Mighty Craic With the McMorrows
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!