ITHACA, N.Y. — To get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, look no further than live traditional Irish music and tributes in Ithaca and Trumansburg this Thursday evening.

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Doolin O’Dey
, an Ithaca-native band, will perform from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Bar Argos (Argos Inn, 408 E. State St., Ithaca, NY.)

Playing foot-stomping traditional tunes and original Gaelic-inspired songs, the group’s music features fiddles, whistles, guitar, and piano.

In Trumansburg, Rosie Newton and Bobby Henrie will be playing Irish music at the Rongovian Embassy (1 W. Main St., Trumansburg, NY) from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Henrie usually performs old time, rockabilly, and bluegrass at the Rongo on alternating Wednesday evenings. Newton will play next Wednesday, March 23 with Richie Stearns, at the Rongo’s weekly “Home on the Grange” series.

The Silver Line Tap Room (19 W. Main St., Trumansburg, NY) will host a Clancy Brothers tribute from 7:00 – 9:00 pm with Bill Ring.

Look forward to Irish sea chanteys and drinking songs! Ring has been performing in the Finger Lakes since 2007, and also sings and plays guitar with local band Ironwood.

If you want to get in on the fun after St. Patrick’s Day, there are two ongoing weekly traditional Irish sessions in Ithaca.

Sacred Root Kava Lounge (103 S. Geneva St., Ithaca, NY) hosts an inter-generational Irish session from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm every Tuesday evening in which anyone can participate. All ages and stages of playing are welcome, and the focus is on intermediate level playing.

Also on Tuesday nights, Rulloff’s Restaurant and Bar (411 College Ave., Ithaca, NY) features trad music from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm with Traonach, who have been rolling out jigs and reels together for over 25 years.

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Jennifer Wholey

Jennifer Wholey is a feature writer and Head of Dining Partnerships for the Ithaca Voice. Contact her at