celebrate the yule tide with us!!

New Mobile Web Site Up and Functioning!

A common complaint I have heard since the advent of smart phones is that our web site www.celticratpack.com is not mobile friendly. Especially frustrating was that fact that the schedule could not be viewed in full due to it's design.

The good news is that has been all fixed courtesy of our web site master Dan Vann. It looks really cool and is easy to navigate around plus it has links to where you can download our Cds from iTunes and Amazon.

iTunes & CD Baby, and Amazon CD Downloads Offering Have Been Expanded

Due to increased request and just in time for Christmas we have expanded our offerings of music downloads available on the web to include our CDs Band o' Brothers (2003) and Paddy (2007). As the title stated it is available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon web site as well as others. Fill those devices that you are giving as gifts with all our CDs!!

We will also make available our Live At The Kerry Piper (2000) shortly as well. It would have been already available but technology has shifted so quickly that we did not have a high quality jpeg to use for the cover and the format the original artwork is on is a ZIP drive. It has taken awhile to locate a ZIP drive but we have so it should be soon.

It is really all relative though as Mike Larkin is a dinosaur when it comes to technology. He has recently traded in his 8 tracks for cassettes so he should be up to 2011 technology by the time he retires. At least he's not Kevin!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
 
 
Denigrate Means 'Put Down' November 17th, 2011 - 8:10pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' I don't like country music, but I don't mean to denigrate those who do. And for all you people who like country music, denigrate means 'put down'....'

Hellooo All...


Hey Mike - I like country music!! I am just so glad I don't know what you mean though...

First off a quick note to all of those planning to go to Ballydoyle Bloomingdale this weekend to see us. Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel our appearance there. We apologize to those who made plans. We'll try again in the future.

Black Wednesday at the Kerry Piper

We will be playing for sure this next Wednesday November 23, however, at our most favorite place in the world. No I'm not talking about the toilet (although the toilet is a close second) but I am talking about The Kerry Piper in Willowbrook!! Music starts at 9 PM. It is a great way to start off the long Thanksgiving weekend so make sure you come out.

Just in Time For Christmas

Our CDs are available at all our shows, the Rampant Lion Store in Villa Park and Paddy on the Square in Long Grove. Don't want to go out and shop. The Rampant Lion also has on line sales so click here to the Rampant Lion On Line Store.

Finally by the end of next week all our CDs will be available for digital sales at iTunes and Amazon. Right now only Eistigi is there but they rest will be there shortly. There is nothing better then giving a music device of your choice (iPod, iPhone, iPad or any Window or Android based device) to your favorite person and loading it with Larkin and Moran Brothers music!!

Web Site Upgrades

Speaking of Mobile Devices I have received many complaints that our web site www.celticratpack.com is not mobile friendly. This will change by months end as we have workable mobile web site coming. Let us know what you think.

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

 
 
Murph's Gift of Music Benefit This Saturday!! November 2nd, 2011 - 10:21pm

Brother Mike's Musings... By Mike Larkin 'Adults are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up because they are looking for ideas...'

Murph's Gift Of Music This Saturday

We hope you can all join us for a special event we are playing. This Saturday we are honored again to remember Mike Murphy and the organization form to honor his love of music. The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity.

The Murph's Gift of Music Scholarship benefit is this Saturday November 5 at 115 Bourbon Street from 3 to 8 PM. Entertainment will range from those who have been chosen to receive the scholarship as well as the three bands Murph play with up till his death- A Week Back, The Larkin and Moran Brothers and the Leave Tribute to Murph. Leave was Murph's first love and the band will play for the first time since his passing.

It is for a great cause so please make an appearance!!

Memories of Murph's Wisdom - The Other Gift I Have

It was March in the year 2001 and Murph has been in the band for less than a year. It was Sunday after the Southside Irish Parade and we were playing an evening show at the Forge in Blue Island.

The bar was packed and even though we were tired the energy filled the room and the place was rocking. We took a break in the middle of our time and were mixing with the crowd as well as selling a few CD (when they used to sell!!) Joe encountered a particularly ornery guy who tried to walk away with a CD.

Joe got the CD back as we were getting started on our second set. The stage was small at the Forge and Murph and I stood on the ground on each side of it. Well apparently the jerk who tried to steal the CD thought he would stand right next to me and stare Joe down. This wasn't the best idea and pretty soon Joe ask him, "What the F--- are you looking at?"

The jerk then decided to cross my path toward Joe. My reaction was to grab the guy and I started pushing him out toward the audience. As I did this Joe, Mike and Terry come off the stage and a full blown bar brawl ensued! When my guitar chord ran out of line I was stopped and fell to the ground.

The whole thing lasted less than two minutes and our friends from Canaryville who were in attendance promptly escorted the jerk out the door. As I picked myself off the floor I was helped up by Murph. He looked at me with complete seriousness and the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and stated - ' We need to get up on stage and start playing like nothing happened....'

Ah the good old days....

New Pub - Ballydoyle Bloomingdale Nov 18

Quick note we are playing for the first time at Ballydoyle Pub in Bloomingdale on November 18. Foe those who say we don't get out to the Northwest Suburbs come on out and support us so we keep coming back!!

Slainte,
Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
 
 
No Pain, No Pain - October 26th, 2011 - 9:59pm

I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain....'

Helloo Alll....

It is a scary time of year!!  This Saturday October 29 we have a special Halloween show at  Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove.  Music starts at 9 PM.  Wear a costume and win a prize!! 

Next Saturday November 5th we play Murph's Gift of Music  at 115 Bourbon St.  The benefit starts at 3 PM.  We will play but we will are also honored to sit in on Mike's first love with the surviving members of his band 'Leave' as they will close out the stage. 

It promising to be a fitting moment to hear these guys once again who haven't played together since Murph's death.  I know Murph will join in from the heavens.

Thanks to all of the pictures posted from our Ireland Tour earlier this month.  A special shout out to Kathleen Schmidt who posted loads of pictures on our Facebook Page. 

That's all this week!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin

www.celticratpack.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

 
 
St Christina's Irish Ocktoberfest October 18th, 2011 - 8:16pm

'Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin...'I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness...'


Helloo All...

It's great to be back home after our 2011 Tour of Ireland. We played in Galway City, Killarney and Dublin to both the people of those areas and the people who came with us on our tour. CIE Tours and Brian Hanrahan (that's two 'han'(s) and a 'ra') did a great job of showing us a good time as well. We will be posting pictures of our shows soon but we have posted some great pictures of Ireland itself. (If anyone on the tour has pictures to share with us please do!)

This Friday October 21 we will be playing at St Christina' Irish Octoberfest on a 111th & Homan from 8 PM. We played this show last year and it was a packed house so get there early!!

Next Saturday October 29 we have a special Halloween show at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove. Music starts at 9 PM and you are encouraged to wear a costume!!

Murph's Gift of Music Benefit

November 5th is right around the corner and we have a great day planned in honor of our good friend.

Mike Murphy was a member of the Larkin and Moran Brothers from 2000 until his life was cut short at 32 in 2008. His family and friends help set up The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization). Murph taught at the Music School in Oak Lawn and encouraged and inspired people of all ages to learn how to play an instrument and love music.

The Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity. The organization's goal is to carry on Murph's legacy and make a difference in a life by giving them the gift of music.

We will play but we will are also honored to sit in on Mike's first love with the surviving members of his band 'Leave' as they will close out the stage. It promising to be a fitting moment to hear these guys once again who haven't played together since Murph's death. I know Murph will join in from the heavens.

The event is at 115 Bourbon St and will be from 3 to 8 PM on November 5th!!

That's all this week!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
 
 
We Can Hardly Contain Ourselves!! September 29th, 2011 - 9:57pm

Brother Mike's Musing's... by Mike Larkin... 'I'll tell you what I love doing more than anything: trying to pack myself in a small suitcase. I can hardly contain myself...

Hellooo All....

Another appropriate musing from Brother Mike (or as he was known at last weeks Pub Crawl- Uncle Larkin) since we are 1 week away from our ' Hunt For Green October' Ireland Tour. With new airline baggage rules containing everything will be an issue.

Fighting For Foxy

Join us this Sunday Oct 2 at 2 PM for the Fighting For Foxy benefit at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. Don Fox is a Chicago Fireman who was diagnosed this past March with Stage IV Brain Cancer. This benefit will offset mounting medical bills so come on out in support.

Hunt For Green October Tour Schedule

The tour starts next Thursday Oct 6th. It is going to be a great time. We have a big group coming with us and plan to play (along with the Chancey Brothers) at several venues along the way. Here is the schedule:

  • 7th October - Fagan's Bar, Galway (Meyrick Hotel) 7 PM
  • 8th October - The Quays Bar, Galway at 11:00pm
  • 9th October - Scruffy's Bar, Killarney 7 PM
  • 10th October - Scruffy's Bar Killarney Towers 7 PM
  • 12th October - Cellar Bar (Dunboyne Castle) Dublin 7 PM

Web Site

Had some issues earlier this week with our site www.celticratpack.com but it is back up and running again!!

Start your Livers!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

 
 
1/2 Way to St Patrick's Day September 14th, 2011 - 9:24pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin "I would imagine that if you could understand Morse code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy.."

Helloo All

This weekend on Friday Sept 16 we return to the Kerry Piper for a 1/2 Way to St Paddy's Day Party set. We will be promoting a special Pub Crawl the following weekend.

Also a special shout out to a private party we will be playing for Beleek Collectors International Society Convention this Saturday night. It should like we will have a blast!

...Murph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl - Sept 24

The Pub Crawl at Quigley's at Noon on Saturday Sept 24th. So far we have a great response. You can also pick us up at any pub along the crawl. This pub crawl will help raise funds for the Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund and benefit scheduled at 115 Bourbon Street (www.115bourbonstreet.com) on November 5th.

A bus will then take you to a crawl from there to other pubs and end at the Kerry Piper in Willowbrook.-

12:30-2:00 Quigley's Irish Pub(4010 W 111st Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453)
2:30-4:00 Goal Post Pub (5207 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453)
4:30-6:00 Tailgators Sports Bar (9356 S Cicero, Oak Lawn, IL 60453)
6:30-9:30 Kerry Piper (7900 Joliet Road, Willow, IL 60526)

Bus leaves for Quigley's by 9:30 PM.

Please contact Dan Larkin at larkinbros@aol.com or 1-773-960-3892 to sign up. We have had a great response and we need to be prepared to handle all who want to attend. The only limitation is how many we can fit on the bus so let us know!! A $10 dollar donation helps defray cost of bus and shirt.

We will be playing games at all pubs along the way and a session at the Kerry Piper so any musician who want to join in just bring your instrument or voices!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
 
 
Fun Coming In September September 5th, 2011 - 9:23pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin "When I was a boy, I laid in my twin-sized bed and wondered where my brother was..."

Helloo All

I'm pretty sure that was Joe next to you Mike (although if you've been to our shows lately it would be appropriate).

This weekend we return to Fox Valley Irish Fest on Saturday Sept. 10 we play at 6:15 PM. Before our set Mike Danahey, author of the recent book- Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (which we appear in) will say a few words of wisdom. We return on Sunday Sept 11 at 2:30 PM for an additional set. It is a great fest so come on out!!

Next weekend on Friday Sept 16 we return to the Kerry Piper for a 1/2 Way to St Paddy's Day Party set. We will be promoting a special Pub Crawl the following weekend. So a perfect segway into...

...Murph's Gift of Music Pub Crawl - Sept 24

The Pub Crawl at Quigley's at Noon on Saturday Sept 24th. You can also pick us up at any pub along the crawl. This pub crawl will help raise funds for the Michael J Murphy Scholarship Fund and benefit scheduled at 115 Bourbon Street (www.115bourbonstreet.com) on November 5th.

A bus will then take you to a crawl from there to other pubs and end at the Kerry Piper in Willowbrook.-

12:30-2:00 Quigley's Irish Pub(4010 W 111st Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453)
2:30-4:00 Goal Post Pub (5207 W 95th Street, Oak Lawn, IL 60453)
4:30-6:00 Tailgators Sports Bar (9356 S Cicero, Oak Lawn, IL 60453)
6:30-9:30 Kerry Piper (7900 Joliet Road, Willow, IL 60526)

Bus leaves for Quigley's by 9:30 PM

Please contact Dan Larkin at larkinbros@aol.com or 1-773-960-3892 to sign up. We have had a great response but we are well prepared to handle all who want to attend. A $10 dollar donation helps defray cost of bus and shirt.

We will be playing games at all pubs along the way and a session at the Kerry Piper so any musician who want to join in just bring your instrument or voices!

'Hunt For Green October' Tour

The tour is only one month away!! We should be posting a playing schedule shortly. so stay tuned!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
 
 
Mike All Together August 23rd, 2011 - 9:39pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin.. 'You know how they call corn-on-the-cob "corn-on-the-cob," right? But that's how it comes out of the ground. They should call that "corn", and they should call every other version "corn-off-the-cob." It's not like if you cut off my arm you would call my arm "Mike", but then reattach it and call me "Mike-all-together..."

Helloo All---

Lots to cover as the next few months will be busy. We have festivals, pub shows, pub crawls, a Tour of Ireland and benefits.

First off this coming weekend we return to a great festival off the Illinois River at Erin Feis Peoria. We have three shows planned. On Saturday August 27 we play a stripped down show at 4:30 PM at the Snug Stage. It will be a return to the band's roots where only a handful of us will be playing at any given time. That night the full band will close out the Main (North) Stage at 9:30 PM. After that it will be off to the hotel for a great session. We will have one last set at 2:30 PM on Sunday August 28.

Murph's Pub Crawl for Sept 24th Planned

Mike Murphy was a member of the Larkin and Moran Brothers from 2000 until his life was cut short at 32 in 2008. His family and friends help set up The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization). Murph taught at the Music School in Oak Lawn and encouraged and inspired people of all ages to learn how to play an instrument and love music.

The Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity. The organization's goal is to carry on Murph’s legacy and make a difference in a life by giving them the gift of music.

Back in 2009 we held our first Pub Crawl in support of the first Murph's Gift Of Music benefit. It was a blast and we raised a bunch of money for the fund. We have secure a bus again and are working on the schedule and will publish next week. We will have a bus so leave the driving to us or so pick us up at any pub along the crawl.

Please contact me at larkinbros@aol.com or 1-773-960-3892 to sign up. We have had a great response but we are well prepared to handle all who want to attend. A $10 dollar donation helps defray cost of bus and shirt.

We will be playing sessions at all pubs along the way so any musician who want to join in just bring your instrument or voices!

'Hunt For Green October' Tour

The tour is set and sold out!! We should be posting a playing schedule shortly. so stay tuned!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

 
 
It's Hot in July!! July 27th, 2011 - 5:59pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... 'I used to be a hot-tar roofer. Yeah, I remember that... day.'


Helloo All

If you live in about 80% of the country you can say - Man is it f-ing hot outside. If only we can remember how much nicer this is come Jan 15 we would all feel a bit better about it. The way I look at it being outside with a cold beverage is much better than that.

This Friday July 29 we will be playing at the first ever Will County Celtic Festival at the Will County Bicentennial Park in Joliet, IL. at 8 PM. The line up looks really good and you can go to the boats after the show!!

On Saturday July 30 we play for the Tom and Tess Lee Memorial Benefit at the Beverly Woods on Western Ave on the South Side at 8 PM. It should be a Craic!!

Other Happenings

Everything has been fast and furious (that is the second time in the last two updates I used that term - check it out for yourself) this summer and going the fall it will continue.

On top of a sold out tour to Ireland (titled the Hunt For Green October) we are planning another pub crawl for the 'Murph's Gift of Music Benefit'. We had one a couple of years ago and it was indeed a blow out. Let me know if you are interested so we can work on travel arrangements. The tentative date is Sept 24.

Also check out this Youtube video we are featured in from the recent Irish Fest at the Irish American Heritage Center -



Pat Doran proposed to his future wife on it as well.

éistigí

We have our copies of the new CD éistigí at each of our shows. While it is available on iTunes there are many people who say- I can't make it to your shows and I would like a CD (not a download). Well just go to www.rampantlion.com and place an order. Jack and Gayle Baker would be happy to fulfill your request.

That's All This week!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

 
 
North And South Of The River July 12th, 2011 - 11:05pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... 'New census information has world population approaching 7 billion people. Apparently, one in six people in the world are Chinese. And there are six people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's either my wife or one of my kids. Possible my oldest son, Johnny or my younger son, Ho-Chan-Chu. But I think it's my oldest son, Johnny.

Helloo All

Well first of all I have to tell you we had a fantastic time this past weekend. Congrats to Pat Doran of the Shannon Rovers who proposed to his future wife Kerry at our show last Saturday. Luckily, she accepted.

I was also lucky to sit in on a set with the Chancey Brothers last Sunday night at the same festival when I filled in for their guitarist, David. I had a blast. The Chancey's usually close out the Irish American Heritage Center Fest and invite various groups to join them for their set. The Larkin and Moran Brothers have joined them at past festivals as guest. But this was a first for me- I personally have never played a set without my brothers. It was nonetheless a brilliant experience.

I have a side story that I'd like to share. Let's just say that with my brothers I never have to worry where the next beer is coming from. Playing with the Chancey's, however, I didn't know what the band protocol was on this subject. When their fiddle/mandolin player Greg set himself up with a couple beers on stage I felt safe to bring two Smithwicks on stage with me.

Well the set was fast and furious. Kevin Flynn (of the Avondale Ramblers) joined us for 'Irish Rover' and the crowd was in a rowdy mood. I finished my first Smithwicks and just started my second when Ray Kelly of 'The Mickey Finns' joined Bob ' Chancey' MacNamara on the 'Auld Triangle'. I step back from my microphone so Ray could use it. He saw my second Smithwicks that I just started and picked it up. He looked at Greg as to say 'Cheers' and proceeded to sip on it.

When we finished the song, Ray put the beer back half full (I am an optimist) where he found it. I proceeded to stop him as he exited the stage, 'Hey Ray! The Smithwick's is now yours.'

More Fun To Come - North and South of The River

This Friday July 15 we return to play at Arlington Heights Irish Fest at 8:30 PM. This is the North part on this weekend.

The South part happens on Saturday July 16 when we play at Quigley's in Oak Lawn Summer Series Patio Concerts at 6 PM. We will be playing Quigley's in the spirit Mike Murphy did so many times as celebrating our good friend's 35th birthday. So come have fun in the sun with us!!

éistigí

We have our copies of the new CD éistigí at each of our shows. While it is available on iTunes there are many people who say- I can't make it to your shows and I would like a CD (not a download). Well just go to www.rampantlion.com and place an order. Jack and Gayle Baker would be happy to fulfill your request.

That's All This week!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

 
 
Here! You Throw This Away!! July 6th, 2011 - 11:03pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' When someone hands you a flyer, it's like they're saying- Here, you throw this away....'

Hellloo All....

It is great to be back on the web bringing you this update. Let's just say that when we take time off like we did this past month I get the urge to send out updates for no reason. I just worry that when I do that I will get the dreaded 'Please take me off you mailing list'...

Anyway enough about that it is finally shaping up to be a great summer. This weekend we play at the Irish American Heritage Center for Irish Fest Chicago on Saturday July 9 at 3:30 PM. Always a good time. Also join us for the Sunday night finally with the Chancey Brothers!

Next Friday July 15 we return to play at Arlington Heights Irish Fest at 8:30 PM. Next Saturday July 16 we play at Quigley's in Oak Lawn Summer Series Patio Concerts at 6 PM. We will be playing Quigley's in the spirit Mike Murphy did so many times as celebrating our good friend's 35th birthday.

Murph's Gift of Music

As we come on Murph's 35 birthday his spirit lives on forever through his recordings and our memories.

Also, through his family and friends, Murph can continue to encourage and inspire. The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity.

Another fundraiser is planned for November 5, 2011. There will be a few music surprises that night at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. We are also planning another pub crawl (like we need a reason)....

The New CD Éistigí

We have our copies of the new CD Éistigí at each of our shows. It is also available on iTunes . We have received some great reviews. The great Celtic rock radio site Paddyrock.com reviewer John Bowles stated - ' I can finally say that this is the BEST release from the The Larkin and Moran Brothers to date. I love it when I get a release that makes me feel like I'm in a pub… '

That's All This week!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin

www.celticratpack.com

 
 
Oshkosh, St Catherine's and ShamROCK Into Summer June 3rd, 2011 - 3:37pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' I wish my name was Brian because maybe sometimes people would misspell my name and call me Brain. That's like a free compliment and you don't even gotta be smart to notice it...'

Helloo again....

Had a great time last weekend at Gaelic Park. It was great to see everyone that came out. We lucked out and played the two days it didn't rain.

This week we head up to city on the Lake Winnebago - Oshkosh (b'gosh), Wisconsin for Oshkosh Irish Fest. We play on Saturday June 4 at 5:30 PM and Sunday June 5 at 5 PM. It is held at the Leach Aphitheatre. It is a great venue and one hell of a fest.

On Thursday June 9 at 7 PM we return to St Catherine's Summer Fest in Oak Lawn IL. It is our 16th consecutive year playing this fest. We always have a great time. This year will be no different.

Finally on Saturday June 11 we will play along with the Chancey Brothers at the Irish American Heritage Center for ShamROCK into Summer Concert. Music starts at 6 PM.

That's all for now!

See you real soon!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers
 
 
Pondering My Mortality May 24th, 2011 - 9:29pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' I had a stick of Carefree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good for awhile as I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality...'

Helloo All...

We just had some extended time off but it is time to hit the road again. This weekend we are at Gaelic Park Irish Fest on Friday May 27 at 9:30 PM on the Tara Stage and Monday May 30 at 6 PM on the Emerald Stage. It is the big kick off to Fest season so come on out!!

Next week we head up to city on the Lake Winnegbago - Osh Kosh (b'gosh), Wisconsin for Osh Kosh Irish Fest. We play on Saturday June 4 at 5:30 PM and Sunday June 5 at 5 PM. It is held at the Leach Aphitheatre. It is a great venue and one hell of a fest.

Murph's Gift of Music

It is hard to believe it has been almost three years since Murph was taken from us. His spirit lives on forever through his recordings and our memories

Also, through his family and friends, Murph can continue to encourage and inspire. The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity.

Another fundraiser is being planned for November 5, 2011. More info will be coming later.

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Maximum Flavor Potential April 28th, 2011 - 8:12pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin "I like vending machines, because snacks are better when they fall. If I buy a candy bar at the store, oftentimes I will drop it so that is achieves its maximum flavor potential..."
Helooo All....

I usually don't put out an update so far away from a show but I wanted to touch base on a few things. The new CD continues to receive great praise and there is allot of planning going into the Ireland Tour next October. We have a great festival season planned with a few more to still be posted. Check out our web site CelticRatPack.com for our full schedule!!

Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs

A great coffee table book has recently been published that chronicles the history of Chicago Irish Pubs. Mike Danahey, who along with Allison Hantschel authored the book, recently sent me a copy and I have to tell you it is fantastic.

Mike and Allison called me last year and we contributed some pictures and thoughts so it is great to be part of a top notch project. Heck even our friend Bob MacNamara contributed by writing the forward.

I recommend purchasing this book for your home collection. There are some great stories & pictures (not of Mike Larkin though). It's available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in Barnes & Noble stores throughout Chicago.

We are also talking to Mike about coming out to a few of our shows for some book signings so stay tuned!

On Line Sales of éistigí Are Great

Wow- Dan- welcome to the 21st century... When we put out our first CD back in 1998 most people did not even understand digital downloading of music was even possible. CD burners which are now in every computer were not that common yet.

By the time our CDs- 'Band of Bothers' in 2003 and 'Paddy' were released in 2007 traditional CD sales were falling hard and fast. We had some experience with digital postings but they were not that mainstream.

Well I have to tell you after seeing the results of on line sales in the month of March I am extremely happy that you can purchase éistigí digitally. We have had sales as far west as California as well as Northern Ireland. Remember our CDs our available on itunes and CD baby . Let me know if there is interest out there to offer some of our past CDs digitally as well.

Remember you can still purchase all of our traditional CDs at our shows or through our good friend Jack Baker at Rampant Lion. He has a store in Villa Park but can mail it to your home as well!

The Hunt For Green October

The numbers are rising so it sounds like we will have one hooley this October on our Ireland Tour named ' The Hunt For Green October'.

So if you have been putting off making a call to get your name on our guest list please make the call ASAP to Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

Murph's Gift of Music

It is hard to believe it has been almost three years since Murph was taken from us. His spirit lives on forever through his recordings and our memories

Also, through his family and friends, Murph can continue to encourage and inspire. The Michael J. Murphy Music Scholarship Fund has been created with the mission to provide music related lessons and instruments to children from families that do not have the financial means to provide this opportunity.

Another fundraiser is being planned for November 5, 2011. More info will be coming later.

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
The Big Event This Friday April 15 April 12th, 2011 - 10:14pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin...'I've always wanted to go to Switzerland to see what the army does with those little red knives...'

Helloo All...

It has been a few weeks since we last sent an update. March was fantastic and we just finished our annual dry out at the Betty Ford Clinic. (Lindsay Lohan was good support for us..)

The Big Event This Friday April 15

Part 1- Ireland Tour Sign Up and Contest Winner

It is a double header as far as events go. We will be at the Irish American Heritage Center this Friday. At 7 PM sharp, CIE Tours will be on hand to talk about our upcoming October Ireland Tour and answer any question you may have concerning the tour. It is meant for both those who have signed up and those are thinking about it. The presentation will be held in the Shamrock American Room on the second floor and the first drink is on the house!!

On a side note we said in the last update just before St Paddy's Day that we would announce the winner of the Ireland Tour naming contest at out 115 Bourbon Street Show. Well as the 2000 plus people who were at the show may already know, we never did announce the winner. I just forgot basically but I am happy to announce today that the winning name- ' The Hunt For Green October'. Congratulations John Galvan you have a copy of our new CD- éistigí coming yourway. Thanks to all who participated in the contest!!

Part 2 - éistigíCD Release Party - Fifth Province Pub

'Eistigi' was well worth the wait, and is the best Traditional/Celt Rock release I've received in past year. ' - John Bowles, Paddyrock.com

'Good Celt Rock is best played loud. The measure of great Celt Rock is that it is also enjoyable at normal decibel levels. This album passes the test on both counts.' -Diane S., Fanrealm.com

These are just a couple of reviews our new CD, éistigí , has received. It has also received radio play at Radiocelt.com. WXRT, and Shay Clarke's weekly show. At 8 PM in the Fifth Province Pub we will officially be released at our show. We will be performing the songs as well as explaining the process of writing and recording the songs. It should be a great time so com on out!

Hope to see you this Friday!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Spend Money Like There Is No Tomorrow March 16th, 2011 - 9:55pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' I like this toast I found: It is better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money!'

Helloo All...

That's no toast Mike- it sounds more like your philosophy of life... but seriously folks.

St Patrick's Day is upon us and we have two great shows planned. At Noon (or high noon as I like to say) we start off at Tommy Nevin's Pub in Naperville. It is our lunch time extravaganza.

Then for prime time we play the big stage at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park between 7 and 9 PM. The room is big but tables go fast so get there early!

éistigí is on iTunes!!

That's right you are no longer limited to buying our new CD at shows or stores. You can follow this link as well - éistigí on iTunes!!.

The album received more praise last night on a Tuesday night feature of the radio show Local Anesthetic on WXRT 93.1 in Chicago by host Richard Milne. It will be rebroadcast after our St Patrick's Day Show at Bourbon Street at 10:55 PM so listen in.

Ireland Tour Name Contest - Update

We have a winner!! We will announce the winning name at Bourbon Street on Paddy's Day.

Also if you have been putting off making a call to get your name on our guest list please make the call ASAP to Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Daylight Savings Time Sucks! March 9th, 2011 - 10:42pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin ' You know it is daylight savings time when the clock in your car has the right time for the first time since last November....'

Helloo All....

My God... Daylight savings time this early. I can remember when the time didn't change until the end of August but this early in March - especially when we are so busy for St. Paddy's Day Parade weekend! I need my sleep!

Speaking of the crazy schedule.

This Weekend:
Friday the 11th - Forevergreen - Navy Pier, IL 7 PM
Saturday the 12th - Tommy Nevins Pub Evanston, IL 12 PM
Saturday the 12th - South Side Irish Family Fest Beverly Art Center 4:30 PM
Saturday the 12th - Kerry Piper Pub Tent Show Willowbrook, IL 9 PM
Sunday the 13th - Gaelic Park - Oak Forest, IL 1:30 PM

St Paddy's Day:
Thursday the 17th - Tommy Nevins Pub Naperville, IL 12PM
Thursday the 17th - 115 Bourbon Street at 7 PM.

éistigí is Here!

We have our advance copies of the new CD éistigí before the official release this coming April. We have received some great early reviews. The great Celtic rock radio site Paddyrock.com reviewer John Bowles stated - 'I can finally say that this is the BEST release from the The Larkin and Moran Brothers to date. I love it when I get a release that makes me feel like I'm in a pub.'

It will also receive some air play on Richard Milne's show ' Local Anesthetic' on WXRT 93.1 FM next Tuesday March 15th after 8:30 PM and again on St Patrick's Day after 10 PM.

Also next Monday March 14 we will be on Shay Clarke's Radio Program ' Blarney On The Air' on WDCB 90.9 FM from 7 to 9 PM. We will be promoting the new CD and giving some out with donations to public radio.

Ireland Tour Name Contest - Update

I think we are close to naming a winner but keep em coming! Remember a free copy of our new CD - éistigí -to anyone who can help us give this tour a name to be proud of so keep the suggestions coming.

Also if you have been putting off making a call to get your name on our guest list please make the call ASAP to Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
High Stool Serenades March 2nd, 2011 - 10:08pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin ' The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made....'

Helloo All....


March is here and so is the crazy schedule. Check it out:

This Weekend:
Friday the 4th - Tommy Nevins Pub Frankfort, IL 9 PM
Saturday the 5th - Bally Doyle Irish PubAurora, IL 9 PM
Sunday the 6th - Tourney For Tommy at St Rita HS, Chicago, IL 1 PM

Next Weekend:
Friday the 11th - Forevergreen - Navy Peir, IL 7 PM
Saturday the 12th - Tommy Nevins Pub Evanston, IL 12 PM
Saturday the 12th - South Side Irish Family Fest Beverly Art Center
Saturday the 12th - Kerry Piper Pub Tent Show Willowbrook, IL 10 PM
Sunday the 13th - Gaelic Park - Oak Forest, IL

St Paddy's Day:
Thursday the 17th - Tommy Nevins Pub Naperville, IL 12PM
Thursday the 17th - 115 Bourbon Street at 7 PM.

Whoa that's alot of Guinness.. I mean shows...

éistigí is Here!

I hope so anyway. I'm expecting it any day now. We should have advanced copies for March and then we will have an official release. I'll send out a note if I get them. We did get the new shirts in as well!!

Ireland Tour Name Contest - Update

Three good suggestions from an old friend from old Vaughn's Pub on 65th & Central- Dennis Gallagher

High Stool Serenades
Excuse Me Beautiful(Hiccup), Is this Seat Taken?
Pinting, From Here to Fro

Keep em coming! Remember a free copy of our new CD - éistigí -to anyone who can help us give this tour a name to be proud of so keep the suggestions coming.

Also if you have been putting off making a call to get your name on our guest list please make the call ASAP to Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Chihuahuas Got Some Good Ideas February 23rd, 2011 - 10:10pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin ' I hope if dogs ever take over the world, and they chose a king, they don't just go by size, because I bet there are some Chihuahuas with some good ideas...'

Helloo All....

Don't forget to join us on Friday February 25 at 115 Bourbon Street for the Barbara Vic Annual Fundraiser at 8 PM. On Saturday February 26th we return to St Mike's St. Patty's Day Party in Orland Park at 7:30 PM.

Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs

Next Monday a new book is being released on Monday February 28th written by Mike Danahey called 'Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs'. It goes a long way back in Chicago history ( My dad used to talk about Hanley's). We have a spot in the book (are we really historic) so please look into this.

Ireland Tour Name Contest - Update

Suggestions to our Ireland Tour Naming Contest keep coming in and we are getting close to a winner. Remember a free copy of our new CD - éistigí -to anyone who can help us give this tour a name to be proud of so keep the suggestions coming.

Also if you have been putting off making a call to get your name on our guest list please make the call ASAP to Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Googol of Fun! February 18th, 2011 - 7:37am

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin..' Words to live by- The early bird gets the worm but the second rat gets the cheese"...'

Hellooo All..


Not sure what Mike means by the rat comment but will find out at this weekend's shows

This Friday February 18th we also return to play at Desplaines PD Irish Fest to benefit the Special Olympics. Please check out the web site linked or call as this event was sold out last year. The event start at 5:30 PM and we go on at 8 PM.

On Saturday February 19th we play St. Hugh's Irish Mardi Gras in Lyons IL at 7 PM. It's a great time so come on out!

Next weekend join us on Friday February 25 at 115 Bourbon Street for the Barbara Vic Annual Fundraiser at 8 PM. On Saturday February 26th we return to St Mike's St. Patty's Day Party in Orland Park at 7:30 PM.

Ireland Tour Name Contest - Update
I have gotten some pretty good suggestions on our Ireland Tour Naming Contest but we haven't reached any conclusion of a winner yet. The most interesting came Paul in Rockford IL (get us back to On The Riverfest if you can Paul!) Paul writes
'These are taken directly from my personal list of "Names for my first Album if I ever form a Band." But don't worry - they work for Tour names as well. By the way, I doubt we'll run into any copyright infringement problems with this list of mine, since I don't sing nor do I play an instrument, so the whole "forming a band" concept isn't likely to happen any time soon.'

Ireland Tour Top 10 Names
Cross Country Drinking
Three-Day Underwear
Too Old to Mosh
Each Day Fuzzier Than the One Before
Eff You Mode
Whip a Smart As
Googol of Fun
Liquor Before Beer
On a Mission from God
Devoted Wingman

Thanks Paul - ' Each day Fuzzier Than The One Before' is my personal favorite although I also like 'Googol of Fun'. (If you come to one of our shows in the next few weeks ask me about my night in Bunratty sleeping in the lobby...)
Remember a free copy of our new CD - éistigí -to anyone who can help us give this tour a name to be proud of.

Also if you have been putting off making a call to get your name on our guest list please make the call ASAP to Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Ireland Tour Naming Contest February 10th, 2011 - 9:08pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin..' Note to self and everyone- Never write poetry to you significant other on Valentine's Day that starts out with "There once was a girl from Nantucket"...'

Hellooo All..


Been busy this past week putting together shows for March, getting ready to release our new CD called éistigí, working on list of people for our Ireland Tour in October and ordering up new band t-shirts to be available in March. So busy in fact I haven't been able to get to the update until now.

This Friday February 11 we return to Tommy Nevin's Pub in Frankfort at 9 PM. Take your date to come see us and we'll sing you a love song!

Next Friday February 18th we also return to play at Desplaines PD Irish Fest to benefit the Special Olympics. Please check out the web site linked or call as this event was sold out last year. The event start at 5:30 PM and we go on at 8 PM.

Then Next Saturday we play St. Hugh's Irish Mardi Gras in Lyons IL at 7 PM It's a great time so come on out!

Ireland Tour Name Contest
Frankly I'm getting sick of calling this section Ireland Tour so I need some help naming the actual tour Last tour we did we called 'Seven Drunken Nights'. A free copy of our new CD - éistigí -to anyone who can help us give this tour a name to be proud of.
Also if you have been putting off making a call to get your name on our guest list please make the call ASAP to Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

Valentine's Day Scorecard for Guys--- How did you rate?

I pulled in at -54 but it is because I like beer so much...

1) SIMPLE DUTIES
You go out to buy her flowers: +5
But return with beer: -5
You check out a suspicious noise at night: 0
You check out a suspicious noise and it's nothing: 0
You check out a suspicious noise and it's something: +5
You pummel it with a six iron: +10
It's her cat: -10

2) SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS
You stay by her side the entire party: 0
You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with a drinking buddy: -2
Named Tiffany: -4
Tiffany is a dancer: -6
Tiffany has implants: -8

3) SATURDAY AFTERNOONS
You visit her parents: +1
You visit her parents and actually make conversation: +3
You visit her parents and stare vacantly at the television: -3
And the television is off: -6
You spend the afternoon watching college football in your underwear: -6
And you didn't even go to college: -10
And it's not really your underwear: -15

4) HER BIRTHDAY
You take her out to dinner: 0
You take her out to dinner and it's not a sports bar: +1
Okay, it is a sports bar: -2
And it's all-you-can-eat night: -3
It's a sports bar, it's all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted the colors of your favorite team: -10
You give her a gift: 0
You give her a gift, and it's a small appliance: -10
You give her a gift, and it's not a small appliance: +1
You give her a gift, and it isn't chocolate: +2
You give her a gift that you'll be paying off for months: +30
You wait until the last minute and buy her a gift that day: -10
With her credit card: -30
And whatever you bought is two sizes too big: -40

5) THOUGHTFULNESS
You forget to pick her up at the bus station: -25
Which is in Detroit: -35
And the pouring rain dissolves her leg cast: -50

6) A NIGHT OUT WITH YOUR PALS
You have a few beers: -9
For every beer after three, -2 again
And miss curfew by an hour: -12
You get home at 3 a.m.: -20
You get home at 3 a.m. smelling of booze and cheap cigars: -30
And not wearing any pants: -40
Is that a tattoo? -200

7) A NIGHT OUT, JUST THE TWO OF YOU
You go see a comic: +2
He's crude and sexist: -2
You laugh: -5
You laugh too much: -10
She's not laughing: -15
You laugh harder: -25

8) DRIVING
You lose the directions on a trip: -4
You lose the directions and end up getting lost: -10
You end up getting lost in a bad part of town: -15
You get lost in a bad part of town and meet the locals: -25
She finds out you lied about having a black belt: -60

9) COMMUNICATION
When she wants to talk, you listen, displaying a concerned expression:+20
When she wants to talk, you listen, for over 30 minutes: +5
You listen for more than 30 minutes, without looking at the television:+10
She realizes this is because you've fallen asleep: -10

That's All This week!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Best in the City February 4th, 2011 - 2:33pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that mean's it is going to be up all night...'

Hellooo All...
A big snow day here this week in Chicago- it's like the punch line of a familiar joke 'and boy are my arms tired' seriously try the veal it's the best in the city.

We are looking forward to this Saturday show at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove starting at 9 PM.t will be a great night and the kick off of a string of weekends we will be playing through St Paddy's Day. think after the week we had hear everyone deserves a night out so come out and we will warm your hearts will a few stories and songs.

We'll also be playing the songs of our upcoming CD- éistigí coming out in March.

Ireland Tour

We are starting to see some good numbers for our Tour of Ireland this coming October.f you have been putting off making a call to get your name on our guest list please make the call ASAP to Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

We promise you will not be disappointed in this unique experience on the Emerald Isle!

See you at Ballydoyle this Saturday!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
A Good Start January 14th, 2011 - 1:12pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'Some winter humor- What do you get from sitting on the ice too long... Polaroids....'

Hellooo All...

I think there is an inclination during winter to hope it only last through the holidays (What's a Polaroid anyway?)o Mike is just being topical.eing from Illinois I think a more topical joke would be- What do you call a thousand Illinois politician at the bottom of the ocean...- A good start.ut anyway you've been a great crowd...try the veal...

This Saturday we will be at the Kerry Piper in Willowbrook starting at 9 PM.t promises to be a great time so come on out...

New CD

The new CD has a name!!he CD should be ready by March and we are really excited about how it turned out.e will make it available for downloads as well so stay tune for that news.

The title is 'Éistigí' and is pronounced -Ishte- g(hard 'g')ee. would like to tell everyone that they need to buy the CD to find out what it means but those on this update will be spared (although we still want you to buy it).

'Éistigí' is an Irish word that is the plural form of the word 'Listen' as in 'you all listen'.ow you have to buy the CD to find out why it is called this but I promise it is a great story.

Ireland Tour

With the Holidays over and the New Year ahead of us don't forget to makes your plans to join us this coming October for our Ireland Tour.his is the second time we have done this and I promise you a great time.

or those interested in getting their plans together we are available at any show to answer questions about what to expect.ou can also call Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

See you at the Kerry Piper!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768

www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
And So This Is Christmas December 12th, 2010 - 12:53am

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' My Christmas Diet Tip: If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, they cancel each other out, I think...'

Helloo All


I realize this is an odd time to send an update but I have insomnia and I need to get some Christmas News out for Sunday. Make sure you listen tomorrow to 93.1 FM WXRT at 7 PM to the 19th Annual Local Anesthetic Holiday Spectacular host by Richard Milne, an-hour long celebration of the season, featuring exclusive salutations to XRT listeners from Chicago bands. It can be accessed on their web site as well.

We submitted a quick message with a song we call 'Fairy Tale of Chicago'. Mike also does his best Hal Roach imitation with our Christmas salutation. Listen in!!

Ballydoyle Roots

We know our CD make wonderful Christmas stocking stuffers (or great drink coasters) but we also are part of a great compilation CD called Ballydoyle Roots. Released by Ballydoyle Irish Pub (locations in Downers Grove, Aurora and Bloomingdale) it features two tracks by us as well as songs from Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones, The Elders, Michael McDermott, Searson, The Sandcarvers and more. It is for charity with all proceeds being donated to the Family Shelter. Another great holiday idea!

Our CDs can be purchased through Rampant Lion Celtic Traders who have a store in Villa Park but also sell through the web.

Christmas Show - Tommy Nevins - Frankfort

We really only have one Christmas Show and this year we will have it at Tommy Nevin's Pub in Frankfort on Saturday December 18 at 9 PM. We will have some wonderful Christmas surprise for you so make sure you share some cheer with us next Saturday!

That's all for Now!!

Happy Christmas!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Is Mike Bitter? December 1st, 2010 - 4:58pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin ' Black Friday sucks...Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money....'

Helloo All

As you can see Mike is a little bitter after last weekend. He was one of those who stood in line for 10 hours to get a great deal on a TV only to find out the store had 3 in stock, poor Mike.

On Saturday December 4 we will return to Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove show starts at 9 PM. We will probably get there a little earlier though as Ballydoyle has a live broadcast from 7 to 9 PM with Q101. It will also be a Jameson Twisted promotion. The Jameson girls will be there along with Tim Virgin from Q101.

Now I'm not sure about a guy with the last name of Virgin unless his first name is '40 year old' but it should be a blast. It is part one of our December Christmas shows so come on out and celebrate with us.

WXRT Holiday Spectacular 2010

We have created Holiday greetings for the 93XRT Local Anesthetic "Holiday Spectacular". It's an hour-long special comprised of seasonal salutations from Chicago artists. Host Richard Milne is a great guy that we always see when we play the Forevergreen Party at Navy Pier in March (March 11th, 2011) and his Holiday show is a local tradition. We promise not to suck (mmm.. that's the second time we used the word 'suck' in one update.)

Air dates are Sunday, December 12th with a re-broadcast on Sunday, December 19, 2010. Show time both weeks is 7pm.

Ireland Tour

Planning continues for next October's Ireland Tour. For those interested in getting their plans together early please call Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

Michael Flisk 1964-2010

On a serious note please keep the family of Mike Flisk in your prayers. Mike was a Chicago Police Officer, and a devoted husband and father of four who was killed in the line of duty this past week.

As a fellow 1978 graduate of St Denis Grammar School on Chicago's south side my memories of Mike was that of a great guy (even when we got in trouble together a few times in first grade.)

His funeral was attended today by 1000 people. His daughter, Peggy, was given a minute-long standing ovation after delivering a moving and at times humorous tribute to her father.

Flanked by her brothers Michael, Tim and Brian, she read a poem about how “a part of America died'' when an officer is shot. I can only say how true it is. We will miss you Mike.

Take Care,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Eating, Drinking and Watching Football November 23rd, 2010 - 9:26am

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'Sponges grow in the ocean. That just kills me. I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be if that didn't happen...'

Hellooo All....

I'm behind a little but it is better getting this update out sooner than later. I do have an excuse as we are in the home stretch of recording our sixth CD and time has been limited. Last night Mike was over recording a couple harmonica tracks. In between takes he would sip on some Guinness and then wonder why the harmonica's were getting clogged up- but we had a few laughs.

The next step is to get the tracks mixed and mastered, have a design done and maybe take a few pictures to get the CDs manufactured. We will be also making the CD available on line.

Black Wednesday

It is an annual tradition!! We will be at the Kerry Piper in Willowbrook tomorrow November 24 at 9 PM. It is a great holiday show. Truly Thanksgiving is the best holiday we have. Think about it- You go out the night before because you don't have to get up the next morning for anything. So you wake up late, gorge yourself on great food and drink and watch football! Absolutely no pressure. Also if you are fortunate enough to have Friday off and you are a male, you can sleep late on Friday since you won't be fighting the mad house of Black Friday... I'm just saying...

December Shows

We will have a couple of shows in December as we count down to the Christmas Holidays. On Saturday December 4 we will return to Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove. We recently played their pub in Aurora and it was a blast. We took a break and when it was time to play again they was no sign of Kevin. A search party found him at the Hollywood Casino (right next door) rolling dice but we were able to continue quickly as he threw snake eyes (what a loser)....

Then we return to Tommy Nevin's Pub in Frankfort on Saturday December 18 at 9 PM for some intense caroling.

Ireland Tour

Planning continues for next October's Ireland Tour. For those interested in getting their plans together early please call Cathy at (847) 542-1539 or Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

That's all for Now!!

Come out and play with us on Black Wednesday!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers
 
 
Let Us Cheer You Up!! November 2nd, 2010 - 10:22pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin "My son came up to me and asked me if the Illinois state line was a real line that outlined the state, or just an imaginary one. I had to laugh and laugh and laugh. Because I didn't know, and I thought that maybe by laughing he would forget what he asked me...."

Hellooo All

Just sitting in New York tonight with a view of the Empire State building from my hotel room and it is quite striking. It's election day and they have it bathed in red white and blue around the top.

Now I'll never be a political musician (like Bono, Bruce Springsteen and others) so here's to your votes, may they count in a positive way. If they do- come out and celebrate with us this weekend, if they don't - let us cheer you up!

This Saturday November 6 we will make our debut at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora at 9 PM. On Sunday November 7 we will go to IBAM! at the Irish American Heritage Center at 2 PM.

New CD

The more we record the more I am confident of a new CD release by St Paddy's Day Season. I looked into the Facebook post but until you clear all the copyright hurdles it is pretty hard to post on the site. We are going to pursue this as well as Itunes so stay tuned for future updates.

Ireland Tour

We will have information at both shows this weekend concerning next October's Ireland Tour. For those interested in getting their plans together early please call Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170 or Cathy at (847) 542-1539. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

That's all for Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
Germans Are Also Welcome October 12th, 2010 - 8:11pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... ' According to statistics, a man eats a prune every twenty seconds. I don't know who this guy is, but I'm pretty sure I know where to find him...'

Helloo All...

It's fall and time to celebrate the great colors of autumn. This Friday October 15 we will celebrate Irish Oktoberfest at St. Christina's Parish on Chicago's South Side. Doors open at 7 PM and Music starts at 8 PM. Germans are also welcome! (Just a little Oktoberfest humor, Germans are welcome at all our shows.)

On Sunday October 17 we will be at the Karry on 4 Kevin Benefit at Gaelic Park in Oak Forest from 3 to 6 PM.

We also just booked a couple of early November shows as well. We will make our first appearance at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora on November 6th. We have heard so many great things about this pub and our fans from that area have always said we should play there. So come on out for a great show. On November 7th we will play at IBAM at the Irish American Heritage Center.

New CD

Work continues to release our next CD by March 2011. We had a great session last Saturday. I've had some issues posting the work in progress on Facebook as I promised but I will attempt to revisit this. The problem is that it was low on my recent priority list:
72. Tighten screw on side gate
73. Arrange workshop bench
74. Try blind taste test with Guinness vs. Murphy's Stout
75. Figure out how to load CD work in progress on Facebook
76. Clean grill
77. Find out what that smell is in the attic

I just finished number 74 (Guinness is better) so it's next on the list.

October 2011 Ireland Tour

More details are coming in about our planned tour next October 6 - 13, 2011. Stops include Galway, Killarney and Dublin. After our tour in 2008 we all agree this is the best way to see the country. We will post the tour details shortly on our web site and Facebook page. For those interested in getting their plans together early please call Susan @ Tri-Seasons Travel (630) 595-7170 or Cathy at (847) 542-1539. You can also E-Mail: triseasons@aol.com.

That's all for Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers

 
 
The Devil On Your Shoulder September 15th, 2010 - 3:52pm

Brother Mike's Musings... ' My doctor recently told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already...'
Helloo All....

This is probably one of the best times of the year. It is also the half way point to St Paddy's Day and we will be celebrating this weekend.

On Friday September 17th we will play a session at  The Kerry Piper at 9 PM for their half way celebration but also to celebrate 10 years since our 'Live at The Kerry Piper' CD. It seems like yesterday. If you were there come our and relive the experience!!

Next Saturday 18th we will be at the heart of the South Side at the  Beverly Arts Center for a concert at 8 PM. This should be a great time with plenty of time to hit the bars on Western Avenue afterward.

On Sunday we go North for Fall Fest in Des Plaines at 2 PM. We hope to see our friends from the Des Plaines Police Department as well.

The Devil on Your Shoulder
Had a great time this past weekend at Fox Valley Irish Fest. The session in the Hotel afterward was the best in years.

I can tell I'm getting old though. As the night went on I wanted to put my guitar away in the room. I had full intention of going back to the session. I got back to the room, opened another Smithwick's and starting to hiccup.

As I opened the door however I had the angel on one shoulder saying, 'What are you doing you know the hiccups is a sign that you had too much, go to bed.'

To which the devil on the other shoulder said, 'Don't listen to that wuss. It's nothing a good shot of Jameson won't cure...'

The two of them kept arguing as I closed the door (I've been here before.) I sat on the bed to see which one would win and the next thing I remember Neal Sullivan was knocking on the door at 8 AM and said, 'My room key isn't working...'

To which I said, 'Does this look like the front desk?' and closed the door. Rookie mistake #1.

Later I noticed that our cooler full of Guinness and Smithwick's was no where to be found. It was determined that Danny and or Terry were the last ones up to bed but didn't take it with them.

Danny went to the front desk and asked if they had it and the lady said, 'And an instrument too?'

Danny said, 'Sure' and along with the cooler was Neal's violin. Rookie Mistake #2.

At that point I figured out that he outlasted the argument his angel and devil had. I'm thinking the devil on his shoulder won...

That's all for Now!!

Come out and play this weekend!!

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers
 
 
Fox Valley Irish Fest- Here We Come September 11th, 2010 - 11:48am

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin 'I dropped my youngest off at school for the first time last week.  As I looked at the whole bunch of children lining up it hit me - make no mistake about why these children are here - they are here to replace us. I find that whole concept very chilling...'

Helloo All

Never quite looked at it like that Mike... It's September and time for some great Fall festivals. Everyone is pumped for this weekend's shows at Fox Valley Irish Fest in West Dundee Il. We play Saturday September 11 at 6 PM and Sunday September 12 at 2:30 PM. This fest is always a blast. Make sure you stick around for the Mickey Finn's and Brigid's Cross as well as the party at the hotel afterward. Even though it has been years the fest continues to book the hotel rooms under Terry Moran's name. Supposedly the Larkin name has been banned...

Next weekend we have shows for the North Side, South Side and Southwestern Suburbs all celebrating the 1/2 way to St Patrick's Day date. Pretty soon they will be celebrating 3/4 way to St Patrick's Day (hey there is an idea...)

On Friday September 17th we will play a session at The Kerry Piper at 9 PM for their half way celebration but also to celebrate 10 years since our 'Live at The Kerry Piper' CD. It seems like yesterday. If you were there come our and relive the experience!!

Next Saturday 18th we will be at the heart of the South Side at the Beverly Arts Center for a concert at 8 PM. This should be a great time with plenty of time to hit the bars on Western Avenue afterward.

On Sunday we go North for Fall Fest in Des Plaines at 2 PM.  We hope to see our friends from the Des Plaines Police Department as well.

Next update I should have more info on upcoming Ireland Tour, March 2011 schedule and New CD progress.

That's all for now,

Slainte,

Dan Larkin

www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers
 
 
Ireland Tour Details!! August 26th, 2010 - 1:46pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin... 'When I woke up this morning my wife asked me, "Did you sleep good?" I said, "No, I made a few mistakes."

Hellooo all!!

Summer is it's last month so I hope you are keeping cool and remembering how nice and hot it is come January when you are cursing the snow. They say August is the least popular summer month but I couldn't disagree more.

This Saturday August 28 we will be playing a very special benefit Remembering Kevin Dennis at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4636 N Knox, Chicago IL. The benefit itself starts at 4 PM and goes until midnight. We take the stage later in the evening but come early.

For those who went with us in 2008 for the 'Seven Drunken Nights' will remember greatly the laughs and tears we had along the road of the west counties of Ireland. We certainly titled it correctly as well (As my wife will attest to when she woke me up in the lobby of a hotel after a night of drinking and sleep walking.)

Well it is time to return!! This time in association with the Irish American Heritage Centers year long 35th anniversary celebrations we will traveling along some of the same roads we did in 2008 plus new ones like Dublin on Oct 6 -13, 2011.

Since the IAHC is a family organization they have tamed the title a little to 'Seven Nights in Eire'. Not too exciting but I was unable to produce anything better. It doesn't mean that it won't be as much fun! We promise to top 2008 tour. If you have any suggestions please e-mail them to me and we'll see what we can do. We can always add color to any title.

I have some details on the tour. The cost is less than it was in 2008 - $1959 per person, double occupancy which includes air fare and land fees. If you need more info please call Cathy at Tri-Seasons Travel at 847-542-1539. We'll have info at all shows as well as a posting on our web site shortly.

September Shows
It's funny that I am see more and more celebrations and events for 'Six Month's to St Patrick's Day'. So along with festivals we have in September we also have a few countdown shows...

Saturday the 11th - Fox Valley Irish Fest - West Dundee, IL 5 PM
Sunday the 12th - Fox Valley Irish Fest - West Dundee, IL 2:45 PM
Friday the 17th - Kerry Piper Pub - Willowbrook, IL
Saturday the 18th - 1/2 Way To Southside Irish Parade Fest - Beverly Arts Center Chicago, IL 8 PM
Sunday the 19th - Fall Fest Des Plaines - Des Plaines IL 2 PM

That's all for now,

See you Saturday!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin

www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers
 
 
Southern Yams August 11th, 2010 - 10:27pm

Brother Mike's Musings....by Mike Larkin ' You know when you put a stick in water and it looks bent? That's why I never take baths...'

Hellooo All


I just got to the hotel from the Piggly Wiggly in Charlotte, NC where I needed to pick up some deodorant where I saw a sale sign for 'Southern Yams'. I can't stop singing a variant to an old Neil Young song to myself.

Or a Lynyrd Skynyrd songs : 'A Southern Yam doesn't need him around anyhow'

Being in Charlotte two Wednesday nights in two weeks has been good for my baseball watching. The White Sox have been on TV here both weeks and both weeks they have won.

I'm at a Courtyard by the Airport and it isn't a bad place but I don't think it is in a great neighborhood since there are signs in the parking lot saying that the hotel is not responsible for your car... nice...

St. Al's Irish Fest

This Saturday August 14 we are playing at St Alexander's 1st Annual Irish Fest in Villa Park. We start at 7 PM and it should be a blast. Will it be Joe's triumphant return? Stay Tune....

Speaking of Joe and Hotels -

That reminds me of a story of his we posted Nov. 2007 republished here:

" ...it's around 9:30pm and as I was walking to the elevator, I pass a room service tray in the hallway that has a side dish of asparagus, untouched, a glass of water with lemon that still has the saran wrap on top...utensils not used, and a mystery silver bin covering a plate. I look up ahead of me and behind me and the coast is clear. I lift the silver bin and there is the top and bottom part of a hamburger bun, sans burger, and a side of fries, untouched (allegedly).

Now, I love fries. I really love fries. They are my kryptonite. Not steak fries, not potato wedges, not string fries, just medium width, McDonalds-width french fries.....and these were right in my sweet spot. This was clearly the case of some Atkins freak who just spent 40 bucks on a room service burger and glass of wine. Well, one man's garbage is another man's gold.....but this is disgusting....it's like Costanza eating the ecclair out of the garbage....but this seemed different, because I could almost guarantee that this person didn't touch the fries. However, cold fries suck, no matter how good they are hot.....so I test them.

Result: Warm to very warm

Now I've got what I refer to as a situation. There is that little bottle of Heinz catsup that is in that death-wrap that usually requires a knife or some teeth to open. The knife is in the silverware pile that is still wrapped up in the napkin (which makes me wonder what this dude wiped his hands on) but I really don't want to get caught trying to open the catsup with my teeth while standing over an apparent stranger's room service platter.

So I grab the catsup and walk in the other direction, with my book under one arm, and biting at the top of the mini catsup bottle. I finally get a good tear going, and open the bottle, throwing the plastic sealer on the hallway floor (f--king slob). Back down the hall to the tray, I look both ways, gently lift the silver tray again, and dump the catsup on the clean part of the tray.

What the f--- is wrong with me.....

I actually grab the little salt shaker and season the fries while looking in both directions. I grab 3 or 4, dip in the catsup, and slam them in my mouth. Mmmmm, ....my book is now on the floor, and I've got that same feeling you got when you were making out with your girlfriend in high school, and waiting for her dad to come down the stairs. MAN, these fries are good. As I'm putting the 2nd handful of fries in my mouth, I hear a ding....the elevator. So what do I do? I grab a triple handful, dip them in the catsup, cover up the plate, pick up my book, and hide the fries behind my back as a guest passes me in the hallway. I get to the elevator nook in the hallway, and in 2 bites, shove the fries in my mouth.

I look up at my reflection in the elevator door and start laughing my ass off at what a fat hungry dumb-ass I am...."

See you Saturday!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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This Doesn't Rhyme July 29th, 2010 - 5:33pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin- 'Best family advise I was ever given- Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake.'
Helooo All...

Hope your summer is going well. Work continues on the next CD and it is going well. No word yet on Ireland 2011 details but I should get them shortly.

We will be playing at Oak Lawn Irish Fest on Saturday July 31 from 4 to 7:30 PM. It a great fest put on by the Goal Post Pub so come and join us.

Two Poems

I'll leave you with this piece of perspective....

WOMAN'S POEM:

Before I lay me down to sleep,
I pray for a man who's not a creep,
One who's handsome, smart and strong.
One who loves to listen long.

One who thinks before he speaks,
One who'll call, not wait for weeks.
I pray he's rich and self-employed,
And when I spend, won't be annoyed.

Pull out my chair and hold my hand,
Massage my feet and help me stand.
Oh send a king to make me queen,
A man who loves to cook and clean.

I pray this man will love no other,
And relish visits with my mother.

A MAN'S POEM:

I pray for a deaf-mute gymnast nymphomaniac
who is well endowed and owns a bar on a golf course,
and loves to send me fishing and drinking,
This doesn't rhyme and I don't give a crap.

Until next update...

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
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Irish Fest Chicago July 2010 July 23rd, 2010 - 9:15pm

Brother Mike's Musings.... by Mike Larkin ' It's summer vacation time and I asked my wife if she could take any cruise she wanted, which would she take? She said, "Tom.".... (She can take that nut as long as I get Katie)..'


Helloo All...

Yes it is summer time and I hope you are enjoying the warm weather. We are playing an early show this Saturday July 24th for the 3 on Three For JG fundraiser at Mother McAuley's HS at noon (http://3onthreeforjg.org/). Jimmy Griffin was a great kid from the south side who left our world all too soon at the age of 23 last year playing college basketball.

Next week we will be playing at Oak Lawn Irish Fest on Saturday July 31 from 4 to 7:30 PM. It a great fest put on by the Goal Post Pub so come and join us.

2011 Ireland Tour

We have some preliminary plans being set with the Irish American Center to tour Ireland in Oct 2011. I'll have details on the next update but if you went with us to Ireland last time or heard about it from friends this is an event you wont want to miss. Details next time!

That's all for now!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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Heaven has a price... July 9th, 2010 - 3:00am

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin.. ' I went to a restaurant that serves 'breakfast at any time'. So I ordered Scrambled Eggs and Hash Browns during the Eisenhower Administration...'

Aloha....

I must confess I am writing this from Wailea Beach in Maui. Danny's watching the house so I can broadcast this. We have a show this Saturday at Irish Fest Chicago at 3:30 PM which will be a blast so come see my tan!! (Not really, using SPF 50 on my Irish skin).

I guess my point is that who wouldn't want to live in Hawaii. It is pretty close to heaven on earth. I called Mike and told him and then complained about the price of a gallon on Milk - ($6 on the low end, $10 at the convenience store.) Mike commented - ' So heaven has a price?'

Anyway I'm keeping it short. It's time for another Mai Tai...

Aloha nui loa,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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My Thumb is Still Broken June 23rd, 2010 - 11:24pm

Brother Mike's Musings ...by Mike Larkin...' I recently discover an important point in life - Never wear a backward baseball cap to an interview unless applying for the job of umpire...'

Helooo All

It's been a few weeks since I put out an update. So it being on 23rd of June as I sat weaving all in my loom, I decided I better get cracking. We just came off a few busy weeks and summer is finally underway. Pretty good storm today too.

Had a great time in Osh Kosh (B'gosh) Wisconsin and we were happy to help out at the Natasha McShane Fund Raisers at the Irish American Heritage Center and Gaelic Park. I heard both were very successful and she will need it in her recovery.

I also found out that there is competition between the North Side Irish and South Side Irish just like the Sox and Cubs game coming up this weekend. When we made it to Gaelic Park on the South Side a women I knew inquired about the presentation at the Center on the North Side. I of course had to assure her that the South Side's was bigger although I really didn't know....

We have posted a YOUTUBE video on our news web site of Osh Kosh Irish Fest on the News page of the web site. We also have a small spot on the CBS2 story of the Natasha McShane Funraiser you can check out. http://cbs2chicago.com/video/?id=72019@wbbm.dayport.com

A Day in The Park

This Saturday June 26 we will playing at Evergreen Park's A Day In The Park at 6 PM. This is a great time on a warm summer night so come out and enjoy a pint with us. We don't play again till July 10th so make plans.

My Thumb is Still Broken

Tadgh O'Reilly, manager at Gaelic Park, is always good for a few stories. Love this one:

Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly toward a foursome of men playing the next hole. The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony. The woman rushed down to the man, and immediately began to apologize.

"Please allow me to help. I'm a physical therapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you'd allow me," she told him.

"Oh, no, I'll be all right. I'll be fine in a few minutes," the man replied.

He was in obvious agony, lying in the fetal position, still clasping his hands there at his groin. At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help. She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his pants and put her hands inside. she administered tender and artful massage for several long moments and asked, "How does that feel"?

He replied: "It feels great, but I still think my thumb's broken!"

I'm outa here!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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ShamROCK into Summer!! June 3rd, 2010 - 9:17pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin...'It's always darkest before the dawn. So if you're going to steal your neighbor's newspaper, that's the time to do it...'

Helloo All....

Wow last weekend we had a first. We played Gaelic Park Irish Fest to a great crowd on Friday Night and were set to return to close the fest on Monday Memorial Day evening.

Now anyone who has been to the fest knows that year after year it rains most of the time. The fest organizers count on this and have many measures in placeto keep the fest running rain or shine.Last weekend through Sunday however the weather couldn't have been nicer and we were told that when we played Friday night that attendance for that night (Friday) was its highest in years.

Then came Sunday night and Monday morning when gallons of water dropped from the sky. Due to the fest's history I was not particularly worriedbut I received a call from our Sales manager, Kathleen,who was there at the fest at about 3 PM. She was told that the grounds were under a foot of water and they were canceling the rest of the fest. I had said that no one had called and was she sure. She said yes.

Terry Moran had called back as well and confirmed.I quickly posted a message Facebook but sorry to those who were there or heading there about the cancellation.

More Shows Coming-----

We do have a great weekend planned however:

An Evening For Emma - Friday June 4th 115 Bourbon Street at 10 PM - Emma Brigham lost her father, Patrick, in a tragic accident on January 7, 2010.Patrick's family and friends are hosting, "An Evening for Emma" to provide what Patrick would have provided, if he were still here. We go on after the Hawk game so watch the Hawks and then us!! http://www.115bourbonstreet.com/benefit_detail.asp?SpecEventsID=227

Sham-ROCK into Summer Saturday June 5th - 2nd Annualeventin the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Centeris a fundraiser for the charity, The Danny Did Foundation, whose mission is to prevent deaths caused by seizures. All proceeds will benefit the foundation other bands include The Chancey Brothers, In Spite of Ourselves and Donofinn. Music Starts at 5 PM - $10. http://irish-american.org/index.php? option=com_content&view=article&id=147&Itemid=100067

And next week:

St. Catherine's Summerfest - Thursday June 10th,7 PM - Longest running annual show at 15 years this show is a Southside Chicago Tradition. http://teacherweb.com/IL/StCatherine/Home/sdhp1.aspx

Osh Kosh Irish Fest, Osh Kosh, WI - Saturday June 12 12 PM - B' gosh and b'gora we are heading just west of Lake Winnebago for a great early season fest in Osh Kosh, WI. Join us won't you? http://www.oshkoshirishfest.com/

That's all for this week!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
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Strange Faces May 24th, 2010 - 9:34pm

Brother Mike's Musings...by Mike Larkin.... 'Children's books not recommended by the National Library Association: "Daddy Drinks Because You Cry"; "The Little Sissy Who Snitched"; "Some Kittens Can Fly"; "The Hardy Boys, the Barbie Twins, and the Vice Squad" and the best - "The Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Book of Wild Animals of North Amer - - Hey! Let's Go Ride Our Bikes!"... '

Helloo All.... It's great to be back... If anyone knows Mike, they know he wrote that last book. We are going into a busy period the next 3 or 4 weeks with some great shows. The summer time is coming (and the trees are sweetly blooming) so we are welcoming the chance to play in the great outdoors again. Here is what we have in store in the next few weeks...

Gaelic Park Irish Fest - Friday May, 28th at 9:30 to 11 PM and Monday May 31st at 6:30 to 8 PM -
A big kick off to a great fest. The weather right now looks like it will be perfect. http://www.chicagogaelicpark.org/Irish_Fest/index.htm

An Evening For Emma - Friday June 4th 115 Bourbon Street at 10 PM -
Emma Brigham lost her father, Patrick, in a tragic accident on January 7, 2010. Patrick's family and friends are hosting, "An Evening for Emma" to provide what Patrick would have provided, if he were still here. http://www.115bourbonstreet.com/benefit_detail.asp?SpecEventsID=227

Sham-ROCK into Summer Saturday June 5th -
2nd Annual event in the Fifth Province at the Irish American Heritage Center is a fundraiser for the charity, The Danny Did Foundation, whose mission is to prevent deaths caused by seizures. All proceeds will benefit the foundation other bands include The Chancey Brothers, In Spite of Ourselves and Donofinn. Music Starts at 5 PM - $10. http://irish-american.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=147&Itemid=100067

New CD Facebook Previews
We are making good progress on the next CD. Starting next week those who follow us on Facebook will be able to listen to that progress at we will preview rough cuts and alternate takes of music that will be part of this. We have posted a link to the facebook page on our web site www.celticratpack.com. Let us know what you think.

Strange Faces
Those who saw us on St Patrick's Day and at Celtic Fest Chicago a couple of weeks ago are wondering who the new faces are. At the Paddy's Day show we shared the stage with drummer Terry Keating and at Celtic Fest- we had Neal Sullivan on fiddle.

Neal Sullivan is first cousin to the Moran Brothers and was first exposed to the band as a boy when he would jump on stage with us on occasion. Neal also recorded the violin featured on the 'Band o'Brothers' CD track called 'Drag Me Away'. You will see more of him in the coming months as he is 'broken' in.

As a side note, Neal's first show was at Gaelic Park on May 1st where he showed up about an hour late due to traffic. His cousin Terry greeted him, 'Hey nice of you to show up, you're fired!' He is in good company as Kevin was late for his first show as well...

We first played with Terry at last year's Mike Murphy Benefit Fundraiser. Terry was the drummer with Murph in their former band Leave. We had so much fun at that show that we thought we would have him back. You may see him with us from time to time.

Come see us this weekend!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
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A French Tradition To This Day! April 29th, 2010 - 9:10pm

Brother Mike's Musings... by Mike Larkin...' I always thought saying "What crawled up your butt and died" was funny, until the day I met a man with a story about a weasel...'

Hellooo All....

Join us for our annual Cinco de Mayo show this Saturday May 1st at the Carriag Pub (http://www.chicagogaelicpark.org/carraig_pub/Carraig_Pub.htm) in Oak Forest at 9 PM. The Mexican Holiday, like St. Paddy's Day, is a celebration that everyone can enjoy. So let's have a shot of Tequila!

For those who don't know- Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of freedom. Back in the day, the French tried to conquer Mexico. On the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo) the much smaller Mexican army, with its bootleg uniforms and 99 cent store weapons, forced the much larger French Army to run away.

Thus starting a French tradition that continues to this day.

Also we will return next Sunday night May 9th to Chicago Celtic Fest at Millennium Park Downtown Chicago. (http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/celtic_fest_chicago.html). They moved the Fest from September to May and park venue from Grant to Millenium but it will be a great night to spend in the city on a Nice mother's Day. We start at 7 PM at the Next Generation Stage near Michigan Avenue.

That's All for now!!

Slainte,

Dan Larkin
www.celticratpack.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Larkin-and-Moran-Brothers/49223728768
www.myspace.com/thelarkinandmoranbrothers