Hair of the Dog

Get your Irish on with live music on St. Pat’s eve 

St. Patrick’s Day is nigh! What better way to celebrate?

The Albany-based quintet lands at the GE Theatre at Proctors, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 for a pre-St. Patrick’s Day party that will be the runaway highlight of the season. Tickets, $30, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org. 

Originally formed as an acoustic trio in 1993, Hair Of The Dog has become one of the world’s foremost Celtic rock bands, releasing 10 wildly popular albums and touring from Galway, New York to Galway, Ireland.  

The Dog’s latest disc, Liam Left The Lights On Again, is still making waves on both sides of the sea. The Irish Echo crows, “Liam Left the Lights On Again … in its entirety is simply a delight.” The Daily Freeman boasts, “Hair Of The Dog plays with a cohesive oneness that most bands never get. They are a regional music treasure.” 

Honored as one of Irish Music’s biggest sellers by Billboard magazine, Hair Of The Dog has also appeared on Colleen Records’ Songs of Irish Freedom, Vol. 3 and the fundraising effort Peace for Ireland: One Child at a Time, alongside U2, James Taylor, The Chieftains and Carly Simon. 

Repeatedly named “Best Band” by Upstate New York’s top regional newspapers and magazines, Hair Of The Dog features Rick Bedrosian (bass and vocals), Woodstock legend Larry Packer (fiddle), Eric Finn (electric guitar, mandolin, violin and vocals), Brian Gibney (acoustic guitar, electric guitar and vocals) and Joe Morizio (drums).  

Leader Bedrosian lived in Nashville in the 1980s, where he performed and recorded with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Marshall Crenshaw, Gene Clark (The Byrds) and John Stewart (The Kingston Trio). An accomplished film critic and fine art photographer, his photo of Paul McCartney landed on the cover of the Spring 2010 issue of Classic Drummer. Bedrosian is also a founding member of the legendary Celtic bluegrass group The McKrells; was a member of Donnybrook Fair; and currently portrays George Harrison in the popular Beatles tribute band, Hey Jude. 

In the spirit of the holiday, the pre-St. Patrick’s Day party with Hair of the Dog will feature a cash bar with themed drinks.