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Mighty Craic With the McMorrows

January 25, 2009

Liam Sings with The McMorrows, originally uploaded by IrishFireside.

corey says…Sometimes everything falls into place and everyone simply has a great time. Those are the times when the word “craic” is most appropriate. Such was the case last night with the McMorrow family at the Lis Doon Varna Pub in Peoria, AZ.

The evening began with a fine chat with Pat McMorrow. He hails from County Leitrim, and If his stories and jokes weren’t enough, the fact that his sons were performing that night only made things more perfect.

The pub was packed, so we had to circle around and overtake the first table that opened up. Luckily for us, the opening was right in front of the stage…and our seats opened up just in time for the McMorrows to take to the stage.

This is the Irish/Irish-American group you wish played at your local pub. They provided a string of high energy tunes that kept the crowd tapping their toes and clapping along. After a few songs, a few patrons couldn’t keep in their seats and suddenly five or six couples took to the floor. An a real crowd pleaser was when a few of the Irish dancers took to the floor (a few of them were from the McMorrow clan to be sure).

For our table, the highlight came when Liam was come up and sing “She Moved Through the Fair.” Liam is fortunate to have a voice that can sing a cappella, but the McMorrows had no problem backing him up with instruments and vocals…you wouldn’t have known they had never sung together before.

I’ll be honest, I rarely stay for all three sets when a band performs, but last night, we weren’t leaving until the last song was sung. Cheers to the McMorrows and everyone who enjoyed the craic at Lis Doon Varna. Jim and Betty, thanks for taking us there.

Earlier in the day, Jim took us via the new light rail system the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix. Great facility and the Irish cottage shop on the site is worth a visit. After the center, we were off to Seamus McCaffery’s for a pint of Smithwick’s with a Guinness head…something Jim introduced us to…something that tasted great in the 70 degree Phoenix weather – glorious!

Jim’s wife Betty joined us in Tempe for a light lunch at Rula Bula, before we headed home for some rest before our night out.

This was a great day and night!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2009 12:39 AM

    Wow! You hit both Rula Bula & Lis Doon Varna! MAith THu to Jim for making it happen. Where does the road lead now, mo charas?

    Slan Agus Barrogs, Bit

  2. Carol Masser permalink
    February 28, 2009 2:29 PM

    I’m looking for some cover art to put on iTunes for the iPod. I found Ireland on my mind, but can’t find Leaving. Has the art been posted anywhere?

    Carol Masser (big fan)

  3. Carol Masser permalink
    February 28, 2009 2:31 PM

    I’m a big fan of the McMorrows and I am looking for the cover art to put on iTunes for my iPod. I found Ireland On My Mind, but I can’t find Leaving. Has the art for that cover been posted anywhere?
    Carol Masser

  4. Taryn McMorrow permalink
    March 10, 2009 9:27 PM


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