St. Patrick’s Day 2017

Skibbereen is back at it with two new members, Declan James and William Charles on whistles and fiddles, respectively.  We have a show scheduled for March 11, 2017 at Floyd’s Thirst Parlor, 222 S 5th St, Springfield, IL 62701 from 8:00 AM until 10:00 AM as part of Midwest Family Broadcasting’s annual Kegs and Eggs breakfast/pre parade madness.  Come on down and grab a pint of your favorite beer/ale/stout and some breakfast goodies…remember, St. Patrick’s Day is a MARATHON, not a sprint!!

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St. Patrick’s Day parade and beyond!

Had a great time at Floyd’s Thirst Parlor this morning playing for Midwest Family Broadcasting/WQLZ’s annual “Kegs and Eggs” pre-parade breakfast party.  I’ts amazing how many people are up and at ’em at an ungodly hour (for an old rocker like Hank, anyway) such as 8 AM and willing to party like the crowd did this morning.  Thanks to all our friends from the St. Andrew’s crew, the Elks Pipes and Drums crew and all of ye who made the effort.  The craic was MIGHTY and we had a mighty fine time!!   Saw lots of old friends, made some new friends and just enjoyed the heck out of our time there…

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How we spent our summer (most of it, anyway)…

Long time, I know.  To start with, we had a wedding on June 27th-our very own fiddle player and vocalist, Rachel Gamble married our own guitar player (and other things as well) and vocalist, Colin Helton, and congrats to the newlyweds!!

Figuring there would be much planning involved (there was) as well as ensuing honeymooning, we collectively decided to take late spring and onto mid summer totally off.  Hence Skibs being off the radar for some time now and thanks for your patience.  Now that the happy couple is back and the two are back at their individual careers (school starts soon, the legislature never ends) and into the rhythm of their lives, we are embarking on another push towards another CD (more on this later).  The juices are flowing and we’ll have four new additions to our set (not including some new covers) by the time our second show of the fall arrives.  We’re very excited and promise posts will not be so long in between in the future.  We’re throwing up a (kind of blurry) photo of the band at the rehearsal dinner for your enjoyment.  Yes, this is a family band and we’re all proud to be so.  Let the jokes begin!

As to the shows, they’ll be posted on the GigPress page in this website and also will be added to our FaceBook and ReverbNation pages, but here’s a summary.

Saturday, September 5th at Downtown Springfield, Inc’s Farmer’s Market, 10:00 AM until noon.

Sunday, September 27th at Music in the Parks, Washington Park, event is from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, Skibs will probably take the stage at about 5:30, two other acts are included.

Saturday, October 10th at Lincoln Memorial Gardens Indian Summer festival, 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

Links will be posted on the gig page, see you there and thanks for hanging in there!!


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