Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with The Hooligans on a special Leicht Lunch at Noon on 3/17 - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
The Hooligans | photo courtesy of the artist
Every year new traditions begin and that’s why I’ve invited The Hooligans back
in to join me this coming Monday, March 17th for my St. Patrick’s Day Leicht Lunch at Noon.  I’ll be previewing their appearance on the show by playing their song “The Ferryman” as my Philly Local Pick today in the 1pm hour.
I asked the band how long they’ve been together and who’s in the band?
The Hooligans first began performing in 1994.  The Hooligans are Peter McCoubrey on bass, Ed “O’Kay” on drums and percussion, Luke Jardel on vocals and acoustic guitar, Mark Malone on fiddle, whistles, and electronic pipes, and Joe Kirschen on electric guitar and mandolin.
Over the past several years, The Hooligans have taken their live performances from the smokey, beer-stained local pubs of Philadelphia to the festival stage and beyond. The band has played tours in Ireland and appears each year at major Celtic music festivals, establishing themselves as instant crowd favorites.
The group released its fourth full-length CD, The Ferryman, in 2013, to critical acclaim, again showcasing its Irish roots-meets-Americana influences in an eclectic mix of traditional tunes and instrumentals. Previous releases include Sheep Up or Ship Out, Houses of the Hooley and Another Fine Mess.
The true impact of this band is best experienced through their live performances. Backed by a solid group of musicians, frontman Luke Jardel is an explosive personality whose energy is second to none. Add that to the band’s mix of upbeat, rootsy, rocking Celtic sounds, and you’ve got a mix of music that appeals to all ages and backgrounds.
You can catch them in action at the following tour dates:
3/14 at The Sands Casino, Bethlehem
3/15 at Finningan’s Wake, Phila., 3-7
3/17 at Finnigan’s Wake, Phila., 3-9

Get ready to do some dancing!  Check out a video of The Hooligans performing “Skip Jigs” below.  Listen live on 88.5 XPN or stream world wide online.


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