The Town Pants To Give Free Performance At Annual Celtic Festival Friday
MAYVILLE — Attendees of the area’s primary annual observance of Celtic pride will be treated to some authentic traditional Irish folk tunes with an upbeat twist.
On Friday, The Town Pants will appear at Mayville’s Lakeside Park in a free performance from 6-9:30 p.m. as part of the 12th annual Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival and Gathering of Clans.
The Town Pants’ upcoming local performance is sponsored by Blue Moon Management, and marks the widely popular band’s first appearance in the annual event — though the group is no stranger to the Irish and music festival circuit. Now in the midst of celebrating its 20th anniversary as a band, The Town Pants boast an extensive resume that includes more than 3,000 gigs in approximately 540 cities across 15 different countries.
Although based in Vancouver, British Colombia, The Town Pants has established a strong and loyal following in Western and Upstate New York.
“We’re hugely popular in Upstate New York, and I think it’s because there aren’t a lot of bands who do what we do,” said Dave Keogh, who co-founded the group with his brother, Duane. “I wouldn’t say we’re truly unique, but we do throw a lot of energy and humor into our shows, and I think people respond to that.”
When asked which types of shows appeal to him most, Keogh — who performs on banjo, guitar, vocals, mandolin and tin whistle — specifically pointed to the success the group has had in its several appearances at the Great Blue Heron Music Festival.
I love festivals in general because it’s a lot less stressful to play as far as load-in and setup, and everyone’s always happy and the energy is fantastic,” he said. “Celtic festivals are unique to the other types of shows we play because that’s where we can meet up with all our friends, people we know, and get to meet other bands who do something similar to what we do. It’s always a raucous time when we get together.”
For more information about The Town Pants and their impending visit to the Jamestown Regional Celtic Festival, visit thetownpants.com or find the event on Facebook.