Friday March 17th 2017 - 12.00h - Grote Markt - Den Haag
Join us in the largest St. Patrick's day celebration of Holland!
Ah, St. Patrick's day, originally a Catholic Holiday but now a celebration of Irish culture worldwide and Grote Markt Den Haag is not afraid to join in! In cooperation with the Irish Club Netherlands and Den Haag Gaelic Athletic Association, for the seventh time in a row, Grote Markt will organize the largest St. Patrick's day celebration in Holland! With traditional Irish music and dances, live bands and – of course – endless pints of Guinness. Join us and make sure to wear something green!
The fun stuff below is from last year's edition, but keep an eye on this website & we'll keep you informed of line-up news.
See you on Friday March 17th in 2017!
The Shannons with Jimmy Ellis
Folk ‘n Roll, it’s that perfect line between the typical Irish classics and songs that make your head go back and forth, The Shannons perfected it. Irish born Noel Shannon and Deventer (Holland) born Lynn Shannon found the perfect mix between traditional music, Irish Folk and their own songs. They founded The Shannons in 2010 and have since then toured Europe. Guitar, mandolin and voice harmonies bring that acoustic feel to Grote Markt. The Shannons play as a duo but for this special occasion they will bring British musician Jimmy Ellis along. Expect pure folk gold.
13.00 - 13.40
Last Nights Seisiún & friends
Last Nights Seisiún are a 3-piece traditional folk band from Westport (the wild west of Ireland). Westport is a town renowned for its rich (traditional) music culture, and Last Nights Seisún make no exception. Last Nights Seisiún are: Olcan Masterson (a master on the tin whistle), Brian Duffy (a well known name in the Irish Music scene) and multi-instrumentalist David Ellis (from Bray in County Dublin). With their traditional folk songs they will make Grote Markt feel like a Irish Pub (during St. Patrick's Day). Last Nights Seisiún will bring along Victor Alexander, a red haired fisherman from Killala in County Mayo, who will join the band with some raw and uncompromising accordeon.
Last Nights Seisiún will play a pre-St. Patrick's Festival show at Hoender & Hop the night before (12th of May)
15.00 - 15.40
The Bradley Bunch
For as long as 25 years The Bradley Bunch have been going around Holland with their mix of rapid fire jigs, polkas and flighty hornpipes. Their upbeat songs and heart melting ballads make sure people keep on dancing and the Guinness keeps flowing. The Bradley Bunch are an all string band and are one of the oldest Irish combinations in Holland. But make no mistake, they are still as spirited as 25 years ago. Jimmy Ellis of The Bradley Bunch will play along with the Shannons later on the day.
16.00 - 16.45
The Bottles of Smoke
In the spirit (although he’s still going strong) of Shane MacGowan, The Bottles of Smoke bring an ode to The Pogues. This coverband only does the best Pogue songs! So get ready for Dirty Old Town, If I Should Fall From The Grace Of God and Sally MacLennane. The Bottles of Smoke will take you on a trip along those places where The Pogues feel at home: from New York to Dublin and from the backstreets of London to every pub in the world. Póg mo thóin!
17.15 - 18.15
Irish Dance Schools
Redmond School of Irish Dancing- Kilkenny School of Irish Dancing - Scoil Rince Damsa na nOg Irish Dance These professional dance schools teach traditional and modern Irish steps as known from shows like Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. In the classes dancers are prepared for shows at national competitions as well as European and world championships. This St. Patrick's Day these schools will send their best dancers to show what they've learned and demonstrate to the Grote Markt what Irish dancing is all about
14.00 - 14.15 - Scoil Rince Damhsa na nÓg 14.15 - 14.30 - Redmond School of Irish Dancing 14.30 - 14.45 - Kilkenny school of Irish dancing
Aftermovie St. Pats The Hague 2016
Saint Patrick was a 5th-century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. He’s known as the bishop who casted all the ‘snakes’ out of Ireland, snakes being the heathens / pagans (symbolised by a snake, which is why many Irish wear a snake symbol on St. Patrick's day). St. Patrick's day in the years has become a worldwide festive where people celebrate Irish culture. The colour to wear on this day? Green! The colour of the shamrock (klavertje) and the only colour that will make sure you won’t get pinched (by leprechauns). Grote Markt hosts the biggest St. Patrick's day of Holland, with music, dance and Guinness (naturally).