No Blarney, an Irish music duo featuring Don Bouchard and Rich Conroy, performs Saturday at the Yard of Ale, Piffard.
No Blarney concert heralds St. Pat’s
No Blarney, a music duo from Batavia, will present a number of Irish music performances during March, including a March 16 show at The Yard of Ale, Piffard.
The group features Don Bouchard and singer-songwriter Rich Conroy. They have a wide repertoire of Irish folk songs, including favorites such as “Danny Boy,” Black Velvet Band” and “Molly Malone,” along with some beer and whiskey story-telling songs such as “The Wild Rover” and “Beer, Beer, Beer.”
“I’m mostly irish, so this music seemed like a natural fit for me,” Conroy, a mortgage underwriter by trade, told The (Batavia, N.Y.) Daily News in a 2012 interview. “I play the music year-round, but obviously I’m busier at this time of year.”
He said a performance compares to the traditional pub singer that can be found in Ireland.
“No fiddles or Irish dancers, just some folk songs, ballads and drinking sons, which the people really like,” he said. “I’m not a big drinker, but the drinking sons tell stories that make people smile and make people laugh and we all can use more of that.”
No Blarney is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. March 16 at The Yard of Ale, 3226 Genesee St. Reservations are recommended; call 243-3380.
Other upcoming No Blarney performances include:
March 15: The Basin Pub, 637 Pittsford Victor Rd., Pittsford. 9 p.m.
March 17: City Slickers Bar & Grill, 59 Main St., Batavia. 3 p.m.
Conroy and Bouchard — who taught guitar to Conroy — have had a musical relationship for about 30 years. They also play together as the rock and roll duo Strummerz.